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6 unique things to do this Valentine’s Day

Brookfield Zoo offers a dinner with the animals at the zoo for Valentine's Day.  |  Submitted Photo

Brookfield Zoo offers a dinner with the animals at the zoo for Valentine's Day. | Submitted Photo

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and the clock is ticking down on making plans.

Sure, you can do the same old dinner and a movie, or you can do something a little different. Dare to think outside the box this Valentine’s Day, lest Cupid aims an arrow at your booty.

Here are a few ideas to help you get started:

1. Dinner at the ballpark.

No, that’s not a misprint — you can visit the Kane County Cougars ballpark in the off-season as the organization is offering Valentine’s Day dinner packages for Feb. 13 and 14. Dinner at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva starts 6:30 p.m. both nights and includes a candlelit dinner in the banquet room. (Private suites are sold out.)

There are three delicious menu options to choose from. Water and soda will be provided; beer and wine cost extra. Couples will also receive a pair of ticket vouchers for a 2014 Cougars game.

At 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva. Call (630) 232-8811 or (630) 232-8811 and ask for either Jenni Brechtel or Derek Harrigan.

$70 per couple.

2. Eat with the animals at Brookfield Zoo.

Show off your animal magnetism this Valentine’s Day and treat your significant other to an adventurous evening of dining and dancing at the zoo on Feb. 14.

Start the evening off at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the Seven Seas Underwater Viewing Gallery, before boarding the cozy heated Snowball Express for a short ride to Bocaditos restaurant. The sumptuous meal includes wine and champagne with dinner and open bar services. $225 per couple.

Or, take the whole family to a champagne brunch at 11 a.m. Feb. 16 in the Discovery Center. Afterwards, walk around the zoo to see everyone’s favorite animals.

At First Ave. between Ogden Ave. and 31st Street, Brookfield. Call (708) 688-8355, (708) 688-8355 or visit CZS.org/Events.

$35-$55 per person.

3. A Valentine’s Day Spoken Word/Poetry Showcase.

The Albright Theatre in Batavia hosts the inaugural event at 8 p.m. Feb. 14. The theater has partnered with local poets and writers from groups like the Waterline Writers and the Teen Writers and Artists Project to present an evening of spoken word and poetry. The readings will be for mature audiences – or at least those over 18.

At 100 N. Island Ave., on the third floor of the Batavia Government Building. Call (630) 406-8838(630) 406-8838 or visit Albrighttheatre.com.

$10 per person.

4. Tom Segura and Christina Pazsitzky Feb. 14-15 at Improv Chicago.

The duo have an impressive resume between them: in addition to their weekly podcast, “Your Mom’s House,” Tom Segura’s television credits include “Conan,” ABC’s “Happy Endings” and “Comedy Central Presents.” Christina Pazsitzky has been a round table regular and a writer for “Chelsea Lately” and has provided deeply sarcastic commentary on several VH-1 countdown shows and the SyFy Channel’s “Insane or Inspired,” among others. The 8 p.m. show on Feb. 14 includes a Valentine’s Day menu option and a champagne toast. Show times are at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Feb. 14, and 7 p.m. Feb. 15.

At 5 Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, inside the Woodfield Mall. Call (847) 240-2001, (847) 240-2001 or visit Improv.com.

$19-$55 per person.

5. Tommy James and The Shondells at the Rialto Square.

Take a trip down Memory Lane as the ’60s rockers perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Rialto Square Theatre in Joliet. The Ides of March featuring Jim Peterik will open the show.

At 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Call (815) 726-6600, (815) 726-6600 or visit Rialtosquare.com.

$35-$90 per person.

6. “She Loves Me” at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

Presented by Williams Street Repertory and directed by Roger Zawacki, the play runs Feb. 7 to 16. It’s an adaptation of the play “Parfumerie.” Another adaptation of the play is “You’ve Got Mail” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. If you like that, give this a shot.

At 26 N. Williams St. Crystal Lake. Call (815) 356-9212 or visit Wsrep.org.

$25 per person.

Honorable mention:

If you want a pizza, find a place that will make it heart-shaped for Valentine’s Day, like Pinstripes in Oak Brook, Northbrook or South Barrington. Bonus: folks who dine in will receive a complementary champagne toast and a slice of Pinstripes’ signature Frangelico Chocolate Cake. At pinstripes.com. $12-$13.

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