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Be Our Valentine

The best places and dishes to get the romance going this Valentine's Day

tesori trattoria and bar

Love is in the air! Bars and restaurants throughout Chicago are getting in the romantic spirit this weekend to get a head start on celebrating Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re heading out on the town tonight, tomorrow, or not until Tuesday, we have the best places to wine and dine with your special someone…

Tortoise Supper Club

Since Valentine‘s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, Tortoise Supper Club {350 North State Street, Chicago; 312.755.1700} is offering specials starting today and all throughout the weekend. This year features two chef’s specials including Beef Wellington for Two a 12-ounce filet stuffed with wild mushroom and Foie Gras wrapped in puff pastry, served with grilled asparagus and finished with a black truffle port sauce. Guests can also choose the Pine Nut Crusted French Turbot served ontop of Maitake mushroom, baby artichoke, and asparagus ragout. On Valentine’s Day, there will be live jazz in the lounge from the Mark Burnell Trio with vocalist Anne Burnell starting at 7 pm. Make sure to order their February cocktail for a cause called The Roseanne Roseannadanna in support of Gilda’s Club Chicago. $3 from every cocktail sold goes directly to their charity. 

The Blanchard

The Blanchard {1935 North Lincoln Park West, Chicago; 872.829.3971} is offering guests the full romantic treatment with a seven-course French prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. Executive Chef Ryan Burns will take guests on a culinary tour of Paris beginning with two-bite prawns, followed by courses boasting caviar, housemade pasta, and finally the restaurant’s signature foie gras. Desserts include the Chocolate Hazelnut Pot de Crème followed by the chef’s selection of mignardises. Optional wine pairings are available for an additional fee.

tesori trattoria and bar

If you want to get started celebrating early, tesori trattoria and bar {65 East Adams Street, Chicago; 312,786.9911} is hosting a “Romance Week,” running from Saturday, February 11 to Saturday, February 18. Highlights include Pan Seared Sea Scallops with celery root, brown butter, and apples as well as Pan Roasted Veal Sirloin with crunchy leek custard and minted crab. Be sure to save room for dessert with their Chocolate-Cherry Bread Pudding with amarena cherry gelato and toasted walnuts.

The Windsor

Located just off the Magnificent Mile, The Windsor {160 East Huron Street, Chicago; 312.943.7777} offers a cozy, romantic atmosphere perfect for date night. On Valentine’s Day from 5 pm to midnight, they will offer a three-course prix fixe menu. Options include Steak Tartare to begin your meal, followed by main options including Mushroom Risotto and Skirt Steak with chimichurri. The dinner is just $35 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity), so you can appreciate a great meal at an even better price. Add extra wine pairings if you’re feeling fancy!

Bread & Wine

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without dessert! Stop by Bread & Wine {3734 West Irving Park Road, Chicago; 773.866.5266} for their decadent Hot Fudge Sundae complete with vanilla bean gelato and roasted peanuts. Then, hit up their Wine Shop and pick up one of their unique wines from small-batch producers in Oregon, Washington, the Paso Robles region in California’s Central Coast, and more. You can head home early and cuddle up for a cozy date night with vino and your special someone.

Cochon Volant

Cochon Volant Brasserie {100 West Monroe Street, Chicago; 312.754.6560} will celebrate Valentine’s Day throughout February 14th with French-inspired dishes by Chef Matt Ayala. You can start your morning with a fresh pastry and coffee to go, perfect for Loop workers who still want to get into the romantic spirit. Other specials include Escargot with bleu cheese and croutons as well as 72-hour Rotisserie Chicken with roasted tomato sauce and fine herbs. Plus, you can get your toast on because all Moet champagne will be 1/2 priced (by the glass or bottle). Cheers to love!

By Kaleigh Glaza, Online Editor