Things to do on Valentine’s Day in Chicago

Anyone who is heading to the SecondCity for Valentine’s Day should expect a first-rate time as there are tons of great things to do in Chicago that will delight couples and singles alike!

For a romantic evening with some stellar Italian food, head to 312 Chicago for a Valentine’s Day feast. The restaurant will be offering up a special tasting menu filled with truffles, crab, lobster and other special treats. “Chef Luca’s menu is sure to delight!” according to the restaurant’s website. “We look forward to being a part of your romantic evening with our Prix Fixe and A La Carte menus.”

If you’d rather spent Friday night partying it up with single ladies and eligible bachelors, then the Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at the Newport Bar & Grill on West Newport Avenue could be the way to go. The free event will feature $4 drafts, $4 Fireball shots and $5 Three Olive cocktails, as well as half-priced appetizers from 3 to 8 p.m. The party, which is being billed as the chance to “celebrate a year of bad relationship choices,” will also feature a complimentary Fireball tasting at 9 p.m.

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Although it takes place on Feb. 20 instead of Valentine’s Day, the Jaded Hearts dinner at EL Ideas will be catering to the “multitudes who are single, have been dumped, or just disdain the goo-goo ga-ga nature of the occasion.” Guests at the 16-seat restaurant will enjoy selections from the Michelin-starred menu while listening to tunes from a “playlist with no romantic love songs, only songs about cheap sex and breaking up.” The dinner is also BYOB so diners can bring their own bottles of wine or beer.

Some quick-hitting dining options for Valentine’s Day in Chicago are the Atwood Café’s four-course “Beats of the Heart” meal featuring hearts of palm, artichoke hearts, pig heart with pork tenderloin and sausage, and a boozy bourbon cake or the three-course meal at Endgrain featuring “Love, the Old Fashioned Way” pairings of Old-Fashioneds made with craft spirits. If for whatever reason you can’t celebrate on Friday but still want to take that special someone somewhere extraordinary, the self-proclaimed “Restaurant of Romance,” Geja’s Cafe, will be offering its Valentine’s Day fondue package through Sunday.

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