By Danielle Berry
Frigid Chicago temperatures and high snow levels are not stopping Cupid from spreading love in Chicago this year. Valentine’s Day is the ultimate day for romance, so setting the appropriate mood is a surefire way to warm things up between you and that special someone. Here are a couple of ideas that will make this day of love magical with just the right amount of music, food and ambiance without being over the top. Valentine’s Day should be all about love without the element of stress. The Real Chicago has done all the legwork for you.
If you’re interested in taking this special day to the next level, how about on the roof of the John Hancock Center? The Signature Room at the 95th provides an elegant skyline view and exquisite food. Chef Patrick Sheerin has created a four-course menu for two including surf and turf, decadent desserts and champagne. Take in Chicago’s beautiful view for $95 per plate. For reservations call 312-787-9596.
If the appeal of a dinner package is what you’re looking for, Geja’s Café, located at 340 W. Armitage, is another option. Infamous for being one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, Geja’s is great fondue dining in a cozy atmosphere. In a crimson, candle-lit room, experience sparkling champagne, hot fondue cuisine and live flamenco and Spanish guitarists. Geja’s has even partnered with Stem’s Floral Arrangements if you forget the roses. Call 773-281-9101 for reservations and ask about additional packages they have to make your night truly memorable.
The People Lounge in Wicker Park, located at 1560 N. Milwaukee Ave., is offering Spanish-style dishes in an inviting, rustic dining area. For the weekend leading up to Valentine’s Day, and that Monday, People Lounge will be offering a three-course prix-fixe menu that includes romance-inspired ingredients such as dark chocolate, almonds and vino. The dinner also includes two glasses of Freixenet cava and dessert. Enjoy a delectable meal and a live deejay, and don’t leave without trying the sangria. For reservations, call 773-227-9339.
Nacional 27, at 325 W. Huron, is a modern Latin restaurant that is a great choice for delicious food, drinks and dancing. With a menu comprised of flavors from over 27 countries from Central and South America, Valentine’s Day at Nacional 27 is a spicy four-course for lovers. The dinner includes sparkling passion fruit sangria, fresh ceviche and several Valentine’s Day cocktails. Afterdinner, take advantage of Salsa music and live percussion. For reservations, call 312-664-2727.
Romance can bloom in places outside of a restaurant as well. Ice skating at Millennium Park is a cool activity for couples. Glide hand in hand with your loved one while listening to love songs. Either bring along your own skates, or rent a pair. After skating, twirling or falling, share a sweet cup of hot chocolate at the Park Grill Restaurant a few steps from the rink. Early arrival is recommended.
Make your Valentine’s Day different from all your friends and gain extra points with your honey by spending a romantic evening at the Field Museum’s All Need Love Festival. This event is great for singles and couples and includes ethnic live music, open bar and performances from popular musicians, comediennes and authors. VIP tickets are available and include a five-course dinner. Imagine partying in the Field Museum with that special someone and making a difference in a young child’s life. Partial proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Success for Kids Foundation. For reservations call 312-922-9410.