Extravagant, casual or completely ignored, Valentine’s Day is what you make it. Just in time for the lover’s holiday, themed dishes and drinks are popping up on menus across town. From pink colored cocktails to heart shaped pizzas, we’ve rounded up some of the city’s best treats to help make this Valentine’s Day a little more tolerable.
Weber Grill Restaurant, which has been serving up fire grilled specialities for over 15 years in the River North neighborhood, has a Valentine’s Day a la carte menu available Saturday, February 10 through Wednesday, February 14. Guests can choose from dishes like a Strawberry Salad, a Pink Peppercorn Crusted NY Strip with a port wine demi glaze, a blood orange and pomegranate glazed Cedar Planked Salmon, and a Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake. For sipping, Weber Grill will mix up strawberry martinis in chocolate lined glasses. Reservations are highly recommended by calling (312) 467-9696.
Across the Chicago River and in the heart of the Loop, Roanoke Restaurant will treat guests to a specialty breakfast cocktail called “Cupid’s Kiss” with Solerno blood orange liqueur and prosecco. Patrons can also indulge in a romantic three-course dinner menu for $65 per person, perfect for the pre-theatre date night. Highlights include Clam Chowder, Surf & Turf with an 8-ounce filet and 6-ounce lobster tail, Chocolate Mousse and more.
West of downtown Chicago, sweethearts will find Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya. The Japanese ramen hotspot is hosting a 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. seating on Valentine’s Day with a choice of two prix fixe dinner packages. After guests dine on dishes like Kaki Furai (fried oysters), Amazu Renkon (pickled lotus roots), Garlic Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen and Yuzu Shio Ramen, they will enjoy the house made, sweet and silky Almond Tofu made with grenadine, almond syrup, and cream drizzled on top, then garnished with blueberries and mint. To make a reservation and surprise your date with a rose bouquet, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kizuki-white-valentines-day-tickets-42504640524.
In the heart of Wicker Park, Estelle’s has the remedy for those broken hearts out there. They are inviting Chicagoans to “come wine to us about your love life” over half-price glasses of wine including Meiomi Pinot Noir, The Federalist Cabernet, Maison Noir Love Drunk Rose, Hidden Crush Chardonnay and Sokol Blosser Willamette Valley Pinot Gris. The bartenders are also mixing up Valentine’s-themed drinks like the Heavy Petting with Death’s Door gin, Fernet Branca, Disaronno and demerara; and the “Be My Tindertine” pink shot with Stoli Vanilla vodka, watermelon schnapps, and sweet and sour mix.
Further west in Logan Square, The Owl is a perfect choice for singles looking for a casual night out. Head to The Owl directly after work on February 14 and you’ll discover that they’re serving up complimentary heart shaped pizza from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (while supplies last). While noshing on pizza, guests can sip the themed Lovefool cocktail mixed with gin, creme de violette, Luxardo syrup, then topped with champagne and garnished with a candy heart. The Owl will also hand out candy and Valentine’s Day cards for guests to write special notes on and give to the sweetie they spot in the bar.
On the other side of town, aliveOne, the Halsted Street stalwart for over twenty years, will tap a special Valentine’s Day collaboration with Saugatuck Brewing Company called “Lovers Quarrel” featuring a spicy chocolate stout with notes of cherry, available for $7. Music lovers can head to Lincoln Park’s best kept secret, aliveOne’s back room, for a night filled with love songs, courtesy of the band Fate Nite. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Fate Nite will play random computer-generated pop love songs until the band makes a mistake.