Things To Do For Valentine’s Day In Chicago IL

Things To Do For Valentine’s Day In Chicago IL

Things To Do For Valentine’s Day In Chicago IL


Each year on February 14th, many people exchange cards, candy, gifts or flowers with their special “valentine.”

They find things to do to show their love and appreciation to the one they love!

And if you are in the Chicagoland area finding the best things to do for Valentine’s Day in Chicago IL is probably on the top of your to do list.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day  in the United States is celebrated on February 14 of each year. It is a festival of romantic love. People from the U.S. may celebrate love by arranging a romantic meal in a restaurant, a night of live music or night in a hotel for a night of romance!  When I think of romance I think of music.

In my opinion you can’t have romance without music. It expresses what the heart and mind can’t express like poetic lyrics and soothing melodies. Hence I have this great event you can attend alone or with someone who’s special to you.

But before I get to that America has so many Holiday’s we celebrate and don’t know why. So I want to help us understand why we do what we do!

Valentine’s Day – Facts, Origin, Meaning!

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face feelings! So why is it called Valentine’s day? The day gets its name from a famous saint, but there are several stories of who he was.

The day of romance we call Valentine’s Day is named after a Christian martyr and dates back to the 3rd century A.D., but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia.

The Real Meaning of Valentine’s Day

We do know that having a particular Valentine’s Day is a very old tradition. The thought of Valentine’s Day is to have originated from the ancient Romans celebration of the feast of Lupercalia, a spring festival, in the middle of February on the 15th – which was officially the start of their springtime. As part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box.

With the introduction of Christianity, the holiday moved to the 14th of February–the saint day that celebrated several early Christian martyrs one named Valentine.

Facts About Valentine

The truth is the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit mixed-up. A drawing depicts the death of St. Valentine, from the 1400s describes Valentine as a temple priest who was beheaded near Rome by the emperor Claudius II for helping Christian couples wed because Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers. A different account claims Valentine was the Bishop of Terni, also martyred by Claudius II on the outskirts of Rome.

Why Do American’s Celebrate Valentine’s Day?

The medieval English poet Geoffrey Chaucer, the father of English literature, often took liberties with history, placing his poetic characters into fictitious historical contexts that he represented as real.

No record exists of romantic celebrations on Valentine’s Day prior to a poem Chaucer wrote around 1375.

In his work “Parliament of Foules,” he links a tradition of courtly love with the celebration of St. Valentine’s feast day–an association that didn’t exist until after his poem received widespread attention.

The poem refers to February 14 as the day birds (and humans) come together to find a mate. When Chaucer wrote, “For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day / Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate,” he may have invented the holiday we know today known as Valentine’s Day.

Chaucer took from ugly history and brought significant romantic beauty. We stand for the right to be with the one you choose to love as Valentine stood up for those couples to marry each other even if that means he give his life. And so be it! We celebrate Valentine’s day to show our love for the one we love and to get the best deals for Valentine’s Day Gifts as it is American culture to go shopping and give some kind of gift for your Valentine!

We go looking for the best R&B Valentine’s Day Music to set the mood right for that special someone.


Event Ideas To Do On Valentine’s Day?

Sure, You can stay home and think about how horrible the origin of this holiday is or you can get up and get out the house and come hear some live music in the name of love!

Soulful Wednesday Valentine’s Day Edition!

valentines day events chicago

It’s important to dress the part. The easiest way to spread Valentine’s cheer is to go elementary school and wear pink and red or black is sufficient!

Buy a special someone tickets to Soulful Wednesday Valentine’s Day Edition live music event in Bellwood IL  (just 15mins from Downtown Chicago)!

There will be free food, the best in bar service, and the best in live music and a good time!

Tickets are only $10 singles, $15 Couples or $15 at the Door! Get your tickets!

This event is hosted by Elliott Henderson (BLocksoul) and Jenipher N Jones.

The Juiceman Band featuring Ladi SOUL, Daniel Lamar, Terence D. Swims, Torri Grffin, Kristen Lowe, Ms. Bianca, and background vocals by Soulfully Dani!

Check out some of the artist below that will be performing for the show on Valentine’s Day!



Jenipher Jones


Ladi Soul


Daniel Lamar


Ms. Bianca


Soulfully Dani




So what are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

And what are your thoughts on the origin of this special holiday? Leave your comments in the forum below!

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