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Aya Pastry 

Selling gift boxes of hand decorated heart-shaped sugar cookies for $40/box with option to add a custom message to one cookie, as well as selling strawberry chocolate and raspberry macarons for $14 a box and individual Coconut Cream Pies for $6.50.

  • Orders go live on 1.30 and are available until 2.10 for pick-up at Aya Pastry (1332 W Grand Avenue) from 2.13-2.16 from 9am-5pm.

Daisies 

Four course pre-fixe menu for $69 (8 items total to share), plus $35 wine pairings. Vegetarian tasting menu available, pre-order encouraged. Each person can choose one of the two listed for each course.

  • First Course
    • apples/radish/white balsamic/all the herbs 
    • fried parsnips/fermented cherry/goat cheese/duck crackling/mint 
  • Second Course
    • tajarin/mushroom/chicken skin/sravecchio/thyme
    • black truffle ravioli/celery root/mustard/schmaltz
  •  Third Course
    • smoked sturgeon agnolotti/hackleback caviar/butter/chervil
    • short rib ravioli/brussels sprouts/saor/whey
  •  Fourth Course
    • chocolate mousse 
    • raspberry pretzel pie

The Heritage in Forest Park

Regular menu plus special treats to set the mood, including:

  • Amuse Bouche L’amour
  • Quail Lovebirds for two: $45 (Hominy salad with chimichurri, roasted rutabaga and squash, with a cider mole)
  • Her/She Pie: $9 (Chocolate whip, vanilla whip, chocolate graham crackers crumble, shaved chocolate, strawberry powder)
  • 15% off entire selection of bottles of wine.

Gaijin 

Five course pre-fixe menu (below) for $110 per couple, plus $30/person drink pairings. Regular menu available. 

  • Kombu veggies 

  • Japanese sweet potato, mirin, seaweed salad, daikon 
  • Wagyu Beef, rice, furikake, smoked shoyu, scallions 
  • Maine lobster Osaka-style Okonomiyaki, lobster kewpie 
  • Creme brûlée kakigori, Meyer lemon, & blueberry

Lula Cafe

Four course tasting menu for $65, plus $30 wine pairings. Accepting reservations by phone-call or in person only for the dining room from 5:30 through 11:00pm. The bar will be available for walk-ins, however they will exclusively be offering the tasting menu that evening. 

So many people, including the founders Jason and Lea, actually met and fell in love at Lula. They’ve hosted first dates, engagements, 109th dates, new babies, weddings, and so many more meetings of the hearts in our 20 years. With great romance come great stories, and they want to hear about all of the love stories created at Lula. They are asking the public to send any stories, anecdotes or pictures you may have to eat@lulacafe.com for inspired menu items and additional ways to spread the love.

etta 

Four course pre-fixe menu for $65. Each person can choose one of the two listed for each course. Beverages are a la carte with the exception of the welcome bubbles. 

  • Welcome Bubbles & Bites
    • Chilled oyster, caviar, green apple & Crispy fried chicken Oysters
  • First Course
    • spice roasted beets, little gem, winter citrus, dill yogurt, savory granola 
    • black truffle grilled cheese, lobster, tarragon 
  • Second Course
    • slow fire roasted filet mignon, king crab, charred caulini, crispy shallots , potatoes, jus 
    • pesto cavatelli, whipped ricotta, basil, lemon, pine nuts 
  • Third Course
    • milk chocolate cremeux, dark chocolate cake, almond butter, pretzels, chantilty 
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Maple & Ash (served on Thursday, 2.13, Friday, 2.14, Sunday, 2.16)

Regular menu, along with the special and surprises below.

  • Lobster and Crab Risotto (saffron, citrus emulsion, fine herbs, & lime) $50

  • Chocolate Truffles presented with check
  • Flowers handed upon departure at host stand (only on 2.14)

Dos Urban Cantina (served Tuesday, 2.11-Sunday, 2.16)

Fried Chicken Dinner menu (below) for $60 per couple, plus $35 for a bottle of bubbles on special. Happy hour and regular menus available.

  • One whole fried chicken
  • Tamales
  • Romaine salad
  • Sauces and condiments 
  • Chocolate cake
  • Vanilla ice cream

Nico Osteria (served Friday, 2.14 and Saturday, 2.15)

Regular menu available, along with specials including:

  • Zuppa di Lobster: Lobster consomme, lobster tortellini, tarragon Oil - $19
  • Fried Oyster Bruschetta: smoked tomato spread, celery salsa verde - $21
  • Shrimp Risotto: butternut squash, basil pesto - $24
  • Surf and Turf: 6 oz. Beef filet, crab salad, roasted garlic mashed potato, peppercorn sauce - $44
  • Chocolate Mango Torta chocolate mousse, cashew, tropical sorbet - $14

Gadabout (drink specials served Tuesday, 2.11-Sunday, 2.16 with food specials on 2.14)

Cocktail specials:

  • Unapologetic Sweet Tart (Hendricks Gin, spiced plum syrup and floral bitters)
  • My Bloody Valentine (White rum, brandy, curacao, lemon & lime, lingonberry grenadine, cherry soak and angostura bitters)

The Robey Hotel (The Up Room, The Lounge and Cafe Robey)

>The Robey Hotel (offered Thursday, 2.13 - Sunday, 2.16)
Valentine’s Day enhancement for guests in-house (can be booked online with your stay) for $30 per stay including:

  • (2) Sparkling Rose half bottles with pink striped straws
  • Box of Robey chocolates

>The Up Room, The Lounge and Cafe Robey (served Monday, 2.10 - Sunday, 2.16)
Cocktail special for $14:

  • Love Potion (Jack Daniels, Aronia Berry Liqueur, Lemon, and Hibiscus Berry Tea)

>Cafe Robey (served Friday, 2.14 and Saturday, 2.15) Regular menu available plus a surf and turf special for $45 (which includes a complimentary sparkling rose):

  • Seared scallop, New York strip, celery root puree, charred broccoli and mushroom ragout
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District Brew Yards

It’s time for some puppy love: Grab your four-legged friend, and join Bold Dog Beer Co. for another pup party at District Brew Yards (417 N. Ashland)! Howlentine’s Day takes place Sunday, February 16, 1-5 p.m. in the brewery; dog guests and their owners can enter through the dock on Hubbard Street. Bold Dog will also be releasing a new beer, a peach and dragon fruit gose. Holiday-themed dog attire encouraged and may get featured on @brewyards Instagram.

Finom Coffee

Finom Coffee (4200 W. Irving Park Road). The pink-hued Tres Leches De la Rosa Latte (8 oz., $4.25; 12 oz., $5; 16 oz $5.75) combines espresso with three milks—steamed whole milk, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk—and Mexican peanut marzipan candy. Settle into the vintage furniture and stay a while, and even order some Hungarian-inspired small plates by Co-Chefs/Owners Rafael Esparza and Daniel Speer when hunger strikes. Finom is open 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14.

Wood

Duck into Wood restaurant (3335 N. Halsted St.) for the four-course couples menu, priced at $70/person. The meal from Executive Chef Ryan Brosseau and team starts off with Oysters Rockefeller with parsley, butter, breadcrumbs, and lemon, then moves into servings of Hand-cut Taglierini, dressed in olive oil, roasted garlic, truffle, and pecorino. The main course features choice of Chateaubriand for Two, CDK Angus filet mignon, wild mushrooms, sauce bordelaise, and pomme purée; or Salmon en Croûte for Two, with sorrel cream sauce, lemon, and fennel salad. Sweethearts end with Pot de Crème, dark chocolate custard, English toffee, orange caramel, and candied orange garnish. 

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The Rose Hotel

To celebrate the love in the air this Valentine's Day, The Rose Hotel located in Rosemont has collaborated with The Prisoner Wine Company to host a special pairing dinner on February 14 hosted by John Samaritano featuring a menu crafted by Executive Chef Nicholas Malloy. For $80 per person, the evening will include a cocktail hour beginning at 6 p.m. and a seductive dining experience guided and expertly paired with world class wines beginning at 7 p.m. including the following: 

  • Scallops with Parsnip Puree, Poached Apple, Shaved Asparagus, Pancetta and Micro Greens
    • Wine Pairing: "Snitch" 
  • Smoked Short Rib with Cranberry Polenta, Rainbow Chard, Onion Ash and Garlic Confit Chimichurri
    • Wine Pairing: "Cuttings" 
  • Braised Lamb Shank with Pita Skordalia, Fried Rosemary, Pearl Onion and Lamb Jus.
    • Wine Pairing "Eternally Silenced" 
  • Red Wine Cheesecake with a Red Wine Strawberry Reduction.  
    • Wine Pairing: "Prisoner" 

Ocean Prime Chicago

Ocean Prime, located at 87 E. Wacker, will be offering a special menu addition for Valentine’s Day diners.The special dish, crafted by Executive Chef Jason Shelley, is a Roasted Sea Bass over Alaskan King Crab Gnocchi with Champagne CreamThe dish is topped with a Baby Carrot Salad in a Preserved Lemon Pepper Vinaigrette. 

Geja's Cafe

Geja’s Café, located at 340 W. Armitage, will be celebrating Valentine’s from Sunday, February 9 through Monday, February 17. Geja’s Café will be decorated for the love-filled holiday and will feature a selection of rosé sparkling wines and champagnes, fondue cuisine, complemented with entertainment throughout the evening from live flamenco and classical guitarists. The Valentine’s Festival will also play host to the Celebration of Marriage Night, where couples receive an added discount based on the years they have been married.

“Our goal at Geja’s Café is to create the perfect Valentine’s experience for our guests that spans past the actual day,” says Jeff Lawler, Geja’s Proprietor. “We will combine the necessary ingredients of an intimate atmosphere to include fine champagnes, lavish decorations, live music, flower arrangements by Dilly Lily, couple massage packages at Massage House in Lincoln Park, and delicious fondues into the perfect recipe for romance.”

Beginning February 9, couples can also indulge in Geja’s Celebration of Marriage, on Monday, February 10. With proof of total years married, couples will receive a celebration savings of 1% off their food bill for every year married. As an example, couples wed 15 years will enjoy a 15% celebration savings.

For those looking to celebrate on Friday, February 14, Geja’s will offer a Valentine’s Dinner Package which includes a glass of Laurent-Perrier Rose Champagne, Geja’s Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue, Geja’s salad with a Dijon vinaigrette, entrée fondue of Beef Tenderloin, Australian Lobster Tail and Gulf Shrimp, Geja’s luscious Belgian flaming chocolate dessert fondue and a Geja’s Valentine’s forever keepsake. All seating times are $125 per person. Tax and gratuity is included. Seating times available are as follows: 3:00-5:00 p.m., 4:00-6:00 p.m., 5:30-7:30 p.m., 6:30-8:30 p.m., 8:00-10:00 p.m., 9:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.          

Reservations for the Valentine’s Dinner Packages are now available. A credit card payment at the time of reservation is required. Geja’s regular reservation policies and menu will be in place for the remainder of the Valentine’s week. Please ask about the special packages Geja’s has arranged at Massage House or flowers from Dilly Lily.

Allgauer's on the Riverfront

Allgauer’s on the Riverfront, located within Hilton Chicago Northbrook, invites diners to join them in celebrating love with dinner specials curated by Executive Chef Nicholas Landeweer. Couples will be offered a special menu consisting of the following:

  • Appetizers:
    • Grilled Shrimp wrapped in smoked salmon and served with citrus-herb aioli
    • Lobster Risotto with lobster chunks, green beans, herbs and Italian cheeses
  • Salad:
    • Beets, Apple and Almond Salad made prepared with dried cherries, goat cheese tart and topped with white balsamic vinaigrette
  • Entrees:
    • Grilled Filet Mignon Au Jus and Lemon Roasted Jumbo Shrimp with fresh herb butter, smashed Yukon golden potatoes, green beans and baby carrots
    • Sautéed Salmon Oscar with crav, asparagus, rice pilaf and fresh chive hollandaise sauce
  • Desserts:
    • Shared flourless chocolate cake
    • Caramel mousse and raspberry sorbet

Items on the special menu will be available a la carte, in addition to Allgauer’ s dinner menu. 

The Albert

The Albert, an art and science inspired restaurant located at 228 E. Ontario, is hosting diners in for a special astrology-themed five course culinary experience on February 14, February 15 or February 16 for $105 per person. Each course represents a different Zodiac sign. The menu includes the following:

Amuse (Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces):

·         Oyster on the Half Shell with Horseradish & Vinegar Foam

1st Course (Aries):

·         Red Oak Lettuce with Sheep's Milk Ricotta, Pickled & Freeze Dried Strawberries

2nd Course (Taurus):

·         Buffalo Carpaccio, Egg Yolk, Balsamic, Watercress

3rd Course (Gemini):

·         Duo of Duck. Duck Rillette and Foie Mousse, Blackberry Jam, Brioche Toast

4th Course (Cancer):

Shumai, Shrimp, Cabbage & Lemon

5th Course (Leo):

·         Coal Fired Flat Iron Steak, Charred Soubise & Pomme Puree

Intermezzo (Virgo):

·         Beet Pot de Creme with Sunflower Seeds & Pomegranate 

Dessert (Libra):

·         Almond Angel Food Cake with Rose Foam and Lychee

Mignardises (Scorpio and Sagittarius):

·         Hibiscus and Blackberry Pate de Fruit 

·         Cayenne & Cinnamon Ganache Tart 

Hornblower Cruises & Events Chicago

For couples looking for a romantic experience in Chicago, Hornblower Cruises & Events Chicago is hosting several Valentine's Day Weekend cruises on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15. Guests of each two or three-hour cruise will enjoy a private table with views of Chicago's architecture from their seats, a freshly-cut single rose per couple and the opportunity to dance the night away following a buffet or plated meal. Both Lunch and Dinner menus feature a first-course Caesar Salad, a second-course Lobster Bisque and an array of options for dessert. Lunch entree options include Jumbo Forest Mushroom Ravioli, Maple & Mustard Glazed Chicken Breast, Oven Baked Fresh Atlantic Salmon Filet and Braised Beef Short Rib, while dinner entree options include Jumbo Forest Mushroom RavioliOven Roasted Frenched Chicken Breast with Rosemary & Thyme or six-ounce USDA Choice Filet Mignon & Jumbo Shrimp. Additional enhancements, including guaranteed window table, a bottle of champagne for the table, keepsake champagne flutes and a half dozen roses are also available. Cruises range starting from $79.90 - $149.90 per person and tickets are available for purchase online

Beatnik West Town

On February 13, the bohemian West Town restaurant will host a No Human, No Cry party, offering guests $8 slushies, $8 spreads and $8 bubbles all night long, set to a backdrop of reggae-inspired island beats spun by DJ Papa G and friends.

Bordel

This Valentine’s Day, Bordel invites guests to VELVET, an evening of spontaneous cabaret performances and beats. On February 14, be seduced by the sights, sounds, and flavors of Paris as you are transported to the quarters of Pigalle & Montmartre. Speakeasy guests will be delighted by two pop-up burlesque performances beginning after 10:30 p.m. There’s no cover; VELVET is free. Reservations are not required.

Celeste

On February 13, Celeste will host a single’s bash, offering its happy hour menu all night long ($8 select bites and drinks). 

DISCO

DISCO is celebrating Galentine’s Day on February 13 and hosting a dance party set to throwback songs by all female artists spun by a female DJ. Grab a disco ball drink and celebrate female singers across the decades.

Come to DISCO on Valentine’s Day, February 14, for DISCO’s I Feel Love party, an evening showcasing disco love songs. 

Houndstooth

From February 4 to 25, Houndstooth Saloon transforms into French Korner - a Mardi Gras themed pop-up. Events will take place daily, including Mask Decorating on Tuesday, February 11. Ideal for girl groups, French Korner at Houndstooth will provide masks, feathers, beads, gems and more to create your very own Mardi Gras mask. Bottles of wine are half-priced all evening long. Put your mask to use and attend the Masquerade Ball on Saturday, February 15. 

Bar Biscay

The West Town neighborhood’s ‘oasis of joy’ is celebrating with a six-course menu highlighting the cuisine of the French countryside by Chef Alisha Elenz. The prix-fixe features choice of pan-seared scallops with mushroom risotto or bolognese, as well as roasted chicken with jus and an apricot, sage and pistachio chutney, or salmon en croute with asparagus, sherry cream and dill as mains, with a chocolate crepe cake for dessert. $75 per person with optional beverage pairings for $25. Reservations can be made through barbiscay.com.

Black Bull

The Spanish restaurant even offers mini paellas designed to be shared by two people. 

El Che Steakhouse

Cozy up at the El Che hearth for a romantic parrillada platter for two. The Valentine’s Parrillada will go for $90 or $125 to be accompanied with a bottle of sparkling rose. The surf and turf platter features four prawns, one lobster tail, an 8 oz. filet and hollandaise sauce. The chef’s table is still available for reservations if you’re looking to get a group of couples together to celebrate. 

Filini

Join Filini at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago for a four-course meal with romantic touches for $64 per person. Available Friday, February 14 from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. the special Valentine’s Day meal will feature a Diver Sea Scallop starter, guests’ choice of a Winter Salad served with either Black Cod or Butter-Poached Tenderloin, and either a Bittersweet Symphony or Red Velvet Cake dessert. Diners will also receive a champagne toast and elegant box of truffles to take home. Reservations are available through OpenTable or can be made by calling (312) 477-0234. 

Funkenhausen

Chicago’s only German-Southern mash-up restaurant is saying “Ich liebe dich” with specialty cocktails in the spirit of the holiday, paying homage to Germany’s eastern neighbor, Poland—with vodka. New cocktails include a chocolate martini cocktail made with vodka, Bailey’s, chocolate and raspberry, as well as a new fruity red cocktail with vodka, cherries, cinnamon and lemon.

Gemini

The Lincoln Park bistro will be offering a prix-fixe menu for the entire night for $80 with an optional wine pairing add-on for $45. Prix-Fixe menu items will be available a la carte at the bar for those looking for something more casual. 

Mfk.

The Lakeview neighborhood spot is featuring a specialty 6-course tasting menu from Chef Alisha Elenz, including a welcome cocktail for $80 this Valentine’s Day.  Menu items include salmon roe with brown butter and radish, Brussels sprouts with smoked pork, garlic honey and pickles fresno and choice of Hanger Steak with grilled asparagus and smoked tomato vinaigrette or Poached Cod with chorizo butter, piquillos, and Yukon for the main. For additional romance in this cozy basement restaurant, opt-in for the wine pairing. Reservations can be made online at mfkrestaurant.com or Resy.

Stan's Donuts & Coffee

The Chicago donut shop is making it easier for people to spread the love this February with its fresh lineup of Valentine’s Day donuts and drinks, including a twist on a classic, the new Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet donut.

Stan’s Valentine’s Day collection includes four festive donuts and two Valentine’s Day drinks, plus Valentine’s Day Themed Sprinkle and Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet Mini Donuts, ideal for bringing to parties or the office or simply sharing with that special someone. New to this year’s limited-edition donut lineup:

  • Chocolate Covered Strawberry Donut ($3.79), a strawberry glazed donut drizzled with chocolate and topped with a chocolate-covered strawberry  (available Feb. 13 – 14 only)
  • Chocolate Dipped Red Velvet Donut ($2.79), a red velvet cake donut dipped in chocolate

Stan’s fans can look forward to two other returning favorites:

  • Chocolate Turtle Cake Donut ($2.79), a classic vanilla cake donut topped with chocolate, caramel pecans and chocolate drizzle
  • Valentine's Day Themed Sprinkle Donuts ($2.79), chocolate and vanilla cake donuts topped with Valentine’s Day sprinkles and mini hearts

Stan’s Donuts & Coffee will also roll out a new collection of Valentine’s Day drinks:

  • Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Chocolate ($3.39 – $4.39), cocoa, steamed milk and a burst of cherry syrup
  • Chocolate-Covered Cherry Mocha ($4.39 – $5.39), cocoa, espresso, steamed milk and a burst of cherry syrup

Stan’s Valentine’s Day donuts and drinks will be available at all 12 Stan’s stores through Sunday, Feb. 16. Guests can pick up an assorted dozen in stores ($29.99, or $26.99 with Stan’s loyalty app). Stan’s Valentine’s Day donuts are also available to order online and ship nationwide through Goldbelly ($59 for a 12-pack, including shipping costs). 

Walton Street Kitchen + Bar

The Gold Coast restaurant will be offering a prix-fixe menu for $85 per person. Specialty menu items include Hamachi Carpaccio, Pan Seared Foie Gras, Surf & Turf and French Silk Pie. 

Artifact Events

This Valentine's Day, bring your sweetheart (or your BFF) over to Artifact Events for a night of dancing and drinks! Instructor Natasha Overtuff of the Giordano Dance Company will waltz you through the basics of ballroom dancing while you sip away on bubbles. Tickets for this event are $75 and include 2 hours of dance instruction, one welcome glass of complimentary champagne, and assorted treats and candies. Wine and Beer open bar package is available for an additional $30. A cash bar will also be open for purchase of additional beverages. Tickets are available through Eventbrite

Recess 

Whether you’re a single or a pair, if you hate Valentine’s Day, don’t miss the Anti-Valentine’s Day Stupid Cupid party at Recess in the West Loop on Friday, February 14. The party will feature pitch-black cocktails (available in party-sized water coolers) along with a special "Eat Your Feelings" menu filled with all the comfort food you crave. Release any anger and frustration with customizable inflatable punching bags available to be punched or posed with for pictures. In the mood to really break a heart? Recess will have heart-shaped pinatas filled with surprises for guests to tear apart. This event is open to the public, no ticket required. Reservations suggested through chicagoinrecess.com/entertainment/stupid-cupid/.

Papa Cenar 

Papa Cenar will be offering a four-course dinner for $48 a guest. Indulge in Meditteranean and Spanish favorites from seafood paella, grilled lamb and the fresh catch of the day. The dark, candlelit space is perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

The Smith

The River North spot is keeping it casual this Valentine’s day with a specialty Valentine’s Day cocktail in addition to their a-la-carte dinner menu, in a location for anyone attending a show following. The love-inspired cocktail blends gin, aperol, vanilla, raspberry, cassis and sparkling rosé into a beautiful pinkish hue ($13.50). 

Stan's Donuts & Coffee and Labriola

This Valentine's Day weekend, Labriola and Stan's Donuts & Coffee are teaming up on date night, delivered. For just $39, guests can enjoy garlic knots, a heart-shaped pizza with one topping, and a half-dozen assortment of Stan's Valentine's Day donuts, all delivered to them. The offer is available exclusively through UberEats, Feb. 14 - 16.

Untitled Supper Club 

All the single ladies are invited to Untitled Supper Club which is now on Thursday, February 13th! Don’t miss the special Galentine’s Boylesque and drag show, All The Single Ladies, featuring Chicago male burlesque performers, circus, contortion, aerial and variety performers, along with very special drag queen guests. The show starts at 8pm, reservations are encouraged. 

Upstairs at The Gwen

The lobby bar at The Gwen hotel is teaming up with Veuve for a bubbly and aphrodisiac special, available all weekend of Valentine's Day, Thursday through Sunday. For $40, guests can enjoy a half-dozen East Coast oysters with two glasses of Veuve Champagne. Or, pick your poison and enjoy a half-dozen alone ($15) or just a toast of discounted glasses of Veuve ($20) or Moet Rose ($22). 

Topaz Cafe 

The cafe will be offering a special Valentine's Day menu for $69.95 per person. This will only be offered on Friday, February 14 and the regular dinner menu won't be available. Menu highlights include crab cakes, rack of lamb and key lime tart. 

Citrine 

Citrine will be open for regular dinner service with a couple of special menu items for the holiday. Reservations can be made online.

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Pennyville Station

On Friday, February 14, Pennyville Station will offer its full menu of seasonal New American fare along with a few special items from Chef Jose Alvarez for the romantic occasion:

  • Special Crab Cake Appetizer For Two ($16.95)
  • 8 oz Filet & Crab Cake Surf N’ Turn entrée ($49)
  • Housemade Red Velvet Cake ($10)

Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme is making it easy to express “ALL THE FEELS” about your relationships this Valentine’s Day with the return of Conversation Heart Doughnuts, available today through Friday, February 14 at Chicagoland shops.

Each of Krispy Kreme’s heart-shaped doughnuts are topped with one of 24 sweet edible messages, including “CRAZY 4 U,” “ILYSM” and “BE MINE.” The collection features four Krispy Kreme classic fillings – Cake Batter, Strawberries & KREME™, Original KREME™ and Chocolate KREME™ Filled. The specialty Valentine’s dozen comes with a limited-edition gift box, while supplies last.

Join the sweet talk and purchase this heart-throbbing collection through Valentine’s Day at a Chicagoland Krispy Kreme shop located in Homewood at 17815 South Halsted Street, Evergreen Park at 9150 South Western Avenue, Hillside at 110 South Mannheim Road and Chicago in Block 37 at 108 North State Street.

312 Chicago 

Executive Chef Luca Corazzina’s menu is inspired by Romeo & Juliet, which took place in his hometown of Verona, Italy. The shared couples menu is a 5-act food & beverage pairing menu for $120/couple; reservations for Friday and Saturday are recommended: www.312chicago.com or (312) 696-2420.

  • “Menu di Romeo e Giulietta”

Act 1:

·        Chocolate Covered Strawberries

·        Split of Moscato

Act 2:

·        Tartare di Tonno e Avocado: Tuna Tartare, Avocado, Crispy Capers, Pepperoncino Oil, Semolina Crackers // or // Carpaccio di Manzo: Thinly Sliced Raw Beef Tenderloin, Fennel, Cremini, Arugula, Parmesan, Lemon Oil

·        Pinot Grigio di Verona of Tomassi Le Rosse or Romeo & Juliet-inspired cocktail

Act 3:

·        Risotto di Fragole: Arborio Rice, Strawberries, Jumbo Lump Crab, Moscato // or // Gnocchi di Ricotta: Beets Ricotta Gnocchi with Fontina Fondue, Oyster Mushrooms, White Truffle Oil

·        Valpolicella di Verona: Tastings of Tomassi Ripasso or Romeo & Juliet-inspire cocktail

Act 4:

·        Mare e Terra: 6oz Fillet Mignon, 6oz Lobster Tail, with Beef Fat Pureed Yukon Potatoes, Vanilla Prosecco Sauce, Red Burgundy Sauce

·        Pick Your Poison Cocktail: Choice of Whiskey, Vodka or Gin

Act 5

·        Tartufo di Cioccolato // or // Torta di Lamponi: Chocolate Sponge Cake with Raspberry and Chocolate Mousse

·        Romeo’s Dagger: Housemade Limoncello

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aliveOne

aliveOne, the Lincoln Park neighborhood bar that combines music and spirits, will host an "alOveOne" themed evening on Valentine's Day. Specials will include $3 Bell's Two Hearted drafts and $8 "alOveOne" cocktails with Ketel One, LaCroix Pamplemousse, lime juice and demerara. aliveOne will be decked out in Valentine's Day decor and offer candy hearts and cupcakes from Sweet Mandy B's. Guests can start the night with a half-off everything happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by an emo dance party in the back room with music like Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Blink 182 and Dashboard Confessional. DJ sets from DJ Faithful Anchor start at 10 p.m.

Easy Bar

Easy Bar in Wicker Park is hosting Chicagoans to create Valentine's Day cards for their sweetie all week leading up to the holiday. Easy Bar will provide the supplies (free of charge; supplies are limited), and while crafting, guests can sip on daily specials like $6 glasses of wine on Monday, $2 and $3 select beers on Tuesday, $6 signature cocktails on Wednesday and more. Easy Bar also offers a half-price everything happy hour Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

On Friday, February 14, Easy Bar will host an 80's Valentine's Night Bash at 10 p.m. featuring the best tunes from the 80's. Specials available all evening will include $8 Barcelona Mules made with PAU Maui vodka, ginger beer and a Meiomi wine float.

Estelle's

On Valentine's Day, Estelle's is hosting their 4th Annual "Wine About Your Love Life" night featuring half-price glasses of wine, available all evening for $6 each (normally $12). Wine selections include Beckstoffer '75 Company Cabernet Sauvignon, Planet Oregon Pinot Noir, Angels & Cowboys Rose, Iconic Sidekick Chardonnay and Babich Sauvignon Blanc. Other specials will include a $5 "Be My Tindertine" shot. Candy hearts will be available for customers if they want to give a "sweet" special message to their Estelle's crush.

The Graystone Tavern

Chicagoans who visit The Graystone Tavern this Valentine's Day will enjoy a "Taco Dirty to Me" love-themed taco menu for $2 each including "When Chicken Met Taco" (grilled chicken, bacon, avocado, slaw, basil, mayo), "Taco 'bout Spicy Love" (fresh chicken breast, hand breaded and tossed in Korean BBQ sauce and slaw), and "Love and (chicken)tenderness" (fried chicken mac and cheese, slaw, hot sauce). Drink specials will include $10 bottles of champagne and $14 buckets of the champagne of beers, Miller High Life. 

Hubbard Inn

Diners will be offered a Valentine's Day dinner at the newly renovated Hubbard Inn with a three-course prix fixe menu for $50 per person created by Executive Chef Eric Babula. A beer and wine pairing menu will be available for an additional $25 per person. 

Highlights include a dozen East and West Coast Oysters, Heart-Shaped Ravioli (Semolina dough, braised beef short rib, house ricotta, poached beef jus, parmesan reggiano), Sweet Potato Gnudi (handmade pillows of sweet potato and ricotta, brown butter, crisp sage, balsamic reduction), Chocolate Porter Brownie (valrhona chocolate, vanilla porter reduction, applewood smoke, bourbon caramel, fruit powder, vanilla bean ice cream, pickled raspberry, basil), Rosé Panna Cotta (vanilla bean curd, rosé granita, rosehip syrup, sparkling rosé) and more. 

Mastro's

Guests will be offered a dinner with their sweetie and be offered a month-long Valentine's Day dessert special at Mastro's. The $18 dessert features a chocolate devils food butter cake baked with a cocoa and cream cheese topping served with chocolate ice cream, and drizzled with raspberry sauce and white chocolate ganache.

Morton's The Steakhouse

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Morton's in Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook, Rosemont and Schaumburg will feature a Steak and Lobster Special for $59. The entree includes an 8-ounce filet mignon paired with a 1¼ pound lobster topped with lobster butter sauce and finished with grated parmesan cheese and a savory puffed pastry.

Onward

Diners will be offered a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at Onward in Rogers Park with chef specials created by Executive Chef Patrick Russ. Features will include Alaskan King Crab Bisque (mirepoix, gochujang, creme fraiche; $14), 16-ounce Bone-In Braised Short Rib (white bean purée, sassafras, roasted baby carrots; $42), Island Creek Oysters (champagne granita, blood orange caviar; $2.50 each), and Berkshire Pork Loin (ricotta gnocchi, parsnip puree, char siu, rapini; $32). All guests will receive a complimentary pour of champagne to toast.

The Rambler

Guests are invited to get their group dates together to play The Bachelor themed team trivia at The Rambler in North Center on Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. Prizes will include a 10 person The Bachelor season finale viewing party for first place and a five person viewing party for second place. The viewing parties will include appetizers and drinks. 

Themed drink specials will include Cran I Steal Him for a Second with Koval Cranberry, Mionetto Prosecco, club soda and orange ($9), the Wild Windmill Spritz with Fragola Wild Strawberry Liqueur, Mionetto Prosecco, club soda and strawberry ($9), a Fantasy Suite Martini with Mozart White Chocolate Strawberry Cream, Wheatley Vodka, White Creme de Cacao, cream, strawberry ($11) and more. Additional specials will include $4 Truly with a custom flavor station, $5 Tequila Rose and $7 Bollicini Sparkling Cuvée. 

Remedy

Chicagoans who visit Remedy on Valentine's Day can show off their artistic talents or doodle while they drink and participate in a Valentine's Day coloring night. Remedy will provide "love" themed coloring books and coloring supplies along with candy and heart-shaped pizza (while supplies last). Specials will include $1 off all wine by the glass (normally $10 to $12). Wine selections include Sidekick Chardonnay, Babich Sauvignon Blanc, Angels and Cowboys Rosé, Ruffino Prosecco, Planet Oregon Pinot Noir, and 75 Wine Co Cabernet.

The Owl

In Logan Square, The Owl will host a casual Valentine's Day on Friday, February 14 with a half-price happy hour from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (excluding shots), and $6 glasses of BBLZ sparkling wine will be available all night. To celebrate the holiday, Illuminated Brew Works has added pink glitter to their Brony Double Dry Hopped Double IPA which will be available exclusively at The Owl. Candy and Valentine's Day cards will also be available for guests to write special notes on and give to the sweetie they spot in the bar. For guests looking for a late-night Valentine's Day party, DJ Fess Grandiose will be spinning from 10 p.m. to close.

Tuscany on Taylor Street

Tuscany on Taylor Street will offer a la carte specials in celebration of Valentine's Day on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15. Created by Executive Chef Victorio Padilla, highlights include Grigliata Mista (shrimp, calamari, cannellini beans, garlic herb sauce; $15), Agnolotti (shrimp filled, citrus cream sauce, crab meat; $20), and Aragosta e Filetto (butter baked 6-ounce lobster, grilled 5-ounce filet, sautéed spinach; $42). The complete menu is available upon request. Reservations are recommended.

Uvae Kitchen and Wine Bar

Guests will be offered chef specials and wine pairings this Valentine's Day weekend at Uvae in Andersonville. Created by Chef Charity Smith, specials range from $9 to $26 and will include a Pear & Prosciutto Carpaccio (paired with Paul Roger Champagne 3-ounce, $15; 6-ounce, $20; 9-ounce, $25), Warm Butter Poached Lobster Salad with tarragon citrus vinaigrette (paired with Domaine Jean -Paul Paquet Saint Veran White Burgundy 3-ounce, $14; 6-ounce, $18; 9-ounce, $22), Smoked Beet Dip (paired with Domaine Turner Pageot 48H Rosé 3-ounce, $12; 6-ounce, $15; 9-ounce, $18), Beef Tenderloin with a rosé vinaigrette, pink peppercorns, pickled watermelon radish (paired with Domaines Lupier el Terrio Garnacha 3-ounce, $18; 6-ounce, $22; 9-ounce, $26), and Lemon Herb Sole with baby roasted carrots (paired with Honig Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 3-ounce, $14; 6-ounce, $17; 9-ounce, $20). 

For dessert, diners can choose a $9 Sparkling Sorbet Float. Chef Smith's signature French Macarons will be provided as a special complimentary treat at the end of the meal. 

Yugen

In celebration of Valentine's Day, Michelin-starred Yugen in the West Loop will offer an 8-course tasting menu available for $250 per person (additional $150 for beverage pairing) from Thursday, February 13 through Saturday, February 15. 

Created by Executive Chef Mari Katsumura, the tasting menu features seasonal canapés paired with Paul Bara Special Club Rosé Champagne like Japanese Souffle Pancake (shiso cured trout, creme fraiche, Osetra caviar), Beef Jerky (fermented shiitake, cippolini onion, garlic aioli) and Alaskan King Crab (Motoyaki, Kaluga caviar, crispy potato). 

Other highlights include King Trumpet Soup (cherry boshi, housemade tofu, breakfast radish dashi) paired with Ama No To "Heaven's Door" sake, Sashimi (Fuyu persimmon, fresh yuzu, Royale caviar) paired with Champalou "Les Fondraux" Vouvray, Aged Rohan Duck (satsuma, gobo, chickories) paired with I Custodi "Pistus" Etna Rosso, Strawberry Shortcake (wasabi, black sesame, Nasturtium) paired with Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos Red Label and more. Tasting menu supplements for an additional price include A5 Miyazaki Wagyu (shishito, eggplant, mitsuba bearnaise; $45) and a White Truffle for the Lobster Rice, freshly sliced for $75.

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The Fantasy Suite Martini at The Rambler, Courtesy of Sam Stone

City Mouse

Dinner (5:00pm-10:00pm) on February 14 and February 15

Executive Chef Matt Danko’s Valentine’s Day tasting menu will be offered at City Mouse,  including oysters, apple salad, seared and smoked chicken OR poached halibut, and a dark chocolate Pots de Crème. The Valentine’s Day cocktail menu is separated by ‘His’ (Old Fashioned prepared tableside), ‘Hers’, ‘Theirs’ (punch), and ‘Cheers’ (a shot) for all to enjoy. Tasting Menu Price: $60

Additonally, on February 17, City Mouse will be offering steak N’ eggs (country fried bavette, red eye gravy, shoestring fries, sunny eggs), croque madame (griddled tasso, gruyere fondue, blueberry mostarda), corned Wagyu beef hash (braised cabbage, poached eggs, grain mustard hollandaise), and duck fries (confit leg, cheese curds, scallions, horseradish). Available all day.

Momotaro

Saturday, February 15, 11:00am-1:00pm

Momotaro’s monthly Kitchen Dojo series with Executive Chef/Partner Gene Kato is an immersive, behind-the-scenes experience where guests can learn how some of Momotaro’s dishes are prepared. In each class, Gene will demonstrate the preparation of a dish and explain the traditional and modern techniques that combine in his Japanese cuisine. After each cooking session, guests will be offered a three-course meal built around the day’s featured dish, complete with beverage pairings. 

February’s session will be in collaboration with Momotaro's Executive Pastry Chef Jessica Vasquez. In this class, guests will learn various ways to use chocolate including but not limited to: tarts, truffles, & bonbons. Tickets: here Price: $175 per ticket

GT Fish & Oyster

Wednesday, February 12

Switch it up this year for Valentine’s Day and jump into a hands-on shucking demo led by chefs while learning everything you could ever want know about oysters and how to pair them like a pro! Held in the Whale Room, the private space at GT Fish & Oyster, spend date night and Valentine’s Day doing a fun, hands-on shucking expierience! Stay for dinner before or after class and receive 20% off your bill! Tickets: here Price: $75 per ticket

Boqueria

February 13-16 from 5pm to 11pm

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Boqueria will be offering a variety of menu options in celebration of every type of love - whether it be Romance, Bromance, or Galentine’s. Celebrate with your loved ones from Thursday the 13th through Sunday the 16th with a selection of pre-fixe dinner menu options, or classic tapas from the a la carte menu:

The ‘No Commitment’

The a la carte selection of classic and seasonal tapas including pan con tomate, escalivada, coliflor con azafrán and tortilla española.

The Classic Love Story - $49 per person

Fall in love on a journey to Spain and back with Chef’s selection of seasonal dishes and favorite Spanish classics from the a la carte menu

The Three Little Words - $60 per person

A selection of classic tapas and celebratory dishes designed to inspire those ‘three little words’ including: Jamón Ibérico - Scallop crudo with green apple, celery, and basil – and Nutella Churros.

The Grand Gesture - $70 per person

A menu of dishes worthy of a grand gesture; grilled oysters on the half-shell, a 12oz Ribeye (for sharing), and a molten chocolate cake

Margeaux Brasserie

Celebrate with a Galentine’s Day Cocktail Class on February 13th from 5-7pm. Led by a member of Margeaux’s  bar team, guests will learn how to make two different cocktails via a hands-on experience in the restaurant’s Saint Germain Dining Room. Tickets include two cocktails and recipe cards for attendees to recreate the drinks at home. Price: $40

Margeaux Brasserie Valentine’s Day Menu: 

This Valentine’s Day, celebrate with a romantic five-course pre-fixed menu ($120 per guest, excluding tax and gratuity) featuring dishes including Braised Beef Shortrib, Dover Sole for Two and a Champagne Verrine. The menu will be available Friday, February 14th - Sunday, February 16th. 

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Courtesy of Ace Hotel Chicago

Marchesa

Celebrate Valentine's Day all weekend long from Thursday, February 13th - Saturday, February 15th. Drink, dance, and dine with a fixed price menu or a la carte. Enjoy decor, roses, abundant candlelight, DJ and dancing. Plus, the Champagne Cave will be screening films all weekend including The Thomas Crown Affair, Eyes Wide Shut, Unfaithful, and Body Heat. For reservations, please call 312.527.9535 or email kathryn@marchesachicago.com.

Prime & Provisions

To set the mood, Prime & Provisions' tables will be adorned with red roses and will be offering unique, off-menu dishes which include fresh, upscale ingredients with diverse flavors. The temporary menu's red meat option will be a USDA Prime, All-Natural Proper Steak Diane ($58), a 45-day dry-aged cut, served with roasted cremini mushrooms and green peas. In contrast to the red meat option, a rich Lobster and Shrimp Risotto ($42) made with heirloom tomatoes, spinach, and parmesan is also available. A new chocolate dessert, the Black Forest Gateau ($18), served with macerated cherries and mascarpone cream, will also grace the steakhouse's menu, ending the romantic night with satiating indulgence. 

Siena Tavern 

Siena Tavern is also expanding its menu for the evening, including dishes created by Top Chef alum, Fabio Viviani. To start the occasion, guests will have the option to order either one of Chef Vivani's staple dishes, like his Truffle Gnocchi, or the limited-time Salmon Crudo ($16) paired with yuzu vinaigrette, persian cucumber, and a delicately poached egg. The restaurant, known for making all of their pasta from scratch, in-house daily will also offer Bucatini Carbonara ($24) with Brussels sprouts, crispy pancetta, and a poached egg. In addition, a Dover Sole Involtini ($36), served with a shrimp and scallop mousse, cauliflower beet risotto, and charred shishito peppers, and topped with a citrus reduction will be available. The occasion would be remiss without the presence of an all-new dessert; the Apple Crostata ($14) featuring vanilla gelato and 25-year balsamic. 

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Courtesy of Lindsey Simon // Dineamic Hospitality

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