This Weekend Around Berwyn

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Valentine’s Day weekend is here along with all of the unfair expectations that come with it. For couples that means to surpass, or at the very least live up to, whatever you did for your significant other in the past. For example, gifting a card in year one; expanding to roses in year two; adding chocolates in year three; a card, roses, chocolates, and dinner in year four; a trip to somewhere in year five, and so on. With this logic, you will deplete your retirement fund from traveling the world by the time you hit your 25h wedding anniversary. How unfair, the pressure of this holiday.

The lesson is here is to not get carried away or put unfair pressure on one another, couples and singles in the dating scene alike. Instead, take time to enjoy the company of the person (or people?) you care about the most. Hopefully, our list of activities will provide you with plenty of options on how to spend Valentine’s Day weekend in beautiful Berwyn.

Kurt Michaels Continuum featuring Alain Quinn Valentine’s Day Show
Wire, 6815 W. Roosevelt Rd., is hosting an intimate Valentine’s Day live music show with headlining act Kurt Michaels Continuum featuring Alain Quinn. “Singer songwriters Kurt Michaels and Alain Quinn provide an original and engaging landscape of new and original music that crosses into multiple genres and comes straight from the heart,” according to the band’s Facebook page. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. This show is open to all ages.

Gift Ideas from Old Fashioned Candies
Old Fashioned Candies, 6210 Cermak Rd., might be a good place to visit to find a gift for your Valentine. The store is stocked with plenty of merchandise including boxed candy, gift baskets, and more. However, due to the busy nature of the weekend, the store suggests calling 24 hours in advance if you want to order chocolate covered strawberries. Call 708-788-6669 or visit oldfashionedcandiesinc.com for more information.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Spotlight – La Notte Café
La Notte Café is an intimate Italian bistro that provides a beautiful setting for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The bistro will only be serving its special menu that includes six choices of appetizers, eleven elegant entrees, and of course, soup and salad. To make a reservation, call 708-749-1800 or visit lanottecafe.com/reservations.

Drop-in Lego Block Party at Berwyn Public Library
Calling all Lego architects! The Berwyn Public Library, 2701 S. Harlem Ave., is hosting a family-friendly Lego Block Party on Saturday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. As an unstructured drop-in program, this event is free and open to the public; perhaps you can build something special for your Valentine. Call 708-795-8000 for more information.

16th Street Theater presents “Yasmina’s Necklace”
“Yasmina’s Necklace,” written by Rohina Malik, takes place in present-day Chicago, focusing on the identity crisis of Abdul Samee, a man of Iraqi and Puerto Rican descent. Looking to hide his cultural identity and separate from his heritage, he changes his name to Sam and marries an American woman, further “Westernizing” himself. When Sam comes across Yasmina, a beautiful war refugee from his father’s homeland, he finds himself struggling to erase his cultural roots. Showtimes are Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 5 and 8:30 p.m. 16th Street Theater is located at 6420 16th Street.

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