Valentine's Day in Chicago 2011

Love is in the air! When Valentine's Day rolls around, it will be your cue to spend quality time with your sweetie. Whether you want to indulge in a five-course meal or spend the weekend holed up in a fancy hotel, we've got picks for all different tastes. Check our list of places to spend Valentine's Day in Chicago. (Photo: The Spa at Trump)

Updated: January 25, 2011

Valentine's Day in Chicago: Where to Go, What to Do

Shaw's Crab House

21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611

Head to Shaw's Crab House for an aphrodisiac-induced meal. A dozen wellfleet oysters and two glasses of Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne are being offered for a special ($38) during the weekend-long Valentine's Day celebration, from Friday, February 11 to Monday, February 14 (for dinner only).

Karyn's on Green

130 S Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

Planet-friendly diners (vegetarians and those on a New Year's resolution health kick) will love the Karyn's on Green Valentine's Day event on Saturday, February 12. The special menu will feature the restaurant's favorite aphrodisiacs, and the entire restaurant will be celebrating with music, fashion, chocolate and champagne.


419 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60610

Impress your date with a dinner at Zealous, where the special three-or-five-course chef's menu for the weekend of love ($65 and $85 respectively) includes such menu highlights as deconstructed, seared yellowfin tuna Nicoise with duck fat-braised fingerling potatoes and Szechwan blue crab with soy mayo and hoisin. The three-course option even comes with a glass of Gruet sparkling wine.

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago

401 N. Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610

The Donald doesn't skimp on anything, and that includes Valentine's Day. Have a dinner to remember at the award-winning Sixteen restaurant or spend the afternoon getting pampered at the world-renowned spa. The Be Mine Package--which includes one night's stay, a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne, matching Champagne flutes to keep as a memento, housemade truffles from executive pastry chef Sarah Kosikowski, an aromatic candle, a red rose and in-room breakfast for two starts at $575, but isn't true love worth the occasional splurge?

Division Ale House

1942 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Get an optional three-course meal and a bottle of bubbly at Division Ale House February 12 to February 14. The dinner-for-two features a sharable appetizer, two entrees, housemade chocolate truffles for dessert and a bottle of champagne.

People Lounge

1560 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

When you don't want to be forced into a limited dinner menu, People Lounge is the place to go. The restaurant will be offering diners the full regular menu in addition to an optional three-course dinner package that includes romance-inspired ingredients (think chocolate, almonds and lobster). Your meal will also include two glasses of Freixenet cava with the dessert course.

Cactus Bar & Grill

404 S Wells St, Chicago, IL 60607

For a casual, booze-filled Valentine's Day, look no further than Cactus Bar and Grill. On Monday, February 14, from 6pm-8pm, self-proclaimed beer geek (and in-house manager) Andrew Stangl will lead a sudsy session with some radically different styles of beer (one brew is even served heated). Stangl will discuss brews perfect for winter weather and what flavor profiles excite the senses. Chef Glenn Pistorio will offer a variety of small bite appetizers at the beer tasting, for a grand total of $30 per person.