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Valentine’s Day Dining in Chicago

February 04, 2015

Valentine's Day PictureValentine’s Day is just around the corner which means it is time to start planning your romantic evening. Whether you live in the city of Chicago or the suburbs, there are plenty of options to choose from. Start by looking in your neighborhood; sometimes the best place to go is right around the corner!

One of the top ten restaurants in Chicago for Valentine’s Day dining is located in the heart of Lincoln Park. Balena, located at 1633 N. Halsted Street, is the place to go for residents north of downtown. This Valentine’s Day, the chefs have put together a three-course meal for $55 or four courses for $65. For the first course, patrons can choose options such as citrus salad, smoked trout, finger chili or horseradish beet crème fraiche. One option for the main course is crispy striped bass served with turnip kraut, mustard zabaglione and scallions. Famous for their homemade desserts, the Chocolate & Hazelnut tart or Gianduja Gelato would be perfect for sharing. If your Chicago home is not located in Lincoln Park, take the CTA Red Line to the North/Clybourn stop and enjoy a picturesque three minute walk to the restaurant. With a four star rating on Yelp, Balena is a great place to eat any other time of the year as well. Calling ahead to make reservations is recommended.

Found Kitchen and Social House, located at 1631 Chicago Ave. in Evanston, is another unique spot to eat at on Valentine’s Day. The atmosphere is what makes this restaurant so special. There are two seating options: a candlelit, hodgepodge table or a vintage sofa. In addition to the unique seating options, the décor provides a unique atmosphere as well, as the walls are covered in pictures with a dark brown tint giving them a vintage feel.  Available February 13 and 14, the Valentine’s Day menu is $65 per person and it is inspired by famous couples. Fire, inspired by Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, includes spicy fried chicken scallopini with capers, pickled garlic and mizuna lettuce. Dessert is inspired by Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. Named Joy, it consists of chocolate New York-style cheesecake with red velvet whoopee pies. Found Kitchen and Social House is about 32 minutes north of the city if you take Lake Shore Drive the whole way. Reservations can be made through their website.

No matter where in Chicago you are located, there is a special restaurant to dine at for Valentine’s Day. It is never too early for planning. Pick up the phone make your reservation today and enjoy the night out with your significant other!

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