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It's February, the most romantic month of them all. When it's cold and the streets are the color of the LaBrea Tarpits, you have to work a little harder to feel the love. It's about time we make an effort to warm our hearts and fall in love all over again in the most wonderful city around. Experience the joy of Valentine's Day everyday with these five fabulous, "like a local" date ideas.

The Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark St.)

This cozy Andersonville bar boasts an extensive beer collection, to say the least, and you and your date will have a great time trying the different selections. The bar offers "beer flights" and cozy bar cuisine to make even the most nervous couple comfortable.

Kingston Mines (2548 N. Halsted St.)

I'll be honest, this is my go-to first date, second date, birthday, last date, pretty much anything with anyone else place. It's a staple of the Chicago Blues scene and probably one of the coolest places I have ever been. They have two live blues bands every night to set the mood. I would get there early though, since on weekend nights, the tables fill up quickly. If that does happen, don't worry, there are spacious dance floors in front of the bands and plenty of that sweet dancing elixir flowing to get you grooving.

Geja's Cafe (340 W. Armitage Ave.)

This tiny joint has earned the title of "Most Romantic Restaurant in Chicago." The low lighting, intimate tables, and shared dinner certainly fit the bill. The restaurant's specialty is a decadent three-course fondue dinner, which includes a cheese fondue appetizer, meat fondue with fourteen different sauces, and a chocolate fondue dessert. This is an evening that will bring you closer to your partner-that is, if you can move after all that delicious food.

The Art Institute (111 S. Michigan Ave.)

There is no better way to get to know someone than to discuss one of the finest art collections in the nation. The Art Institute of Chicago is a city staple and will inject some intellectual romance back into your life. It's also right on the Mag Mile, next to Grant Park, meaning the possibilities for continuing the date are endless.

A Blackhawks Game (1901 W. Madison St.)

The beloved Blackhawks (and 2010 Stanley Cup Champs!) are host to some of the best parties in the city every time they play. From being encouraged to cheer during the national anthem to the fact that you get to watch muscular men check each other into walls all night, Chicago's hockey team always delivers a killer time.

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