40 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day


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Whether you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s Day experience or staying traditional with a romantic dinner or a movie marathon, check out this list to inspire your holiday plans. So, call your Valentine, ‘Gal’entine, or ‘Pal’entine and explore what the Greater Peoria Area has to offer. Even Cupid will be jealous of your plans!


2Chez {Peoria} // Which will you love more, the cozy and romantic atmosphere or the deliciously creative menu? Treat yourself and Bae to one of the best date night meals in Peoria.

Bernardi’s {Washington} // Recreate the famous ‘noodle kiss’ from Lady and the Tramp over a mean plate of spaghetti and meatballs at Bernardi’s. This local mom and pop restaurant is serving upscale Italian food perfect for lovebirds.

Bistro 101 {Canton} // You will LOVE this downtown Canton bistro serving traditional comfort food with a gourmet twist. The aesthetic is charming, the staff is lovely, and the food is mouthwatering!

Black Band Distillery {Peoria} // This boutique eatery is the crown jewel of the Warehouse District. Black Band is known for its craft cocktails and farm-to-table culinary experience. With such a vibrant atmosphere, Black Band is sure to be a staple in your date night rotation.

Connected {Peoria} // Connected is a romantic and intimate hideaway preparing gourmet Italian and American entrees. If you’re looking for VIP service in a unique atmosphere, Connected is the place to go!

Corks by the River {Havana} // Celebrate ‘Gal’entine’s Day in style and meet the crew at the hottest slot machines in Havana. With cheap drinks and local Mason County wine, this boutique gaming parlor is sure to take ‘Gal’entine’s to a whole new level.

Edge by Chef Dustin Allen {Peoria Heights} // Walk into a contemporary dining space and farm-to-plate eating experience. Chef Dustin currates a romantic atmosphere and a creative rotating menu that won’t disappoint.

The Fish House {Peoria} // The Fish House is sure to satisfy all appetites, specializing in fresh seafood, steak, chicken, and pasta dishes. From a party of 10 to an intimate dinner for two, reserve your Valentine’s Day table today.

Hearth Restaurant {Peoria Heights} // This quaint American eatery has a robust wine and whiskey menu with elevated locally-focused fare. Homemade desserts and an extensive whiskey selection make Hearth Restaurant a no-brainer to enjoy with your Valentine.

Jim’s Bistro {Peoria Heights} // Jim’s Bistro in the Heights is a chophouse specializing in dry-aged steaks and seafood. Their large wine list and intimate surroundings make this spot a great option to spend with your sweetheart.

Jim’s Steakhouse {Peoria} // Building on its reputation of serving the finest quality beef available, this dining experience will make date night one to remember. Reserve your table at Peoria’s premiere steakhouse for Valentine’s Day!

Jonah’s Seafood House {East Peoria} // Nestled along the East bank of the Illinois River is the finest seafood in the region. This unique dining experience promises fresh eats, excellent service, and beautiful ambiance. Fantastic dining is not a privilege reserved for those in big cities—experience this treasure with your Valentine!

Lariat Steakhouse {Peoria} // This relaxing and intimate upscale dining experience is perfect for a comfortable and romantic evening. Every steak is hand-cut, in-house, and made to order—you and your Sweetie will love this local Peoria favorite!

Osaka Hibachi + Sushi Bar {Peoria} // There’s not a bad seat at Osaka, but the best view is at the hibachi grill. Treat your date to a fun and interactive Valentine’s Day dinner around the hibachi station.

Paparazzi {Peoria Heights} // If you’re looking to take your Amore somewhere special on Valentine’s Day, try this hidden gem off the main drag in the Heights. Paparazzi serves classic Italian dishes so authentic each bite will momentarily transport you to the Lazio region in Italy. If you don’t already spend date nights here, try it this Valentine’s Day.

Publik House {Peoria Heights} // This local favorite has an old-world atmosphere mimicking a cozy London pub. Spend your Valentine’s Day in a casual spot with authentic English fare and American classics. It’s a great spot to toast Cupid.

Seasons Gastropub {Morton} // This Valentine’s Day, enjoy a unique experience where innovative, high-quality food and exceptional service are always in season. This charming aesthetic spot is the perfect place to wine and dine with your partner-in-crime.

Suite Fire Bar + Grille {Peoria} // Suite Fire is not your average hotel restaurant.… This upscale casual spot is the perfect stylish and elegant location to reserve on Valentine’s Day. Don’t let the hotel trappings fool you, Suite Fire Bar and Grille is worth your attention—expect a lively atmosphere and memorable experience.

Odie’s {Chillicothe} // We guarantee your Valentine will love this uptown experience in downtown Chillicothe. This quaint, modern industrial atmosphere is a wonderful backdrop to a delectable menu. But don’t take our word for it….make your reservation today for Valentine’s Day today!

Untamed Chef {Peoria} // From cocktails to cuisine, the Untamed Chef has mastered unique fare in an endearing atmosphere. With kitchen skills influenced from travels abroad, expect a menu filled with hints of Asian and Middle Eastern flair. We highly recommend treating your Valentine to the magic of the Untamed Chef.

Venezia Italian Bistro {Pekin} // If you’re looking for an authentic, fresh, made-from-scratch Italian feast, we have a hidden gem for you and your Valentine! Head to Venezia Italian Bistro in North Pekin for melt-in-your-mouth Italian classics that will leave you and your partner stuffed and in love!


Jukebox Comedy Club {Peoria} // Hit up an open mic night or a comedy showcase at the Jukebox Comedy Club. You may even find your new favorite comedian to foster a good case of the giggles. Laughing together will bring you and your partner closer than ever.

Roller Skating at Morton Roller Rink {Morton} // Even if you’re the most uncoordinated person on the planet, roller skating can bring you and your partner together by pushing you out of your comfort zone. And who knows, maybe you’ll both end up discovering a secret talent!

Wine + Cheese Night at Olio + Vino {Peoria Heights} // Enjoy a favorite bottle of wine paired with a delectable charcuterie board at Olio + Vino. Don’t forget the crusty bread, artisanal cheeses, cured meats and puckery olives to round it all out.

Catch a Movie at The Palace Theatre {Elmwood} // Some date night ideas are just timeless—you and your Valentine brushing hands while reaching for popcorn at the same time—it’s adorable! Head to The Palace Theatre and share a Valentine’s Day popcorn with your crush.

Peoria Riverfront Museum {Peoria} // Get a dose of culture by heading to the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Learning something new with your partner will spark fresh and interesting conversations.

Couple’s Massage at Senara Health + Spa {Peoria} // You both work hard, you should relax just as hard. Rejuvenate your body and enhance your wellness with an appointment for you and your partner for a couples massage at Senara Health + Spa. You wont regret it!!

Ice Skating at Veterans Memorial Arena {Pekin} // Whether you’re a pro or a newbie, skating with your sweetheart is as romantic as it sounds. Even if you fall, someone will be there to catch you!

The Zone {Peoria, Pekin} // Hold a game night on Valentine’s Day! For those with a competitive streak (or who just like some good, old-fashioned fun), an exciting night of board games will make Valentine’s Day memorable. Located on Downtown Pekin, in Northwoods Mall and in the Shoppes at Grand Prairie, visit The Zone for the hottest games this season.


In celebration of the holiday, there are many Valentine’s Day themed events taking place in the area. See if any catch your eye. For the full list of Valentine’s Day activities, check out our calendar of events.

Broken Up at The Barn III {Goodfield} // February 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 // Try an evening of dinner theater with this fast-paced comedy that takes a hilarious look at divorce and true love. Spend Valentine’s Day with dinner and a show at The Barn III.

St. Valentine’s Day Workshops with J. Draper Glass {Peoria} // February 4, 11, 18, 25 // J. Draper Glass is offering multiple dynamic Valentine’s Day glass blowing classes. Learn how to manipulate molten glass and trap air bubbles to create a beautiful heart-shaped paperweight, smooch bowl, flower, or glassware set.

Galentine’s Day at Generations Candle Co. {Peoria Heights} // February 9 // Grab your gal pals for Galentine’s Day with some of your favorite locally owned women businesses. Expect a day of fun at Generations Candle Co with Embellished by Anna, Lil & E, and Liv Thai!

Yoga, Wine + Chocolate at Luthy Botanical Garden {Peoria} // February 9 // Start the night with a 45 minute yoga class taught by an instructor from the RiverPlex, surrounded by lush botanical plants at Luthy Botanical Gardens. Then, finish it off with a glass of wine and fine chocolates.

Dinner and Dancing with John Young at The Cookery {Morton} // February 11 // Looking for a truly unique evening to spend together in celebration of Valentine’s weekend? Or how about the perfect gift for that couple who loves to hit the dance floor!? Even if you have two left feet, you will surely enjoy this brand new class that combines dinner with music and dance.

Date Night at Generations Candle Co. {Peoria Heights} // February 11 + 14 // Mark your calendars for Date Night at Generations Candle Co. This Valentine’s Day special offers 2, 5oz pour-your-own candles, 2 cookies, and one polaroid to capture the moment. Keep the flame flickering <3

Galentine’s Day II Chocolates, Cupcakes, Cake Pops and Truffles at The Cookery {Morton} // February 13 // Celebrate Valentine’s Day with those you love in the kitchen! This class will fill your sweet tooth and send you home with lots to share. Learn to make a menu of Hazelnut Ganache Truffles, Caramel Truffles, Chocolate Dipped Berries, Lovebug Cake Pops, Red Velvet Cake Pops, Oreo Truffles, and much more!

Axe the Ex at Gone Social {Peoria} // February 14 // This event is dedicated to the broken-hearted. Single or not, bring a memento or write an ex’s name on the bullseye. Have some fun at this Anti-Valentine’s Day event. With drink specials on wine, who knows, maybe you’ll meet your next ex…

Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents Romance at The Peoria Civic Center {Peoria} // February 18 // Join the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Maestro George Stelluto, aerial violinist Janice Martin, and the Central Illinois Ballet, for its annual Romance concert at the Peoria Civic Center Theater. This year’s Romance concert has been designed in honor of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra’s 125th Season by our soloist, acrobatic violinist Janice Martin: romantic music from the Romantic Era.

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