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10 Gorgeous Ways to Celebrate Galentine’s Day in Chicago

By Charli Renken

Galentine's Day

What’s Galentine’s Day? It’s only the best day of the year!

Galentine’s Day is actually our favorite holiday (shh… don’t tell the others.) For those of you who don’t know, Galentine’s Day is a kind of platonic Valentine’s Day celebrated Feb 13. Popularized by the iconic Park and Recreation episode, this unofficial holiday is all about celebrating friendship, eating waffles, and drinking rosé. Technically, it’s a girl’s day out, but we encourage you to celebrate your besties no matter what your gender is.

1. Have waffles for brunch at your favorite spot in the city.

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Leslie Knope’s favorite food is waffles. Do her proud by drowning yours in syrup and digging in. Want a restaurant recommendation? Check out our list of brunch and breakfast spots in Chicago! Ann Sather and Tre Kronor have amazing Swedish waffles if you’re particularly looking for that.

 

2. Take a road trip to Southwest Michigan for this winery tour.

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This tour makes the ultimate Galentine’s Day celebration. You’ll take a two-hour road trip in a premiere coach bus to Michigan wine country. Take in the countryside while bonding with your best friends as Cannonball staff guide you through some of the best wine in the midwest. Tickets are on sale now! 

 

3. Book a spa day just for you and your friends at the Galos Caves.

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These salt-iodine caves are rumored to have numerous health benefits for ailments like arthritis, skin problems, respiratory diseases, and more. Whether these claims are true or not, the Galos Caves are a relaxing way to de-stress in the winter months and a great Galentine’s Day activity. More information.

 

4. Put together gift bags for all your gals and nonbinary pals to open during the festivities.

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You certainly don’t have to go all out like Leslie Knope with hand-crocheted flower pens, mosaic portraits, or a 5,000 word essay about why your friends are so great, but putting together some little treats for each other can give a great touch to any Galentine’s Day celebration. Even just a kind greeting card can really express how much your friends mean to you.

 

5. Practice a little magic with your coven of magical friends.

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Everyone deserves to have a little magic in their life. Get your friends together to do a little spiritual cleansing, read tarot, light candles, and embrace your inner witch. You are a goddess! Treat yourself as such. Need supplies? There are tons of different metaphysical stores across the city. Check out our list here.

 

6. Throw a baking party!

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What’s Galentine’s Day without tasty treats? Get your pals together for a baking party where each of you brings a recipe to make delicious pastries, cookies, and cakes. Make it even better by binge-watching the Great British Bake Off while you work.

 

7. Volunteer somewhere to spread the love even further this year.

 

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Doing something good with friends can bring you even closer. Give back to the community by volunteering together with an organization you really care about. Need a few suggestions? Check out our list of non-profits that are making positive, social change in Chicago.

 

8. Have a binge-watching party of Parks and Recreation.

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Invite friends over for a binge-watching party complete with comfy pajamas, snacks, and fluffy blankets. We suggest starting with the first Galentine’s Day episode but you can pick whichever is your favorite. Don’t like Parks and Recreation? That’s okay (wrong, but okay.) You can binge-watch anything you like, so long as it’s with you favorite people!

 

9. Get super dressed up and head out for a night on the town.

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Put on your finest dress, suit, pantsuit, whatever and head out clubbing with your team. As Donna and Tom would say, “Treat yo self!” Order a bottle of champagne for the table at The Hubbard Inn, the Octoshots at Three Dots and a Dash, or a happy ending at Le Piano. Go all out. Have the time of your life! You and your pals deserve it.

 

10. Host a game night at Bonus Round Game Cafe.

Who doesn’t like a game night? Located in Lakeview, Bonus Round is a full kitchen, cafe, and bar with a library of over 450 board and card games as well as knowledgable staff to teach you how to play. They also have a delicious menu of sandwiches, desserts, and drinks to munch on with vegan and gluten-reduced options so everyone can come to game night!

 

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