WICKER PARK — There might be 50 ways to leave your lover but on at least one day each year, there are just as many ways to cement your love, too.
To get in the spirit, we put together 12 ways to get your love on locally this Valentine's Day:
For parents seeking alone time:
Is your babysitter tied up with his or her own Valentine's Day adventure? Bucktown's Easel Art Studio at 1911 N. Milwaukee Ave. will be hosting a four-hour class from 5-9 p.m. Thursday. Drop off the kids and the youngsters will take part in an evening of activities including art, dance, stories and dinner. Reservations are required, at 773-360-1720 or email. Cost is $45 per child, ages 4 and up.
For burlesque fans:
Gorilla Tango Theatre's long-running "Nude Hope: A Stars Wars Burlesque" show adds two specially-themed Valentine's Day performances: 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 and Friday, Feb. 15. Tickets are $28-35. Gorilla Tango Theatre is located at 1919 N. Milwaukee Avenue. To purchase tickets, visit www.gorillatango.com or call 773-598-4549. Ages 18 and over only.
For the posse:
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery's Swingin' Singles Party at 1927 W. North Ave. promises to brings a roomful of singles together for pizza, draft beers, half-priced bottles of champagne, special Piece "love potion cocktails" and plenty of karaoke. The intrepid can try their hand at The Dating Game and win prizes, too. 8 p.m. Thursday. No Cover.
The Storefront Company, a recent recipient of the 2013 Michelin Bib Gourmand designation, will be offering two dinner seating options on Thursday, February 14, featuring an array of menu items. And, yes, there will be red velvet cake for dessert. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 773-661-2609.
For people who like to examine deep societal issues:
It might not be the most romantic place to be, but "Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology" will premiere its stylized re-reenactment of three well-publicized crimes on the Collaboraction stage in the Flat Iron Building's third-floor theater studio Thursday. Tickets are $25 ($15 for industry, students) and can be purchased at www.collaboraction.org or 312.226.9633.
For taco lovers:
Antique Taco at 1360 N. Milwaukee Ave. will be serving single tacos all day long instead of duos, as well as "love potion" drink specials and complimentary desserts. A poster on the restaurant's Facebook Page for S.I.N.G.L.E Thursday encourages single patrons to celebrate their love for tacos. Antique Taco hours are 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.
For the outdoorsy:
As of press time, just a few seats remain on the Love Bus Sledding Trip to the Villa Olivia Resort in Bartlett. The $40 per person ticket includes coach bus transportation to and from the resort, a snow tubing ticket good for two hours of tubing and hot chocolate and refreshments on the bus. Registration is at 5:30 p.m. and the bus departs from Lottie's Pub at 1925 W. Cortland St. at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
For the traditional:
Wicker Park florist Asrai Garden at 1935 W. North Ave. will be making bouquets right up to closing time 7 p.m. Thursday. Costs range from a single stem rose for $3-5, to a $55 - $100 for a delivered bouquet featuring an array of fresh flowers. Pre-ordering bouquets to ensure the best selection of flowers is recommended. Call 773-782-0680 to place an order.
For those who like permanency:
Nothing says you're coupled like a photograph that you can frame for all posterity. West Bucktown photographer Iwona Biedermann is opening up her studio, DreamBox Foto at 2415 W. North Ave. to couples all weekend long.
Portrait sittings will be available during the hours of 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15, as well as 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Call 773-292-0419 to make a portrait appointment.
For single with no dates and deep pockets:
According to WhatsYourPrice.com, the going rate for a date on Valentine's Day is $130.70 and more than 13,000 Chicago singles were looking for a companion in advance of Valentine's Day.
For intrepid singletons:
Free online dating site OKCupid launched a "Crazy Blind Date" app in January that speeds up the time between making an online and 'RealSpace' connection. A user selects the date and place where they want to meet someone and the computer provides a match that can be accepted or not.
For the last-minute planners who still want to go somewhere:
The Silver Room's latest e-newsletter featured a variety of gift ideas as well as announced an "Impromptu Valentine's Party" with DJ_Kwest_On from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at 1443 N. Milwaukee Ave.