Anti-Valentine’s Day 2012

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If your plans for this Valentine’s Day consist of complete hibernation and ordering take-out to avoid the mushy gushy couples and overwhelming array of heart shaped everything, you’re not alone. Luckily, the single and Valentine’s Day haters band together and make this day bearable for Chicagoans. This Valentine’s Day, we dare you to venture out of your apartment and make the evening one to remember. We promise you won’t find a single red heart or canoodling couple. Behold the five best ways to celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day.

Screw Cupid Pub Crawl
(773) 868-8073

The 13th Annual Screw Cupid Pub Crawl presented by Bar 1 Events kicks off at 8pm on Saturday, February 11. Board the trolley and stop off at some of Lincoln Park’s most popular bars: McGee’s, Wrightwood Tap, Durkin’s, Duffy’s, Redmond’s, and Maeve. The $25 package includes transportation, buffets, domestic draft beer, and the classic “Love Punch.”

Chicago Reader’s Third Annual Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Logan Square Auditorium
2539 N. Kedzie Blvd.

The Chicago Reader teams up with 2nd Story again this year to bring actual bad date stories to the stage and ensure you’ll be laughing your way through the evening. Tickets are $14 and the doors open at 7pm on Tuesday, February 14. The first 150 ticket buyers receive gift bags from the Pleasure Chest and a free glass of champagne. Feel free to bring along any past relationship memorabilia to be ceremoniously destroyed on stage by hosts Seth and Kellen. And should you see a potential future valentine from across the room, send him or her a valentine hand delivered by a Windy City Rollers derby girl.

5th Annual Burning Love Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Flat Iron
1565 N. Milwaukee Ave.

This year celebrates a hatred for Valentine’s Day and donates to charity all at the same time. Half Fast Chicago presents its 5th Annual Burning Love Anti-Valentine’s Day Party. It’s a $10 cover and half the proceeds will be donated to Helping Hannah’s Heart, a foundation established to help offset medical expenses for families with children diagnosed with heart defects. The party will feature live performances by Pegboy and Black Actress, plus the debut of a new motorcycle.

1043 N. California Ave.
(773) 384-4418

If throwing your very own Anti-Valentine’s Day party is more your scene, then don’t forget the perfect dessert. At $36 for a dozen, Tipsycake’s Anti-Valentine’s Day cupcakes will be the perfect crowd pleaser. Take your pick from cupcakes with a little red devil design or the black with a dagger through the heart design.

Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection
Chicago Culture Center
78 East Washington St.
(312) 744-6630

There may be no better way to celebrate or ignore the holiday of endless love than with a macabre visit to see Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection at the Chicago Cultural Center. Over 1,000 artworks and artifacts are on display exploring death across cultures and traditions spanning almost 6,000 years. The free exhibit is divided in two sections. The War Room explores the horrors and reactions of war through artistic expression and The Kuntstkammer of Death, a play on the European term for “cabinet of curiosities,” features a hodgepodge of ghoulish artifacts. The show runs through July 8.

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