"Embraceable You," "With a Song in my Heart"—these are romantic classics. When sung cabaret-style by a middle-age couple, forget about it. Duo Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael sing their hearts out for "Reel Love," an hourlong program of love songs from the movies, at 3 p.m. at the Metropolis Performing Arts Center (111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights, 847-577-2121; $35).
Afterward, nothing says I love you like a trip to IKEA (1800 E. McConnor Pkwy., Schaumburg, 847-969-9700). Seriously: Shopping together in the 'burbs for Swedish furniture is a serious commitment, even if the furniture's not.
If the Swedish meatballs don't do it for you, Vettel says romantic dining is just steps away in downtown Arlington Heights, at La Tasca (25 W. Davis St., 847-398-2400), for great tapas, paellas and, frequently, live music.