Locally inspired Valentine’s Day gifts certain to put a smile on your beloved’s face, especially if you both love Chicago almost as much as you love each other.
Abbey Brown body oils. Ditch the typical roses and give Rosebuds Body Oil, handcrafted by Chicago soap artisans and made from all-vegan materials, it’s blended with essential oils of geranium rose and rosewood. Another available intimate scent includes lavender, infused with vitamin E.
Available for purchase at Abbey Brown Soap Artisan, West Loop, 1162 W. Grand Ave., Chicago or online at abbeybrown.com.
A Sweet Delivery. Sweeter than a bouquet of flowers to your sweetheart, you cannot possibly go wrong with one of the limited-edition candy gift boxes stuffed with a fashionable assortment of gummy, jelly bean and chocolate candies. Created by a Chicago mom who drew inspiration from her love of creating sweet buffet tables at kids parties, also offers one option that includes a petit bottle of Prosecco (or Champagne). The gourmet gift must be ordered by February 6 to get to your significant other in time.
Available at asweetdelivery.com.
CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar. With the sudden influx of distilleries around town, it was only a matter of time before these spots started cranking out hooch beyond the usual gin, vodka and whiskey. The West Loop CH Distillery and Cocktail Bar recently released its version of Limoncello based on a family recipe and made with fresh lemons. While you can buy a bottle to bring home, the distillery hosts a seductively lit cocktail lounge as well, with a small menu of food offerings, making it a great date option.
CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar, 564 W. Randolph St., Chicago
Chicago Chocolate Tours. Obsessed with chocolate and want to taste the best in town? Arrange a private couple’s tour where you’ll visit the best places to indulge in decadent treats. An expert guide will custom design your three-hour tour, taking you to specialty chocolate and pastry shops as well as a number of restaurants. Of course, you’ll be able to shop for goodies along the route.
For more information visit ChicagoChocolateTours.com or call 312-929-2939.
Femme du Coupe. Another unique date option you can do with the love of your life is attend a Valentine’s Day cocktail class to learn how to make three sultry sippers. The event, held at a chic downtown Chicago pad the day after Valentine’s Day and instructed by award-winning mixologist Revae Schneider, also teaches participants how to properly use bar tools. Each couple takes home her signature syrups so they can re-create the cocktails. The class takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. February 15.
For more information or to book this event, visit couples.howaboutwe.com/dates/1117-femme-du-coupe-cocktail-party.
G Boutique. An intimate couple’s treat, this Bucktown boutique, opened by two Chicago women in 2002, offers a panty of the month club. Each month delivers a tantalizing little package handpicked by one of the G Boutique staffers, from tiny boyshorts to skimpy thongs.
G Boutique is located at 2131 N. Damen Ave., Chicago. The monthly package can also be purchased online at boutiqueg.com.
Girl and the Goat. Star chef Stephanie Izard—who just happens to be a recent honeymooner—showcases how a top chef like herself, “cooks, thinks, shops, eats and drinks” in her Girl in the Kitchen cookbook. Think Asian-spiced English peas and quince and fig cobbler with vanilla mascarpone. You’ll also discover plenty of ideas for beer, wine and cocktail pairings.
Buy the book online at shop.girlandthegoat.com/collections/cookbook/products/girl-in-the-kitchen.
Papyrus Greeting Cards. The West Loop papier boasts gorgeous greeting cards on recycled paper. This year’s line of Valentine’s Day cards range from traditional lovey dovey to downright freaky. Choose yours based on your relationship or custom design your own.
Papyrus is located at 111 N. Canal St., Chicago.
Rhine Hall Distillery. Daughter-and-father team takes on small-batched brandy, which you can sample in the “brandy bar” by the snifter or in cocktails. The tours of Rhine Hall’s distillery, where you can also pick up a bottle or two of the signature apple brandy, makes for a great being to a promising date. Book reservations for one of the tours and then take a bottle home to enjoy in front of a roaring fireplace.
Rhine Hall Distillery is located at 2010 W. Fulton St., Chicago. To reserve a tour, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tavern at the Park. Order the Cloudgate martini, served on a silver platter, at the Loop restaurant across the street from Millennium Park to experience first-hand how the restaurant turned a classic Tiffany icon into a unique date experience for Chicago enthusiasts. The drink, made of Grey Goose La Poire, homemade sour mix, pineapple juice and a splash of champagne, comes with a familiar blue box by its side. Inside your date will find an Elsa Peretti bean necklace from Tiffany.
Tavern at the Park is located at 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago.
Tru Fragrance. If smelling like Chicago is not your idea of romance, you haven’t yet come across Tru Blooms Chicago. Boasting notes of rose, lavender, violet, blond woods and musk, the creators want you to imagine a peaceful day along the shores of Lake Michigan or the city’s vibrant nightlife scene. Ingredients have been locally sourced from public spaces, streets, neighborhood gardens and urban farms. Each limited-edition bottle is etched with numbers ranging from one to 2,150.
The perfume can be purchased online at shop.trufragrance.com.