Love (as well as snow) is definitely in the air and there are plenty of ways to play cupid this weekend. For the younger set, a Princess ball, a performance of Stellaluna or a Valentine Card making workshop might do the trick. The older crowd might enjoy a romantic stroll at the Orchid Show or taking in an a capella performance of Love Stories or attending the Highland Park Strings Annual Benefit concert. Although my personal favorite might be the Wine & Chocolate pairing at Lynfred Winery. And let’s not forget stand-up comedy at Madame Zuzu’s – who doesn’t love a good laugh?
Feb. 9: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Delta Hotel by Marriott Chicago North Shore Suites, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview
Girls ages 4-12 and their special dates are cordially invited to the Princess Ball. Everyone should wear their finest ballroom attire and enjoy a magical night of dancing and refreshments. Registration of $40 per person ($50 for nonresidents) is due in advance. Please register each princess and her date separately. Call 847-724-5670 for more information or click here.
The Orchid Show
Feb. 10 – Mar. 25: 10 am – 4 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
Look for sunlit orchids under colorful handmade parasols, listen for the trickle of water from a bamboo spout, and take in a Japanese-style dry garden surrounded by burnt cedar in the shou sugi ban tradition. The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Orchid Show is an homage to the rich culture of Asia and its stunning array of native orchids. Don't forget your camera! Orchids are available for every weekend at the Orchid Marketplace. Adults: $10/$12; Seniors 62+ and children 3 – 12: $8/$10. Special events throughout the show, click here for more info.
Feb. 10: 8 pm
Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston
Chicago a capella presents a love-drenched program ranging from erotic Renaissance madrigals to sultry jazz standards, coupled with the drama of Tom Mula’s script, and performed by a pair of accomplished Chicago actors, Michael Weber and Karen Janes Woditsch. From Shakespearean sonnets to Modern Era romance and “Fever,” the compelling intimacy of this ever-eclectic concert will make an unforgettable musical Valentine. Tickets $35 - $43; additional discounts for seniors (65+ $35) and students (23 and under $15). Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
Highland Park Strings Annual Benefit
Feb. 11: 3 pm
Bennett-Gordon Hall (Ravinia), 201 St Johns Ave, Highland Park Highland Park
Classical music enthusiasts are invited to gather in Ravinia's Bennett-Gordon Hall as soloists Nikki Chooi, the former concertmaster for the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, and his brother Timothy, a rising star in Canada and student at the Curtis Institute, join the Strings for this one-of-a-kind performance. Proceeds from the benefit support the Strings' season of three free community concerts. Tickets: $40. For more info, click here.
Funnier by the Lake Comedy
Feb. 9: 8 – 9:30 pm
Madame Zuzu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park
The ONLY live standup in Highland Park. This month’s showcase incudes: Lia Berman, Jayson Acevedo, Larry Bloom, Catye Palomino, Lance Richards and Jan Slavin. No cover charge. For more info: 847-748-7490.
Feb. 10: 10 am & 1 pm (Additional dates Feb. 17 & 24)
Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook
Based on the popular book Stellaluna by Janell Cannon, Stellaluna tells the tale of a baby bat whose life gets turned upside down when her mom is attacked by an owl. Stellaluna’s adoptive bird mom accepts her into her nest, but only on the condition that Stellaluna will act like a bird, not a bat. Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts and possibilities Stellaluna faces. Tickets: $12. For more info. click here.
Valentine’s Card Workshop
Feb. 10: 10:30 am – 12 pm
Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe
Kids of all ages and adults alike are invited to drop in and create a card (or two, or six) for Valentine’s Day. Plenty of supplies will be on hand to create professional-looking cards for your friends, loved ones, or even your pets! For more info: 847-835-5056.
Wine & Chocolate Pairing
Feb. 11: 12 – 4 pm
Lynfred Winery, 971 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling
Sample selections from the February tasting menu with pairing suggestions you can taste and order from the Cocoa Exchange! The Cocoa Exchange has three unique product brands each bringing chocolate lovers a little closer to the way cocoa was meant to be. Dove Signature has gourmet chocolates, Pure Dark is chocolate as nature intended, & Pod and Bean features a savory line of products. 4 - 1 oz tastings: $6; 7 - 1 oz tastings: $7; wine by the glass (7 0z) - $8-11. For more info, click here.