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Chicago Restaurants Offering Valentine’s Day Specials

At-home meal kits, carryout dining specials, and more ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Chicago.

If you’re reading this, congratulations. You have the motivation to do something other than sitting on a couch surrounded by Dove chocolate wrappers that say mildly uplifting things. No matter if you’re looking to celebrate at a restaurant or with a great meal at home, these specials should give you some inspiration. Happy Valentine’s Day.


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Avli Taverna


1335 W. Wrightwood Avenue, Chicago
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This Greek restaurant has a a few specials you should know about. The first is a to-go Valentine’s Day lobster pasta dinner for two. It includes a salad, Greek lobster pasta, chocolate mousse, and a bottle of Avli's red wine. The second is a $25 bottomless brunch all weekend long. Oh, and they're doing an outdoor movie showing of John Tucker Must Die on Sunday at 5:30 pm.

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Summer House Santa Monica



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Summer House (and its adjacent restaurant Stella Barra) have a DIY Valentine’s Day cookie kit. It includes five cookies, icing piping bags, and sprinkles so you can decorate them yourself. For dine-in, they're offering a $69.95 prime beef roast for two, and you can order flowers and wine, too.

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Sugargoat is a very good bakery from the Girl & the Goat team that opened last year in the West Loop. And if you haven’t checked this place out yet, Valentine’s Day seems like a good time to do it. They’re offering a variety of decorated cookies, a heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie cake, and a vanilla cake with caramel and strawberry frosting. Oh, and for $45 you can get two bloom Valentine’s Day cupcakes and fresh floral arrangement.

This Southern restaurant in Hyde Park is offering a $184 three-course dinner for two. It comes with a bottle of rosé, and your choice of things like roasted oysters, a beet salad, and cheesecake or chocolate truffles. There’s also the option to add lobster for $18. FYI: we ordered from Virtue for Thanksgiving last year, and it was very good.

This sushi place is offering a virtual class where you’ll learn how to make some cocktails, and a mochi. It costs $110, you get the Zoom link after you register, and they provide all the ingredients (plus a list of the kitchen equipment you’ll need). And don’t worry, part of the fun is that you’ll be able to ask the bartender and pastry chef questions.

Well, we think this is pretty neat. Althea, an upscale vegan restaurant on the Mag Mile, is offering a $65 four-course dinner. You’ll find dishes like truffle risotto with black winter truffles, abalone mushrooms, and chocolate marquis for dessert.

Along with it's regular menu, The Loyalis has a three-course dinner for $75 a person (or $150 a couple). It includes caviar, short ribs, and an opera cake.

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