Planning for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a big production with an itinerary and a hefty price tag. That’s because many Chicago hotels, restaurants and vendors have done the preparation for you.
Check out this list of “sweetheart” Valentine’s Day and weekend specials.
312 Chicago, choose from a four-course meal for $50 or $65 with wine pairings.
676 Restaurant & Bar, enjoy a romantic evening under the restaurant's interior-decorated night sky with a four-course dinner, a complimentary glass of champagne and a rose for the lady.
Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, choose from a special menu outlining a four-course, eight-item dinner and two glasses of champagne for $88.
Allgauer’s Restaurant in DoubleTree hotel, Alsip, Ill. Chef Ed Trinkaus will prepare a four-course menu with wine pairing. An overnight escape package with dinner also is available. Most romantic dish is the heart-shaped cake with double chocolate drizzle.
Balsan Restaurant, a three-course dinner will be served couples-style with the starter course and dessert served on a shared platter, available Feb. 11-14.
Blue 13, couples can enjoy a three-course meal for $55 a person or a five-course one for $90 a person. Comes with complimentary champagne toast, available Feb. 11-14.
Bolat African Cuisine Restaurant, go on a lovers delight African adventure thanks to a menu featuring exotic “Afro”disiacs.
Chalkboard Restaurant, enjoy a five-course meal for $50 or with wine pairings for $65. Menu available Feb. 11-14.
Charlie Trotter’s, will be offering a special multiple course "love" menu with luxury products from around the world.
Cité Chicago, wine and dine with stunning views from the 70th floor of Lake Point Tower fused with a decadent six-course chef's-tasting menu for $95 per person. The most romantic dish is the Swiss chocolate fondue for two.
Coobah, this Cuban-style restaurant offers a $69-per-couple five-course menu, including an appetizer, entrée, shared dessert and free gift bag from C.O. Bigelow. Free parking is available in the back. Most romantic dish is the Hare Pie Stuffed Rabbit Empanada.
Division Ale House, couples can opt for a three-course dinner for just $25 per person. Reserve in advance and receive a complimentary bottle of champagne. Most romantic dish is the organic free-range half chicken
The Flying Horse, head to Galena, Ill., for a romantic surf-and-turf special of $32.99, or select the most romantic dish — Roast Duck with Cranberry Glaze
Francesca’s Tavola, hit up this Arlington Heights, Ill., location for a dish of heart-shaped ravioli.
The Happ Inn Bar & Grill, want to include the kids on your V-day date? No problem. Check out its weekend-long specials and a kids dinner-and-movie celebration on Feb. 13 starting at 5 p.m. $9.95 for a complete kids "TV dinner." Also, receive free red velvet cupcakes.
Jacky’s on Prairie, suburbanites can hit up this Evanston restaurant for a six-course chef’s-tasting menu, including Oyster Trio, Jasmine Petal soup, Butter-poached lobster, Diver sea scallops, quail and dessert for $70 a person. A vegetarian tasting is available upon request.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib, from Feb. 11-14, couples can opt for the $99 dinner for two, which includes three courses, dessert and champagne. Each couple receives a complimentary jar of C.C. Brown's Hot Fudge Sauce, which retails for $30.
Lou Malnati’s, give the gift that keeps on giving with a 9-inch heart-shaped pizza. Miles away from your sweetheart? Ship the heart-shaped pizza and have it delivered right to your honey’s doorstep through Tastes of Chicago.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurants, leave the details to this Chicago-based establishment. When making a reservation, ask about ordering flowers, custom menu messages, and more. Most romantic dish is the salmon stuffer.
Mercadito Restaurants, spice up your Valentine’s Day with a sharing menu of guacamole, tacos, botanas, ceviches and desserts for $60 per guest. Or opt for a cooking class and dinner for $70. Most romantic dish is the Lobster Taquiza for two.
Outback Steakhouse, saddle up for a “Sweetheart Meal” of Bloomin' Onion, two Outback Special sirloins, a choice of freshly made sides or a signature salad and a slice of Classic cheesecake, all for the price of one meal.
Palette Bistro, offering a three-course menu for $50 a person, including a glass of cava.
Sable Kitchen & Bar, choose from the “double date” menu of six courses, including a sparkling cocktail and chocolate truffles for $45 per person, available Feb. 11-14. Most romantic dish is scallops.
Tiparos Thai Restaurant, receive half off on regular wine choices by the bottle. BYOB with no corkage fee charge.
Vermillion Restaurant, reserve two seatings of "Gourmet Love" for a five-course meal ranging from $55-$65 per person.
Zest, located in the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile hotel in the Streeterville/Gold Coast neighborhood, romantic four-course menu, including a toblerone chocolate fondue to share for $55 a person. Offer available Feb. 11-14 from 5-9:30 p.m.
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