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By Stephen Ostrowski | February 9, 2017 | Lifestyle
Tempting though it may be to spend the day tracing your ex’s name in some leftover chicken lo mein, there’s no need to make Valentine’s Day an exercise in isolation if you’re single. On the contrary, Chicago’s brimming with opportunities to embrace your uncuffed status. Here are the best places to combat your hermetic tendencies on and around Cupid’s Day.
Flash your Tinder app and you’ll receive a free taco at the Korean-Mexican fusion concept’s day-long “Tinder for Tacos” promotion. A slam-dunk swipe to the right, indeed. Feb. 14; 738 N. Clark St., 312-265-1607
What does showing your online dating profile get you at the haute cocktail haunt? House-made Old Fashioned shots—for just $1. Digital romance doesn’t have to be a sobering experience, after all. Feb. 14; 112 W. Grand Ave., 312-846-6654
The Michigan Avenue hotel is turning its basketball space, Stagg Court, into a roller rink for two installments of skating, cocktails, and more during "Eat, Skate, Love." Ruminate on your romantic foibles while you’re surrounded by couples whose happiness you’ll definitely one day attain (probably). Feb. 10 & Feb. 11, 6-11:30 p.m., tickets on eventbrite.com; 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312-940-3552
The River North lounge reinvents itself as the “Heartbreak Hotel” for an evening boasting, among other features, a ‘Slam Wall’ on which you pen grievances about your ex. And, of course, there’s ping pong—because heated back-and-forths seems like a fitting extended metaphor for bygone relationships. Feb. 11, 9 p.m., tickets on eventbrite.com; 344 N. State St., 773-635-9999
The Lakeview resto doesn’t sugarcoat its feelings about the 14th, heralding the day with a singles’ celebration that manifests peak anti-V-day sentiment with a Revenge Voodoo Doll on which you can pin a photo of your ex. Write in their ‘Cupid is Stupid’ book upon check-in and you’ll receive a complimentary dessert. Feb. 15; 3908 N. Sheridan Road, 773-404-8955
What’s healthier than belting out “I Will Survive” and other self-affirming anthems on a singles-themed playlist? Pairing your vocals with exclusively priced specialty cocktails and salads, which you can do at the north side bar’s “Anti-Valentine’s Day Party.” Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m.; 4128 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-360-1869
The Gold Coast institution’s NoMI Spa boasts a “Tasting Menu” option that extends a 20% discount on any three treatments, complemented by champagne and small plates to boot. Sometimes, the best R&R is when you’re reclining—er, riding—solo. 800 N. Michigan Ave., 312-335-1234
Popular pop-up bazaar Dose Market brings back its love-a-palooza for an afternoon of mixing and mingling over eats, libations, and wares from local vendors. Signal that you’re single by wearing an electric yellow ‘Dose Heart’ and you might just meet your date to next year’s event. Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., tickets on dosemarket.com; 401 N. Morgan St.
Log face time with the most important mug: your's. The Spa recently debuted a partnership with Biologique Recherche on a series of facials featuring the prestige French skincare line’s raw, pure ingredients, with treatments including The Second Skin Facial. Sounds exactly like the renewal you could use right now. 108 E. Superior St., 312-753-6860
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY WAGSTAFF (ARBELLA; SEOUL TACO); BY ROSE PHOTO (CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION); COURTESY HENSON CONSULTING (SPIN); COURTESY PAPERGIRL PR (TAVERN ON LITTLE FORT); COURTESY PARTK HYATT; COURTESY CHROME CITY (LOVE DOSE); COURTESY SIX4CREATIVE (PR ITALIAN BISTRO)