Food Fun Friday - Valentine's Day and Super Bowl

Food Fun Friday - Valentine's Day and Super Bowl

It’s restaurant week! I’m not a huge fan personally and if you’re looking for other food fun events – I HAVE A TON! Great events in the next week plus options for Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day!

Stay warm.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host the 17th Annual Grand Chefs Gala on Friday, January 31 at Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 N. Columbus Drive.  In an exciting, Oscars-style presentation, the Gala will recognize the city’s culinary elite with the Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence.  This year’s event will include a special tribute to Jean Banchet and his monumental contributions to the culinary world and the Chicago dining scene.

In 2013, the Gala raised over $500,000 to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and this year, the CFF is aiming even higher. Tickets and tables can be purchased by visiting the website at or calling the CF Foundation at 312.236.4491.  Tickets start at $100 for the Nightcap portion of the event (9:30pm – 12:00am) and $500 for the entire evening.

Between Bites bridges the delicious overlap between eating and storytelling. Food memories shape our personal experiences. Special meals become defining moments. Words fill the space between bites. We wanted to create an ongoing philanthropic forum for food-inspired storytelling, featuring six local writers who cook, dine and chronicle their culinary lives and travels. The theme for our second installment of Between Bites is "Hot/Cold," and readings begin at 7PM.

The readers for the winter installment of this ongoing series are:

  • Amalie Drury, Editor, PureWow Chicago
  • Chris LaMorte, Editor, UrbanDaddy Chicago
  • Liz Grossman, Managing Editor, Plate Magazine
  • David Hammond, Co-founder and moderator of, food columnist for Wednesday Journal and Chicago Sun-Times
  • Nick Kindelsperger, Editor, Serious Eats Chicago
  • Kate Bernot, Nightlife reporter, RedEye

$25 ticket price includes heavy appetizers, cocktails by Thatcher's Organic Artisan Spirits and Candid Wines. Cash bar. Tickets -

In honor of Chicago Restaurant Week, bellyQ, 1400 W Randolph, will be offering a wallet-friendly cooking demonstration on Saturday, February 1. Chef Bill Kim will show guests how to prepare and serve three varieties of his beloved dumplings, paired with local favorite Half Acre Pony Pilsner. Guests attending the cooking demonstration will learn how to make the following dumplings:

  • Beef and Cheddar Cheese with Horseradish Sauce
  • Pork and Cilantro with Seoul Sauce
  • Buffalo Chicken with Yogurt Blue Cheese Sauce
$35 per person; includes food and drinks. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online

Saturday, February 8th, for Chicago’s SWEETEST Bar Crawl – the Candy Crush Crawl.  Witness your childhood fantasies come to life as Clark Street transforms into CandyLand’s Rainbow Road. Just in time to celebrate, or help you forget, that Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, the Candy Crush Crawl is the perfect excuse to round up “all your single ladies,” spice things up with your significant other, or even muster up the courage to bring your secret crush. Get a $30 “golden ticket” which includes a lanyard granting access from 12pm-6pm to all ten participating bars such as Wrigleyville sweet-spots John Barleycorn, Deuces and Diamonds, and Sluggers. Candy Crush Crawlers will also enjoy unbeatable drink specials at each bar, a vibrant neon backpack to securely stash an abundance of candy, a Candy Crush Crawl long sleeve tee and beanie.

Prizes will be awarded for most unique bar crawl apparel! Be sure to visit to purchase tickets and for additional Candy Crush Crawl information.

Roka Akor Old Orchard, January 29th, and Roka Akor Chicago, January 30th, are inviting guests to two exclusive wine dinners on back-to-back nights on Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30 to celebrate the award-winning varieties from Laetitia Vineyard and Winery.  Each wine will be expertly paired with a mouthwatering dish from Roka Akor's skilled chefs in an exciting five-course dinner. $85 per ticket includes, reception, five-course wine paired dinner. Tax and gratuity are not included. To make a reservation, please call Roka Akor Old Orchard at (847) 329-7650 or Roka Akor Chicago at (312) 477-7652. Space is limited.

Starting February 11th, CH Distillery will feature a guest bartender every second Tuesday of the month. For one night only, the guest bartender will come in and create two cocktails behind the bar: one using only CH spirits and one wildcard with unlimited ingredients. The series will kick off with The Aviary's James Beard award-winning beverage director Charles Joly, who was also named "Best American Bartender" at Tales of the Cocktail in 2013. The full lineup as of now is listed below.

  • February 11: Charles Joly/The Aviary
  • March 11: Eden Laurin and Patrick Smith/Violet Hour
  • April 8: Clint Rogers/The Dawson
  • May 13: Kyle Davidson/Blackbird
  • August 12: Justin Anderson/La Sirena Clandestina
  • October 14: Matty Eggleston/Nico

Super Bowl!

County Barbeque, a DMK Restaurant, is excited to announce that guests who can't get enough of Chef Michael Kornick's authentic BBQ fare, can now have their next event catered by the Michelin - recommended barbecue joint. To celebrate this exciting new offering, the barbeque favorite is giving members of DMK Restaurants' Love Program a chance to have a meaty feast for 30 guests "pop up" at their Super Bowl party!

Those interested in having a Super Bowl feast filled with Juicy Pulled Pork, Brisket, St. Louis Spare Ribs, Hot Links and more, can enter by visiting the following link. On Wednesday, January 29th the County team will pick a winner through a random drawing and on Super Bowl Sunday, a smokin' hot feast will arrive at their home 30 minutes before kick-off for party guests to get their fill before the big game. Why not sit back and relax while Chef Michael Kornick and team do all the work! County is located at 1352 W. Taylor St. and is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 11:30 a.m. More information can be found by visiting the restaurant's website, Facebook page and Twitter stream.

BRASSERIE by LM 800 S. Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.431.1788 |  Super Bowl Burger and Beer Special On Sunday, February 2, Chicagoans are invited to Brasserie by LM to cheer on their favorite football teams in Super Bowl XLVII. As a special, the French brasserie will offer their signature Brasserie Burger with aged cheddar, tomato and fries with a Kronenbourg 1664 for $15. HOURS: Sunday - Saturday: 6 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

CHICAGO q 1160 N. Dearborn St. | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312.642.1160 | Chicago q Super Bowl Catering  Chicago q, the city's hottest spot for upscale barbecue, invites all football fans, regardless of team allegiances, to indulge in delicious barbecue at their Super Bowl party from the talented hands of Chef/Partner Lee Ann Whippen. Whippen's award-winning meats take the center stage in these packages, which feed eight to 10 people. Options include The Smoke House, $150, with pulled pork and pulled chicken, The Pitmaster, $200, with pulled pork, pulled chicken and Kobe sliced brisket, and The Grand Champion, $225, with St. Louis or Baby Back Ribs with a choice of two pulled meats. Each package comes with a choice of two sides and two sauces, honey butter cornbread and pickles. Mini and full-sized pretzel and brioche rolls are available for an additional cost.

In addition, the restaurant will offer their special Football package, the Tailgater, $85, with

Smoked Dry-Rubbed Wings, House Bacon Cheddar Hush Puppies, Pig Powder Chips with Habanero Ranch, Smoked Sausage, Pickles and Chili.The restaurant offers delivery options available through, Grubhub and Seamless for a la carte and catering orders. Ordering is easy and requires 24 hours advance notice. For more information, contact Stephanie at 312.642.1160 or HOURS: Sunday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. | Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

CLARK STREET DOG AND BAR 3040 N. Clark St. | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.281.6690| Super Bowl Specials at Clark Street Dog and Bar Enjoy Super Bowl XLVIII at Clark Street Dog and Bar with $3 domestic bottles and Chicago-style favorites including the Signature Clark Street Dog and a selection of burgers including  a ¼ lb hamburger and cheeseburger (available as a single or double) as well as a ⅓ lb turkey burger. Spectators at the bar will be able to enter a raffle (one ticket for each drink purchased) for an authentic 312 dart board. The winner, to be announced after the game, must be present to win.

All party packages, incuding alcohol, can be ordered through the Clark Street Dog website at: HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 9 - 3 a.m. | Friday - Sunday: 10 - 4 a.m.

FIORENTINO'S CUCINA ITALIANA 2901 N. Ashland Ave.| Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.244.3026 | Super Bowl Catering at Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana Orders must be picked up by Saturday, February 1 Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana will be closed on Super Bowl Sunday. Let Fiorentino's Cucina Italiana make your Super Bowl party a success. The Lakeview favorite offers a full catering menu for events hosted off site. Dishes are available as a half pan (serves 8-10) or as a full pan (serves 10-20+). Full Catering Menus with prices available upon request.  For more information or to place an order contact:  HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. | Friday & Saturday: 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. | Sunday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

GO ROMA 848 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60610 | 312. 252. 9946 | Other Locations in Bolingbrook, Lincolnshire, Northbrook and Deer Park. For hours and addresses, visit

Go Team with Go Roma Complimentary Meatball Promotion available through Sunday, February 2 Nothing says "go team" quite like Go Roma and their newly revamped catering menu, perfect for any football playoff party, regardless of team allegiances.

In addition, the restaurants offer package deals available including:

  • Deluxe Lunch, Starting at $119 An assortment of sandwiches, a Go Roma Salad, Kettle-Cooked Chips, and a dessert tray
  • Pizza Party, Starting at $99 A variety of pizzas, available in white or wheat crust, a Go Roma Salad and a dessert tray.
  • Italian Feast, Starting at $139Pasta and Italian Specialties, a Go Roma salad, Go Roma breadsticks and a dessert tray
  • Sandwich Basket, Starting at $69 A selection of sandwiches including Classic Italian, Pesto Chicken and Tomato Mozzarella, with kettle-cooked chips.

So Chicagoans can go ahead and be the "meatball fans" they want to be, Go Roma is offering 24 complimentary mini meatballs for all night and weekend orders over $100. As meatballs are made by hand, orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance. Nights begin at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and weekend starts at 4 p.m. on Fridays. Offer is valid through Super Bowl Sunday on February 2, 2014. Bruschetta will be available as a substitute upon request. CHICAGO LOCATION HOURS:  Mon-Thurs, 11 AM - 9 PM | Fri, 11 AM - 10 PM | Sat, 11:30 AM - 10 PM | Sun, 11:30 AM - 9 PM

THE GRID 351 W. Hubbard St | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.321.1351 | Super Bowl Specials at The Grid There's no better place to watch the biggest football game of the year than at one of Chicago's best sports bars, the Grid. The River North hotspot will be offering a number of food and drink specials including their signature wood-fired pizzas available for $14. The Grid will also continue their support of local Chicago animal rescue organization, Furever Rescue, during the Super Bowl. A portion of the proceeds of a featured cocktail will go to Furever Rescue and donations in in the form of dog food, toys, crates, or beds will also be accepted. To make a monetary donation please go HOURS: Restaurant: Dinner: Monday - Friday 4:00 - 10:00 pm

Brunch: Saturday - Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm | Dinner: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lounge: Thursday-Friday 7:00 pm - 2:00 am | Saturday 4:00 pm - 3:00 am

THE LOCAL CHICAGO 198 E Delaware Place | Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.280.8887 | The Local Chicago Tailgater Package Available Now for $45 This package, designed to feed up to four people, features the best of The Local Chicago's American classics and delicious comfort food including:

  • Blue Cheese Fondue Chips Topped with Truffle Oil and Cracked Pepper
  • USDA Prime Sliders Aged Cheddar and Tomato Horseradish Sauce
  • Jumbo Chicken Drummettes With Maytag Bleu Cheese Dressing, Carrots and Celery
  • Lobster Quesadilla Butter Poached Lobster with Fresh Guacamole and Roasted Tomato Salsa
  • Jalapeno Cornbread Maple Pecan Butter

In addition, The Local Chicago's full menu is available for take out and catering. To place an order, guests can contact The Local Chicago at 312.280.8887. Home delivery is also available. HOURS: Sunday - Saturday: 6:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.

MACKU SIGNATURE 2925 N. Halsted St | Chicago, IL 60657 | 773.360.8816

MACKU SUSHI 2239 N. Clybourn Ave. | Chicago, IL 60614 | 773.880.8012

Super Bowl Catering Packages and Delivery Options with Macku Sushi and Macku Signature Step beyond traditional tailgating food and make your Super Bowl party one to remember with some of Chef Macku Chan's delicious sushi. Many of the appetizers, sashimi and maki options from the dine-in menus are available for carry-out and delivery. Entree platters for 2, 4 or 6 featuring a selection of sashimi and maki can also be delivered directly to your door. Larger groups can pre order special sushi platters that are customizable from the à la carte menu. Call Macku Sushi at 773.880.8012 or Macku Signature at 773.360.8816 to place your order today. HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m | Friday & Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. | Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

NOUVEAU TAVERN  358 W Ontario | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.915.4100

Super Bowl With A Nouveau Twist Enjoy Super Bowl Sunday at Nouveau Tavern with a special southern inspired Super Bowl menu. Nouveau will be serving a limited special menu consisting of a few Nouveau favorites as well as some additional big game day dishes. HOURS: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. | Thursday: 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. | Friday 5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. | Saturday: 5:00 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. | Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

TROQUET RAVENSWOOD 1834 West Montrose Ave. | Chicago, IL 60613 | 773.334.5662 | Super Bowl Burger and Beer Special $10 Burger and Beer Special

On Sunday, February 2, Chicagoans are invited to Troquet Ravenswood to cheer on their favorite football teams in Super Bowl XLVII. As a special, Ravenswood's French neighborhood bar will offer their signature Troquet Burger, a 6 oz burger with arugula, brie, smoked onion and Troquet sauce and a Kronenbourg 1665 for $10. HOURS: Sunday - Thursday: 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. | Friday & Saturday: 12 p.m. - 2 a.m.

TROQUET RIVER NORTH 111 W Huron St | Chicago, IL 60654 | 312.202.9900 | Super Bowl Burger and Cocktail Special  $15 Burger and Cocktail Special On Sunday, February 2, Chicagoans are invited to Troquet River North, the newest concept from LM Restaurant Group, to cheer on their favorite football teams in Super Bowl XLVII. As a special for the day, the neighborhood bar will offer the signature Troquet Burger with cornichons, shallot confit and Dijon mustard with a special cocktail, The Tackler, for $15. HOURS: Monday - Thursday: 6 a.m. - 11 a.m. | Friday & Saturday: 6 a.m. - 12 a.m.

WEATHER MARK TAVERN 1503 South Michigan Avenue | Chicago, IL 60605 | 312.588.0230 | Celebrate Super Bowl in the South Loop with Weather Mark Tavern South Loop's best party for the Big Game will be held at Weather Mark Tavern. Watch the game on two 120 inch HDTV's! Specials at the nautically-themed restaurant and bar include $3 Bud Light and Miller Lite drafts, $4 Fireball and Jameson Shots and $5 Bloody Mary's and Screwdrivers. The event will also feature a $10 buffet for the Super Bowl Chili Bar which includes a Build Your Own Chili, Nacho and Hot Dog station. Guests will receive free Super Bowl Squares for the chance to win a number of fantastic prizes.HOURS: Monday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m. | Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 3 a.m. | Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - 12 a.m.

Valentine’s Day

Chef Martial Noguier's chic Gold Coast bistro will offer a seductive three-course Valentine's Day prix fixe dinner menu on Friday, February 14th through Sunday, February 16th, 2014 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly. Please note that only the Valentine's Day Menu will be available during dinner service on February 14th. However, the à la carte dinner menu will be available, in addition to the Valentine's Day Menu, on February 15th and 16th, 2014.

Located at 840 N. Wabash, in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood, Bistronomic is open for lunch Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Weekend brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner hours are Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Reservations are available through and are strongly recommended.  For more information about Bistronomic, please call (312) 944-8400

Table, Donkey and Stick (2728 West Armitage Avenue) will showcase a six-course menu for $75 per person. Beverage pairings will also be available for an additional $35. Reservations can be made by calling (773) 486-8525 or visiting

CH Distillery (564 West Randolph Street) will feature three Valentine's Day promotions, offering a different experience for each part of the evening:

  • Pre-dinner: The Caviar and Carafe special pairs 1 ounce of traditional black caviar and a 7-ounce carafe of ice cold CH vodka for $80
  • During the meal: A cocktail tasting will feature the following three drinks for $30:
    • Crush or Blush
    • Bow and Arrow
    • No Prenup
  • After dinner: A dessert and cocktail pairing will be available for $20. Guests will have a choice between Gooey Butter Cake and Foie Gras S'more (Brioche, Parsnip Purée, Hershey's Milk Chocolate, Seared Foie Gras) for the dessert.

CH will be accepting reservations for the occasion, which can be made by calling (312) 707-8780.

The Dawson (730 West Grand Avenue) will offer a three-course menu for $55 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (312) 243-8955 or visiting

Senza (2873 North Broadway Street) will be serving their regular five-course and ten-course dinner menus with Valentine's Day-perfect dishes such as Scallop (Cipollini, Blueberry, Caramel, Oxalis) and Agnolotti (Rabbit, Rapini, Chocolate, Sheep's Milk). Guests will also be able to enjoy special Valentine's Day cocktails. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (773) 770-3527 or visiting

This Valentine’s Day, Sofitel Chicago Water Tower (20 E. Chestnut St.) and restaurant Café des Architectes invite guests to partake in a romantic excursion that caters to all of the senses. For luxury accommodations, Sofitel’s Magnifique Romance package includes a luxury Junior Suite with a bottle of Champagne and a chocolate amenity. Daily in-room breakfast and a late checkout time until 4:00 p.m. allows couples to relax at their leisure. Rates for the package start at $305 per night for double occupancy. For more information or to book the Magnifique Romance package, please visit or call (312) 324-4000.

For food-lovers, Chef Greg Biggers and Pastry Chef Leigh Omilinsky have created a delicious five-course degustation menu for $95 per guest. Guests can opt for wine pairings for an additional $55 per guest. The menu will be available Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 at Café des Architectes. Cost excludes tax and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended; please call 312-324-4063.

Tavern on Rush is the perfect date spot for Valentine’s Day this year. The Gold Coast staple boasts a variety of fresh seafood, steaks, an extensive wine list and refreshing cocktails and has seating in the charming dining room or downstairs in the lively bar area. Executive Chef John Gatsos will prepare a four-course romantic dinner, designed specially for two ($70 per person). Full dinner menu also available. Reservations recommended: 312.644.9600.

Geja’s Café, 340 W. Armitage, is planning the most romantic Valentine’s Day celebration in its 49 year history.  For eight consecutive days from Sunday, February 9th through Sunday, February 16th, the renowned “Restaurant of Romance” will be elegantly decorated and feature sparkling champagne, “Love Note Tuesday,” live flamenco and classical guitarists, photo keepsakes, and delicious sizzling hot fondue cuisine. Geja’s Café will begin taking reservations on Saturday, January 18 at 9 a.m. in person or by phone as space is limited. For information on the Valentine’s Day celebration, please call 773.281.9101, or visit Geja’s online at

The Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, 200 North Columbus Drive, is turning up the heat for Valentine’s Day 2014, with an extravagant four-course dinner at aria restaurant including a delicious array of menu items specially prepared by the Executive Chef. The dinner is $75 per person plus taxes and service charges. The hotel is also offering an overnight romantic package perfect for those looking to treat their loved one to a Chicago Valentine's Day hotel getaway, starting at $293 per room. Located adjacent to Millennium Park, couples can warm up with Fairmont’s signature hot chocolate following an afternoon of delightful ice skating, exploring the park in the snow or shopping on nearby Michigan Avenue. For reservations or additional information, please call 312.565.8000 or visit

For the first time, Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, will be exclusively offering a special three-course Valentine’s Day Dinner menu accompanied by an evening performance of Young Frankenstein. This special menu includes Crab Bisque or Pear Salad, Filet Mignon or Rack of Lamb entrée, and the choice of a Grand Marnier Crème Brule or Chocolate Covered Strawberry dessert course. Young Frankenstein runs through March 16, 2014. The dinner and performance package is $85.00; dinner only is $36. For reservations, please call 630.530.0111 or visit

The Marriott Theatre will have a special performance of the musical theatre treasure CABARET on Friday, February 14 at 8 p.m. CABARET kicks off the Marriott Theatre’s 2014 season, opening January 22 and running through March 16 at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire.  CABARET is Kander and Ebb’s legendary musical about English cabaret performer Sally Bowles, American writer Clifford Bradshaw, and the decadence of 1929 Berlin.  The production will be directed by David H. Bell with choreography by Matt Raftery and Musical Direction by Ryan T. Nelson. The classic score includes “Maybe This Time”, “Money”, and of course, “Cabaret”.  For tickets, please call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200.Visit

You can always count on musical magic when the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and the Elmhurst Symphony perform together. If you’re looking to extend the Valentine’s Day celebration, surprise your loved one with a performance of Choral Classics Concert: Mozart and Dvorak at the Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Avenue, Chicago. The Great Mass in c minor shows Mozart's full genius in composing for the human voice, blending exquisite solo passages with dramatic choral music.  The music is filled with soaring vocal lines and thrilling musical climaxes. Held in artistic partnership with the University of Chicago's glorious Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, this concert is sure to inspire the hearts of all who hear it. Choral Classics Concert is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift to complement a nice dinner downtown. The performance takes place on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. For information or tickets, please call The Apollo Chorus at 312.427.5620 or visit

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with The Cupid Players of Stage 773? Cupid Has A Heart On: A Musical Guide to Relationships has been named a “must-see” by Time Out Chicago and feted as “full of wit and zest” by the Chicago Tribune.  Backed by a lively pianist, the comic musical performers of The Cupid Players perform songs and scenes developed by the cast. The production’s sketches combine sharp writing and catchy songs with a witty take on relationships, love and life. The result is a musical sketch show that is raunchy, sweet, cynical, touching, smart, inane and – above all – very, very funny. Stage 773 will host a special presentation of “Cupid Has a Heart On: The Musical Guide to Relationships” on February 14 at 8 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 773.929.7367.

For the first time ever, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, 5 Oakbrook Ctr, Oak Brook, will offer a two-day, special prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day weekend. The menu will feature a choice of soup or salad, choice of one entrée served with Whipped Potato Puree and Seasonal Vegetables, and a choice of one of Perry’s elegant desserts. The prix fixe menu is $59.95 per person before 5:30 p.m., and $74.95 per person after 5:30 p.m. that night. The Valentine's Day menu is offered both Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15. Perry’s will also feature live entertainment from 6 p.m. to close that night. Please note that the regular dinner menu will not be offered those dates. For reservations, please call 630.571.1808 or visit

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N Southport Ave., presents The Hypocrites' production INTO THE WOODS, directed by Geoff Button* with Musical Direction by Matt Deitchman, with a special performance on Friday, February 14 at 8 p.m. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and the book by James Lapine, The Hypocrites bring their heightened and playful sense of theatricality to the beloved musical INTO THE WOODS. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 773.325.1700 or visit

Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day performance of Tom Stoppard’s hysterical farce ROUGH CROSSING at First Folio Theatre on February 14 at 8 p.m. Directed by Jeff Award nominee and First Folio Theatre favorite Alison C. Vesely, ROUGH CROSSING is a musical romp on the high seas. The Jazz Age musical is set in the early 30’s aboard the S.S. Italian Castle on its way to New York, while two playwrights struggle to finish their latest musical hit as they maneuver around a jealous composer, the screen star he loves, and her lothario co-star.  Coupled with a delectable dinner at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille at Oakbrook Center, ROUGH CROSSING is the perfect gift to treat your loved one on Valentine’s Day. First Folio Theatre is located at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 31st St. & Rt. 83. For tickets or more information, please call the box office at 630.986.8067 or visit

This Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Derek Simcik of Atwood will be preparing a special “Beats of the Heart” Four-Course Tasting Menu. Each of the courses is “heart themed” and actually includes one carnivorous heart. The cost is $55/person and $20/person additional with pairing.

Since VDay falls on a Friday this year, couples can really keep their romance alive by staying overnight at Atwood’s adjacent hotel, Kimpton’s Hotel Burnham, following dinner. Burnham has a special “My Heart Skipped a Beat” package that includes:

×          Overnight accommodations

×          “Beats of the Heart” Four-Course Tasting Menu for two at Atwood

×          Welcome bottle of champagne

×          Starting rates of $279/night (not inclusive of alcohol, tax or tip)

×          Bookable here with rate code HEART. Available February 13-16, 2014.

An Unforgettable Evening: Overnight Packages Couples can savor in an idyllic getaway at Trump Chicago, whether looking to "get away" in their own city or make a special trip to Chicago for a night to remember. Available for stays February 1-28, 2014, special packages include:

  • Be Mine. Celebrate this romantic holiday in a luxury setting befitting the love you share. The Be Mine package includes a one-night stay in a deluxe guestroom, a chilled bottle of Champagne, chocolate truffles, a rose, and a continental breakfast for two in the privacy of your room. Rates from $380/night.
  • Unforgettable Romance. Trump Chicago offers ideal services for an unforgettable celebration, all just an elevator ride away. The Unforgettable Romance package features a one-night stay in a Deluxe King guestroom; a bottle of Champagne upon check-in; a ten-course dinner for two at Sixteen, the property's Michelin Two-Star fine-dining restaurant; a romantic turn-down treat of exotic truffles; continental breakfast for two the following morning; and a complimentary late check-out of 2 p.m., based on availability. Rates from $775/night, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol purchases during dinner at Sixteen. The Unforgettable Romance package is not available February 14-16.

Trump Chicago's Valentine's Day packages must be booked prior to arrival. All package rates are exclusive of tax and gratuity, and based on availability. To make a room reservation or inquire about package details, please call (312) 588-8000, (877) 479-TRUMP or visit

Shared Indulgence at The Spa at Trump® The Spa at Trump is offering multiple experiences to treat a special Valentine. Treatment packages include combinations of services that prepare guests for a romantic night out or to be enjoyed during a relaxing winter escape. Special packages include the Sweetheart Retreat, a 60-minute Trump Results facial and a classic manicure treatment ($220). For a complete experience, guest may upgrade to the My Perfect Valentine package, featuring the same offering as the Sweetheart package paired with a 60-minute aroma infused massage ($380).

In the spirit of romance, The Spa at Trump is offering a Couples Romancing Two-gether treatment package for partners to indulge with a relaxing, shared experience. The package begins with a 30 minute side-by-side bath, featuring skin-softening salts. The calming soak is followed by a 60 minute aroma-infused couples massage by candlelight (90 minutes; $500 per couple) For those who wish to shower their significant other with the gift of wellness, gift cards from The Spa at Trump are also available and may be purchased by phone or in person. For more information, to book a service, or purchase a gift card, please Refined Romance at Sixteen Executive Chef Thomas Lents of Sixteen promises an unforgettable dining experience this Valentine's Day. While dining under the sparkle of the restaurant's four-tiered Swarovski crystal chandelier, guests will enjoy unparalled views of the city with panoramic views of Chicago's famous skyline, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan.

Sixteen - A special seven-course Valentine's Dinner Menu will be served Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16. Menu highlights include a crudo of Maine diver scallop with uni butter and blood orange; 45-minute oyster with Ossestra caviar and salsify cream; soft poached farm egg with black winter truffle rice; and langoustine and buckwheat pasta with seaweed vin jaune nage. The seven-course menu costs $185 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. A special Champagne pairing may be added for a total cost of $310 as well as a premium wine pairing that features the Coravin wine system for a total cost of $935. Dinner is served at Sixteen nightly from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. To view menus or to make reservations, please visit the restaurant online or call (312) 588-8030.

Forbidden Fruit at Rebar Lounge Throughout the month of February, the property's chic lounge, Rebar, will offer a special Forbidden Fruit package for a romantic rendezvous. Guests ordering the package will enjoy a 350ml bottle of Veuve Cliquot, half dozen oysters, a deluxe fruit tree display, and exotic chocolates. The package costs $125, exclusive of tax and gratuity

On Valentine's Day, guests will receive long stem roses and a live jazz duo will provide entertainment from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. For the holiday, the package costs $160, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and guaranteed window seating may be reserved for an upgraded cost of $195.

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