With the most romantic day of the year just around the corner, you won’t want to miss any of Valentine’s Day celebrations to spend with your loved one. Whether you’re looking to dine at Chicago’s most romantic restaurant, attend a spectacular Valentine’s Day performance, or enjoy a one-night-stay at one of Chicago’s most luxurious hotels, we have the ultimate guide to Valentine’s Day in the Windy City.
Celebrate 8 Days of Valentine’s Day at Geja’s Café
Turn up the heat at The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Enjoy dinner and a performance at Drury Lane Theatre
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with CABARET
Keep the romance going at the Apollo Chorus of Chicago
Spend Valentine’s Day with The Cupid Players
Have a rare and well done Valentine’s Day at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
Enjoy an epic fairytale at the Mercury Theater Chicago
GEJA’S CAFÉ TO ROLL OUT THE ROMANCE FOR A
EXTRA LONG VALENTINE’S FESTIVAL
Chicago’s most romantic restaurant sets hearts on fire with holiday specials everyone will love
CHICAGO – Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, is planning the most romantic Valentine’s Day celebration in its 48 year history. For eight days, from Sunday, February 9th through Sunday, February 16th, the renowned “Restaurant of Romance” will be elegantly decorated and feature sparkling champagne, “Love Note Tuesday,” live flamenco and classical guitarists, photo keepsakes, and delicious sizzling hot fondue cuisine.
“Our goal at Geja’s is to create the perfect Valentine’s Day experience for our guests,” says Jeff Lawler, Geja’s Managing Partner. “We will combine the ingredients – Romantic atmosphere, fine champagne, lavish decorations, live music, flower arrangements, couple massage packages at Lincoln Park Massage and special accommodations at the newly renovated Hotel Lincoln, plus delicious fondues - into the perfect recipe for romance.”
The eight day Valentine’s Festival celebration includes:
Celebration of Marriage on Monday, February 10th
One of Geja’s most special evenings of year! With proof of total years married, couples will receive a celebration savings of 2% off their food bill for each year married. For example, couples wed 15 years will enjoy a 30% celebration savings. Not valid with any other discounts or promotions.
Love Note Tuesday on February 11th
On Tuesday, all guests are encouraged to bring in a copy of their most meaningful love note that was written to their significant other at some point in the relationship. Each love note will be collected, read, and should contain the appropriate contact information. The writer of the most romantic and heartwarming love letter will win dinner for two, once a year for the number of years the note is old (limit $150 per visit). The writer of the second most tender love note, will win a dinner for two (limit $150), and the third most touching love letter will receive a $75 gift certificate. All other participants will be e-mailed a $25 gift certificate. Winners will be contacted on Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14th, with the good news. The very best love story is your own, so why not reminisce about it in Geja’s romantic atmosphere.
Special Valentine’s Dinner Packages
Friday, February 14th
5:00─7:00 $90 per person
7:30─9:30 $90 per person
10:00─ $90 per person
Saturday, February 15th
3:00—5:00 $ 70 per person
5:30—7:30 $ 90 per person
8:00—10:00 $ 90 per person
10:30— $ 70 per person
The Valentine’s Dinner Package includes Geja’s creamy Gruyere cheese fondue, a glass of rose champagne, Geja’s salad with tangy Dijon vinaigrette, entrée fondue of Beef Tenderloin, Lobster Tail and Jumbo Shrimp, Geja’s luscious flaming chocolate dessert fondue with coffee and a Geja’s keepsake. Ask about the special packages Geja’s has arranged at Lincoln Park Massage, The Hotel Lincoln and Florist.
Reservations for the Valentine’s Dinner Package begin Saturday, January 18 at 9:00 am. Geja’s highly recommends romancers show up in person by 9 a.m. or call right then to ensure you get your reservation. Geja's will provide a complimentary lavish Valentine’s continental breakfast for all who show up in person. A credit card payment at the time of reservation is required. Geja’s regular reservation policies and menu will be in place for the remainder of the Valentine’s week.
Known for romantic fondue dining – food one prepares and shares – and an extensive list of fine, moderately priced wines, Geja’s Café features over 20 different types of fondue entrees including cheese fondue and chocolate dessert fondue. An enchanting wine cellar atmosphere, private booths, and subdued lighting contribute to its intimate surroundings. Live flamenco and classical guitarists provide romantic accompaniment. Geja’s Café was recently voted the #1 audience winner for Best Romantic Dining in Chicago on www.CitySearch.com. The Chicago institution has been the site of 134,236 first dates and 16,141 engagements and diners have enjoyed over 316 tons of cheese fondue and over 1,054,574 bottles of wine in Geja’s forty-seven year history.
Hours for Geja’s Café are Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11p.m.; Sunday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Valet parking is available. For information on the Valentine’s celebration, please call 773.281.9101, or visit Geja’s on-line at www.gejascafe.com.
Delight in a Night of Romance this Valentine’s Day at
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
Including a gourmet four-course dinner at aria and
luxurious overnight accommodations
CHICAGO, Ill., The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is turning up the heat for Valentine’s Day 2014, with an extravagant four-course dinner at aria restaurant including a delicious array of menu items specially prepared by the Executive Chef. The dinner is $75 per person plus taxes and service charges. The hotel is also offering an overnight romantic package perfect for those looking to treat their loved one to a Chicago Valentine's Day hotel getaway, starting at $293 per room. Located adjacent to Millennium Park, couples can warm up with Fairmont’s signature hot chocolate following an afternoon of delightful ice skating, exploring the park in the snow or shopping on nearby Michigan Avenue.
The Valentine’s Day menu begins with a choice of oysters two ways with cucumber yuzu broken gelée, Rockefeller champagne sabayon or crab armagnac bisque with five-year-old Gouda cheese and crab dumplings, followed by a duck confit salad with treviso, mache, arugula, apple and crispy lentils vinaigrette, or beef tartar with sunny side quail egg and house-made jardinière. The intermezzo course includes champagne and rose water sorbet. Entrée options include herb crusted beef filet with brown butter and black garlic mashed potatoes, rainbow swiss chard and maple whiskey roasted parsnip in a double-smoked bacon sherry vinaigrette, or black cod truffle scallop mousse with saffron fregola risotto and Thumbelina carrots in a Riesling butter sauce. The sumptuous dessert is dark chocolate chili pepper mousse with caramelized cocoa nibs, fudge brownie, salted caramel, and mango buttermilk ice cream.
The Romantic Escape in the Heart of the City Package, starting at $293 per room, includes overnight accommodation in a luxurious Fairmont guestroom, a complimentary breakfast buffet in aria restaurant for two, complimentary overnight valet parking, and a late check-out of 5:00 p.m. so guests can enjoy more time together. The package also includes a Kama Sutra Weekender Kit featuring sweet almond massage oil, honey dust and other luscious little luxuries delivered to your guestroom at turndown.
The Romantic Escape in the Heart of the City Package is based on availability with daily bookings available unless otherwise noted. Packages are exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations or additional information, call 312-565-8000 or visit fairmont.com/chicago. This offer is available year-round, subject to availability.
ABOUT FAIRMONT CHICAGO, MILLENNIUM PARK:
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is a AAA Four Diamond luxury hotel located in downtown Chicago. With 687 guestrooms and 62,000 square feet of meeting space, the hotel provides contemporary elegance and gracious hospitality. Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park is also home to eno wine room and aria restaurant and bar, taking guests on an “east meets west” culinary experience. In addition to uniquely inspired dining and stylish accommodations, the hotel features an exclusive lifestyle spa. mySpa affords eight treatment rooms and provides the perfect urban sanctuary from the busy and bustling Chicago streets. For more information on Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, call 312-565-8000 or visit fairmont.com/chicago.
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Terry James, Executive Producer
Aaron Thielen, Lead Artistic Director
Andy Hite, Artistic Director
The 8-Time Tony Award-Winning Musical
Chicago, IL –The musical theatre treasure CABARET kicks off the Marriott Theatre’s 2014 season with previews January 15, opening January 22 and running through March 16 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. CABARET is Kander and Ebb’s legendary musical about English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, American writer Clifford Bradshaw, and the decadence of 1929 Berlin. The production will be directed by David H. Bell with choreography by Matt Raftery and Musical Direction by Ryan T. Nelson.
With mounting fear and uncertainty outside, your Emcee welcomes you into the Kit Kat Klub and a world where your troubles are left at the door. CABARET is written by Joe Masteroff with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The classic score includes “Maybe This Time”, “Money”, and of course, “Cabaret”. Based on Christopher Isherwood's novel "The Berlin Stories" and John Van Druten's play I Am a Camera, CABARET won eight 1967 Tony Awards (including Best Musical and Best Score) and Bob Fosse’s 1972 film adaptation won eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli.
CABARET features Megan Sikora (Broadway: Wicked, Curtains, How to Succeed..., The Nance, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Sally Bowles, Patrick Sarb (Marriott: Fiddler on the Roof, Broadway: Mamma Mia!) as Clifford Bradshaw, and Stephen Schellhardt (Marriott: South Pacific, Full Monty, Thoroughly Modern Millie; Drury Lane: Hot Mikado (Jeff nom.)) as the Emcee. With Annabel Armour as Fraulein Schneider, Craig Spidle as Herr Schultz, Christine Sherrill as Fraulein Kost, Jameson Cooper as Ernst Ludwig, and ensemble members Holly Becker, Brian Bohr, Adam Estes, Chadae Nichol, Alexandra Palkovic, Liam Quealy, Sam Rogers, Holly Stauder, Jonny Stein, Brandi Wooten, Bernie Yvon and Melissa Zaremba.
The CABARET production team is led by the Marriott Theatre’s lead artistic director Aaron Thielen. Set Design is by Tom Ryan, Costume Design by Nancy Missimi, Lighting Design by Diane Ferry Williams, Sound Design by Bob Gilmartin and Properties Design by Sally Weiss. The Marriott Theatre orchestra is conducted by musical supervisor Patti Garwood.
CABARET is suggested for audiences aged 16 years and up due to mature subject matter.
The performance schedule is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40 to $48, excluding tax and handling fees. Students 17 and under and senior citizen 62 and older receive $5.00 off a full price theatre ticket for Wednesday Matinee, Saturday Matinee, Sunday Matinee and Sunday Afternoon performances. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings a limited number of Dinner and Theatre tickets are available for only $55.00 per person. For Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening dinner reservations in The King's Wharf or Fairfield Inn, please call 847-634-0100. Free parking is available at all performances. To reserve tickets please call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200.Visit www.MarriottTheatre.com for more information.
THE CUPID PLAYERS CELEBRATES THE
10TH ANNIVERSARY OF
CUPID HAS A HEART ON: A MUSICAL GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIPS
10 reasons to see, or revisit Chicago’s longest running, and most hilarious sketch comedy show
CHICAGO – Brian Posen, Creative Director of Stage 773 and The Cupid Players, celebrates the 10th anniversary of Cupid Has A Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships, by releasing the top 10 reasons why to see, or revisit this production at its new home at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Avenue. Named “Best Sketch Comedy Group” by the Chicago Reader, The Cupid Players present the longest running sketch comedy show in Chicago history, continuing to make audiences laugh until it hurts.
TEN years of performing CUPID HAS A HEART ON NINE new cast members hired this year EIGHT o'clock show every Saturday at Stage 773 Stage SEVEN 7 3 is CUPID’s home
SIX cast members throw toilet paper in the audience FIVE thongs used in each show FOUR weddings CUPID have performed THREE blondes (including Carisa Barreca, one of CHICAGO TRIBUNE’s top 10 new faces for 2013) TWO hilarious videos on our website www.cupidplayers.com/videos
The ONE and only longest running musical sketch comedy show in Chicago
Cupid Has A Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships has been named a “must-see” by Time Out Chicago and feted as “full of wit and zest” by the Chicago Tribune. Backed by a lively pianist, the comic musical performers of The Cupid Players perform songs and scenes developed by the cast under the direction of Posen. The production’s sketches combine sharp writing and catchy songs with a witty take on relationships, love and life. The result is a musical sketch show that is raunchy, sweet, cynical, touching, smart, inane and – above all – very, very funny.
All performances take place at Chicago’s home for the city’s most innovative, creative and passionate off-Loop performing artists, Stage 773, located at 1225 W. Belmont. Stage 773 is a non-profit Chicago company that produces The Cupid Players, Bri-Ko, The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, Chicago Women’s Comedy Festival, Street Tempo Theatre and other programs, as well as offering subsidized theater rental space to the hundreds of Chicago’s itinerant off-Loop companies and performers.
Stage 773 puts a new spin on the performance with 9 fresh new actors including Rebecca Brown, Jed Feder, Josh Lanzet, Jordan Levin, Kiki Marich, Matthew Payne, Torian Miller, Andi Woody and Andi Sharavsky. The cast also includes Niki Aquino and John Craig. The ensemble features Cupid Director Brian Posen, Brian Peterlin, Billy Sullivan, Ashley Bush, Andrew Graves, Chris Gorton, Katie Johnston-Smith, Carisa Barreca, Reeny Hofrichter, Sam Lewis, Isreal Pederson, Jack Perdue, Ranjit Souri, Tim Soszko, Jill Valentine and Mandy Whitenack.
The Cupid Players in Cupid Has A Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships in an open run Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 (student discounts and group packages are available) and may be purchased online at www.Stage773.com or by calling 773.327.5252. Stage 773 is located at 1225 W. Belmont Ave. For more information on current events at Stage 773 visit Stage773.com or call 773.929.7367.
JANUARY 29 THROUGH MARCH 2
OAK BROOK, IL — First Folio Theatre (Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83) presents Tom Stoppard’s hysterical farce ROUGH CROSSING previewing January 29, opening Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m., and running through March 2, 2014. Directed by Jeff Award nominee and First Folio Theatre favorite Alison C. Vesely, ROUGH CROSSING is a musical romp on the high seas. Jeff Award winner Christopher Kriz (“The Turn of the Screw”) will be composing three new jazz songs to Stoppard’s original lyrics.
The Jazz Age musical is set in the early 30’s aboard the S.S. Italian Castle on its way to New York, while two playwrights struggle to finish their latest musical hit as they maneuver around a jealous composer, the screen star he loves, and her lothario co-star. Aided by the most inept steward ever to tread the deck of a cruise ship, the trio must save both their show and their stars from disaster.
The Chicago Tribune raved that ROUGH CROSSING is “Filled with verbal pyrotechnics, shameless puns, outrageous literary allusions…ineffably charming!” Written by Tony and Academy Award winner Tom Stoppard, ROUGH CROSSING is based on “Play at the Castle” by Ferenc Molnár. Stoppard has written several highly acclaimed plays such as “Arcadia” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” and has been named one of the greatest living English playwrights by several publications, including The New York Times.
The production features First Folio Theatre Artistic Associates Kevin McKillip (The Merchant of Venice, The Turn of the Screw and Unnecessary Farce at First Folio Theatre, Making God Laugh at Theatre at the Center), René Ruelas (Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Design for Living at First Folio), Christian Gray (The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe and The Jeeves Trilogy at First Folio) and David Rice (H.C. Curry in The Rainmaker, Knuckles McCann in Jeeves Takes a Bow, and Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy at First Folio Theatre). It also features First Folio favorites Gail Rastorfer (Twelfth Night at First Folio, Ten Chimneys at the Cleveland Playhouse, and You Can’t Take it With You at Asolo Rep) and Jeff-Award winner Alex Weisman (Jimmy Curry in The Rainmaker at First Folio, The History Boys and The Normal Heart at Timeline Theater).
Scenic Design is by Angela Weber Miller with Sound Design by Christopher Kriz and Costume Design by Rachel Lambert. Ethan Vail is the Lighting Designer and Cassy Schillo is the Props Designer. Lynne M. Harris serves as Equity Stage Manager, Brian Claggett as Technical Director, Ricky Harbecke as Master Electrician, and Sarah West as Assistant Stage Manager.
First Folio Theatre is entering its 18th season of bringing high-quality performances of Shakespeare and other classics to the stage. During that time, the theater has expanded from an annual summer production to a year-round operation with three separate and distinct stages at the historic Mayslake Peabody Estate. The Shakespeare Book of Lists names First Folio Theatre one of the “150 Great Places to See a Shakespeare Play.” The Chicago Tribune raved that their “Shakespeare Under the Stars” summer series “offers something Navy Pier can’t...plenty of greenery, gentle breezes and the chance to stretch out on a blanket with family and friends while being transported to Shakespeare’s otherworldly romance.”
ROUGH CROSSING runs January 30 through March 3. All performances take place at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, located at 1717 W 31st St., off Rt. 83, in Oak Brook. First Folio is easy to get to from via the East-West Tollway (I-88) or the Stevenson Expressway (I-55). Free parking is available on the grounds. Preview tickets are $22. Regular priced tickets are $30 Wednesdays and Thursdays (seniors and students are $26), and $37 on Fridays through Sundays (seniors and students are $32). Three and four show subscriptions are available for $57-$105 (subscribers will receive $5 off each subscription if they are purchased by August 1, 2013). Season subscriptions and individual tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 630.986.8067 or online at www.firstfolio.org.