Last Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

February 12, 2015 4:44 PM

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Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and there’s still time to make a reservation. Here are a few last minute ideas for both couples and singles.

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(Photo Credit: 3Forks.com)

III Forks

180 N. Field Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60601
312.938.4303
3Forks.com

III Forks Prime Steakhouse will welcome Valentine’s Day dining guests with a special “Sweetheart Menu” for two. Available now through Saturday, February 14, Executive Chef Billy Caruso will offer a three course menu that includes starter, entree and shared dessert ($155 per couple). The Lakeshore East-located prime steakhouse will feature three sparkling wine selections by the glass or bottle (Chandon Brut Classic; Chandon Sparkling Rose; Etoile Brut), hand-chosen for the romantic holiday.

Chef Caruso’s a la carte menu will also be offered. Choices include “Beginnings” (Wild Rice and Short Rib Arancini; Ahi Tuna; Shrimp Cocktail; Lamb Meatballs), salads and soup, “Beef Market” (Tomahawk Ribeye; Filet Mignon; USDA Prime New York Strip Pepper Steak; USDA Prime Bone In Ribeye), “Fish Market” (Cold Water Rock Lobster Tail; Atlantic Salmon; Chilean Seabass), “Local Favorites” (Roasted Chicken; Rack of Lamb; Citrus Cured Pork Belly; Vegetable Ravioli) and sides (sauteed spinach; roasted mushrooms; off-the-cob cream corn; lobster mac & cheese).

Reservations are encouraged; please call 312-938-4303 or visit IIIForks.com. III Forks is open: Sunday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5-11 p.m.

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(Photo Credit: 312chicago.com)

312 Chicago

136 N La Salle St
Chicago, IL 60602
www.312chicago.com

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a four-course “Menu di San Valentino” Pre-Fixe by Executive Chef Luca Corazzina at 312 Chicago. Menu us $60 per person/$85 beverage pairing, including vegetarian, meat and sweet options. Menus include a Involtino di Melanzane (Grilled Baby Eggplant Rolls Stuffed with Goat’s Milk Ricotta, Roasted Tomato Relish, Micro Basil), Spalla di Maiale (Roasted Pork Shoulder, Black Truffle Soft Polenta, Garlic Rapini, Pork Reduction), Gamberetti (Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp, Garbanzo Beans Puree, Baby Kale, Chili Oil) and Bombolini (Fried Doughnuts Stuffed with White Chocolate Mousse, Strawberries Champagne Puree).

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(Photo Credit: AramiChicago.com)

Arami

1829 W. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
312-243-1535
AramiChicago.com

Arami will welcome Valentine’s Day celebrants for a four course couples’ menu on Saturday, February 14. Offered from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Chef Fred Despres’ prix fixe features: smoked and seared hamachi salad; Valentine’s Day maki; roasted bacon wrapped quail with seared foie gras and king crab; and red velvet cake. The menu, outlined below, is priced at $120 per twosome. Reservations may be made by calling 312-243-1535 or by visiting AramiChicago.com.

For those on a late night date, Chef Fred Despres’ new Saturday evening late night menu will be offered from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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(Photo Credit: BirchwoodKitchen.com)

Birchwood Kitchen

2211 W. North Avenue
Chicago, IL
773.276.2100
BirchwoodKitchen.com

Birchwood Kitchen in Wicker Park will welcome Valentine’s Day celebrants for a holiday dinner date on Saturday, February 14. Chef Jesse Williams has crafted a three course menu with starter, entree and shared dessert ($35 per guest). Be sure to bring wine, liquor, bubbly or brews, as Birchwood Kitchen is BYOB. Table reservations (required) will be accepted from 6-9 p.m. To make Valentine’s Day dinner plans, please call 773-276-2100.

Lobby Lounge – 50 Shades of Grey Movie Weekend

150 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60605
312-564-2104
www.showplaceicon.com

Whether you’re planning a night with the girls or are dragging (or the one being dragged) your beau to see the highly anticipated 50 Shades of Grey movie this weekend, the Lobby Lounge has some inspired cocktails to help you celebrate. Festivities run Thursday, February 12th through Sunday, February 15th.

$12 themed cocktails include;

• 50 Shades of Grey Goose with Grey Goose Cherry Noir, Strawberry Schnapps, Godiva Liqueur, half and half
• BDS Martini with Bacardi, DiSaronno, sour
• Sparkling Spanking with Sparkling Peach Moscato, Peach Schnapps, cranberry
• Control Freak with Hennessy VS, Canton Ginger, ginger ale

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(Photo Credit: sablechicago.com)

Sable Kitchen & Bar

505 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
www.sablechicago.com

Sable Kitchen Bar will feature cocktail and shared plate specials. Menus by Head Bartender John Stanton and Executive Chef Heather Terhune will only be available on Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s menu will include a Butter Poached Lobster, Warm Buckwheat & Corn Blinis, Cocoa Dusted Filet Mignon, White Chocolate Coeur and ‘Lights Below Us’ (Cognac, Fresh Lemon Juice, White Cacao, Raspberry Syrup, Campari, Peychaud’s Bitters).

Southport & Irving

4000 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60613
773-857-2890
www.southportandirving.com

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, SIP, located in Lakeview, will offer guests romantic dinner specials in addition to the regular menu. Specials will include; Blue Point Oysters, Prime Rib, Wild Stripe Bass and more. The evening will also feature live Brazilian jazz by Paulinho Garcia from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the dining room and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the bar area. Reservations are recommended.

South Water Kitchen

Hotel Monaco
225 North Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
www.southwaterkitchen.com

Every weekend in February, South Water Kitchen is launching their Red Velvet French Toast for brunch and a Valentine’s special 3-course shared plate dinner ($65 to share, on 2/14 only). Diner includes a smoked tomato bruschetta, 12oz filet, grilled asparagus,‏ red wine veal reduction, lobster mac & cheese, whoopee pie dessert trio and a bottle of bubbly.

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(Photo Credit: thestretchchicago.com)

The Stretch – Valentine’s Day Tinder Party

3485 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
www.thestretchchicago.com

This Valentine’s Day, The Stretch in Wrigleyville will host a Tinder “Find your New Hookup” Party featuring a kissing booth, heart shaped piñata with party favors, $5 Heartbreak bombs, $5 glasses of wine, $4 Fireball shots and $3 domestic bottles.

Lauren Wulf LaRoche, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf LaRoche writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.

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