Valentine’s Day Dining Celebrations

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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love, whether you’re celebrating love for a special someone, your friends, your family or your favorite drink! It doesn’t have to be a stressful and expensive holiday — instead it can be relaxing and full of memories. So, skip planning weeks in advance and enjoy these last minute trendy spots with Valentine’s Day specials even cupid would be smitten over.

Mercadito: El día de San Valentín es caliente en Mercadito. Translation: Valentine’s Day is HOT at Mercadito. This Mexican style restaurant is perfect for the modern couple that wants to “spice it up.” Share more than just your love for one another with the Valentine’s Day Sharing Menu, which features a five-course menu of guacamoles, tacos, botanas, ceviches and desserts. Then take advantage of $5 Chocolate Tequila shots! Or role-play as Chef and Sous Chef during a cooking class including four dishes and four drinks. At the end of the evening sneak downstairs for a quick nightcap at the interactive bar.

Location: 108 W. Kinzie St.
Valentines Day Sharing Menu $60 per guest
Cooking Class w/ Chef Patricio Sandoval $95 per guest 6-8pm class or 9-11pm class

DMK Burger: Hot… Juicy… Tangy… How do you like it? Your burger that is! DMK burger offers scrumptious taste combinations such as the, “Number 2”: Grass-fed Beef, chili rubbed with onion strings, Amish blue cheese and spicy chipotle ketchup on a fresh baked bun. You can literally eat your heart out on V-Day — DMK Burger is hosting a party called, “Lost lovers hook up party,” where singles and lovers alike can enjoy all-you-can-eat burgers and fries and unlimited craft brews. Seductive movies and romantic tunes will tug on your heart strings but who knows… you may get a little shake with those fries.

Location: 2954 N. Sheffield Ave
Time: 7pm-Midnight
Cost: $50 per person

Blokes & Birds: An aphrodisiac-laden menu sets the mood at this casual Lakeview pub. And designing your own three-course meal will be easy on those experiencing, “commitment issues”. I wouldn’t want to influence your decisions, but I would order oysters on the half shell paired with Pierre Delize Blanc de Blanc, Butter Poached Lobster with Chocolate Ganache paired with Trentadue Merlot followed by Chocolate Sin cake for dessert. And to follow? A “friendly” game of pool.

Location: 3343 N. Clark St.
Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Dinner: $50 per person $25 Beverage Pairings

Rockit Bar & Grill: No need to drop mad cash at some fancy shmancy restaurant to charm your Valentine. Rockit Bar & Grill is offering a candlelit dinner in the dinning room featuring creations from Executive Chef James Gottwald. Brie Cheese Fondue will heat up your night followed by your choice of Pan Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops or Surf & Turf. Then treat yourself to the flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sorbet. Advanced reservations will score each guest in your party a complimentary glass of bubbly. And since Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year guests can also participate in Rockit’s Monday night TasteIt promotion, where select bottles and glasses of wine are half price.

Location: 22 W. Hubbard St.

Public House: Finally a place where you can say, “I wanna tap that!” and not look like a creep. The team behind Bull & Bear just opened this new hot spot and it’s a great place to get new romance brewing. Get a group of friends together — 5 to 10 to be exact — and strategize at one of the tables with self-serve beer AND liquor taps. Public House is the first bar in Chicago to offer self-serve liquor table taps. In no time at all you’ll be feeling the love… the love that Public House has for beer. This is evident in the décor, from the pilsner-glass light fixtures to the beer-infused dining menu.

Location: 400 N. State Street

Happy Valentines Day from UPchicago!

About Natalie Scheid

When Mattel manufactures your idol and your nickname is Barbie life can get pretty unreal. My favorite activities include cheering on the White Sox (I’ve been converting Cubs fans since 1986), meeting new people and writing on the rooftop with the skyline as my backdrop. You might be able to find me at the opening of a new hot spot, soaking up some culture at a local museum or art show, or enjoying one of the cities fabulous festivals. So…. catch me if you can!

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