Phantom of the Opera 

There's something about Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera that sweeps you away. Yes, there's Lloyd Webber's lush score that features the well-known anthems "Think of Me" and "All I Ask of You." Lucky for us, Phantom has arrived for an extended stay through March 2 at Chicago's Cadillac Palace, and it's a perfect conclusion to a magical and romantic night on the town.

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There's the compelling love triangle between the dashing leading man and the dark and dangerous outsider who are vying for the heart of the sweet soprano Christine. But there's something more -- something almost untouchable -- that's captured the hearts of people around the world and made this megamusical a sell-out hit for more than 25 years.  

If you've seen Phantom before (and I've seen it a handful of times over the years), you're in for a treat, as this tour features an impressive, all-new production design to offer eye-popping surprises to Phantom fans (including a heart-stoppingly re-imagined chandelier crash). If you haven't seen Phantom before, it's one of those rare shows with universal appeal. In other words, no one can resist the Phantom's spell.

Consider dining at at one of the Broadway in Chicago partnering restaurants, which offer discounts for Phantom patrons. For example, Lockwood Restaurant and Bar, located in the historic Palmer House Hilton, offers 20% off your dining check when you present your ticket stub. Grab a post-show cocktail at the swanky Encore Lounge (or, if you go for old-school showbiz charm, Petterino's) as a means to shake those immensiely hummable tunes from your head. 

Want more Valentine's Day ideas? Check out our Chicago Like A Local's Guide To A Chicago Valentine's Day, and be on the look out for a guide to avoiding it altogether with Anti-Valentines Day Plans. Stay tuned, Chicago!