Valentine's Day is drawing near and we're sure the pressure is on to find a way to spend the evening. Dinner and a movie has long been the default date on February 14 but this year we thought we'd draw your attention to a few more lively, musically-driven destinations. Trade in that salad fork for a pair of dancing shoes and be on your way!
Valentine's Latin Dance Night at Ballroom Dance Chicago (2/14)
Take the opportunity to learn something new with Ballroom Dance Chicago's Valentine's Latin Dance Night. You'll learn the basics of salsa and rumba dancing, styles of dance that will be sure to spice things up between you and your significant other, while enjoying complimentary sparkling wine. Once your lesson has wrapped up, take a rest and enjoy a professional demonstration of the dances you've just learned. Tickets are $85 per couple. You and your partner must be 21 or older to attend this class.
The Main Squeeze at Double Door (2/14)
The Double Door is hosting raging local funk explosion The Main Squeeze on February 14. They've been making splashes at Bonnaroo Festival and were chosen by Rolling Stone to perform at 2013's Super Bowl tailgate party in Indianapolis but now they're bringing it home for a fresh set. There's no theme for this Valentine's Day concert, just dancing. Tickets are just $13 -- not a bad pricetag for the night.
Chicago Reader's Annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party Feat. Big Freedia (2/14)
Whether you're in a relationship or flying solo this year, if you're just not a fan of the hubbub the surrounds Valentine's Day, the Chicago Reader's Annual Anti-Valentines Day party is a blast every year. This year New Orleans bounce music sensation Big Freedia is the featured performer. Enjoy a hosted bar from Goose Island and Southern Comfort Cherry for the first hour of the party (a cash bar will be available after 9 p.m.) and the Windy City Rollers will be acting as cupids on wheels all night in case you want to send shots over to that tables of hotties. The whole party is going down at the Logan Square Auditorium on Valentine's Day night. Tickets are just $20.
The Mayne Stage's Jamaican Oldies (2/15)
The Mayne Stage's Jamaican Oldies series prides itself on bringing in some of the most influential artists from the earliest days of ska and reggae music on the island. This year the venue will host a Jamaican Valentine's Dance on February 15 as part of the series. Susan Cadogan and Charlie Organaire will perform. Both natives of Kingston, Jamaica, Cadogan has been making reggae hits since the ‘70s and Organaire was perhaps the most influential session musician of the 1960s. The singer/harmonica player moved to Chicago in the ‘70s and has continued to build his status as a ska "legend" since then. This will be his first ever vintage ska set, showcasing many of his hits from the 1960s. Tickets are on sale for $25.
The Hideout's Makeout Party (2/15)
Are you a sucker for a good love song? Then you'll love the Hideout's Makeout Party! Not as sinful as it might sound, every year the homey Bucktown venue hosts the Makeout Party Orchestra, featuring 17 of Chicago's professional horn, woodwind, keyboard and percussion players, who will play a full night of classic love songs. From Celine Dion to Herb Alpert, these tunes will be sure to up the romantic element of your Valentine's weekend. Get to the Hideout on February 15 at 9 p.m. to experience this tradition. TIckets are $12.