This Valentine’s Day, feel love in the air with fun events and dinner throughout Chicagoland. Don’t miss these sweet deals and spots to impress your Valentine or simply have a night with your friends.
Join Pinstripes (435 East Illinois St.) for an interactive four-course win dinner featuring perfectly-paired wines. A Milbrant Vineyards expert and Pinstripes Bistro chef will lead guests through and interactive dinner and discussion demonstrating how each pairing enhances the dining experience.
- Friday, Feb. 12 at 7pm
- $45 per person
- Four-course meal, featuring a wine pairing with each course
- Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/
milbrandt-vineyards-four- course-wine-dinner-tickets- 20733626836
Switch-up your Valentine’s Day giving this year and think “inside the box”—a “Red Box” Donut Gram of delicious Firecakes Valentine’s Day Donuts, that is. Designed especially for this celebration of love, Firecakes has created a beautiful custom box in which to present four of its award-winning, hand-crafted artisan donuts. Donut Grams are available at both stores 68 W. Hubbard (312-329-6500) in River North and 2453 N. Clark in Lincoln Park. (773-666-5277) Your loved ones will be in lust with these sensual donuts.
Your Red Box Donut Gram may include any of the Firecake donuts excluding the long johns and apple fritter. Suggestions include the Red Velvet with White Chocolate Icing, a Strawberry Mascarpone, Vanilla Iced and a Triple Valrhona Chocolate Cake Donut, nestled inside an elegant red box and laced with a custom tie. Included with your gift will be a personalized hand written note.
The entire package is priced at $24.95 includes delivery within two miles of either location; there’s a delivery charge for deliveries outside that range. Locals may order a dozen (three boxes) for $49.95 when delivering to the same address. Deliveries orders must be received by 3 pm the day prior to your desired delivery date(February 11 – 15).
Netflix & Chill at Ada St.
Ada St. (1664 N. Ada St.) brings couples’ favorite cold-weather pastime out of the living room this Valentine’s Day weekend, Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 with two four-course menus inspired by popular take-out fare and movies on the restaurant’s projector screen. Guests may choose from either the “Italian” or “Chinese” menus by Ada St. Executive Chef Joanna Stachon with options including: Peekytoe Crab Rangoon with sweet and sour sauce; housemade Mozzerella Sticks with spicy marinara; General Tso Pork Belly Fried Rice; and housemade Fettuccini with rabbit sausage, grilled rapini, and pesto. For dessert, guests having the Italian menu enjoy a Cannoli with housemade ricotta, Chambord, and cinnamon, and those with the Chinese menu can savor housemade Green Tea Ice Cream. The menus are priced at $40 per person, with the option to add wine pairings for $20 per person. All prices do not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are available from 5:30-6:30 p.m. can be made by calling 773.697.7069. After 6:30 p.m., the restaurant accepts walk-in guests on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, visit www.adastreetchicago.com, or stay in touch with Ada St. on Facebook and Twitter.
Bites Built for Two at The Bristol
The Bristol (2152 N. Damen Ave.) Executive Chef Sean Pharr features an exclusive four-course prix fixe menu available only on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. To share, the first course offers a range of Pâtés, Terrines, and Spreads, and the second course features Malformati and Gemelli. Diners have the choice of an entrée in the third course, including Spiced Skate Wing or Braised Beef Cheek. The final course features a decadent Chocolate Ganache Tart orBasque Cake. The price for the dinner is $65 per person with optional wine pairings for $35. To make a reservation, call 773.862.5555 or visit www.thebristolchicago.com. For more information, follow The Bristol on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery
This year Fabulous Freddies is serving up the food closest to our hearts: $10 heart-shaped pizzas! This offer is valid anytime leading up to Valentine’s Day and the best part is it can be delivered so send it to your friend at the office or enjoy it at home in your fuzzy socks.
Freddies will also be selling chocolate dipped strawberries at $2.75 for 4 dipped strawberries. These are only available on Valentine’s Day only so make sure not to miss out on this sweet deal!
Fabulous Freddies Italian Eatery, 701 W 31st Street, Chicago, (312) 808-0147
Fogo De Chao
Celebrate your Valentine’s at Fogo De Chao, every meat lover’s paradise. Couples dining at Fogo De Chao on Valentine’s Weekend will receive a Valentine’s Card for a complimentary lunch or dinner on your next visit*- your perfect excuse to come back and fill up on the best meats and savory sides.
On Sunday, February 14th, Fogo will open from 11am-9pm, dinner pricing will apply.
Fogo De Chao locations:
Chicago: 661 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654 – (312) 932-9330
Rosemont: 5460 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018 – (847) 678-7200
Naperville: 1824 Abriter Ct, Naperville, IL 60563 – (630) 955-0022
The Chocolate Sanctuary
The Chocolate Sanctuary, a dining sanctuary, is offering some Valentine’s Day treats that you’ll fall in love with.
- Surf and Turf ($42) – 6 oz filet and lobster tail served with creamed spinach, garlic roasted Yukon Gold potatoes; crab and lobster ravioli amuse.
- Special Baked Spicy crab mac & cheese
- And for Dessert a special Valentine’s dessert made for two.
As a special treat guests will receive complimentary truffles box to indulge in that evening. It doesn’t get much sweeter than that.
Chocolate Sanctuary– 5101 Washington St | Gurnee, IL 60031| 224.944.0808
Spice up your Valentine’s Day by dining at Barbakoa! Barbakoa, a modern bistro serving up latin cuisine and craft cocktails, is offering some appetizing specials for the upcoming holiday. The tasty options include:
- Bacanora Margarita:This unique drink is made with Bacanora, pomegranate juice, agave and lime juice – $12.
- Tortitas de Jaiba: Two crab cakes served with avocado-tomatillo sauce & shoestring fried onions – $11.
- Salmon: Grilled salmon with mofongo, roasted wood-grilled vegetables and ajillo butter sauce -$17.
- Carlotta: Red velvet mousse with sweet chocolate and strawberry coulis.
For more information visit their website or call (630) 852-2333to make your reservation today!
Barbakoa – 1341 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove.
If you’re seeking top-notch Italian food, Carlucci is the spot to be. This local favorite features a Tuscan inspired menu and is known for its quality service and ingredients. There will be Valentine’s Day Special Menu items which includes choices of Heart-Shaped Lobster Ravioli and Chocolate Covered Strawberry Specials paired with a Champagne Special.
Not only that, but all guests that dine Friday, Saturday or Sunday during Valentine’s Weekend will receive a mystery envelope, which include prizes, including $100 Gift Certificate, Free Bottle of Wine, 10% off, 20% off, or a Free Appetizer.
Carlucci: 1801 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515 – (630) 512-0990
For couples looking for something more exciting than a typical sit-down Valentine’s Day dinner – Level 257 is just for you. This stylish setting combines sophistication with fun. Along with awesome food and cocktails there are tons of new and retro video games to heighten your dining experience. This Valentine’s Weekend, Level 257 is offering great packages to make your night-out much more lively.
Friday & Saturday have a special Prix Fixe Menu – $65 per Couple
- Choose 1 Appetizer to share: Whipped Ricotta, Chips and Queso, Quesadilla, Bacon Wrapped Dates.
- Choose an Entrée each: Amish Chicken, New York Strip, ScoNsh Salmon, Pomodoro, Butternut Squash Parpadelle
- Dessert to share
Sunday Package – $60 per couple
- 1 hour of bowling for 2 people
- 2 shoe rentals
- 1 hour of gameplay each
- 1 Valentine’s Day special dessert per couple
- Single Rose
- Anna Shea Chocolates – limited to the first 50 couples to book
That’s a $99.50 value for only $60!
Sunday Hours: 12pm -10pm
There is also an option to add-on some extra goodies such as:
* Extra hour of games for $8 per person
* PAC-Shop gift (from selection) – $20 per gift
Level 257: 2 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, IL 60173 – (847) 805-0257
Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurants
Seeking a place that is the perfect balance between casual and upscale? Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant is a match made in heaven. With a menu featuring dishes designed to pair with Cooper’s Hawk privately made wines, the concept is unique and a must-try. The specials on the menu for this Valentine’s Day include:
- Surf & Turf – Tender Filet Medallions with parmesan and Horseradish Crusts, Herb-Crusted Lobster Tail Roasted Vegetables, Mary’s Potatoes $35.99.
- Salted Caramel Creme Brulee – Fresh Berries Flaky Sea Salt $7.99
To make your reservation contact your local Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant.
To add a one-two step to your evening, Chevy Chase Country Club is offering an elegant setting to dance the night away. On Saturday, February 14th from 7pm-11pm, enjoy dinner and Dancing for $75 per couple. The menu for the night features succulent choices including:
- Starters: Cold Shrimp Appetizer and a Tiffany Salad
- Choice of: 8oz Filet Mignon, Chicken Picatta or Pasta
- Served with: Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus, a Decadent Dessert & Bottled Wine.
RSVP by calling 847-465-2311 by February 10th.
Chevy Chase Country Club 1000 N Milwaukee, Wheeling, IL
La Stanza at Labriola Chicago
At La Stanza Ristorante, not only can you celebrate the holiday, but you also celebrate the food. Crafting the perfect balance between European tradition and American passion, La Stanza is the perfect destination for honest to goodness deliciousness. This Valentine’s Day they have concocted a mouthwatering menu with countless can’t-miss specials. The dishes include:
Buongiorno drink special -$12
- North shore gin #6, Aperol, bergamot essential oil, lemon juice, egg whites, bitters.
- Half dozen oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonette $14
- Jumbo lump crab over hearts of palm with cherry tomato and baby arugula $16.
- Linguini Mare: Shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari with a spicy Pomodoro $26.
Sauteed Red Snapper: With red onions, pine nuts and raisins $30
Beef Tenderloin with Broiled Lobster Tail: 6oz beef tenderloin, cold water lobster tail, garlic mashed potato and rapini $48.
- Chocolate Atomic Cake: Banana, cheese cake, strawberry, chocolate cake and mousse $9.
La Stanza at Labriola Chicago:535 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, United States 312-955-3100
Still thinking about that heart-shaped pizza from earlier? Luckily for those that are farther out from the city, Sanfratello’s Pizza is also offering heart-shaped pizza with a complimentary small pizza fritz! Available to dine-in or be delivered, comfort food is only a call away.
Not only that, but at the Highland location they will be selling half-priced chocolate martinis on Valentine’s Day!
1050 US 30, Dyer, IN 46311 – 219-322-0095
9400 Indianapolis Blvd, Highland, IN 46322 – 219-922-1400
BBQ for Two at County Barbeque
Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be female-focused. This Valentine’s Day, treat the men for dinner as County Barbeque (1352 W. Taylor St.) offers a gourmet barbecue meal built for two, featuring Jumbo Beef Ribs with French Fries ($18), Strawberry Cheesecake for dessert, and Champagne Punch($5) to sip on. The regular dinner menu is also available. To make a reservation, call 312.929.2528. For more information, visit www.dmkcountybarbeque.com, or follow County Barbeque on Facebook or Twitter.
Treat your love to a “Deca”-Dent Valentine’s Day dinner at the RITZ CARLTON, Chicago
Nothing says romance like city views, luxurious décor, and an elegant ambience, all of which can be found at the RITZ CARLTON Chicago’s Decarestaurant (160 E Pearson St.), located in the 12th floor lobby. This Valentine’s Day, make dinner an occasion to remember with Deca’s three-course prix fixe menu for two ($195), including a bottle of Rosé Champagne for the table. Diners can look forward to dishes like the Kale Caesar Salad with egg mimosa and white anchovies; the Aparagus & Black Truffle Risotto; and the Roasted Maine Lobster with melted leeks, tricolor potatoes, and chimichurri sauce. Finish the meal with shareable desserts like traditional S’mores, Chocolate Fondue with melted chocolate and an assortment of dippables, and a Half Dozen Tuxedo Strawberries with white and dark chocolate. The Valentine’s Day menu at Deca will be available from 5-10 p.m.beginning Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14. Reservations can be made by calling 312.573.5160 or visiting www.decarestaurant.com.
DMK Burger Bar Covers all the Bases This Valentine’s Day
Score a homerun this Valentine’s Day at DMK Burger Bar (2954 N. Sheffield Ave.) with a progression of sliders leaving no guests in the position to strikeout. DMK Burger Bar serves up first, second, and third base sliders, leaving it up to guests to make it all the way to home plate. First Base is a small single patty with ketchup, mustard, pickles, and American cheese. Second Base heats up with a small double bacon cheddar cheese burger. Finally,Third Base features small triple patties with brie, dijonnaise, and caramelized onions. The slider trio is available from Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14 for $13. For more information, visit www.dmkburgerbar.com and follow DMK Burger Bar on Facebook and Twitter.
Roses Aren’t the Only Reds at Enolo Wine Café
Enolo Wine Café (450 N. Clark St.) features a four-course prix fixe menu this Valentine’s Day with optional wine pairings selected by Sommelier Anthony Rossi. Newly appointed Executive Chef Rich Phelps has crafted a menu with delectable options including Hamachi Crudo with watermelon radish, preserved lemon, Calabrian chile, and mint; Baby Octopus with fingerling potatoes, shishito peppers, and chimichurri; and Moroccan Lamb Stew with couscous, yogurt, mint, and pistachios. The dessert course allows guests to choose between Chocolate Panna Cotta with caramel, pumpkin seed brittle, and bruleed banana or Fromage with Carr Valley Casa Bola, apple butter, chicory, and walnut bread. The special holiday menu is available on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14, and is priced at $65 per person; an additional $25 per person with wine pairings. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 312.477.7674 or vising the website at www.enolowinecafe.com.
Fall in Love at FIG & OLIVE
Gold Coast hotspot FIG & OLIVE (104 E. Oak St.) has couples covered this Valentine’s Day weekend. On Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14, FIG & OLIVE offers a special three-course, Mediterranean-inspired menu to fuel the romantic fire. The menu features first and second courses, including Wild Mushroom Soup with toasted hazelnut and thyme, Seared Sea Scallops with braised endive and truffle vinegar dressing, Chilean Sea Bass, Grilled Lamb Chops, and Grass-Fed Filet Mignon. FIG & OLIVE’s romantic atmosphere, evoking the French Riviera, serves as a beautiful backdrop to an unforgettable evening. The Valentine’s Day menu is priced at $79 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and wine pairings can be added for $35. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 312.445.0060 or on OpenTable. Valet parking and street parking is available. For more information on FIG & OLIVE, please visit www.figandolive.com or connect on Facebook and Twitter.
Wine & Dine with Loved Ones at Filini Bar & Restaurant
This Valentine’s Day, lovebirds can grab a seat in one of the cozy high-backed booths for an intimate dinner date at Filini Bar & Restaurant (221 N. Columbus Dr.). The contemporary Italian eatery offers a food-coma-inducing, four-course prix fixe menu complemented by wine pairings on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. Dishes include the Seafood Platter with oysters, pomegranate mignonette, caviar, chive mousse, and scallop; the vegetarian-pleasing Beet Salad with burrata and pistachios; housemade Tagliatelle in a light cream sauce with black truffle; Lobster Filled Ravioli with tomato broth; Herb-Crusted Double-Cut Lamb Chops with creamy polenta, and chef’s blend of mushrooms; and Scallops with butternut squash risotto, fennel, and brown butter. To end the night on a sweet note, the final course offers options like the Cioccolatisimo, a molten chocolate lava cake, with berries and mint whipped cream; Strawberry Panna Cotta with balsamic pearls; and Chef’s Dessert Board featuring macaroons, chocolate covered strawberries, and chocolate mousse. The prix fixe menu costs $75 per person or $90 with wine pairings, inclusive of tax and gratuity. To make reservations, please call 312.477.0249 or visit OpenTable. For more information, visit the restaurant on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Dine Like an Eskimo at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago
For Valentine’s Day, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago offers couples the opportunity to heat up their romance with an unforgettable night of incredible city views from insulated igloos on the hotel’s outdoor rooftop terrace. The unique, snow globe-like experience allows couples to relax and cuddle up in a fantasy atmosphere to celebrate their love while being pampered with great food, champagne and chef-crafted cocktails. The clear-dome igloos also provide guests with a clear view of the night’s skies while protected from Chicago’s classic weather elements. Priced at $1,000, the igloo experience can be reserved for up-to 4 hours for Valentine’s Day – and throughout the winter season. For more information visit www.godfreyhotelchicago.com.
Love Flows at GreenRiver
GreenRiver (259 E. Erie St., 18th floor) offers romance with a view for Valentine’s Day weekend with a special five-course seasonal American tasting menu from Executive Chef Aaron Lirette on Friday, Feb. 12, Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14. Menu items include: Trout Tartare with soy dashi and kumquat; Cauliflower with black garlic, farro and leek; Skate Wing; Duck with sunchoke, apple and Swiss chard; and Matcha Eclairs with lychee and rose. The elegant Valentine’s prix fixe menu is priced at $105 per person, with the option to add wine pairings for $55. A limited à la carte menu is available in the bar area. Discounted valet parking in the building is available for $11 for 4 hours (5-11 p.m.) with validation. For more information and reservations, visit www.greenriverchi.com, or call 312.337.0101. Saturday and Sunday reservations are available over the phone only. Credit card number and email are required at time of booking. Connect with GreenRiver on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Ramen Loves You Back at Honey Butter Fried Chicken
This Valentine’s Day, slurp with your sweetheart at Avondale fried chicken hotspot, Honey Butter Fried Chicken (3361 N. Elston Ave.) as they launch a limited time special of Honey Butter Fried Chicken Ramen served with pimento cheese dashi, fried chicken, candied jalapenos and noodles ($10). For lovers looking to stay in, they can order the ramen to-go via Caviar. Sweethearts and singles alike can enjoy the ramen special starting Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday Feb. 14. For more information or to place an order visit online at www.honeybutter.com or call 773. 478.4000. Follow the fried chicken fun on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Magnificent Mile Dinner for Two at Howells & Hood
Michigan Avenue’s craft beer destination Howells & Hood (435 N. Michigan Ave.) sets the mood for the perfect date night on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14 with specialty menu items. Offerings include a Porcini Mushroom Soup with fried chicken, oyster mushrooms, and thyme; Scallopswith caramelized cauliflower, watercress, crispy sweet potato, and toasted pine nuts; Crab Salad, avocado mousse, frisée, arugula, cara cara orange, beet chips, and hazelnuts; Shrimp Agnolotti with scampi sauce, black tobiko, and toasted breadcrumbs; and Ribeye with braised cap, root vegetable gratin, red pearl onions, sautéed spinach, and bone marrow butter. Reservations can be made at www.howellsandhood.com or by calling 3126.96.36.19910.
A Spa at JW Chicago Suite Retreat
The landmark, luxury hotel JW Marriott Chicago (151 W. Adams St.) invites guests and locals alike to escape to Spa at JW Chicago this Valentine’s Day with the one they love. Guests embark on a journey of rejuvenation and romance with Spa at JW’s limited time Valentine’s Day Spa menu. The spa’sCouples Retreat ($425) experience allows guests to enjoy luxurious overnight accommodations, with a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival, and $200 spa credit for a treatment of choice. For the package that is sure to impress any Valentine, the Couple Luxurious Suite Retreat ($595) provides overnight accommodations in one of JW’s most elegant spa suites. After enjoying the Couples 50-Minute Signature Massage in the spa, guests’ return to their suite with a rose petal trail leading to a chilled bottle of bubbles and drawn bath customized by a personal bath butler. For a spa treatment like no other, Spa at JW’s Hammam “Suite Body Envelopment” for Two ($495) invites guests to unwind with a two-hour experience in the spa’s exclusive hammam. The journey for two begins with a full-body exfoliation and generous application of intense hydration body mask, followed by a light-scented application of Moroccan oil body soufflé. The experience is complete with a class of Champagne and chocolate treats to enjoy while relaxing in the private warm chamber. Spa at JW Chicago offers additional signature spa packages for the Valentine’s Day holiday including the LOVE Signature package ($375) including an 80-minute Signature Massage, 50-minute Signature Facial and complimentary glass of Champagne to cap off the sweet treatment, or a package that’s Just for Him… ($305) featuring an 80-minute Deep Tissue Massage, 25-minute Scalp Massage, and complimentary choice of beer. To book an experience at Spa at JW Chicago, call 312.660.8250. For more information on JW Marriott Chicago, visitwww.jwmarriottchicago.com.
Kokua Hospitality Brings Intimate Moments to Hotel Spaces
In honor of Valentine’s Day, hotels managed by Kokua Hospitality, a Chicago-based hotel management company, are all about creating romantic moments in intimate spaces for guests to celebrate love. For the month of February, the DoubleTree Magnificent Mile in Chicago will transform its elevators with Valentine’s Day-inspired décor to serve as photo booths and perfect backdrops for selfies. Guests are encouraged to get social and share in the Valentine’s Day photo fun using the hashtag #DoubleTreeLove.
Bossa Nova Brunch at La Sirena Clandestina
La Sirena Clandestina (954 W. Fulton Market) invites singles, sweethearts and everyone in-between for a Sunday serenade and Bossa Nova Brunch with live samba music on Sunday, Feb. 14 11 a.m.-3 p.m. As the live music from Planeta Azul sets the scene and love fills the air, guests can nosh on South American-inspired brunch dishes including the Dende Poached Lobster Tail Benedict; Rabanada, a Brazilian French toast with caramelized bananas, cocoa nibs, and aged cachaça whipped cream; and Creamy Polenta with a slow cooked egg, oyster mushrooms, and truffle vinaigrette. Couples can enjoy pitchers of caipirinhas for two, as well as other brunch cocktails. For additional information please visit www.lasirenachicago.com or call 312.226.5300.
An Intimate Evening in Spain at Mercat a la Planxa
Spanish restaurant Mercat a la Planxa (638 S. Michigan Ave.) invites guests to a romantic four-course feast for the weekend of Valentine’s Day. The restaurant will offer two tiers of tasting menus: one for $85 in the main dining room and one for $500 for private seating in “La Veranda” overlooking the restaurant. The $85 tasting menu offers four courses of Catalan-inspired dishes including Carabineros shrimp grilled “a la planxa” with lemon and parsley and fresh Kumamoto Oysters topped with an espellete-orange mignonette. The $500 tasting menu includes deluxe wine pairings and decadent dishes like Foie Gras Torchon with raspberry jam and brioche as well as a Spanish-style “Truita” made with eggs, Yukon potato, poached lobster, and lobster aioli topped with shaved black truffle. With Valentine’s Day on a Sunday this year, Mercat will offer the menus Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.765.0524. For more information, please visit mercatchicago.com, follow Mercat a la Planxa on Twitter and Instagram or “like” the restaurant on Facebook.
Indulge in a “Taste of Love” at mk
This Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Erick Williams and the team at seasonal American restaurant mk (868 N. Franklin St.) prepare a luxurious five-course tasting menu. The meal begins with a light course of Smoked Steelhead Trout Roe atop deviled quail eggs with chives followed by heartier courses like warm Alaska King Crab served with citrus poached fennel, shaved watermelon radish, saffron aioli, and fennel pollen. The tasting menu ends on a sweet note courtesy of Pastry Chef Lisa Bonjour who crafts a Chocolate Ganache served with passionfruit gelee, lime salt, coconut sorbet, and coconut crisp. The menu is priced at $79 per person, $84 with a cheese course, and $119 with wine pairings. Guests can call 312.482.9179 for reservations. For more information and the full menu, please visit www.mkchicago.com, follow mk on Twitter and Instagram or “Like” on Facebook.
Netflix & Chill at Old Town Pour House and The Boundary
For a more casual take on Valentine’s Day, Old Town Pour House (1419 N. Wells St.) and The Boundary (1932 W. Division St.) host their first installment of the Netflix & Chill series. Beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, the Old Town craft beer destination and the Wicker Park watering hole play episodes 1-5 of the hit Netflix series “Master of None.” Specials include half-priced bottles of wine, and $4 draft beers. This event at both locations continues everySunday through March 6 with marathons of “House of Cards,” “Arrested Development,” and “Bloodline” each week.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Exquisite Japanese Cuisine at Miku Sushi
Mike Sushi’s excellent Japanese cuisine and elegant ambiance will provide a wonderful way to enjoy a special Valentine’s Weekend dinner. This stylish, upscale restaurant, located at 4514 N. Lincoln Avenue (773-654-1277) in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, is a wonderful place to enjoy beautifully presented, creative sushi, authentic Japanese ramen, plus inspired small plates and entrees.
Start off with an Asian-inspired cocktail, such as the Red Octopus with Effen’s vodka, triple sec, Rose’s lime juice, and pomegranate juice (a known aphrodisiac), or choose from a variety of sake, wine, and beer selections. Spice up the evening by splitting Miku’s incredible spicy roasted garlic miso ramen with pork belly, or set the night on fire with the flaming dragon maki, served on a flaming plate.
Miku’s sushi grade fish comes from the renowned Tsukiji Market, Japan’s largest fish market, and is flown directly to Chicago. Share a sashimi platter and enjoy the colorful presentation. To make Valentine’s weekend dinner reservations, call Miku Sushi at 773-654-1277 or visit www.mikuchicago.com.
Special note: Miku Sushi continues to celebrate its 1st anniversary in February by offering half off their Lincoln Square Classic Maki and Traditional Maki rolls, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Saturday until February 29.
Preserve Your Love This Valentine’s Day
Perennial Virant (1800 N. Lincoln Ave.) celebrates Valentine’s Day all weekend with a special menu to mark the romantic occasion. The restaurant invites guests to indulge in a four-course tasting menu, available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for $75 per person. The decadent dinner begins with aSunchoke Soup amuse bouche, followed by a Potato Pierogi. Next, guests can enjoy the Poached Lobster followed by a Beef Ribeye, and finish off the meal with the Dark Chocolate Cake. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling the restaurant at 312.981.7070. For more information, visit the website www.perennialchicago.com, or connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
“One Love, Two Tastes” Menu at Roka Akor Chicago for Valentine’s Day
Love is patient, love is kind, but Roka Akor Chicago (456 N. Clark St.) understands that love doesn’t always mean having the same tastes. Therefore, Corporate Chef Ce Bian has created a menu that will please a plethora of palettes. His special five-course Valentine’s Day omakase menu offers varietals from the land—Beef Tataki with fresh shaved truffle, truffle jus, enoki mushrooms, and asparagus; and Prime NY Strip Steak with fresh truffle and truffle aïoli—as well as dishes from the sea—Toro Tartare with osetra caviar, quail egg, and taro chips, and Robata Grilled Sea Bass with roasted butternut squash and peppercorn broth. The menu is priced at $98 per person, but has several tiered upgrade options to accommodate all types of celebrations. Guests can add on Roka Akor’s Japanese Miyazaki grade A5-10+ wagyu for an additional $30 per person. Beverage pairing options include aSommakase, a well-curated pairing of a signature cocktail and award-winning wine and sake selections for an additional $49 per person; or a Decadent Sommakase with a signature cocktail, Champagne, and reserved wine selections for an additional $79 per person. A limited à la carte dinner menu also is available. Roka’s “One Love, Two Tastes” menu is available Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 312.477.7652 or via the website at www.rokaakor.com/chicago.
So Many Fish in the Sea, But You Chose Me at Roka Akor Old Orchard
Dive in to Roka Akor Old Orchard’s (4999 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, IL) sea-centric Valentine’s Day menu, as Executive Chef Boyd Cheong prepares a five-course prix fixe dinner that’s a “great catch.” Highlights from the menu include Robata Grilled Diver Sea Scallops with yuzu aïoli and wasabi peas, Tuna Tataki with caramelized red onions ponzu and osetra caviar, Chef’s Selection Five Kind Sashimi Platter, and Robata Grilled Yuzu Miso Marinated Black Cod with pickled red onions. For meat-lovers, Cheong has included a juicy Prime Ribeye with wafu dressing. Guests can finish off the night on a sweet note as the chef presents his Ube Pot de Crème with toasted rice tuile for dessert. The dinner is priced at $89 per person and is available Friday, Feb. 12-Sunday, Feb. 14. Additional upgrade options include a sommakase cocktail pairing for $25 per person, and Japanese A5-10+ Wagyu and Toro Sashimi menu upgrades for $30 per person. A limited à la carte dinner menu and the full wine list will also be available. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 847.329.7650, or visiting the website at www.rokaakor.com.
A Snapshot of Romance at Sepia
This Valentine’s Day, Michelin-starred Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St.) excites guests’ pallets with a five-course tasting menu experience highlighting seasonal ingredients with a modern twist. The menu, prepared by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Andrew Zimmerman, features dishes such as Venison Pate with orange, ginger, and sourdough; Mushroom Tart with confit shallot, fuille de brik, and watercress; and Strip Steak with maitake mushrooms, fondant potato, bone marrow beignet, and bordelaise. Pastry Chef Cindy Schuman finishes the meal on a sweet note with dessert options including aCaramel Hibiscus Float and Cinnamon Raspberry Semi-Freddo with chocolate pistachio crumble. The tasting menu, available on Sunday, Feb. 14, is $105 per person with optional wine pairings from Beverage Director Arthur Hon for $65, and specialty cocktails from Head Bartender Griffin Elliott for $16. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312.441.1920 or visiting OpenTable. For more on Sepia, connect on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Gourmet Valentine’s Day Brunch at The Signature Room
The Signature Room (875 N. Michigan Ave.) hosts an entire weekend filled with decadent food, romantic ambiance, and exquisite views of the city. OnFriday, Feb. 12, Saturday, Feb. 13, and Sunday, Feb. 14, guests choose from two different options during lunch and dinner. Earlier in the day, Executive Chef Cardel Reid offers a gourmet brunch buffet spread for $50 per person, featuring Charcuterie, Seasonal Salads, Made-to-Order Omelets, Bananas Foster Pancakes, and much more. Cardel also prepares a four-course prix fixe menu for dinner dates. A few of the dishes include Grilled Octopus and Cuttlefish, Braised Pork Belly, Seared Scallops, Roasted Butternut Squash, and more, plus a Chef’s Selection of Dessert. Dinner is $125 per person and includes a glass of the new Signature Room at the 95th Sparkling Brut. Price excludes tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 312.787.9596 or visitwww.signatureroom.com. For more information, follow The Signature Room on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Celebrate Your Sweetie at Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi
Guests can pull out all the stops to celebrate their sweetie with a decadent surf and turf Valentine’s Day Special at Stetsons Modern Steak + Sushi. Start the evening on the right note with the Potion #9 ($14) cocktail featuring PAMA liqueur, Absolut Vanilia, RumChata, strawberry purée, and chocolate mint tuiles. There’s no need to pick between steak or seafood for the main course with the Valentine’s Day Special, a Buckhead 8-oz. Filet Mignon and a Butter Poached Lobster Tail served with béarnaise sauce ($59). End the evening on a sweet note with Black Forest Cake ($9) made with mascarpone mousse, port cherries, black forest cake, and served with a cherry sorbet. To make a reservation, call 312.239.4491 or online.
Eat Your Heart Out at Tanta this Valentine’s Day
On this most romantic day of the year, Executive Chef Jesus Delgado of Tanta (118 W. Grand Ave.) invites lovebirds to enjoy a special à la carte menu offered Feb. 11-14. Taking Valentine’s Day-inspired cuisine to heart, Delgado creates dishes with animal hearts such as Corazón Anticucho with chicken heart, anticuchera, aji amarillo and scallion sauce, choclo, and fingerling potatoes; and Heart-artare with beef heart, anticuchera aïoli, cured egg yolk, avocado mousse, arugula salad, garlic chips, and huacatay sauce. Additionally, couples can sip on the La Guapa cocktail made with CH Lavender Gin, rhubarb, lemon, and Anna Codorniu Brut Rosé ($12). Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 312.222.9700 or by visitingOpenTable. For more information, visit www.tantachicago.com. Follow Tanta on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Valentine’s Ménage à Deux Menu at Travelle Kitchen + Bar
This Valentine’s Day, sharing is caring at Travelle Kitchen + Bar (330 N. Wabash Ave.) as Executive Chef Tim Graham has prepared five-course shared menus for $185 per couple. Guests can select from a seafood and meat-centric menu or opt for the vegetarian-focused option. Each meal begins with aChampagne toast, and concludes with a Chocolate Cherry Tart created by Executive Pastry Chef Scott Green. Highlights from the night’s seafood & meat-centric menu include: French Kiss Oyster Fritters with blood orange “broken” artichoke vinaigrette; Hearts of Romaine with Bayonne ham, bleeding heart radish, and poppy seed vinaigrette; and “Love Curry” Dusted Salmon with fire-charred peppers, blue barley, and ginger soubise. The vegetarian menu offers dishes like Falafel Vadouvan with cucumber salad; Black Bean “Fries” with charred scallion dip; Black Garlic Polenta with king trumpet mushrooms and parmesan; and Beet Risotto with goat cheese. Beverage Director Priscilla Young has created a special “His and Her” cocktail pairing for the holiday. Couples can order the I’ll Have What She’s Having with citron vodka, pineapple, sage, and bubbles, or the I’ll Have What He’s Having in which the vodka component of the cocktail is substituted with whiskey. The Valentine’s Day menu and drink specials are available for dinner on Saturday, Feb. 13 and Sunday, Feb. 14. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by contacting the restaurant at 312.923.7705 or visitingwww.travellechicago.com.
Bacino’s and Bella Bacinos
Pizza lovers, what better way to say “I love you” than with a delicious, heart-shaped pizza? This special pie is available at Bacino’s in Lincoln Park and both Bella Bacinos locations, 75 E. Wacker Dr. in Chicago and 36 South LaGrange Road in Downtown LaGrange. Live out of town? Bacino’s renowned stuffed pizzas are available for shipping. Orders must be received no later than February 10 for arrival on February 12. Only Medium (serves 2-3) and Large (serves 3-4) sizes are available for shipping. Prices are based on the regular menu price plus shipping and handling. Pricing for medium stuffed pizzas begin at $19.95; large at $24.95. Call 312-263-2350 to order. $3.50 for local delivery; shipping costs vary. If you’re looking for a more gourmet experience, both Bella Bacinos locations are featuring a special Valentine’s menu all weekend—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 12, 13, and 14, including Sunday brunch. Paired with Bella Bacinos’ extraordinary, award-winning wine list, it will set the stage for an unforgettable, romantic meal. The LaGrange location is featuring live music by guitarist Anselmo Marquez, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, February 12. End the evening on a sweet note with one of Bacinos’ house-made desserts. Indulge in house made Tiramisu, an Italian classic, or the Flourless Chocolate Cake, featuring imported Valrhona dark chocolate, and pair it with a delicious sparkling dessert wine.
Valentine’s Weekend Brunch at Ixcateco Grill
Weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays has recently been added to Ixcateco Grill’s offerings. Enjoy Weekend Brunch 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday or Sunday during Valentine’s Weekend for a special romantic treat and you’ll most certainly want to come back for more on the following weekends.
Don’t let the name fool you, especially on Valentine’s Day—the Huevos Divorciados ($12) is an amazing signature brunch dish comprised, on one side of the plate, with a fried egg served on a crispy tortilla with black beans, covered in Molcajete sauce and garnished with chorizo and queso ranchero and, on the other side, a poached egg served on top of a masa boat with mashed potatoes covered in salsa loca garnished with crispy ham, sour cream and queso ranchero.
Ixcateco Grill’s weekend brunch is a departure from typical American brunch offerings. Chef Ramirez’ philosophy is to present a simple yet varied menu. “Our goal at brunch is to introduce to our guests to the types of food prepared in Mexico during the daytime hours, which is just as delicious and complex but a bit lighter than dinner fare,” he said. “Our brunch menu offers some breakfast oriented items and some dishes that would be more associated with midday.”
The brunch menu’s authentic recipes are prepared on the wood grill and display Chef Ramirez’ mastery of moles and sauces. Brunch starters include Ensalada de Betabel ($7) a salad made with roasted beets, jicama, watercress, goat cheese, and candy pecans tossed in a Pasilla Orange dressing. The Yogurt ($6), served with fresh fruit, honey agave and garnished with granola, is a very pleasant beginning.
Brunch entrées include Chilaquiles Verdes ($9), crispy corn tortillas soaked in salsa loca garnished with sour cream and queso ranchero and served with black beans; Chilaquiles Rojos ($9) are crispy corn tortillas sauced in Guajillo cream, garnished with queso ranchero and served with choice of eggs.
Another standout brunch dish is the Enchiladas ($11), rolled corn tortillas stuffed with poultry carnitas, scrambled eggs, and serrano pepper covered in salsa loca and finished with melted Chihuahua cheese, onions and cilantro.
Rounding out the menu are two delicious egg dishes. Huevos a la Mexicana ($9) are Mexican scrambled eggs mixed with Pico de Gallo, accompanied by black beans; and Huevos Con Chorizo ($10.50), scrambled eggs mixed with chorizo and diced potatoes served with black beans.
Chef Ramirez also includes on the brunch menu his highly-praised dinner item, Carne Asada ($16.50), fire wood grilled steak accompanied by a crispy corn tortilla topped with black beans, Molcajete sauce, sprinkled with crispy ham and queso ranchero and a side of guacamole. For brunch, he tops the dish with a fried egg.
Other surprises include Chef Ramirez’s take on a Mexican Toast using an artisan Mexican pouliche bread garnished with Maduros and seasonal fruit, and Cornmeal Pancakes with housemade Cajeta (Mexican Caramel) Sauce.
Osteria La Madia’s Valentine’s Brunch
Valentine’s looking begin the actual “big day” with Sunday brunch, Osteria La Madia is the place to go. In addition to the delicious brunch menu, couples will be treated to a parting gift of a half bottle of Prosecco and a complimentary Firecakes donut (one per couple).
At a prix fixe of $22 per person, Osteria La Madia may be one of the best deals in town, considering the restaurant’s beautiful ambiance and delicious homemade contemporary food. You can also create your own brunch from its tasty a la carte menu.
The prix fixe menu begins with your choice of Anti Pasti and an Entrée or Pizza and includes a glass of Prosecco or a Bellini ($22). The a la carte menu includes selections from the Anti Pasti menu: Brioche Cinnamon Roll with Nutella, Amarena cherry, bourbon icing ($8); Seasonal Fruit and House-Made Yogurt, pistachio granola, pumpkin seed, currant, pomegranate ($8); Prosciutto and Roasted Squash with roasted garlic crème frâiche, pickled cipollini, radish, herb ($11); Potato Fritters, Mortadella, scallions, yogurt, wine soaked fruit and frisee ($9); and Winter Citrus Salad, orange, grapefruit, radish, baby kale, and house-made farm cheese ($9).
Breakfast Entrees feature Crispy Port Belly, roasted tomatoes, melted mozzarella, scrambled eggs, and crispy potatoes ($13); Fried Egg Bruchetta, ciabatta, garlic, spinach, lemon aioli, bacon, house-made fennel sausage and Fontina cheese ($12); Ciabatta French Toast, Amarena cherries, pistachio granola and Chantilly ($13), and Italian Cold Cut Sandwich, Mortadella, finocchiona, hot coppa, pickled banana peppers and lemon aioli ($12).
Indulge in the must-have Breakfast and Signature Pizzas, featuring Fingerling Potato and Egg Yolk with caramelized onions, Italian parsley, parmesan and garlic ($13); Egg and Prosciutto di Parma with white sauce, parsley, caciocavallo, and cracked pepper ($18); Triple Pepperoni, mozzarella, basil and white truffle oil ($17); Pork Belly, Slagel Farms smoked pork belly, kale, caramelized onions and smoked mozzarella ($16), and 3 Hour Roasted Grape, taleggio ($13), add Prosciutto ($5).
Small Plates include the Bacon Board ($10), Nueskies, Applewood Smoked ($6), Volpi Pancetta, dried cured ($6) and various sides are available, too.
Brunch and Dinner at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook
Brunch always is a special occasion at Prairie Grass Cafe. It’s a perfect restaurant to spend a Valentine’s Day afternoon enjoying a delicious meal. Customer favorites include the Prairie Grass Cafe Signature Benedict ($12), Create Your Own Omelet ($10.75), Lemon Ricotta Pancakes ($12), Ancho Marinated Skirt Steak ($27), Traditional Smoked Salmon Plate ($15), and Sauteed Lake Superior Whitefish ($22). Dessert favorites include Mom’s Seasonal Pie ($7.50), Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream ($8.50), and Warm Chocolate “Muk Muk” Cake with Ceme Anglaise ($7.50).
Praire Grass Cafe supports Green City Market and local sustainable farms including: Capriole Farm, Maple Creek Farm, North Country, River Valley Ranch, Bill Kurtis’s Mettawa Manor, Genesis Garden, and Three Sisters Garden. Homemade products include handcrafted sausages, salad dressings, ice cream and desserts.
Prairie Grass Cafe’s Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu Specials include:
• Salad: BLT Salad, with local “Mighty Vine” Tomatoes, Local Bacon, Blue Cheese Dressing ($10)
• Entrée: Sauteed Bass with Herbed Bread Crumb topping, Roasted Root Vegetables, Cider Vinaigrette ($34)
• Entrée: BBQ Braised “Creekstone” Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes, Mirepoix of Vegetables, Homemade BBQ Sauce ($26)
• Dessert: Pear Financier, Poached Pear baked in an Almond Cake ($8.50)