Penny’s Restaurant Picks for Valentine’s Day
On Valentine’s Day, Penny’s heart is in all the right places: Hear Chicago’s dining editor Penny Pollack discuss these Valentine’s Day picks on Dean Richards’ Sunday Morning show this Sunday, 2/12, at 12:10pm on WGN Radio 720.
(Prices given are generally exclusive of tax, tip, and beverages; restaurants may no longer have reservations available.)
Because it is Chicago’s iconic spot for romance and because dipping into that fondue pot does the trick every time:
340 W. Armitage; 773-281-9101
5 to 7 p.m.
7:30 to 9 p.m.
10 p.m. -
Beef tenderloin, lobster tail and jumbo shrimp fondue
Luscious flaming chocolate dessert fondue
Wine cellar atmo, private booths, and subdued lighting
Live flamenco and classical guitarists
$105 per person
Because you might need a last-minute gift:
Chicago French Market
131 N. Clinton St., Chicago, IL 60661; 312-575-0306
Delightful Pastries: For raspberry linzer hearts
Vanille Patisserie: For macarons
Canady le Chocolatier: For chocolates
Because heart-shaped pizzas make everybody smile:
Dine in, carryout, delivery, or ship.
Must be ordered by February 12.
Prices start at just $17 per pizza, not including tax, gratuity, or delivery charges
In Streeterville, Old Town, St Charles, Wheaton, and Libertyville
For every deep-dish, heart-shaped cheese pizza purchased from now through the end of the month, a portion of proceeds will go to Children’s Memorial Hospital.
$10 (per each heart-shaped pizza)
1150 Willow Rd., Northbrook
100 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington
Bring the kids
Complimentary chocolate cake and a complimentary Champagne toast for Mom and Dad
$12 (per each heart-shaped pizza)
Because if you want sushi, this is a pretty good deal:
Ai Japanese Restaurant & Lounge
358 W. Ontario St.; 312-335-9888
A four-course couple's prix-fixe with a complimentary Champagne toast
$95 per couple
Because nothing says romance like burgers and beer:
Mity Nice Grill
Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Ave.
A shareable one-pound burger, two beers, and fries
THE TOPPINGS (choose one)
Merkts Cheddar and bacon
Crispy onions and bleu cheese with a peppercorn crust
Monterey Farms shiitake mushrooms and Cedar Grove Swiss cheese
Krankshaft Kölsch by local Metropolitan Brewing
Eliot Ness Amber lager by Great Lakes
Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale
Northwind Imperial Stout by Two Brothers Brewing Company
$25 per couple
Because pop-up dinners are trendy:
Trenchermen pop-up at Logan Square Kitchen
2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
February 12th, one seating – 7:30 p.m.
February 13th, two seatings – 5:30 & 8:00 p.m.
February 14th, three seatings – 5:30, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
A preview of Michael and Patrick Sheerin’s much anticipated restaurant, The Trenchermen (2039 W. North Ave.), opening late March.
Five-course tasting menu with beer, wine, and cocktail pairings
$120 per person
Because Logan Square Kitchen is cool:
Logan Square Kitchen
3rd Annual Valentine’s Day Pastry Market: A taste of some the best sustainable, small-batch pastry, cake, ice cream, hand-made confections, and culinary gift items available in Chicago.
Saturday, February 11, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Vegan and gluten-free offerings
$1 for adults, kids are free
Because you might want to make dinner at home:
108 W. Kinzie St.
A Valentine’s Day cooking demo with Chef Patricio
Monday, February 13, 7 p.m.
Because neighborhood restos are cozy and playful:
West Town Tavern
1329 W. Chicago Ave.
Fourplay menu for two
A bedtime snack to go. (We know for a fact the treat will be candied ginger shortbread.)
$104 per couple
Because you might be a vegetarian:
Blind Faith Café
525 Dempster St., Evanston
Been around since 1980
Winter white bean soup
Maple green squash
Choice of entrée: fusilli Florentine; sweet and sour seitan; Oaxacan enmoladas mole (think enchiladas)
Desserts: Kahlùa-agave custard; hazelnut semifreddo; chocolate truffles
$45 per person
Because you love beef:
159 W. Erie St.
Also in Lincolnshire, Schaumburg, Glenview, and Oak Brook
Four-course menu for two
THE MEAT CHOICES
Parmesan-crusted petite New York strip.
Roasted prime rib of beef, 16 oz.
Petite filet mignon
$80 for two
Because you love wine:
4882 N. Clark St.
Tuna tartare or seafood and saffron risotto
Grilled Hawaiian swordfish or duo of beef (filet mignon and braised short ribs)
Chocolate truffle cake
Half-priced bottles of select wines
$50 per person
Because ambiance is everything:
2610 N. Cannon Drive 773-477-5845
An Arts and Crafts room at the tip of the North Pond in Lincoln Park
A six-course prix fix including lentil soup, red snapper, veal, choice of entrée (bass or beef), and two desserts
$110 per person (with wine pairings, $65)
Because you love (bittersweet) movies:
1212 N. Dearborn St.
Annie Hall @ 5 p.m.
Roman Holiday @ 7 p.m.
Annie Hall @ 9 p.m.
A cola-inspired cocktail and truffle-parmigiano popcorn
Assorted crostinis, salad, hand-made pasta or pizza, and dessert
A bottle of wine (per couple)
A bottle of Prosecco to go (per couple)
$55 per person
Because you are a sentimental fool:
Candlelit White Castle dinner.
This annual event has gained national publicity for being an out-of-the-box Valentine’s Day option. White Castle offers special menus, table service, and a complimentary digital photo of all diners.