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Reasonably priced Valentine's Day dining around Chicago

Heart-shaped pizza, free cake
Heart-shaped pizza, free cake
Pinstripes

Do you really want to drop a bunch of Benjamins on a Valentine's Day dinner?

If you can and you want to impress your sweetheart, why not? If dinner is going to cut into your rent/mortgage or utilities for February, reconsider: there's alot of winter left around here.

Choose one of these Chicago area spots that offers a lot for not so much. If s/he really loves you, a simpler dinner should suffice as long as you're together (insert smooching sounds here).

Heart-shaped pizza, free cake
Heart-shaped pizza, free cake Pinstripes

Heart-shaped pizza, free cake

The day of love will be celebrated all weekend-long as Pinstripes honors Valentine’s Day with holiday-inspired food and drink including heart-shaped pizzas, chocolate and champagne.

Enjoy festive heart-shaped pizzas straight from the wood-burning oven. Chef Cesar Gutierrez will be offering the entire pizza menu, including favorites like Margherita, Italian Beef and Sausage and Peppers, in beautifully shaped hearts available in the bistro and for carryout.

Get two complimentary goodies including a champagne toast to start the celebrations and Pinstripes’ signature Frangelico Chocolate Cake, a flourless chocolate cake infused with Frangelico liquor served with whipped cream, red grapes and strawberry sauce.

Heart-shaped pizzas range from $12-$13. Champagne toast (must be 21 years of age and older) and Chocolate Cake are complimentary and for dine-in only. Reservations are recommended at all three locations. Valentine’s Day-goers will also be romanced Thursday, February 13 through Sunday, February 16 for both lunch and dinner.

Pinstripes Northbrook
1150 Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
847-480-2323

Pinstripes South Barrington
100 West Higgins Road
South Barrington, IL 60010
847-844-9300

Pinstripes Oak Brook
7 Oakbrook Center Mall
Oak Brook, IL 60523
630-575-8700

All-you-can-eat dessert table & barn dance
All-you-can-eat dessert table & barn dance Heartland Café

All-you-can-eat dessert table & barn dance

Heartland Café hosts a barn dance for Valentine’s Day for singles, couples, beginners and advanced of all ages. Jo Mortland will be calling and provide a basic lesson before the evening begins.

In addition, a delicious all-you-can-eat dessert table will be available to satisfy the Valentine’s Day sweet tooth. Fresh chocolate-dipped fruits, vegan chocolate cake, carrot cake and other goodies are sure to provide energy for a night of dancing fun. It's only $12 in advance, $15 at the door which includes full night and all-you-can-eat dessert table. Purchase tickets here.

February 14, 2014
9-10:30 p.m. (called dances)
Live music until 12 a.m.

Heartland Café
7000 N. Glenwood
Chicago, IL

Love 'za
Love 'za Big Chef Burgers

Love 'za

Big Chef Burgers invites you and your sweetie to enjoy a casual yet romantic evening over a heart- shaped homemade Neapolitan pizza Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15. Families welcome.

Share a bottle of Chianti, your favorite bubbly or a spiked "adult" strawberry gelato milkshake with two straws.

Big Chef Heart Shaped Pizza Any of Big Chef's pizza can be made heart-shaped. The menu features a number of pizzas to suit all tastes including: Pizza Con Buffalo with Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Arugula and cherry tomatoes; Pizza Con Pancetta E Grana with tomato sauce, Pancetta and shaved Parmesan; Pizza Con Prosciutto Cotta E Funghi with tomato sauce, sautéed mushroom, Italian ham, and Mozzarella and many more.

Big Chef Burgers
1602 E. Algonquin Road
Schaumburg, IL
(847) 221-8539

RA Sushi 3-course menu for 2 only $30
RA Sushi 3-course menu for 2 only $30 RA Sushi

RA Sushi 3-course menu for 2 only $30

Throughout Valentine’s weekend, RA Sushi will be offering a three-course menu made for two for only $30.

From Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16, dinner guests can choose from a variety of appetizers, entrees, and dessert options to create the perfect romantic dinner.

For the first course, select a shareable appetizer from a choice of Pork Gyoza, Pineapple Cheese Wontons, Tootsy Maki, Garlic Citrus Yellowtail and Sweet Onion Salmon Tapas.

The dinner course includes a choice of two entrees, including the Viva Las Vegas Roll, Tunacado, the Ultimate Shrimp Tempura Roll, Spicy Chicken Teriyaki Udon, Chicken Teriyaki Bowl, or the Beef Teriyaki Bowl.

For dessert, select from a shareable Cinnamon Tempura Gelato or Coconut Crème Brulee.

Pair the meal with one of RA Sushi’s enticing cocktails. Served with two straws, lovebirds can get close with the Umami Punch, a 60-ounce blend of Southern Comfort, Amaretto Disaronno, cold sake, vodka and tropical juices. The Blushing Geisha is a mix of cold lemonade, Skyy Raspberry vodka, Chambord, fresh lemon sour, and a splash of soda.

RA Sushi
1139 N State St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 274-0011

DIY artisan Valentine's Day dinner
DIY artisan Valentine's Day dinner Madison & Rayne

DIY artisan Valentine's Day dinner

Madison & Rayne has a luscious three-course artisan dinner planned for your Valentine's Day.

Order online by Saturday, February 8 and get ready for a special home-made meal, perfect for foodies, that's prepped by Chef Josh Jones and cooked at home by you. The cost is only $28 per person inclusive. The Valentine's menu will be delivered on Tuesday, February 11. Delivery is complimentary.

The menu includes:

  • 1st course: roasted chestnut soup, pickled shallots, black truffle oil
  • 2nd course: ricotta gnudi, braised Amish chicken, Shishito peppers, preserved lemon
  • 3rd course: flourless chocolate cake, fig jam