Love is in the air in St. Charles, Illinois. As lovely of a holiday as Valentine's Day is, it can sometimes be a bit stressful planning the perfect evening for you and your significant other, but fortunately, St. Charles has all the resources to make sure that your evening is one to remember. Here's how you can have a fun, romantic evening out in this city.
Give a Gift
Photos Courtesy of Paragon Flowers, Becky's Bouquets, Kilwins, and Rocket Fizz
It's always a good idea to get your date a little something for Valentine's Day, even if you are planning an exciting night out. You can't go wrong with the classic gifts of flowers and sweets, and it'll show your significant other just how much you appreciate them. Becky's Bouquets and Paragon Flowers are two florists in town where you can pick up beautiful flowers, as they both have arrangement options that include roses, tulips, and much more. They both offer delivery, as well, so that you can send your Valentine the wonderful blooms as a surprise.
Picking up a treat to go along with the flowers makes for a terrific combination. Kilwins has delectable chocolates, fudge, and more that your partner will absolutely love. Rocket Fizz is another spot to get some goodies, as they have a huge selection of candy and soda. Right now through Valentine's Day, when you spend $20 or more, you can take their prize wheel for a spin, too! If you bring your better half, they'll even give you an extra spin!
Do an Activity
Photos Courtesy of Charlestowne 18, Splinter's Axe Throwing, Sage Healing Collective and Brigette Burgman Photography
Now that you've bought the gifts, it's time to start planning what activity to take part in on Valentine's Day evening. You can never go wrong with a movie at Charlestowne 18 and catch that film that you and your Valentine have been meaning to see. Pick up some candy and popcorn too, and enjoy the show!
Adding the element of a little friendly competition can make for an exciting date. Test your strength and accuracy at Splinter's Axe Throwing, and see which one of you can hit that bullseye first! You can reserve your lane here.
St. Charles is home to an incredible art scene, so this year, visit a gallery with your significant other for Valentine's Day. 116 Gallery is the premier independent gallery showcasing both national and international artists' works of art. This is a great way to discover your new favorite artists and appreciate the visual art up close.
Sometimes, the best dates are the ones where you can just relax and unwind. Book a couples massage at Sage Healing Collective with your Valentine and de-stress. You and your partner will get your own private spa room and can choose a relaxation massage or a therapeutic massage. To book your massage, please click here.
Have a Romantic Dinner
Photos Courtesy of Eden Restaurant & Events, @insideillinois, and Mr. Hibachi and Sushi
The pinnacle of any Valentine's Day date is a romantic dinner, and nothing is more romantic than having an excellent view of the water when you dine. Make your dinner reservations at Eden Restaurant & Events and indulge in some incredible Mediterranean cuisine while overlooking the beautiful Fox River. Please click here to book your reservations.
Looking to have some sushi for your Valentine's Day dinner this year? Head over to Mr. Hibachi and Sushi. You can order a variety of different sushi rolls that you and your partner can share together, or enjoy delicious hibachi where you can watch them cook a variety of dishes from ribeye steak to Chilean sea bass.
A delectable Italian dinner will surely add some romance to your evening, and Nuova Italia can offer you just this, plus an incredible atmosphere. Nuova Italia is located inside an old church that was originally built in 1841, and they offer authentic Italian cuisine including an array of pasta, wood-oven pizzas, seafood, and a large selection of wine.
El Puente is the place to go for a mouthwatering, authentic Mexican meal, along with their famous margaritas that you can sip on during dinner. Before you leave, don't forget to check out their dessert menu that features unbelievable treats such as their Sopapillas which are Mexican fried dough pastries, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and come with chocolate and honey for dipping.
Ending the Evening
Photos Courtesy of Kimmer's Ice Cream, Oberweis, The R House, and The Lewis
Dinner may have come to an end, but the night isn't over just yet! If you are looking for another place to go before you head home, swing by Kimmer's Ice Cream and get a scoop on one of their February Sparkle Cones. Or, go visit Oberweis and grab some of their small-batch ice creams or their famous waffle cones that they bake every day.
If you and your partner would rather end the evening with a drink, the R House is a great place to go! They will be serving up special Valentine's Day cocktails, martinis, and shots such as their "Love Potion Martini" or their "Sweetheart Cocktail". The Lewis is a wonderful spot, as well, to end your night, as you can sip on their spectacular cocktails while enjoying the vintage 70's atmosphere that The Lewis has.
Photos Courtesy of The Arcada Theatre, the Steel Beam Theatre, Board & Brush, and Oakbrook Advanced Aesthetics
Not ready for the Valentine's Day activities to end just yet? Or maybe you and your heartthrob couldn't make it out on the town on the 14th? There's no need to worry,! There are still some fantastic events taking place around St. Charles the next following days. On February 15th from 5pm-7pm, you can head over to Oakbrook Advanced Aesthetics for their Galentine's Ladies Nights. There will be giveaways, games, snacks, and more! Please RSVP by calling (630) 347-7900.
On February 16th, the historic Arcada Theatre will be hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner. This is an excellent activity to do with your Valentine, as you'll try and solve a murder mystery in the theatre, and get to have a delicious dinner. For more information, and to get your tickets, please click here.
Creating something with your own two hands makes for a fun, unique date idea. This year, Board & Brush is teaming up with D&G Brewing for a Valentine's Date Night for two on February 17th. You and your partner will get to make a full-size project, a drink local bonus sign project, and will get two beer flights from D&G Brewing to sip on while you create. Please click here to get your tickets.
St. Charles is home to many theatres that offer first-class entertainment, so go catch a show! On February 17th and 18th at 7:30pm, the Steel Beam Theatre will have their showing of "Miscast Cabaret". In "Miscast Cabaret", performers select roles that they normally wouldn't be considered for, making this show sometimes hilarious and thought-provoking that is sure to entertain you and your Valentine. Please visit their website for tickets!
Want to start planning your next dinner out in St. Charles, Illinois? Restaurant Week is February 20th-24th, and participating restaurants will be offering 15% off your bill of $20 or more (exclusions apply). This is a great chance to find your new favorite spot for a meal in this city!