BRIDGEPORT — We rounded up Valentine's Day ideas for Bridgeport, McKinley Park and Chinatown residents of all romantic persuasions. Got a better neighborhood date planned? Follow us on Twitter and tell us about your #hotdateinthehood.
For those looking to recreate scenes from a romcom: Take your honey ice skating at the McKinley Park ice rink, 3801 S. Western Blvd., which is hosting an open skate sessions from 1:30-5 p.m. Friday and again at 6:30-9 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free for kids and students with ID. Skate rental for all ages is $6, or adult admission can be bundled with skate rental for $7.
For an old-school dinner: Chef Dave Samber of the Polo Cafe, 3322 S. Morgan St. in Bridgeport, promises "pure romance" at this reservations-only candlelight dinner, served in the adjacent Old Eagle banquet room and accompanied by the sweet sounds of organist Stanley Zimmerman. $45 per person/$35 for vegetarian option. Menu here.
For bringing a date — and your own booze: Oliver's Cafe, 451 W. 31st St. in Bridgeport is rolling out a six-course Valentine's Day menu filled with serious gourmet dishes including beet carpaccio, seared scallops, duck confit rollups, veal tenderloin medallions and a "chilled passion souffle." $50 per person. BYOB; seatings begin at 4:30 p.m. Reservations required.
For you and the kiddos: Armour Square Park plays host to "Family Hearts and Crafts," a family-friendly arts and craft Valentine's Day event. The fee is $10. Call 312-747-6012 for more information. Event takes place 3:30-5 p.m. Friday at the park, 3309 S. Shields Ave.
For homebodies avoiding the holiday hype: The Video Strip, 3307 S. Archer Ave. in McKinley Park, is running a special on all romance titles for 99 cents each. "And we will also do the same for family titles because we know that many people need babysitters on Valentine's Day," said store owner Joe Trutin. Call for details.