BY TAYLOR WADE

Want to skip the normal dinner routine this Valentines Day? Here are our top picks for the best and most creative things to do in Chicago this Valentines Day weekend. The best part? You can participate whether you're a couple or flying solo, with the exception of the Dose Market: don't take your date there unless you are engaged, trust us. Enjoy! 

2nd Fridays in February

Explore the city's most vibrant art community, the Chicago Arts District, where people meet ART! Take a lovely evening stroll through the 30+ creative spaces and galleries in the Chicago Arts District. Showcasing an exciting display of art and artists from Chicago and beyond. This unique art community opens its doors, FREE OF CHARGE and lets you get up close and personal with the art and artists. 
Where: 1821 S. Halsted (pick up a map from this location!)
When: Friday, February 12, 2016 from 6-10pm

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Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

Stave off the winter blues inside the Chicago Botanic Garden's Regenstein Center, where the greenhouses and gallery will be packed with more than 10,000 in-bloom orchids, featuring an array of hybrids. On Saturday and Sundays, the Orchid Marketplace allows you an opportunity to purchase the plants.
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe
When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 - Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 10am-4pm
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Hideout Party (SOLD OUT)

Even if you're without a main squeeze on this greeting card holiday, you can enjoy "An Evening of Aural Intercourse" at the 9th annual Hideout Makeout Party. An orchestra of local musicians will gather and work their way through a selection of original music, film soundtracks and love songs. Stick around after the show for some upbeat tunes from the Yo Cupid! DJs.
Where: Hideout, Noble Square
When: Saturday, February 13, 2016
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A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Shakespeare Theater combine forces for this kid-friendly concert, combining Chicago actors and the CSO orchestra to alternate scenes from Shakespeare's comedy with excerpts from Felix Mendelssohn's music for the play. It's presented as part of Shakespeare 400 Chicago.
Where: Symphony Center, Orchestra Hall , Loop
When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 11am
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David Bowie Dance Party

TimeOut says: David Bowie tributes will never get old, and neither will the chance to be on television on Valentine's Day. Chic-A-Go-Go is taping a David Bowie-themed dance party to honor the late musician from 1-2pm. Guests are welcome to pop in and leave at their leisure. 
Where: Chop Shop, Bucktown
When: Saturday, February 13, 2016
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Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade

Come celebrate the biggest Chinese holiday by watching an extravagant parade, eating authentic Chinese food, and drinking baijiu! The parade begins at 1 pm on the 14th at Wentworth featuring dragon and lion dances, floats, marching bands, special groups, performers and the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce’s Miss Friendship Ambassadors
Where: Chinatown, Chicago
When: Sunday, February 14th, 2016 from 1-11:59PM

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Dose Love Market

Dose Market is hosting a celebration of "true love" this Valentine's Day. If you're planning a wedding and want to stray from the tacky, conventional themes that are normally associated with matrimony, you'd be remiss to skip this one. If you and your bride or groom-to-be need some guidance in preparing for your ceremony, this market should be useful. 
Warning: Do not take your date here unless you are already engaged. 
When: Sunday, February 14th, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Morgan Manufacturing at 401 N. Morgan Chicago, IL 60642
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Two Brothers Valentines Day Dinner (Yes, it's a dinner, but it's at Two brothers so we'll let it slide)

Two Brothers Brewing Company is hosting its 8th annual Two Brothers Valentine's Day Dinner on Sunday, February 14th at the Two Brothers Tap House in Warrenville. This private dinner features a pre-fixed 5-course meal with appetizers, paired with exclusive beers from our cellar and a couple surprises to take home.  This is the one night of the year they dress up the Tap House (and themselves) to share a special menu with a very special audience. Tickets are also available at the Two Brothers Tap House or via phone at 630.393.2337 for $115.00 each.
When: Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Two Brothers Tap House - 30W315 Calumet Avenue West Warrenville, IL 60555

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Ignite Glass Studios Date Night

TimeOut says: Commemorate your love with a hands-on glassblowing experience for two at Ignite Glass's after-hours workshop. Each couple will work together to create a single glass heart of their own design while indulging in complimentary sparkling wine & chocolates. Try to ignore the obvious paralells between the fragility of glass and the delicate nature of human relationships.
Where: Ignite Glass Studios
When: Until Sunday, February 14, 2016
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Chili Cook-Off

TimeOut says: The annual Chili Synthesizer Cook-Off returns to the Empty Bottle, entering its sixth year of combining tasty stews and scintillating sine waves. This year, the event falls on Valentine's Day, because nothing is more romantic than eating spoonfuls of bean while watching a guy twirl some knobs. The event tasks musicians with cooking a chili and then performing a sonic interpretation of their culinary creation on an analogue synth. Attendees get to taste each culinary creation and crown a champion—bring your date for dinner and show!
Empty Bottle, Ukranian Village
Sunday, February 14th, 2016
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