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“Be My Valentine” at Nacional 27

Four Course Menu with Creative Cocktail Pairings 

February 10, 11, 13, 14

$49 four course menu
$35 cocktail pairings

Heat up your winter holiday at Nacional 27, where drinks, dining and dancing make for a great date night. This Valentine’s Day weekend (February 10, 11, 13, 14), the River North restaurant and lounge will offer a special “Be My Valentine” menu.  Chef Chico Vilchez’s four courses include a selection of tapas, choice of soup or salad, entree and dessert for $49 per guest. Nacional 27’s mixologist, Liz Samples, has created four cocktails that may be paired with dinner for an additional $35.

After dinner, linger in the lounge or dash to the dance floor to experience a complete evening on the town, all under one roof.  Reservations are recommended, please call Nacional 27 at 312-664-2727 or visit

“Be My Valentine” Menu


Shrimp Adobado Skewer; Agave BBQ’d Lamb Taco; Crab Cake with chipotle tartar; Pepper Jack Cheese, Boniato and Plantain Empanada

Cocktail Pairing: POW! Punch
Myers rum, rhum creole clement, ginger-habenero, pomegranate, orange juice, passion fruit, sparkling wine


(select one)

Shrimp Chowder, red & yellow peppers, red bliss potatoes, jalapeno, ginger

Hearts of Palm Salad, salsa cruda, avocado, papaya, olives

Cocktail Pairing: N27 Mojito
Bacardi rum, lime, mint, sugar, soda water


(select one)

Surf & Turf, 5-oz filet with malbec reduction and Langostinos with citrus butter, served with herb roasted potatoes, leeks and red peppers

Seared Ahi Tuna, Latin spiced, served with a jicama, grapefruit & pomegranate salad

Cocktail Pairing: Martini #27
Bacardi anejo, housemade falernum, guava puree, soda water, fresh herbs


Cinnamon Churros, dulce de leche; Chocolate Sponge Cake, strawberry crema

Cocktail PairingGood ol’ glass of bubbly 

Nacional 27
325 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654

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Valentine’s Day Dining at III Forks

Special Menu, Sweetheart Selection and Sparkling Wine

Special Menu Offered February 14
Sweetheart Selection Offered February 10-14

III Forks Prime Steakhouse will welcome Valentine’s Day dining guests with a special menu on Tuesday, February 14. Chef Tommy Nevill will feature starters, USDA Prime beef, seafood and sides (menu outlined below). Nevill’s “Sweetheart Selection,” filet mignon with cold water lobster tail, will be available throughout the weekend (February 10-14). III Forks will also feature four sparkling wine selections, chosen for the romantic holiday.

Reservations are encouraged. Please call III Forks or visit OpenTable.

Valentine’s Day Menu 

Seafood Medley 17.95
Shrimp Cocktail 15.95
Ahi Tuna 14.95
III Forks Salad 9.95
Wedge Salad 9.95
Lobster Bisque 11.95

Sweetheart Selection 
USDA Prime Filet Mignon with Cold Water Lobster Tail 69.95

Beef Market
USDA Prime Filet Mignon 8oz 34.95
USDA Prime Filet Mignon 12oz 42.95
USDA Prime New York Strip 16oz 44.95
USDA Prime Bone In Ribeye 18oz 42.95
USDA Prime Porterhouse 24oz 59.95
Prime Rib 16oz 34.95
Rack of Lamb 42.95

Fish Market
Atlantic Salmon 29.95
Chilean Seabass 35.95
Cold Water Lobster Tail Market

Off-the-Cob Cream Corn 8.50
Fresh Asparagus 9.95
Sauteed Spinach 9.50
Sauteed Mushrooms 9.50
Mashed Potatoes 6.95
Baked Potato 8.50
Six Cheese Potatoes 9.50
Sweet Potato Hash 8.50

Featured Sparkling Wine Selections
Mumm, Napa, NV 187ml 12.00
Chandon Brut Classic, California, NV 187ml 15.00
Domaine Chandon “Etoile” Napa, NV 750ml 81.00
Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label” Reims, NV 750ml 126.00

III Forks Prime Steakhouse
333 East Benton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60601


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Valentine’s Day at Due Lire

Italian Fare Set in an Intimate Atmosphere

Tuesday, February 14
5-10 p.m.

$45 four course menu

Due Lire Vino & Cucina has the perfect atmosphere, ambiance and cuisine that diners’ seek out on Valentine’s Day. This cozy, Lincoln Square contemporary Italian restaurant will offer a special four course, prix fixe menu on Tuesday, February 14. From 5-10 p.m., guests may enjoy Chef Kevin Abshire’s multi-course meal for $45. The Valentine’s Day menu includes an appetizer, pasta, entree and dessert, with such selections as sunchoke and toasted hazelnut puree soup; creamy gorgonzola polenta with wild boar ragu and shaved horseradish; homemade celery root-filled pasta with caramelized wild mushroom and truffle butter; roasted pork loin with roasted potatoes and brussels sprout in a red wine demi; and homemade pear tart with hazelnut gelato and shaved dark chocolate.

Due Lire’s regular dinner menu will also be available in addition to the prix fixe. Proprietor Massimo Di Vuolo is happy to pair each course with wine, upon request. Reservations are recommended, please call the restaurant at 773-275-7878.

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu

First Course
choice of:

Zuppa di Rape
sunchoke and toasted hazelnut puree soup

Polenta al Cinghiale
creamy gorgonzola polenta with wild boar ragu and shaved horseradish

Second Course
choice of:

Gnocchi di Barbabietole
homemade beet gnocchi with watercress pesto and ricotta salata

Caramelle ai Funghi di Bosco
homemade celery root-filled pasta with caramelized wild mushroom and truffle butter

Third Course
choice of:

Razza con Asparagi e Finocchio
pan roasted skate with grilled asparagus and fennel in a balsamic brown butter

Maialino con Cavoletti e Patate
roasted pork loin with roasted potatoes and brussels sprout in a red wine demi

Fourth Course
choice of:

Crostata di Pere
homemade pear tart with hazelnut gelato and shaved dark chocolate

Croccantino di Pistacchio
caramelized pistachios mousse with a shot of hot espresso

Due Lire Vino & Cucina
4520 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
(773) 275-7878 

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Valentine’s Day Weekend at Park Grill

Sweetheart Specials, Cocktail Duo and Half-Price Wines

Friday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 14

Capture the heart of your sweetie in the heart of the city this Valentine’s Day. Park Grill in picturesque Millennium Park will celebrate the weekend of love with sweetheart specials, themed cocktails (Sweetheart Martini, Bourbon Bubbly) and half-price select bottles of wine from Friday, February 10 to Tuesday, February 14.

As an added bonus, each day a pair of theater tickets will be raffled off to various performances at The Harris Theater and Chicago Opera Theater. On February 14, one lucky couple will take home a romantic Chicago “getaway package” that includes a one night stay at Hotel Burnham and dinner for two at Park Grill. Also on February 14, all ladies dining at the restaurant will receive complimentary chocolate covered strawberries.

Reservations are recommended, and may be made by calling 312-521-PARK (7275). The dinner hours at Park Grill are Friday and Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Sunday through Tuesday 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sweetheart Specials 

Sweetheart Martini – amarula, ketel one citreon, lychee syrup, fresh grapefruit juice, grenadine, garnished with a chocolate covered strawberry 11
Bourbon Bubbly – makers mark, crème de casis, champagne, raspberry garnish 11

East Coast Oysters – mignonette, ginger 12
Half Lobster – butter poached, parsnip, green beans, blood orange 16 

Grilled Beef Tenderloin – pearls onions, asparagus, chanterelles, foie butter, bordelaise 35
Pan Seared Big Eye Tuna – black rice, shitake mushrooms, baby cabbage, champagne beurre blanc 29
King Crab – house made parpadelle, green beans, chives, ginger, crab broth 27

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Trifle – chocolate chiffon layered with strawberry mousse, topped with champagne gelee 8

Park Grill
11 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60602

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Valentine’s Day Dining at Cantina Laredo

Three Course Menu with Optional Tequila Cocktail Pairings

Friday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 14

$35 per person
$50 with tequila cocktail pairings

Cantina Laredo will offer a special three course meal with optional tequila cocktail pairings this Valentine’s Day weekend. Chef Larry Sinclair’s dinner menu features an array of modern Mexican dishes, such as creamy roasted red pepper soup, mango-jicama salad, crab and poblano enchiladas, pork tenderloin with casacabel pineapple sauce, filet mignon, strawberry bunuelos and chocolate cake. The prix fixe menu, priced at $35 per person (outlined below) will be available February 10-14.

Each dining guest participating in the prix fixe will have the option of adding tequila cocktails that perfectly pair with each course. For an additional $15, three drinks will be presented: Pomegranate Margarita with the starter course; Sunset Margarita with the entree course; and the Heart Warmer with the dessert course. The cocktail descriptions are also listed below.

Reservations are encouraged. Please call Cantina Laredo at 312-955-0014. Tax and gratuity is not included in the Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner menu. The restaurant and lounge is open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight.

“Valentine’s Especialidad”


Mango with jicama, seasoned pumpkin seeds, grapes, mint and queso fresco with a honey vinaigrette

Creamy roasted red pepper soup topped with almonds and queso fresco

Corazon Reposado, pomegranate liqueur and fresh lime


Crab and poblano pepper enchiladas topped with chile de arbol cream sauce

Pork tenderloin with casacabel pineapple sauce

8 oz. Certified Angus Beef TM filet mignon topped with pasilla pepper sauce

Corazon Anejo, Patron Citronge, fresh lime and dash of Cholula


Fresh strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream on cinnamon chips

Cake served with ice cream and chocolate sauce

Corazon Anejo, Bailey’s and coffee

Cantina Laredo
508 North State Street

Chicago, IL 60654


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Valentine’s Day Dining at The Chicago Firehouse

Celebrate with Chef Duque’s Menu for Two

Friday, February 10 – Tuesday, February 14

$100 per couple
$135 per couple with wine pairings

The Chicago Firehouse will welcome diners celebrating Valentine’s Day with a multi-day dining event. From February 10-14, a three course menu for two by Chef Kendal Duque will be offered during dinner service. Duque’s dishes include choice of appetizer (soup, salad, risotto), classic chateaubriand for two, and choice of dessert (chocolate or tres leches cake) for $100 per couple. Wine pairings may be added to the date night dinner for $35 per couple.

Reservations are recommended – please call The Chicago Firehouse. Tax and gratuity is excluded from the menu for two. The restaurant’s dinner hours are Monday through Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday 4:00-10:30 p.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Sunday 4-9 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Menu for Two

choice of


with boursin cheese and walnut vinaigrette

with shrimp braised in tomato sauce


with grilled asparagus, au gratin potatoes, veal demi and bearnaise sauce

choice of

with raspberry sauce

with strawberries and champagne sauce

The Chicago Firehouse
1401 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

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Valentine’s Day Dining at Elate

Three Course Prix Fixe with Optional Wine Pairings

Tuesday, February 14
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

$55 three course menu
$85 three courses with wine pairings

Elate Restaurant will offer a prix fixe menu this Valentine’s Day. On Tuesday, February 14, Executive Chef Michael Noll will prepare three courses, which include Parnsip Bisque, Gunthrop Farms Duck Breast or Roasted Turbot and Avocado Panna Cotta. The date night dinner is priced at $55 per guest (tax and gratuity excluded), with optional wine pairings available for an additional $30. Reservations may be made by calling 312-202-9900.

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu
$55 per person, $85 with wine pairings

Course One
Parsnip Bisque
almond milk / golden raisins / curry

Course Two
choice of

Roasted Gunthrop Farms Duck Breast
confit tortellini / kuri squash / duck jus / pine

Roasted Turbot
clams / sea beans / tarragon / mustard seed

Course Three
Avocado Panna Cotta
rose / white chocolate / kumquat


111 West Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60654

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