Valentine’s Day is coming up next month, but roses, chocolate, and Hallmark cards aren’t for everyone. If you’d rather round up your best gal pals and celebrate the joys of female friendship on Galentine’s Day, read on, because we’ve rounded up five fun ways to celebrate with your girls this year in Chicago!
If you and your gals want to be fancy, a classic way to spend the evening is dinner and drinks at what has been proclaimed the best restaurant in Chicago (and seventh-best in the world!) by Chicago Magazine: Alinea. Located in Lincoln Park, Alinea has three Michelin Stars and offers Contemporary American fare served up by Chef Grant Achatz. All those accolades mean a night out here is pricey, but the plates are creative and the restaurant is committed to delivering more than a meal; they give you an experience.
Vito & Nick’s
If you’re looking for a more mom-and-pop type of restaurant, try The Original Vito & Nick’s Pizzeria. Established all the way back in 1920, this family-owned Italian food joint puts a delicious spin on Chicago-style pizza, making it with a thin crust! This retro pizza place has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and has been reviewed by food reporter Catherine de Orio. The sausage pizza here especially comes highly recommended, so grab your girls then grab a slice!
If you’re trying to be safe due to COVID-19, an outdoor celebration is the way to go. And even in February, a picnic is a fun way to connect with your gals! Just bring a waterproof tarp for under your picnic blanket, some cozy blankets to snuggle in, and a thermos of hot cocoa. The best local spot for your Galentine’s picnic is Promontory Point, located in Burnham Park. This peninsula juts into Lake Michigan and will treat you to a gorgeous view.
Ice Skating Ribbon
If your friends aren’t content to just sit around and chat, you’re going to want an activity to get everyone moving. A fun, wintry activity to enjoy with your gals this February is skating on the Ice Skating Ribbon in Maggie Daley Park on The Loop. The ribbon is different than a typical rink, it’s shaped more like a walking path. You’ll need to make a reservation ahead of time to book your spot. Skate rentals are an option for those who don’t have their own.
If you’re looking for something a little different to try for Galentine’s Day, you should book a group class. A fun option is the classes offered by KOVAL, Chicago’s first distillery since the 1800s! It was founded in 2008 by two academics, one of whom comes from a family with a long distilling history in Austria. They offer a virtual group cocktail class, in which you get an interactive lesson on the art and science of making a cocktail. Better have extra olives on hand for this one!
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