by Kendall Solon
Yes, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. So, where will you and your sweetheart be dining? Whether you prefer a quiet romantic dinner or are searching for a high energy dining experience, theYOUjournal can help. Thanks to input from our readers and our staff’s top picks, we have compiled a list of Valentine’s Day favorites that are sure to please!
The English Room
255 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest 847.234.2280
Located in the newly restored and remarkably picturesque Deer Path Inn, The English Room is one of the highest rated fine dining sites on the North Shore. This restaurant’s mood lighting, beautiful table settings, state of the art wine lists, and Valentine specific menu selections, make it a superb choice for you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. As the website states, The English Room “makes every meal feel like an occasion, and every occasion a cherished memory.
301 Waukegan Avenue, Highwood 847.433.1078
How about an authentic French and Cuban inspired meal in downtown Highwood? Executive Chef Gabriel Viti, a cigar-appreciating wine aficionado, opened Miramar Bistro after many visits to Havana. The lavish candle-lit restaurant, with heavy leather accents and antique mirrors, offers a wonderful ambiance coupled with phenomenal cuisine. Miramar’s Valentine’s Day special, which is $75 per person, consists of a four-course meal with several choices such as tuna, lobster and various pasta entrees. Reservations are encouraged.
623 Howard Street, Evanston 847.491.6778
Looking for a relaxed dinner for you and your date this Valentine’s Day? Then make reservations at Peckish Pig, a mellow brewpub known for fabulous food and exceptional service! You and your lover can enjoy a special tasting menu for two featuring their most popular items such as burrata & persimmons, burgundy beef, Chef Deb’s delectable chocolates and more! Complete the meal with a glass of bubbly or house brewed beer. This package is $70 for two people and reservations are required. The regular menu is also available for walk-ins.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Visit the website for a location near you: http://www.loumalnatis.com/locations#;10
Who said that Valentine’s Day is exclusively for couples? Not us! Spend the evening with friends or family, and order a 9-inch heart-shaped pizza from Lou Malnati’s. These scrumptious, deep-dish pizzas will be available all weekend long and range from $10-$15 depending on your selection of toppings.
Purple Sprout Café
341 E. Dundee Road, Wheeling 224.223.7133
Looking for a healthy, vegan option for you and your sweetheart? Do you enjoy cooking? Check out the Purple Sprout Café in Wheeling! This vegetarian and vegan inspired restaurant is offering cooking classes where you and your date can learn how to enhance romance through food. The class is 6-9 pm on Valentine’s Day and costs $75 per couple. If you would rather enjoy a romantic evening at home, then swing by Purple Sprout and pick up the “Aphrodisiac Dinner for Two,” which is $40. Call the restaurant for details.
The Stained Glass Bistro
1735 Benson Avenue, Evanston 847.864.8600
For the sophisticated pallet, we encourage you to check out The Stained Glass Bistro, located in the heart of Evanston. For Valentine’s Day, guests have the option of ordering from the daily menu or from a list of Valentine features including Oysters Rockefeller, Butter Poached King Crab, East Coast Wild Striped Bass and Duck with wild mushrooms and pickled blueberries. Save room for dessert, because the Red Velvet Molten Lava Cake is the perfect way to end the night!
Flight Restaurant & Wine Bar
1820 Tower Road, Glenview 847.729.9463
There’s nothing better than enjoying an award-winning meal and sharing a spectacular bottle of wine or with your loved one. For Valentine’s Day, Flight will feature specials on some of their very best labels to accompany their spectacular dinner offerings including cedar plank roasted salmon, marinated skirt steak and Chicken Francais. Flight, the perfect destination for couples looking for a more intimate ambiance, will show the love by presenting all women with a rose upon arrival.
Woods Tap & Pine Lodge
7110 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood 847.677.3350
They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. If that’s the case, then L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge could be your best bet. For Valentine’s Day guests can choose from their expansive menu or enjoy hearty and delicious holiday specials including prime rib, lobster mac and cheese, and caramel bread pudding. The 220 seat pine lodge offers a country-cozy atmosphere and an exceptional dining experience.
Max and Benny’s
461 Waukegan Road, Northbrook 847.272.9490
Celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long at Max and Benny’s. With three great dining options offered Friday through Sunday, you and your Valentine are sure to find something you’ll love. For $54.95 a couple, Max and Benny’s is offering a Meat Lovers Meal for Two, a Seafood Lovers Meal for Two or a delicious Surf and Turf, all of which come with a bottle of wine and chocolate dipped strawberries. For a super sweet time, Max and Benny’s is the place for you!
6170 West Grand Avenue, Gurnee 847.855-7800
How about a family friendly Valentine’s Day brunch? On Saturday, February 13 Rainforest Café in Gurnee Mills will be hosting a Sweetheart Breakfast featuring a delicious buffet, raffle prizes, free goodie bags for the kids, and of course, a visit from Cha and friends. Reservations are suggested. Please call for times and pricing.
510 E. Route 83, Mundelein 847.970.6900
Spend Valentine’s Day with loved ones at Karma Restaurant. Their prix-fixe four-course dinners are offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night for $85 per couple and include a choice of appetizers, soup or salad, a choice of three main entrees and dessert. Wine specials and a complimentary champagne toast will also be offered. Reservations are required, so please call ahead.
Chicago, Glenview, Lincolnshire, Oak Brook and Schaumburg 847.657.6363
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart at Wildfire! All locations will be offering a special 4-course Valentine’s Menu for Two that will be available from Friday, February 12 through Monday, February 15 and includes a starter and salad to share, your choice of Wildfire signature main courses such as Cedar Planked Salmon, Feta Crusted New York Strip Steak or Spit Roasted Carved New York Roast, with choice of side, and decadent dessert for two. The cost is $90 per couple, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. The regular dinner menu will also be available.
1445 Lake Cook Road (in the Embassy Suites Hotel) 847.945.4500
Come celebrate your love at Cadwell’s Grille this Valentine’s Day Weekend with a scrumptious three course prix fixe menu featuring a bottle of red or white wine. This specially crafted menu, which is available from February 12 – 14, is $70 per couple and features two appetizers, two entrees, and a dessert to share (the white chocolate crème brulee is a customer favorite!) Call today to make reservations for an evening that is sure to delight!
883 Main Street, Antioch 847.603.1196
Bring your special someone to David’s Bistro for a fabulous 5-course meal featuring baked brie with raspberry champagne sauce, carrot ginger soup with cream, prosciutto salad over baby greens, filet medallion served over shallot au gratin potatoes and roasted legumes, and a mini dessert platter to share. The cost is $79 per couple and includes live entertainment. Two seatings are being offered: 5 to 7 pm and 7:30 to 9 pm. Reservation are strongly suggested.
Barrel Crossing Tap & Grill
260 Green Bay Road, Highwood 847.748.8695
Because Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, Barrel Crossing is offering a special two-day menu to be shared with family, friends or loved ones. Among the items offered are bourbon BBQ dates stuffed with goat cheese and roasted pine nuts, wrapped in smoked apple bacon; Maine lobster ravioli with sautéed spinach in a creamy lobster sauce; twin tenderloin medallions with crab and spinach crust in a cabernet veal reduction sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes and roasted vegetables. There will be heart-shaped pizzas for the kids for $5.99. Those under 12 eat free with each paid adult Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. Diners can also order off the restaurant’s full regular menu.
585 Elm Place, Highland Park 847.926-8444
Top off your evening with some delicious frozen yogurt from Love’s! Offering a variety of fat-free, low-fat, and sugar free options, with dozens of toppings including candy, nuts, granola and fruit, Love’s Yogurt is the perfectly sweet ending to your Valentine’s Day meal. Their custom designed frozen yogurt pies are big sellers for Valentine’s Day, so be sure to place your order in advance.
For more Valentine’s Day dining specials and entertainment options, visit Chicago’s North Shore Convention & Visitors Bureau at: http://cnscvb.com/winter_valentinesday