Delicious DIRT. Get Your February ON

Doughnut Vault @ Dose Market by Nathan Michael

Inside: DePaul Art Museum, Re:Chicago, Nesh, Chicago Magazine, Night of Discerning Drinking, Duchamp, Zocalo, Tequila Tasting Series, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, Lucky’s Sandwich Company, Dose Market, Celestial Kitchens, Zingerman’s Creamery, Ipsento, Giordano’s, Give Me Some Sugar, Anti-Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Class, Sit Stay Read, Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation’s Be My Valentine Event, Ritz Carlton, Haymarket Brewery

Photo: Nesh Mediterannean Grill

2/7 We’re lovin’ local: The DePaul Art Museum presents Re:Chicago. The exhibit features work by 40 artists each chosen by a member of the Chicago art world, and invites speculation about who’s famous, who used to be, and who ought to be. The museum is open from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Mon – Thurs, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm on Fri, and 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Sat and Sun. Free admission. Afterwards, head to Nesh for a delicious Mediterranean meal. 935 W Fullerton.

Courtesy of Tony Cenicola

2/8 Join Chicago Magazine for a Night of Discerning Drinking from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Duchamp. Discuss The Discerning Drinker’s Guide to Chicago and take advantage of the Typeset cocktail for $6 (usually $12), courtesy of Duchamp mixologist Kris von Dopek. The winner of Winter Cocktail Recipe Challenge will also be announced! RSVP on their Facebook page. 2118 N Damen Ave.

Zocalo Chicago

2/9 Things that make us sing the “Tequila” song: Get down to Zocalo in River North for their Tequila Tasting Seriesfrom 6:30 – 9:30 pm. Tequila samples, two drinks and appetizers are all yours for $20. 358 W Ontario St.

Pastrami @ Lucky's by MMA Playground

2/10 If you’re looking for a night of theater full of star-crossed lovers, power struggles, and rhyming couplets, check out The Improvised Shakespeare Company in which the audience provides ideas for an Elizabethan-style performance. Tickets are $16, and begins at 8:00 pm at the Del Close Theater. Before or after, head to Lucky’s Sandwich Company for a huge sandwich. 3541 N Clark St.

Courtesy of Cafe Ballou

2/11 100% handmade make us 100% in love: Empty Bottle hosts the Handmade Market featuring jewelry, purses, clothing and more from 33 designers. Free admission to the market, which runs from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Get your strength for shopping by heading to Cafe Ballou for a light breakfast and a cup of coffee before hitting up the market. 1035 N Western Ave.

Courtesy Zingermans Creamery

2/12 It feels like we’ve been waiting for this since December. Wait, we have! Dose Market returns from 10:00 am – 4: 00 pm at the River East Center. Score some ah-mazing baked goods from Celestial Kitchens, cheese and gelato from Zingerman’s Creamery, and coffee from Bucktown’s Ipsento, just to name a few. Tickets are $8 in advance online and $10 on the day of the market. 435 E Illinois St.

2/12 Be My Valentine 2012 Going Stag or coupled up, anyone is welcome to Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundations Be My Valentine Event, think pink. The Lynn Sage crew will be hosting a brunch at the Ritz Carlton Ballroom. The Foundation is dedicated to funding innovative research for breast cancer diagnosis and prevention. Elevate your awareness and play at this Valentine’s Day brunch bonanza. Tickets are almost sold out, get ‘em here.

Giordano's by The Recourse

2/13 Admit it…we’re all suckers for heart-shaped things, especially if they’re delicious Giordano’s pizza. If you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow, you might want to order one of these bad boys tonight!

2/14 Valentine’s Day + animals! = SO MUCH ♥ LOVE ♥ ! Come out and support Sit Stay Read, a non-profit near and dear to Elevate Your Presence’s heart, on Valentine’s Day (hint-hint!) at Haymarket Pub & Brewery for the 7th Annual Best in Show Valentine’s Day Benefit! Treat your sweetie to a wonderful night out while benefiting such a great cause. The Westminster Dog Show will be playing LIVE on TV along with an open bar, appetizer buffet, and a live and silent auction – all for the benefit of SitStayRead’s literacy programs!

MBK @ Sit Stay Read

See firsthand how bringing dogs into schools ELEVATES life for these wonderful kids! Give back + get INVOLVED and BUY TICKETS!  (Get in touch with us if you want to learn more and even better-> volunteer!)! 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM  737 W. Randolph.

Courtesy of Dose Market

2/14 Roses, chocolate, gifts, heart-shaped pizza? Meh. If you prefer not to celebrate Cupid’s holiday, head over to Give Me Some Sugar in Roscoe Village for their Anti-Valentine’s Day Cake Decorating Class. The class is from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm and is $65. The only thing you need to bring besides the class fee is your best “Worst Date Story.” 2205 W Belmont.

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