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Art lovers are welcome to take a gallery walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., on Friday, February 14, in the West Loop. Among the must-stop destinations is Packer Schopf Gallery, on 942 W. Lake Street, which will be hosting a closing reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tonight, the gallery has a book signing at 5 p.m. with Kate Bonansinga, Director of the School of Art of the University of Cincinnati. For details, visit

February 14 also marks the final day of Chicago’s Chinese New Year celebration which includes a light show at Millennium Park and a lantern display at Navy Pier. In honor of these festivities and Valentine’s Day, Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is offering rooms that start at $129 a night. To learn more, call 312-565-8000 or visit

In Lakeview, Music Box Theatre will show Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 14. After a Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Sing-Along with projected lyrics and live organ accompaniment at 2 p.m., the theater will screen the Oscar-winning Casablanca on Saturday, February 15. Completing the weekend, Music Box will take viewers to London via its National Theatre Live series with a special screening of the Shakespeare play Coriolanus at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 16. For more information, visit

In Evanston, Northwestern University’s Block Cinema film series will screen the Oscar-winning Grand Hotel starring John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore and Joan Crawford at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 14. Tickets are $6 ($4 for Block Museum and/or university members). For details, call 847-491-4000 or visit



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