Celebrate V-Day With a Supermodel

Plus a hot new singer and starting Mardi Gras early

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Sports Illustrated
    Chicago's Erin Heatherton comes home to Chicago Thursday.

    HANG WITH A SUPERMODEL: Chicago's own Victoria's Secret supermodel, Erin Heatherton, helps her hometown celebrate Valentine's Day at the Michigan Avenue store. Take your photo with Erin and email it from the store, along with your Valentine's wish list. Umm, hello, it's standing right next to you! 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., 734 North Michigan Ave.

    SING LIKE AN ANGEL: Singer-songwriter Angel Taylor hits Chicago tonight to perform a free acoustic set. You may be asking yourself "Angel who?" Mix up the innocence of Colbie Caillat (which isn't surprising, considering the two worked with the same producer), the smooth vibe of Corinne Bailey Rae and the earnestness of early Nelly Furtado and you've got a VH1 "You Oughta Know" Artist on the Rise. Be one of the first to check out this bout’-to-break star tonight at the Renaissance Hotel. 1 West Wacker Dr., 312-372-7200 FREE

    FAT THURSDAY: Why wait until Fat Tuesday to get your Mardi Gras on. The peeps over at Thrillist are getting the party started early with their Mardi Gras Ball at the Double Door. Munch on spicy Cajun food from Sheffield's, groove to music by "Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies" and "Papadosio," and get into the spirit with assorted beads, masks and face painters. Keep an eye open for the stilt walkers and contortionist. This i? supposed to be a carnivale after all. 6:30-9:30 pm, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. RSVP here.