How to Have a Grown-Up Valentine’s Day in Champaign-Urbana
Leave the kids at home and celebrate Valentine’s Day with these ideas for romance.
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Ah, Valentine’s Weekend in Champaign-Urbana.
Now make those reservations so you can have a lovely Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart in Champaign-Urbana. Note: These events have a specific Valentine’s Day theme, or they fall on Valentine’s Day. We have more date night ideas on the site here, including 75 Champaign-Urbana Date Night Ideas.
Looking for Family Valentine’s Day events, we have a post for that too!
Eat at a Restaurant:
If you’re new to town and haven’t heard, we have delicious restaurants in Champaign-Urbana. In fact, we’ve been voted one of The Top Most Delicious Cities in the Midwest.
Since Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year, it will be a busy night for area restaurants so call ahead and make reservations ASAP. Our advice: pick another, less crowded night to go out. If you’re looking for a restaurant with a great date-night atmosphere, check out our list here. And of course, don’t forget about Everyday Kitchen.
Grownup Valentine’s Day Event Ideas. Most of these aren’t even on Valentine’s Day at all – but around that week.
Early Valentine’s Comedy Night – Alto Vineyards: Live Stand Up Comedy returns to Alto Vineyards on Friday, Feb. 7. Headliner is Luke Swanson, an affable storyteller and seasoned comedian. You’ll hear about old friends and junk cars and all the jobs before comedy.
Love Letters a Play by A.R. Gurney, Presented by Darkhorse Theatre Co.: A unique and imaginative theatre piece which, in the words of the author, “needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance.” The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. Tickets are $15, drinks not included. Sunday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m.
Volunteer: Looking for a fun, unique Valentine’s Day activity? Volunteer at the Eastern Illinois Foodbank on Feb. 14 – repackage food into smaller portions and enjoy wine and snacks in the warehouse after. If you’re anti-Valentine’s and just want to give back, or looking for a fun date night, visit eifoodbank.org/news/events/valentines-repack.html to sign up today.
Go to the Symphony: The University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Valentine’s Day night with selections from Romeo and Juliet, among other pieces. Friday, Feb. 14; Tickets $10 per person at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Somi at Krannert Center: If jazz is your jam, don’t miss this night with a Champaign-Urbana native. Recognized with the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album, Somi and her vocal stylings have drawn comparisons to Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba, and Sarah Vaughan, but her mesmerizing singing and songwriting have created an identity all her own. Friday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
A Grown-Up Splurge-Worthy Weekend Event:
Tired of the same old Valentine’s Day routine? Have a sitter for the entire (or even part) of the weekend? Valentine’s Day at The Mansion at Allerton Park in Monticello may just be the thing you’re looking for. Enjoy a Dueling Pianos show, a romantic dinner in the Carriage House, and more. You can choose the registration option that works best for you: Prices vary from $35/ person for the Saturday night only Dueling Pianos experience to $125/person for the entire Weekend Package. Lodging is also available.
All-inclusive night out at the Holiday Inn: Enjoy a concert, lodging and dinner on Feb. 14.
Maybe you just want to get cozy this Valentine’s day. Never fear! We have tips for How to Have a Great Date Night At Home here.
Did we leave something out? How will you and your sweetie celebrate Valentine’s Day?