Whether you want to dance, catch a live performance, enjoy outdoor activities, or support a local non-profit organization, we’ve got a full line-up of events for you to enjoy around DeKalb County and beyond during this Valentine’s Day season.
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A Note to Remember Gala – Feb. 9, 7-11 p.m., Blumen Gardens, Sycamore
An evening of elegant musical entertainment! A Note to Remember benefits Sycamore music programs. Admission for this adult-only event includes musical entertainment, elegant sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres and dessert buffet, coffee bar, raffle and silent auction. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $30 each.
Sweet Heart Dance – Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m., Genoa Middle School
Girls/boys grab your Mom, Dad, Grandma, Granddad or family friend and prepare yourself for an evening of fun, dancing, contest, prizes and refreshments. The DJ will play your requests and the crowd will get into the excitement. Each young lady will receive a corsage and commemorate photo. Space is limited so register early and save money. Those who pay at the door cannot be guaranteed a corsage.
Ethan Bell Band at the Sandwich Opera House – Feb. 9, 7 p.m.
With their skillfully led instrumentals, creative cover mashups, and new songs that blur the line between country, pop and hip-hop, The Ethan Bell Band has been humbly compared to their influencers – Zac Brown Band and Florida Georgia Line.
POLARpalooza Winter Festival – Feb. 10, 12-4 p.m., Hopkins Park, DeKalb
Family-oriented winter activities include: Ice Skating, Scavenger Hunt, Snow Sculpting, FREE Hot Chocolate, S’mores Roasting, Photos with the POLARpalooza Mascots, Snowman Building Contests, Winter Crafts, Fat Tire Bike Rides, North Central Cyclery Hockey and Figure Skating Demonstrations & More.
Daddy-Daughter Dance – Feb. 10, 4-6 p.m., St. Mary’s Memorial Hall, Sycamore
Spend a special evening with your special little girl this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy music, dancing, and hor d’oeuvres. Each young lady receives a flower and photo with her dad to commemorate the event. Ages 2-12 with Parent.
Shades of Buble – Feb. 10, 8:00 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, DeKalb
A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Michael Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. This act has been wowing audiences around the country with exciting harmonies, smooth choreography, and charming good looks.
Winter Wonderland – Feb. 13, 5-8 p.m., NIU Adventure Center
Kick off the winter season! Enjoy a fun evening out ice skating with your friends or skip the gym and step in some cross country skis for a good ole fashioned wintry workout. Treat yourself to s’mores and hot cocoa around the campfire. Drop by the Adventure Center anytime between 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. to check out equipment at no cost for this special event and hop a free ride to/from the East Lagoon! FREE! No registration is required!
Valentine’s Night at the Capitol Room – Feb. 14, 6:00 p.m., NIU HSC Capitol Room
Area performance group, Wooden Box Theater, will showcase local theatrical performers, themed fashion walks, featured vendors, hoop performance, and live music. Admission is free and open to the public.
Avalon String Quartet – Feb. 14, 8-9 p.m., NIU Music Bldg, Recital Hall
Having established itself as one of the country’s leading chamber music ensembles, the Avalon String Quartet continues astonishing audiences across the nation with their performances
No. 6 in F Minor, Op. 80 by Felix Mendelssohn
String Quartet No. 1 “Metamorphoses Noctures” by Gyorgy Ligeti
String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 67 by Johannes Brahms
Dolly, Patsy, Loretta: The Legendary Ladies of Country Music – Feb. 15, 8-11 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, DeKalb
Come celebrate the catalogs of the Legendary Ladies of Country Music, spanning three decades of iconic songs from Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Join us for an unforgettable evening of live music featuring their number one hits: I Will Always Love You, Jolene, Walking After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Blue Kentucky Girl and many more.
Safe Passage Love Over Violence Event – Feb. 15, 7-10 p.m., Blumen Gardens, Sycamore
Valentine’s Day themed fundraiser will include an evening of hearty appetizers, drinks, dancing, and a date-themed basket raffle. Additionally, Glidden Florist of DeKalb has donated their time and resources to provide a bouquet-building station for the guests.
Jon Secada Live at the Egyptian Theatre, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.
With a career spanning over two decades, two Grammy Awards, 20 million albums sold, and starring roles on Broadway, Jon Secada is adored by millions around the world and recognized as an international superstar by both fans and peers alike for his soulful and melodic voice. His acclaimed, romantic vocals fusing funk, soul, pop and Latin percussion have resulted in numerous hits in English and Spanish, establishing him as one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success.
Daddy-Daughter & Heroes Dance – Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m., Hopkins Park Terrace Room, DeKalb
“Daddy Daughter and Heroes Dance” gives little girls a special night out that includes pictures, desserts, contests, a special memento, and dancing. This event celebrates the bond between a little girl and her father or male role model and the impact this relationship can have as girls grow into women. The NIU Police Department along with other local law enforcement and fire department agencies are partnering with the DeKalb Park District to escort any little girl who is in need of a date.
If you want to venture outside DeKalb County a little bit to attend a special event with your significant other or family, here are a few suggestions:
February 7 – 10, 2019
Chicago International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live music, and vendors celebrating Latin and Afro-Caribbean dance at The Westin O’Hare.
February 7 – 17, 2019
Choose from more than 100 plays that have discount tickets available during Chicago Theatre Week.
Chinese New Year Parade
February 10, 2019 (1 – 3 p.m.)
Lunar New Year Parade features lion and dragon dances, marching bands, and floats on S. Wentworth Avenue (from 24th Street to Cermak Road). Free.
February 14, 2019 (7 to 11 p.m.)
Chicago Champagne Fest offers champagne and sparkling wine tasting, passed hors d’oeuvres, a dessert table, fire pits, and a panoramic view at IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge.
Valentine’s Dinner Cruise
February 14 & 16, 2019
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day Cruise with dinner on Lake Michigan with plenty of views and a dance floor, departing from Navy Pier.
Valentine’s Day Dance Show
February 16, 2019 (8 p.m.)
Dances from the Heart has 13 acts (aerial, tap, jazz, urban fusion, contemporary, Mexican folkloric, and hip-hop) at Athenaeum Theatre. Ticket deal $16.