the princess bride valentine's day chicago

Love is a many splendored thing—and there are many splendored ways to spend Valentine’s Day in Chicago. Whether you’re making plans with friends, family or that special someone, Chicagoland’s entertainment scene has something for everyone.

For $75 per person, Steppenwolf Theatre Company is offering a Valentine’s Week Pre-Show Dinner-Theater Special that includes three courses at Vinci, 1732 N. Halsted St. and tickets to Clare Barron’s dark comedy “You Got Older” featuring Caroline Neff. The package is available through Feb. 18 (the play performs through March 11) at 1650 N. Halsted St. Click here to learn more.

Friendly couples can enjoy “Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner, A Sort of Love Story” and a champagne toast for $80 if they use the code “Valentine” when ordering a pair of seats at This special is only valid on Feb. 14, however, the show about the friendship between Radner and comedy writer Alan Zweibel runs through April 1 at Mercury Theatre Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave.

Steps away, the Music Box Theatre is hosting an interactive screening of the 1987 rom-com “The Princess Bride” starring Robin Wright, Cary Elwes and Mandy Patinkin. To maximize the experience, audience members are encouraged to dress as Inigo Montoya, Buttercup, Fezzik, or any other character from the movie. Everyone will also receive a film-related prop bag to use during the Feb. 14 screening at 7 p.m. For details, visit

Also on Feb. 14, City Winery Chicago invites country music lovers to experience “An Evening with Brandy Clark” at its unique space at 1200 W. Randolph St. For more information and seats ($22-$32) to the 6:30 or 9 p.m. shows, visit

Those who love musical theater (and free parking) can see Jeff Award winners Kathy Voytko and Nathaniel Stampley in “Ragtime.” The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical performs through March 18 at the Marriott Theatre,10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. For tickets ($50-$60), call 847-634-0200. For a dinner-theater package, call 847-634-0100. To learn more, visit

All the single ladies can head to the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook for the Chicago Premiere of “Women in Jeopardy,” Wendy MacLeod’s searing comedy about gal pals, divorcées and serial killers. Directed by Janice L. Blixt, the play features Lydia Berger Gray, Melanie Keller, Amy Montgomery, Joe Foust, Hayley Burgess and Chris Vizurraga. For tickets ($34 -$44) and more information, call 630-986-8067 or visit Free parking is offered on the estate grounds on 1717 31st St., off Rt. 83.

The love continues on Feb. 15 as Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago offers Family Open Hours from 5 to 7 p.m. at its Waukegan pop-up museum at Urban Edge, 220 W. Clayton Road, in Waukegan. For details, visit

Ms. Arvia is a Rebellious columnist and movie critic; entertainment ghostwriter; award-winning artist; and grant-winning filmmaker.