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Valentine's Day, Schmalentine's Day

Not into celebrating V-Day? Mingle with other malcontents at these soirees



    Valentine's Day, Schmalentine's Day
    You can mend a broken heart.

    Whether you've just gone through a break-up, are perpetually single or just don't give a damn about hearts and flowers, spend Valentine's Day week with other like-minded people who think this Feb. 14 is for suckers. Read on for anti-Valentine's Day soirees that don't require a plus one.

    Leave Feb. 14 to those besotted types and check out the "Singles in the City" prix-fixe menu featured at Lakeview's Angelina Ristorante now through Friday, Feb. 13. The five-course menu is offered for $40 per person and includes a martini or a glass of house red or white wine. Get a group together (there is a four-person minimum per table) for the satisfying, family-style meal, which includes soup of the day and your choice of appetizer, pasta and entree. A dessert tray with tiramisu, white chocolate bread pudding and creme brulee end things on a sweet note (even if you can't say the same about your last relationship).   

    If you're an eternal optimist, the "Stupid Cupid" singles party at Lakeview's Kit Kat Lounge & Supper Club on Thursday, Feb. 12 is for you. Kit Kat has partnered with to present the mingling party, featuring passed appetizers and specialty cocktails. Classic break-up movies, such as "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and "War of the Roses," will add some levity to to the festivities, and the Kit Kat Divas will perform throughout the evening. And, hey, you just might meet someone in time for Valentine's Day! The event, which runs from 7-9:30PM, is $35 per person.

    River North's Stretch Run Sporting Club and Grille is hosting an "Anti-Valentine's Day Party" perfect for recently uncoupled patrons. The "Singles Mingle" event features themed drink specials, such as "The Love Buster" (Disaronno Amaretto, champagne and orange juice, $4), the "Forget About Your Ex Martini" (vodka, Pama liqueur, Chambord, champagne and lime juice, $5) and "The Heartbreaker" (Chambord, peach schnapps and vodka mixed with orange, pineapple and cranberry juices, $5). Bitter types can bring in a picture of their ex to shred on the spot; they'll be rewarded for their efforts with a chocolate-covered strawberry or a fried pickle. (Paging Dr. Freud!)