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Valentine's Day (and pre-Valentine's Day) restaurant and bar offerings
by Andrew Davis, Windy City Times
2020-02-05

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Here's just a sample of what Chicago restaurants and bars are offering this Valentine's Day:

—The Walk In, 2727 N. Milwaukee Ave., will have a "Spill the Tea Party" Thursday, Feb. 13, 8-11 p.m. The event will include live music by DJ LizAnne Cook, who will play an all-female set, and exclusive specialty cocktails like the Dear Diary and Safe Word. ( 773-697-6047 )

—Aya Pastry, 1332 W. Grand Ave., is selling gift boxes of hand decorated heart-shaped sugar cookies for $40/box with the option to add a custom message to one cookie using royal icing ( up to a certain number of characters ). The box includes six large cookies, including the cookie with a personal message. ( AyaPastry.com )

—Lost Larson, 5318 N. Clark St., will have two seatings on Friday, Feb. 14, at 5:30 and 8 p.m. ( LostLarson.com )

—JoJo's Milk Bar, 23 W. Hubbard St., will have its JoJo's shake and JoJo's BIGGIE Hot Chocolates. Also, throughout February ( Monday-Thursday ), JoJo's will be offering a special chocolate fondue and champagne experience in honor of Valentine's Day, complete with a glass of champagne per person, plus pretzels, fruits, marshmallows and fondue to dip, in addition to 10 percent off food and drink. ( JoJosMilkBar.com )

—Tied House, 3157 N. Southport Ave., will offer a Valentine's Day pasta dinner Feb. 13-15. Chef Ryan Carbone will prepare a four-course pasta tasting menu inspired by his youth ( $60 for the tasting, and $85 with pairings ). The regular menu will also be available. ( TiedHouseChicago.com )

—La Josie, 740 W. Randolph St., will offer a feast for groups to dine together on Friday, Feb. 14. Offerings include the pollo al horno, a roasted Amish chicken with black beans and Mexican rice ( whole/$30; half/$16 ); and the parrillada, with grilled skirt steak, chicken breast, housemade chorizo, grilled veggies and rajas poblanas ( $49; with shrimp, $57 ). ( 312-929-2900 )

—Reviver, 540 N. Michigan Ave., will celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday-Friday, Feb. 13-14 with two glasses of rose sangria for $20. ( 312-836-0100 )

—On Friday, Feb. 14, Easy Bar, 1944 W. Division Ave., will host an '80s Valentine's Night Bash at 10 p.m. featuring tunes from the '80s. Specials available all evening will include $8 Barcelona Mules made with PAU Maui vodka, ginger beer and a Meiomi wine float. ( EasyBarChicago.com )

—Two Michelin-starred spot Acadia, 1639 S. Wabash Ave., will offer a Valentine's Day dinner Feb. 13-16. Menu items include an oyster "lobster roll" with caviar; cured salmon; roasted beet, truffle puree, chocolate "soil" and frisee; wagyu beef, prawn and curry bordelaise; and flourless chocolate torte with passionfruit sorbet and candied cocoa nibs. The meal is $125 each, with wine pairings $95-$150—and roses can be waiting on the table, for an additional fee. ( AcadiaChicago.com )

—Chicagoans who visit The Graystone Tavern, 3441 N. Sheffield Ave., this Valentine's Day will enjoy a "Taco Dirty to Me" love-themed taco menu for $2 each, including "When Chicken Met Taco," "Taco 'bout Spicy Love" and "Love and ( chicken )tenderness." ( GraystoneTavernChicago.com )

—Diners can enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day dinner at the newly renovated Hubbard Inn, 110 W. Hubbard St., with a three-course prix fixe menu for $50 per person created by Executive Chef Eric Babula. Items include a dozen East and West Coast oysters, heart-shaped ravioli, sweet-potato gnudi, chocolate porter brownie, rose panna cotta and more. ( HubbardInn.com )

—Guests can enjoy dinner with their sweetie and indulge in a month-long Valentine's Day dessert special at Mastro's, 520 N. Dearborn St. The $18 decadent 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. ( MastrosRestaurants.com )

—In celebration of Valentine's Day, Morton's in Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook, Rosemont and Schaumburg will feature a steak-and-lobster special for $59/person on Feb. 13-16. ( mortons.com )

—Chicagoans who visit Remedy, 1910 N. Milwaukee Ave., on Valentine's Day can show 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 ).

—The nautical-inspired The Hampton Social ( TheHamptonSocial.com ) is "setting the mood" on Friday, Feb. 14, with a four-course dinner for two, and a bottle of rose ( $96 ). The Frose cocktail ( $13 ) will also be available. ( TheHamptonSocial.com )

—On Feb. 14, Truluck's ( in the Gold Coast and Rosemont ) invites guests to celebrate Valentine's Day with indulgent cuisine paired with a libations list, including a special TruLuv cocktail. Menu highlights include pan-seared scallops, a tuna tartare tower, lobscargot ( Maine lobster cooked in herb garlic butter with gruyere and Havarti ) and chocolate cake, among other items. ( trulucks.com )

—At Gaslight, 2450 N. Clark St., people can celebrate Valentine's Day ( a day late ) at Gaslight's Stupid Cupid Party on Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 p.m.-12 a.m. Pre-sale tickets start at $20 each, and include a call drink package ( all call and house-level liquor ) and passed appetizers. ( www.sevenrooms.com/experiences/gaslight/stupid-cupid-valentines-day-party-5288279175 )


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