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Valentine-Themed Treasure Hunt On The Bloomingdale Trail Lets Locals Snag Deals On Haircuts, Food And More

The small, navy blue magnets are good for a single discount at a participating business during the month of February.

The trail, taken in 2015.
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BUCKTOWN — This month, pedestrians and cyclists may notice small, quarter-shaped navy blue magnets with red hearts scattered along The Bloomingdale Trail.

Pocket those magnets, because they’re part of a Valentine’s Day-themed treasure hunt.

During the month of February, the magnets can be redeemed for a discount at one of several participating shops and restaurants near the trail. The magnets are fittingly inscribed with the message, “You found love on the Bloomingdale Trail.”

Credit: Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail/Courtesy
The Park Advisory Council of the Bloomingdale Trail hid several blue and red magnets along the trail. This month, the magnets can be redeemed for discounts at participating local businesses.

On its website, the Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail Park Advisory Council referred to the campaign with the phrase, “love is local.” Busy Beaver Buttons supplied the magnets.

As of Tuesday, 11 businesses were participating in the treasure hunt. (If more join in, the advisory council will update its website).

Participating shops are offering the following deals for those who snag a magnet:

The Stop Along (1812 N. Milwaukee Ave.) ​Free small garlic knots

Damn Fine Coffee (3317 W. Armitage Ave.) Free small coffee  ​

Juice Rx (1880 N. Damen Ave.)​ Half-price juice or smoothie ​

Smart Bike Parts (3031 W. Armitage Ave.)​ ​$5 of free labor or $5 off any bike repair

Irazu Costa Rican Restaurant (1865 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Free sweet plantains

East Hill Tea Co. (1816 N. Milwaukee Ave.)​ $2 off full tea ceremony ​

Logan Parlor (3251 W. Fullerton Ave.) $15 off a haircut​ or color

Club Lucky (1824 W. Wabansia Ave.) Free bruschetta appetizer ​

The Laboratory (2349 W. North Ave.) 15 percent off Glow-in-the-Dark workshop on Feb. 23.

Quilombo  (1757 N. Kimball Ave.) 25 percent off any class​

Wolfbait & B-girls (3131 W. Logan Blvd.) 20 percent off a single item ​

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