Sweet! Suburban restaurants extend Valentine's Day 2019 celebrating
Why celebrate Valentine's Day 2019 only on Thursday, Feb. 14, when you can make a weekend of it? Many suburban restaurants are hosting dinners, specials and events through the weekend. Have you made your reservation yet?
118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9200 or antico-posto.com/
Extend your Valentine's Day celebration through the weekend at Antico Posto. Valentine's specials include golden beet and lobster salad, ciabatta-crusted branzino, veal Marsala risotto and raspberry cheesecake, perfect for two. Specials runs Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17. Reservations requested.
406 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, (847) 884-7060 or bahamabreeze.com/
Celebrate Galentine's Day (unofficially Wednesday, Feb. 13) island-style, with a Bahama Mama and/or a Chocolate Island dessert for $5 each Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Gather your friends for Bahama Breeze's Galentine's Day specials Feb. 11-13. The Chocolate Island dessert in only $5.
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215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881, or bigbowl.com/
Treat your sweet to a special three-course Valentine's Menu for Two, available Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-17. The menu includes an appetizer (crab rangoon, roasted shishito peppers, Imperial spring roll) to share, a choice of main courses (Kung Pao chicken, General Tso's chicken, beef and broccoli and more), with a choice of dessert (chocolate fudge cake, banana cheesecake) to share. It's $45.95 per couple, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. Big Bowl's regular menu also will be available.
The Blossom Cafe
8349 W. Lawrence, Norridge, (708) 453-5300 or theblossomcafe.com/
From 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, dine on a five-course dinner for two while enjoying live music. Sup on shrimp de Jonghe, soup or salad, and a choice of filet and lobster, baked stuffed shrimp, skirt steak or Parmesan-crusted twin filet mignon. Dessert is warm bread pudding with cinnamon ice cream. It's $64.99. Reservations suggested.
1401 Nordic Road, Itasca, (630) 694-5899 or eaglewoodresort.com/
Celebrate Valentine's weekend with a four-course candlelit dinner for two at Burnham's from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16. It's $60 per person and includes vintage shrimp cocktail martini, pomegranate midori sorbet and asiago field greens tower to start. Entrees feature ghee-seared angus filet chop and Maine lobster tail, airline chicken breast peri peri and seared foie gras or seared pistachio-crusted sea bass. Dessert is bourbon chocolate pate. Reservations are requested.
The Craftsman By Two Brothers
16 W. Jefferson Ave., second floor, Naperville, (630) 615-7100, twobrothersbrewing.com/event/the-craftsman-valentines-day-dinner-2/
The Craftsman Valentine's Day Dinner, available from 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, goes all out with a four-course prix fixe dinner. Fill up on appetizers (seafood étouffée, burrata rustica, crispy fried oysters, wine and Brie), lobster bisque or strawberry salad, entrees (prime rib, duck breast, blackened Mahi, surf and turf, farro fried rice) and for dessert, a choice of white chocolate raspberry cheesecake or chocolate creme brulee. Dinner is $140 per couple or $75 per person, with a wine pairing available for an extra $30. Reservations required.
87 Yorktown Center, Lombard, (630) 627-9800, and 5340 N. River Road, Rosemont, (847) 671-8125, or thecapitalgrille.com/home
Make reservations for a special Valentine's Eve dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 13, and enjoy a special complimentary pairing of Veuve Clicquot Brut or Rosé and chocolate-covered strawberries.
2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, (847) 498-4321 or di-pescara.com/
From 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, dine on Valentine's specials such as seared Viking Village scallops with crispy polenta, bigeye tuna maki roll, whole roasted Dover sole with a brown butter caper sauce and chocolate pot au crème finished with a hazelnut shortbread crunch.
47 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, (630) 328-0060 or fatrosies.com/naperville/events
Fat Rosie's celebrates Valentine's Day with Dia de San Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17. Specials include sopa de tortilla (pasilla broth with grilled chicken) for $8, crepas de huitlacoche (two serrano-cilantro crepes filled with traditional huitlacoche) for $12, sopes de langosta (three masa boats filled with creamy corn, Maine lobster and tarragon butter) for $22, carne a la mexicana (grilled 12-ounce rib-eye marinated in adobo) for $28 and pastel de limon (lemon cake with pomegranate sorbet) for $8.
Locations across the suburbs: Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bolingbrook, Elmhurst, Lake Forest, Naperville, Northbrook, St. Charles and more. miafrancesca.com/
Take time out for a romantic Italian dinner Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17, at Francesca's Restaurants. The special menu includes Maine lobster bisque ($6, $9), insalata mista con lamponi ($9), cappellacci tre-funghetti (homemade ravioli of ricotta and wild mushrooms for $23), capesante con pisella e patate (Nantucket diver scallops with a sweet English pea and potato puree for $32), filetto con crema al tartufo (Creekstone Farms 8-ounce filet mignon with crab and jumbo lobster cake for $37) and millefoglie (blueberry Napoleon with lemon ricotta cream, fresh blueberries and gin-blueberry sauce for $10).
Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse
70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, (630) 953-3400, and 10233 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, (847) 699-1200. harrycarays.com/
Start off your Valentine's weekend (specials apply Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17) with a Swipe Right Chocolate Mint Martini or a Swipe Left Chambord Manhattan. Then enjoy a complimentary amuse-bouche (honeyed ricotta, blistered grape tomato and prosciutto bruschetta) before dining on a surf and turf special (6-ounce filet mignon and a 7-ounce split broiled lobster tail) for $61.95. Try the Breaking Ball ($18.95) for dessert. It's a white chocolate dome decorated with red stitches to look like a baseball that you break open with a mini Harry Caray's baseball bat. Inside is a flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of cappuccino chip ice cream.
4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6300 or pheasantrun.com/valentine-s-day-dinner.aspx
How does a three-course prix fixe dinner at Harvest Restaurant sound for Valentine's Day? Make reservations now to dine Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16. Start off with lobster bisque or the Harvest wedge salad before choosing an entree: Chilean sea bass, surf and turf, French roasted chicken, wild mushroom ravioli or 10-ounce beef filet. Dessert is New York cheese cake or chocolate lava. Dinner is $49.95 per person. Reservations required.
7403 Madison St., Forest Park, (708) 435-4937 or theheritageforestpark.com/
Reservations are required for The Heritage's four-course prix fixe dinner on Thursday, Feb. 14. Dinner is $75 per person, with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $35.
This year, Hofbrauhaus will be celebrating Valentine's Day with a Sausage Fest.
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5500 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 671-2739 or hofbrauhauschicago.com/
This year the beer hall is hosting a Sausage Fest with a "This Isn't Your Boyfriend's Wiener schnitzel" food special and beer pairing Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16. The special menu includes a sausage tower for $14.95, salmon sausage with wild mushroom risotto and butter lemon sausage, skillet fried cabbage with rabbit sausage and mashed potatoes, grilled pierogies with kielbasa and wurstplatte (a sausage plate with a Vienna-style frankfurter, pork and chicken sausages served with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes and onion mustard). Plus, there's a Sausage Fest party for singles on Valentine's Day featuring a variety of sausage-themed games, giveaways and photo ops.
1413 Peterson Road, Libertyville, (847) 549-9900 or jimmyscharhouselibertyville.com/
A limited Valentine's Day menu, including surf and turf, Black Angus prime rib-eye steak, filet mignon, wood-roasted specialties, pastas, fish and more, will be available starting after 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Enjoy the LUV potion cocktails for $9.
Think you have what it takes to solve a crime? If yes, then join Improv Playhouse Dinner Theater at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, when it hosts the interactive murder-mystery dinner "Love You to Death" at Jimmy's Charhouse. Tickets, which cost $59.95 per person, include a three-course meal featuring London Broil, chicken Parmesan and spaghettini aglio-e olio. Solve the crime using props, storylines and planted clues. Costumes are encouraged. A cash bar will be available. Call Improv Playhouse Theater at (847) 968-4529 for reservations or see improvplayhouse.com.
Johnny's Kitchen & Tap
1740 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, (847) 699-9999 or johnnysglenview.com/specials/
Enjoy live music from Jim Ryan from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, while dining on specials like filet mignon and lobster tail, filet mignon and pan-seared shrimp kebab, honey ginger scallops, plus wood-roasted chicken and ribs and more.
The Martini Room
161 E. Chicago St., Elgin, (847) 741-0349 or martiniroomelgin.com/martini-flight.html
On Wednesday, Feb. 13, sip on a Love Potion Martini Flight featuring five Valentine's Day cocktails and get a special cake pop treat from Delish Cakes. Enjoy mini martinis like the French Kiss (Chambord raspberry liqueur, dark crème de cacao, vanilla vodka and cream served in a chocolate-drizzled glass with a raspberry garnish), Cupid's Error (sour apple schnapps, watermelon schnapps, Xrated Fusion Liqueur and peach schnapps with cranberry juice and orange juice), Strawberry Shortcake (marshmallow vodka, strawberry schnapps, peach puree, cranberry juice and whipped cream served in a graham-rimmed glass with a strawberry garnish), Kiss Me (vanilla vodka, peach puree and pineapple juice with a layer of pomegranate liqueur on the bottom and a champagne float on top garnished with a strawberry), and Chocolate Truffle (Kraken Black Spiced Rum, dark crème de cacao, Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Cream, Aztec Chocolate Bitters and cream served in a chocolate-drizzled glass with a cocoa powder rim). The flight is $16.
Michael Jordan's Restaurant
1225 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, (630) 828-2932 or michaeljordansrestaurant.com/
Valentine's Day weekend, dine on seafood risotto (lobster, king crab, shrimp, scallops, calamari, clams, mussels in shellfish broth) for $32.50, steak and shrimp Napoleon (filet medallions, pink shrimp pancakes and champagne beurre blanc) for $42 and dark chocolate ganache cake for $5. The specials run Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16.
Mon Ami Gabi
260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/oak-brook/
In time for Valentine's Day, enjoy seasonal French specials including French Kiss Oysters with spicy cucumber and champagne Verde sauce, Maine lobster bisque with crab and apple salad and herbs, Raclette Mac n Cheese for two and dark chocolate sorbet with salted vanilla meringue. These will be available during lunch and dinner from Thursday, Feb. 7, through Thursday, Feb. 14.
Moretti's Ristorante & Pizzeria
Locations in Bartlett, Fox Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake in the Hills, Mount Prospect, Rosemont and Schaumburg. morettisrestaurants.com/
Moretti's Valentine's specials, available Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17, include cavatelli alla vodka ($16.99), risotto Milanese with shrimp and broccolini ($16.99), burrata caprese di Bufala ($12.99), pan-roasted sea bass ($19.99), toronada del mare ($22.99) and white chocolate raspberry cheesecake ($5.99).
Steak & Lobster Oscar with Bearnaise Sauce is a featured special at Morton's The Steakhouse.
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Morton's The Steakhouse
1751 Freedom Drive, Naperville, (630) 577-1372; 9525 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, (847) 678-5155; and 1470 McConnor Parkway, Schaumburg, (847) 413-8771, or mortons.com/
Now through Saturday, Feb. 16, dine on an 8-ounce filet topped with a Whole Maine Lobster and bearnaise sauce for $59 at Morton's.
Perry's Valentine's Day menu offers the option of steaks and sweet treats.
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Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, (630) 571-1808 or perryssteakhouse.com/menu-locations/chicago/oak-brook/
Celebrate your Valentine with the Rare and Well Done Valentine's Day dinner Thursday, Feb. 14. The prix fixe menu starts with lobster bisque, French onion soup, the signature wedge salad, the Caesar salad or the kale salad. Main course options include the 8-ounce Filet Perry, the 14-ounce prime New York strip, 14-ounce prime rib-eye, Perry's Famous Pork Chop, grilled salmon, surf and turf pasta, and chicken Oscar. Dessert is a choice of white chocolate cheesecake, chocolate crunch or the dessert trio. It's $59.95 per person for reservations at 5:30 p.m. and earlier and $74.95 per person for reservations at 5:45 p.m. and later. Live entertainment starts at 6 p.m. Reservations required.
Potbelly Sandwich Shop
Locations across the suburbs. potbelly.com/
This Valentine's Day, anyone who stops in a Potbelly without a significant other on Thursday, Feb. 14, can receive a free cookie. Guests can choose from flavors like oatmeal chocolate chip, sugar, chocolate brownie or the limited-time-only red velvet cookie.
Potbelly has added the Red Velvet Cookie to its menu for a limited time.
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64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, (847) 441-3100 or restaurantmichael.com/
Enjoy the vocals of Patricia Ortega while dining on a gourmet Valentine's Day dinner Feb. 14. For $89 per person, this will be a dinner to remember. Every diner starts with a duo of smoked Scottish salmon roulade and warm blini with Osetra caviar. Appetizer options are lobster ravioli and pan-roasted scallop, seared medallion of foie gras paired with Lyonnaise duck and foie gras strudel or a composed salad. Next up is pink grapefruit-champagne sorbet. Entrees include panache of wild black bass and panko-crusted jumbo prawn, grilled foie gras stuffed quail en croute and roasted breast of hen, or duo of braised beef short ribs and roasted tenderloin. Dessert is a choice of hot raspberry or Grand Marnier souffle or duo of chocolate pave and mini dacquoise, plus Grand Marnier chocolate truffles for everyone. Reservations required.
Roka Akor Oak Brook
166 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 634-7652 or rokaakor.com/valentines-day-dinner-oak-brook/
Take your sweetheart out for a special three-course tasting menu plus dessert on Valentine's Day for $98 per person. Dine on options such as beef tataki with truffle jus and fresh-shaved winter truffle, toro nigiri with uni butter, and lobster tempura with wasabi aioli and tentsuyu. Add an optional wine pairing for $35.
ROX City Grill
Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-2100 or roxcitygrill.com/
Enjoy the piano and vocal talents of Johnny Burnett during Girls Night out Thursday, Feb. 14. Sip on $6 martinis while enjoying an upscale dinner.
123 Water St., Suite 509, Naperville, (630) 323-0700 or stcielo.com/
Santo Cielo celebrates its first Valentine's Day with a four-course $99 shared tasting menu from Chef Gama. Indulge in burnt winter squash and burrata, tiradito de tuna, surf and turf, and mousse and cake au chocolate. Accompany your meal with the Los Amores (strawberry, crème de cassis, citrus, Exotico Blanco Tequila and sparkling wine) for $11.
601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878 or saranellos.com/
This Valentine's Day, Saranello's will be hosting a small intimate His & Hers Pre-Fixe Dinner in the upstairs lounge featuring a DJ and dancing as well as specials in the main dining room. The pre-fixe dinner offers lobster crostini, a sweetheart salad, a choice of prime New York strip, roasted Maine lobster tagliatelle or oven-roasted California white bass and the Strawberry Cloud for dessert. It's $68.95 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.
On Monday, Feb. 11, enjoy a glass of Loveblock Pinot Noir and a Flatbread for $15 at Seasons 52.
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3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 571-4752, and 1770 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-5252 or seasons52.com/home
Seasons 52 celebrates Valentine's Day with the Endless Bubbly promotion Wednesday, Feb. 13. Enjoy endless Riondo Prosecco with your dinner for $14.95 with the purchase of an entree. On Feb. 14, it's A Perfect Proposal day: Get engaged at Seasons 52 on Valentine's Day and receive a complimentary glass of champagne at your table every time you dine for one year.
Shaw's Crab House
1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/
Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17, dine on a four-course dinner for two. Share Cupid's Arrow Oysters, a surf and turf duo with a sliced 14-ounce prime New York strip steak served with truffle butter, roasted cipollini onions and a Whole Maine Lobster Thermidor and blueberry ricotta cheesecake for dessert. Dinner for two is $150.
Stan's Donuts offers specialty Valentine's Day treats this year.
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529 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 590-1060, or 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, (224) 353-6092, or stansdonuts.com/
This year, upgrade to a box of Stan's Donuts instead of chocolates. Now through Thursday, Feb. 14, a box of 10 chocolate-covered mini cake or red velvet doughnuts is $12.95. Or try specialties like the Sweetheart Stan (a chocolate-glazed red velvet cake with a candy conversation heart) for $3.75, or the Turtle Cake, Chocolate Covered Strawberry and V-Day Sprinkled cake and glazed doughnuts for $2.75. Valentine's drinks include the chocolate-covered cherry hot chocolate, chocolate-covered cherry mocha and cherry chocolate lightning (cold brew coffee, chocolate milk, cherry syrup).
244 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 305-0230 or sullivanssteakhouse.com/promotions/valentines-day-2019/
Surprise your special someone with a three-course $65 prix fixe menu, available now through Sunday, Feb. 17. Start with a Caesar salad or shrimp and lobster bisque, then choose from a 16-ounce rib-eye, herb brick chicken or simply prepared fresh fish, then end with bananas Foster bread pudding or Key lime pie. Reservations required.
10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 634-0100 or threeembersrestaurant.com/
From Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16, enjoy a special three-course prix fixe Valentine's menu at Three Embers. Choose from burrata cheese, carrot and ginger soup or citrus salad to start, then move on to an entree like diver scallops, duck duet or grilled flat iron with an ancho chile and chocolate rub. Sweets include a seasonal dessert duo of chocolate decadence torte and a berry tart. It's $45 per person.
1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 278-5181 or tokiopub.com/
If popcorn lobster, lobster maki, lobster tacos, Szechuan lobster or Surf & Turf Hot Rock sound enticing, then make reservations now for Tokio Pub. These specials will be available a la carte Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17. Add some bubbly with a bottle of Jean Louis Brut or Jean Louis Brut Rose for $25.
Trezeros Kitchen + Tap
302 W. Northwest Hwy., Mt. Prospect, (847) 749-4020 or trezeros.com/
Trezeros hosts its first St. Valentine's Eve dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. Dinner, which starts at 7 p.m., features apps and cocktails, a first course of grigliata shrimp, scallop and calamari or sausage, a second course of five-cheese ravioli and a third course of steak Diane and halibut, and dessert of tiramisu, apple tart or red velvet gelato. Enjoy various wines with each course. Dinner costs $55 per person. Reservations required.
Truluck's Seafood, Steak and Crab House
9860 Berwyn Ave., Rosemont, (847) 233-9404 or trulucks.com/locations/rosemont-illinois/
Truluck's has quite the specials planned for Valentine's Day. Think Chilled Seafood Celebration (four shrimp, four oysters, jumbo lump crab cocktail and four fresh crab claws), lobscargot, miso-glazed sea bass, redfish Pontchartrain and Alaskan King Crab Cluster. For the occasion, Truluck's bartenders will be mixing up the TruLuv, a blend of vodka, orgeat, strawberry rhubarb syrup and Aperol. For a sweet treat, try the Chocolate Malt Cake or baked Alaska, made in-house daily.
Try the pizza at Tuscany.
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1415 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, (630) 990-1993 or tuscanychicago.com/location/oak-brook/
Enjoy a romantic Valentine's Day dinner with a la carte specials such as the pizza affumicata for $14, pappardelle con aragosta for $30, maiale arrosto for $32, barramundi fondue for $31 and more. Reservations are recommended.
Victory Meat and Seafood
116 N. York St., Elmhurst, (630) 359-5599 or victorymeatandseafood.com/
Enjoy Valentine specials all week, including surf and turf, Dover sole, homemade pastas and lobster tail. Celebrate early on Wednesday, Feb. 13, to receive a free glass of sparkling wine.
235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900; 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000; and 1250 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 995-0100. wildfirerestaurant.com/
Treat your special someone to a four-course Valentine's Menu for Two, available Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-17. Dinner includes a starter (crab-stuffed mushroom caps, jumbo shrimp cocktail) and salad (Caesar or Wildfire chopped) to share, a choice of Door County cherry barbecue all-natural pork chops, feta-crusted New York strip steak or oven-roasted lump crabcakes, and a dessert (homemade chocolate cream pie, seasonal berries crisp with ice cream) to share. The menu is $95 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. The regular menu will be available.