Luft Balloons (above): This Chicago-based company has us floating on air. Forgo florals this year, and opt for a balloon bouquet in a romantic Pantone palette — with names like Heartfelt and Cupid — or create your own: Luft’s unique double-stuff system allows them to create any color imaginable. Order by Feb. 12 for Valentine’s Day delivery ($49). Luftballoonstore.com
< Sofitel’s love locks: Keep your love locked down at Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, where a recreation of the famous Love Locks bridge in Paris has been erected. Dine at Café des Architectes between Feb. 12-14 to receive a padlock for the installation, which will be brought out every February as it accumulates loving locks. Just stopping by? Bring your own lock or purchase one for $5. 20 E. Chestnut; Sofitel.com
> Cacao Sweets & Treats: From chocolate-covered strawberries to a three-layer Strawberry Champagne Fresh Flower cake, owner and baker Candice Hunsinger makes Valentine’s Day oh-so-sweet at her northwest suburban boutique bakery. The best part? Everything is organic, local and made lovingly from scratch. 122 Center, Grayslake; Cacaosweetsandtreats.com
< Dolce Italian: If the way to your heart is through pizza, don’t miss this heart-shaped version at The Godfrey Hotel’s restaurant. Stop by the bar on Feb. 14 (5-6:30 p.m.) to grab a slice and fall in love. $26. 127 W. Huron; Dolceitalianrestaurant.com
> REMIX by Giselle Wasfie: Set the mood with a hand-poured candle from the Chicago-based aromatherapy line. Each is embedded with an energy-charged crystal relating to its intention: Abundance, Love or Protection. Available Feb. 12, $35. Remixbygisellewasfie.com
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