With Valentine's Day falling on a Wednesday this year, many suburban restaurants are hosting special menus, dinners and events starting this weekend. Hey, why not make a week of Valentine's Day?
118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9200 or antico-posto.com/
Celebrate Valentine's Day with your favorite bottle of vino and specials including the seafood salad with lobster, shrimp and crab salad; seared salmon with black lentils and melted leeks; and for dessert, white chocolate cheesecake with fresh raspberries.
3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, (630) 850-5507, blocalbfresh.com/
Wine and Dine Your Valentine this year at B. Ladies will receive fresh roses upon arrival at one of two seatings -- 6 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Diners can order a la carte off B.'s seasonal menu or take advantage of the Valentine's special: filet and lobster -- 8-ounce filet mignon with Brussels sprouts and red wine reduction paired with fresh lobster tail and baked scalloped potatoes. Special handcrafted cocktails include The Kiss (Vodka shaken raspberry liqueur, pineapple juice and a kiss of Champagne) or XOXO (Patron Silver, St. Germaine liqueur, lemon juice and Champagne). All guests will receive Champagne for two compliments of the house.
215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881 or bigbowl.com/event/valentines-menu-for-two-4/
A special three-course Valentine's Menu for Two will be available Friday through Wednesday, Feb. 9-14. The menu includes an appetizer to share, a choice of main courses such as Kung Pao chicken, teriyaki shrimp fried rice or ginger beef chow fun noodles, with a choice of dessert to share. It's $45.95 per couple, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. Big Bowl's regular menu also will be available.
5441 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 261-0399 or bub-city.com/events/valetines-day-dinner/
Treat your favorite someone to Bub City's seafood boil and rib dinner specials from 4 to 11 p.m. on Valentine's Day. Reservations requested.
The Craftsman By Two Brothers
16 W. Jefferson Ave., second floor, Naperville, (630) 615-7100, twobrothersbrewing.com/event/the-craftsman-valentines-day-dinner/
Make reservations now for The Craftsman Valentine's Day Dinner, available from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. The prix fixe four-course meal offers a choice of appetizers for two (mussels, Scotch egg, butchers sausage, baked pear and Brie), soup or salad (lobster bisque or champagne salad), entrees (vegetable tagliatelle, duck confit, scallops, pheasant, lamb, filet Oscar) and the trio of chocolate mousse (milk chocolate, white chocolate and dark mousse with mixed berries) for dessert. The dinner is $60, with a wine pairing option for an extra $30.
87 Yorktown Center, Lombard, (630) 627-9800, and 5340 N. River Road, Rosemont, (847) 671-8125, or thecapitalgrille.com/home
Toast your Valentine early on Tuesday, Feb. 13. Enjoy a special complimentary pairing of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne and dark chocolate-covered strawberries.
Chandler's Chophouse Grille & Banquets
401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, (847) 885-9009 or chandlerschophouse.com/
Treat your sweetheart to the special Valentine's performance of the Chicago Rat Pack Dinner & Show starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Nosh on a five-course dinner from 7:30 to 9 p.m. followed by the show from 9 to 11 p.m. The event is $60 per person, including tax and gratuity.
e+o food and drink
125 Randhurst Village Drive, Mount Prospect, (847) 398-3636 or eofoodanddrink.com/
A Valentine's Day chef's menu four-course dinner for two awaits at e+o from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. The starter course is paired with champagne, the salad with pinot noir, the entree (land or sea) with a blend, and the dessert with a cocktail or sparkling drink. It's $80, with a $30 drink pairing optional. The full menu dinner service also will be available that night.
El Tapeo Modern Spanish Kitchen
On the ninth floor of Le Méridien Chicago -- Oakbrook Center, 2100 Spring Road, Oak Brook, (630) 828-2044 or eltapeorestaurant.com/
Couples are invited to awaken their palates with special dinners on Saturday, Feb. 10, and Wednesday, Feb. 14. Diners can go with the a la carte menu or a special chef-curated prix fixe menu for two, which includes a choice of three tapas, two entrees, one glass of sparkling and dessert to share for $140 per couple. The prix fixe menu includes tapas like datiles, foie gras, coca (tomato jam, goat cheese, arugula and flatbread), and alitas de cerdo (three miniature pork shanks). Entree options include paella de Diablo (half order), pollo al alijillo (pan-roasted boneless half Amish chicken) and surf y pasto for two (6-ounce waygu carne asada and a split 6-ounce lobster tail). The nights include live entertainment and a romantic take-away gift for couples. Reservations required.
Locations across the suburbs: Arlington Heights, Barrington, Bolingbrook, Elmhurst, Lake Forest, Naperville, Northbrook, St. Charles and more. miafrancesca.com/
Treat your special someone to a romantic Italian dinner on Valentine's Day at Francesca's Restaurants. The special menu includes insalata mista con lamponi ($6), ravioli degli innamorati (heart-shaped four-cheese ravioli for $9), branzino alla laffernano (pan-roasted sea bass for $25), filetto al Gorgonzola (grilled filet medallions for $26) and cuore bianco (warm maple butter cake with vanilla gelato, fresh berries and a chocolate heart for $8).
Gene & Georgetti
9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont, (847) 653-3300 or geneandgeorgetti.com/
Cozy up with your love while dining on Gene & Georgetti's special four-course Valentine's menu for two Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, and Wednesday, Feb. 14. The dinner, which costs $57 per person, includes a complimentary glass of bubbly. For the meal, choose an appetizer (oysters Rockefeller, bacon-wrapped scallops or buffalo mozzarella), a salad (strawberry salad, beets and orange salad or artichoke hearts salad), an entree (beef Wellington, red snapper or lobster ravioli) and a dessert (flourless chocolate cake, apple tart or blood orange panna cotta). Pair dinner with a bottle of Modus by Ruffino for $45. Or sip on a $12 love cocktail: Jack of Hearts (Jack Daniels, ginger beer, Fragoli strawberry liqueur), Raspberry Kiss (raspberry vodka, dark crème de cocoa, Chambord, cream), Romeo (gin, elderflower liqueur, Absinthe Pernod, sparkling wine, sugar/lemon) or Juliet (Absolut Citron, Chambord, sparkling rosé, sugar/lemon).
4051 E. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-6300 or pheasantrun.com/dining/harvest.aspx
Those looking for a romantic three-course dinner can celebrate Valentine's Day Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, and Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Harvest Restaurant. Executive chef Tiffany Tooker's menu includes lobster bisque, Chilean sea bass, surf and turf, French-roasted chicken, 8-ounce beef filet, and white chocolate dome with bacon-salted brownie. The dinner costs $49.95 per person. Reservations required.
7403 Madison St., Forest Park, (708) 435-4937 or theheritageforestpark.com/
The Heritage will serve an intimate four-course lobster tasting menu this Valentine's Day. The menu includes lobster salad, creamy lobster and winter squash soup, lobster tagliatelle with uni butter and for dessert "red lobster" joconde cake with vanilla cream and cherries. Dinner costs $60 per person; the regular seasonal dinner menu also will be available.
5500 Park Place, Rosemont, (847) 671-2739 or hofbrauhauschicago.com/
Love is brewing at Hofbräuhaus Chicago and the restaurant is celebrating with a unique Munich-style Valentine's Day menu Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11, and Wednesday, Feb. 14. Dishes include Bayrische Kartoffelsuppe (creamy Bavarian potato soup with vegetables, frankfurters and croutons), Borschtsh-Suppe (Eastern European-style borscht with red beets, potatoes and red cabbage, topped with sour cream and dill), shrimp skewers, rib-eye steak served with bacon and onion-filled German pan-fried potatoes, sachertorte (a Viennese torte of dense chocolate cake layered with apricot glaze and topped with dark chocolate glaze) and Glühwein.
Mago Grill & Cantina
The Arboretum of South Barrington, 100 W. Higgins Road, Suite M-05, South Barrington, (847) 844-4400 or magogrill.com/
Executive chef Juan Luis Gonzales has created a four-course Valentine's Day pairing dinner to be served Wednesday, Feb. 14. Each course will be paired with a Casa Noble Tequila cocktail. Pairings include the gordita de requesón with El Noble, the tamal de pescado with a tequila sour, the camarones en mole de rosas with a Mago-politan, and pastel de cafe with a beso. Dinner costs $60 per person. Diners musts be 21 and older. Tax and gratuity not included.
The Martini Room
161 E. Chicago St., Elgin, (847) 741-0349 or martiniroomelgin.com/
Valentine's-themed martinis are featured Feb. 14 as part of The Martini Room's weekly Martini Flight Wednesdays (five mini martinis for $15). The French Kiss is Chambord raspberry liqueur, dark crème de cacao, vanilla vodka and cream served in a chocolate-drizzled glass with a raspberry garnish. Cupid's Error is sour apple schnapps, watermelon schnapps, Xrated Fusion Liqueur and peach schnapps with cranberry and orange juice. The Strawberry Shortcake consists of marshmallow vodka, strawberry schnapps, peach puree, cranberry juice and whipped cream in a graham cracker-rimmed glass with a strawberry garnish. The Kiss Me mixes together 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. The Spiced Chocolate is Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur, Kraken Black Spiced Rum, dark crème de cacao, Joker Judy Chocolate Walnut Bitters and Bailey's Irish Cream served in a chocolate-drizzled glass with a cocoa powder on the rim.
Mon Ami Gabi
260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/home/?loc=oakbrook
In time for Valentine's Day, the French restaurant is bringing back its warm flourless chocolate cake topped with hot fudge, vanilla chantilly and fresh raspberries Thursday through Wednesday, Feb. 8-14.
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
Morton's regular menu will be offered for Valentine's Day. The special V-Day cocktail is The Blushing Ladies, a mix of Evan Williams, Black Bourbon, PAMA, cranberry juice and lime juice topped with prosecco and a cinnamon sugar rim for $17.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
5 Oakbrook Court, Oak Brook, (630) 571-1808 or perryssteakhouse.com/menu-locations/chicago/oak-brook/
Celebrate your love with the Rare and Well Done Valentine's Day dinner Wednesday, 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 wrapped with Nueske apple wood smoked bacon and topped with jumbo lump crab meat, the 14-ounce prime New York strip, Perry's Famous Pork Chop, grilled salmon, chicken Oscar, surf and turf pasta, and sesame-crusted ahi tuna. 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. Reservations required.
Pete Miller's Steak and Seafood
3032 English Rows Ave., Naperville, (630) 428-4242 or petemillers.com/naperville
Love is in the air at Pete Miller's Steak and Seafood, which is offering a prefixed Valentine's Day menu Friday through Wednesday, Feb. 9-14, for $85 per couple. The shared-style menu includes firecracker shrimp or Shanghai calamari for two or lobster bisque to start; 7-ounce Heritage Angus filet, 12-ounce Heritage Angus New York strip, pan-seared salmon, Amish chicken or short rib ravioli for an entree; and crème brûlée or triple chocolate mousse cake to share for dessert.
64 Green Bay Road, Winnetka, (847) 441-3100 or restaurantmichael.com/
For $89 per person, Restaurant Michael will be serving a gourmet Valentine's Day dinner Wednesday. Every diner starts with a duo of chilled Scottish salmon tartar and roulade, warm blini and 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 with grapefruit citron. 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 short ribs and roasted tenderloin. Dessert is a choice of hot raspberry or Grand Marnier souffle or warm chilled chocolates, plus chocolate truffles and white chocolate-dipped raspberries for everyone. Reservations required.
ROX City Grill
Hotel Baker, 100 W. Main St., St. Charles, (630) 584-2100 or hotelbaker.com/valentines-day/
Executive chef Keith Willis has created an extra special dinner just for Valentine's Day on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Make reservations for dinner between 5:30 and 10 p.m.
601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878 or saranellos.com/
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a three-course menu from chef partner Mychael Bonner and executive chef Michael Brownell, followed by dancing in the Grand Salon. It's $68 per person.
3 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 571-4752, and 1770 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-5252 or seasons52.com/home
Beat the rush by celebrating Valentine's Day early -- Sunday through Tuesday, Feb. 11-13 -- at Seasons 52. The three-course dinner and champagne toast is $60 per couple.
Shaw's Crab House
1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/
Shaw's fetes Valentine's Day two days early with a night of appetizers, cocktails and painting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Start with appetizers and then take advantage of the Aphrodisiac-inspired menu, which includes fresh shucked oysters, sweet potato maki, tuna and avocado tartare, Buffalo chicken bites, homemade chocolate cake pops and pot de crème. Two cocktails from "Cupid's" drink list are also included. It costs $65 per person and includes painting and supplies, a buffet of appetizers and desserts, two drinks, tax and gratuity.
244 S. Main St., Naperville, (630) 305-0230 or sullivanssteakhouse.com/naperville/menus/vday/
For the romantics out there, Sullivan's will be serving a special Valentine's Day menu called Love at First Bite. For $79 per person, the three-course prix fixe menu features the long-bone Berkshire pork chop with chipotle peach salsa, crab and basil-stuffed shrimp and bananas Foster bread pudding. This will be the only menu offered on Valentine's Day. The same special will be available Friday through Sunday, Feb. 9-11 and 16-18, in addition to the regular dinner menu.
550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 465-9988 or tuscanychicago.com/location/wheeling/
Running Monday though Saturday, Feb. 12-17, Tuscany will be hosting a four-course prix fixe Valentine's Day sharing menu created by executive chef Bolla Loza. Menu highlights include colossal lump crabcake, braised beef short ribs, baked lamb shank, chocolate molten cake and more. It's $90 per couple plus tax and gratuity.
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, which is available from Friday, Feb. 9, through Sunday, Feb. 18. Dinner includes a starter and salad to share, a choice of cedar planked salmon, feta-crusted New York strip steak or gruyere-crusted pork chops, and a dessert to share. The menu is $95 per couple, plus tax and gratuity.