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It's a great time to be in Chicago as Cupid arrives back in town with some pre-Valentine's Day events sure to please everyone!

First and foremost, topping Cupid's list is the 2012 Chicago Auto Show which opened to the public on Friday, February 10th, and runs through Friday, February 17th, at McCormick Place (2301 S. Lake Shore Drive) on the Near South Side.

Now in its 104th year, and billed as the largest auto show of its kind in North America, the Chicago Auto Show features nearly 1,000 vehicles that include domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks, SUVs, as well as experimental and concept cars.  Here's a bit of trivia - the 1st National Automobile Exhibit was held March 23-30, 1901 at the Chicago Coliseum!  Visit the show's website for the entire history through 2010.

After drooling over the cars, don't forget to browse the various accessories and exhibits at the show as well.  You can "Vote for Best of Show" for your chance to win an iPAD2 (North Hall next to Chevrolet); or "Enter to Win" a 2012 Toyota Camry (Toyota Display, South Hall) or a 2013 Mazda CX-5 (Mazda Display, South Hall); or visit the 96 Live Broadcast at the Chevrolet Family Fun Zone (South Hall) for your chance to meet the legendary great Blackhawks' goalie, Tony Esposito on Saturday from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., or Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews of the current Blackhawks team on Sunday from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  There sure is plenty of lovin' to be found at the Chicago Auto Show!

Cupid's list of remaining events includes:

Cupid's Chase 5K is this Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (registration 8:00 a.m., race 10:00 a.m.) at Stockton Drive and LaSalle Street in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Join runners in 25 cities to help raise funds for Community Options, Inc., which is a national nonprofit that supports people with disabilities.  Help spread the lovin'!

Nerds at Heart's Love Fest is this Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Union Park (228 S. Racine Avenue) in the West Loop.  This 4th annual Valentine's bash is for Cupid's singles to find their nerdy match over board games and trivia quizzes which include geeky prizes, themed giveaways and a cocktail!  RSVP required!!

A Very Muppet Valentine's is this Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Sheffield's (3258 N. Sheffield Avenue) in the Lakeview neighborhood.  This Valentine's bash for both singles and couples benefits Misericordia with local band "Recession Proof" performing as The Muppets!  Also features raffles and a live auction.

Valentine's Day Pastry Market is this Saturday and Sunday (10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) at the Logan Square Kitchen (2333 N. Milwaukee Avenue) in the Logan Square neighborhood.  Now's your chance to sample and buy cakes, handmade confections, pies, other sweets and culinary gift items from over a dozen local artisanal vendors!

The Vintage Bazaar is this Saturday (12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at the DANK-Haus (4740 N. Western Avenue) in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.  More than 40 vendors on two floors will be displaying clothing, jewelry, furniture and vintage décor, which also include food, beer and cocktail vendors as well as CHIRP DJs.  Find something unique for that special "lovin'" person in your life!

I'm Lovin' Chicago's Lovin' Already!!  Will You Be Joining the Rest of Us?


Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 11:45 AM by Dean's Team


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