Exciting Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Region

Exciting Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Region
By: Anna Ortiz Last Updated: February 10, 2018

As Valentine’s Day comes closer, it can be a scramble to brainstorm ways to treat your loved one and yourself to a memorable evening of fun. However, Northwest Indiana is filled with delicious places to dine, unique events and fun activities. We’ve got you covered for the date, just don’t forget the gift!

Alberts Jeweler’s “I Do” Event, Schererville

At the height of romanticism, committing to a life-long, loving partnership is at the top of the list for February 14th celebrations. For 20 years, Albert’s Jewelers has invited couples to get married or renew their vows on Valentine’s Day as their Schererville store transforms into a chapel, complete with an ordained minister. Albert’s provides cake, champagne, bouquets, photography and video for free to the lucky couples saying their “I Do’s.” Learn more here: www.albertsjewelers.com/say-i-do-at-alberts 

Blue Chip Casino’s Valentine’s Day Specials, Michigan City

Blue Chip offers countless options when looking for a day of fun, romantic cuisine and relaxation with your significant other. Their special dinner at “It’s Vegas Baby!,” provides a glamorous backdrop to a romantic dinner without making a trip to The Strip in Nevada. William B’s Steakhouse and the buffet are also offering “Dinner for Two” specials, including prime rib, unlimited chocolate covered strawberries, red velvet cake and more. Blue Chip is also offering the perfect gift: purchase a gift card for your sweetheart and get an extra $5, perfect for gifting a day at Spa Blu, where you both can enjoy massages, whirl pool relaxation, beauty treatments, and more. More details here: https://www.bluechipcasino.com/whats-new/offers/valentine-specials-at-blue-chip-casino 

Horseshoe Casino, Hammond

Even though you’ve already won the jackpot by snagging your sweetheart, a night at Horseshoe Casino could bring you even more luck! Foo Noodle Bar, Village Square Buffet and the Eatery provide excellent options for a one-on-one dinner. Afterwards, experience the Chicago nightlife with your mate without driving to the city, with the luxurious Push Bar and Sixth Street Bar at Horseshoe Casino. See more of what the casino offers at: https://www.caesars.com/horseshoe-hammond?utm_campaign=GMB&utm_source=google&utm_medium=local&utm_term=HorseshoeHammond&utm_content=hotel 

Ice Skating at the William E. Urschel Pavilion, Valparaiso

Looking for a romantic day in Valparaiso’s downtown? Enjoy ice skating at William E. Urschel Pavilion with your significant other, and then warm up with a chocolate covered strawberry latte at Blackbird Café. Valparaiso’s interesting array of shops, variety of eateries and unique bars make for a special day of small-town fun. Check out the pavilion’s hours and rates here: http://www.centralparkplazavalpo.com/calendar.aspx?CID=14 

Chicago Street Theatre, Valparaiso

Chicago Street Theater’s “Valentine Revenge Tour” kicks off the week with a Sunday evening performance by musician Dan Navarro. Navarro’s solo folk and rock music mix is sure to add a special evening to the One Night Jam series, and is a perfect pre-Valentine’s Day date night for music-loving couples. Learn more details here: http://www.chicagostreet.org/navarro2018/

Portage IMAX Goodrich Quality Theatres, Portage

Movies are a trademark of the perfect, relaxing date- not to mention Valentine’s Day falls on a cold and snowy time in the Region. The Portage IMAX GQT location has a slew of fun and romantic movies to cuddle to, plus an endless selection of sweets and craft beer to enjoy during the film. Movie buff couples can revel in the showing of “Casablanca,” the ultimate romantic classic, playing at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on February 14th. For more modern cinema, “Shape of Water,” “Forever My Girl” and “Fifty Shades Freed” feature romance front and center, while “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” “Greatest Showman,” “Maze Runner: The Death Cure,” “I, Tonya” and more mix up the V-Day vibes with action, adventure and comedy. See more showtime info here: https://www.goodrichqualitytheaters.com/movies

Industrial Revolution Eatery and Grille, Valparaiso

Industrial Revolution is the perfect date night spot to not only treat your better half, but your stomach to some amazing grub! And their current special: a tall, juicy burger smothered in homemade Mac & Cheese and BBQ, is sure to beat out any box of chocolates by a long shot! Finish out the romantic dinner by splitting their decedent chocolate cake, topped with fresh berries and white chocolate sauce. See more of their menu at: http://www.industrialrevolutioneatery.com/ 

Haunted Hills Hospital “Love Hurts,” Lake Station

This is for the more adventurous couples looking for a different way to get their heart fluttering. Haunted Hills Hospital in Lake Station is hosting a Valentine’s Day slasher experience on February 9th and 10th, where you and your date can venture through an abandoned hospital as a rumored serial killer lurks in the shadows. Check out more on their special event, “Love Hurts” at https://www.hauntedhillshospital.com/slaughter-at-the-die-in.html 

Aftermath Cidery and Winery Valentine’s Day, Valparaiso

The locally-owned and operated cidery and winery in downtown Valparaiso is offering 14 percent off all tabs on February 14th. They also have released a new cinnamon-infused cider aptly called, “Atomic Love,” a perfect pairing with their delectable cheese plates, flatbreads and desserts. See more of their menu here: https://www.aftermathcidery.com/aftermathcidery

Fiddlehead Restaurant, Michigan City

The perfect spot for a romantic date night for foodies, Fiddlehead’s lobster stuffed shrimp, cedar plank salmon, filets and more are sure to treat your taste buds. As Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, get a deal for a dinner for two by buying one entrée, and getting the second entrée half-price with their daily special! See more of their menu here: http://www.fiddleheadmc.com/

Patrick’s Grille, Michigan City

Looking for an upscale dining experience this Valentine’s Day? Patrick’s Grille gives the atmosphere of a night on the Chicago skyline right in Michigan City. Their special Valentine’s dinner service, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., includes slow roasted prime rib, rack of lamb, fresh strawberry grouper and banana fosters. See more of their menu here: http://www.patricksgrille.com/

Kelsey’s Steakhouse, Valparaiso

Enjoy Kelsey’s Steakhouse Valentine’s Day specials like king-cut prime rib, grilled shrimp and filet medallions, paired with one of their delicious wines or crafted cocktails. Be sure to grab a selfie with your sweetheart in front of Howie the Cow before you leave! See more of their menu here: http://kelseyssteakhouse.com/

Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City

For art-loving couples, a laid-back afternoon strolling through the Lubeznik Center for the Arts could be the perfect break-away from classic February 14th activities. One of their current exhibits, “Birds and Bees,” depicting actual birds and bees, and galleries featuring abstract works are sure to fill a day of art-gazing and creativity. See more information at: http://www.lubeznikcenter.org/index.html

Zao Island, Valparaiso

Let out your inner children at Zao Island with fun-filled activities, games, food, drinks and more! Face each other in an intense game of laser tag, or have a laugh while ramming into each other in their indoor bumper cars! Endless games could mean anything from an air hockey play-off to a guitar hero duo jam session. Then finish the date with dinner and drinks at Colada’s Island Pizza Co. As a fun game, see who can collect the most tickets and then use them to get each other goofy Valentine’s Day gifts at the prize counter! See more information at: https://zaoisland.net/ 

Albano's Villa, La Porte and Michigan

 While most of us aren't able to spend a day of romance in Italy with our valentines, going to Albano's will bring the authentic taste of Italy to you. And on February 14th, Albano's is featuring heart-shaped pizzas for some extra amore! Albano's has been a tradition in the Region for 50 plus years, and they use the same hand-crafted ingrediants as they started out with. Extra points if you share a plate of their amazing spaghetti and reennact the scene from "Lady and the Tramp!" See more of their menu here: http://www.albanosvilla.com/home.html