While women will spend all day Friday trading stories with their co-workers and friends about how romantic their Valentine’s Day was, we men will spend our Friday (and the rest of our lives), grumbling and griping about how we had to dress up on a Thursday night to wait in line for hours to get in to an overcrowded restaurant to then be rushed through our meals and be charged double the normal menu prices.
Ladies, Chicago men do not want to go through the same old tired Valentine’s Day ritual. Here’s a list of places we’d prefer to visit this Valentine’s Day because they are neither overpriced nor overcrowded and we don’t have to be over dressed.
There’s a reason the Chicago Auto Show is the largest, longest running auto show in the U.S.; men love cars. We want to see Hyundai’s Walking Dead zombie killer car, Kia’s Superman Optima Hybrid, and the 2014 Corvette Stingray. Conveniently located at McCormick Place, 2301 South Lake Shore Drive, the price of adult admission is only $12, leaving us with enough money to start saving for a minivan, many which are on display, or other vehicle that we’ll need when we start growing that family you’ve been hinting at.
Back when Chicago was run by gangsters and bootleggers, they really knew how to party. Tommy Guns Garage is Chicago’s longest running comedic dinner show. With guns, gals, gangsters, gaffes, and good food, this speakeasy has it all. For the 26th year in a row, the February 14 show will include a special re-enactment of the infamous Valentine’s Day Massacre. Tommy Guns Garage is located at 2114 South Wabash. Seating for the Valentine’s Day show begins at 6 p.m. and admission, which includes dinner and the show, is $65 per person.
Who can resist a performance that involves a disclaimer (due to strobe light use) and requires audience members to wear ponchos? The show, a combination of performance art, dance, slapstick comedy, and electrifying music is one of Chicago’s most unique spectacles. Performed at the Briar Street Theatre, 3133 North Halsted Street, in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, seating for the 8 p.m. Valentine’s Day show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets run from $49 to $69.