The holiday about love is most often the most reviled holiday, whether it is the stress of finding a perfect gift, forgetting to make a dinner reservation, not having anyone to share dessert with or really hating the color pink. Logan Square, however, offers up menus and events that make Valentine’s Day sweet. Here’s a roundup of dinner options, gift giving and after dinner plans.
Love Is In The Air In The Square
Still haven’t found that perfect gift? Vegan Vortex from Paper Moon Pastry has you covered. From 11 am to 5 pm on Feb. 8 at LAMA Chicago HQ (3519 W. Fullerton Ave.), you can shop for an array of cruelty free products from local vendors, from candles to chocolates to vintage fare. While shopping, guests can enjoy a Bloody Mary or get crazy in a photobooth, all while listening to Steffy Sue on the Uke covering songs from The Cure, INXS, Cher, The Knife and Johnny Cash. There is also a raffle in which proceeds go to The Sweet Bunny Project, a local nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness on rabbit rescue. Cost: Free.
Looking for a low key night out with friends or significant other? There is nothing more romantic than competition. Go to Emporium Arcade (2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.) for some Duck Hunt and music spun by DJ Duke Grip.
D’Noche (2710 N. Milwaukee Ave.) is featuring a full, separate Valentine’s Day menu. Special items on the menu include a vegetarian queso fundido, pollo campestre with fried yuca and spinach and pineapple relish with chipotle sauce. Reservations are suggested.
Table Donkey and Stick (2728 W. Armitage Ave.) has a prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner special for Feb. 13 and 14. The five-course meal is $75 per person and includes a seabean, oyster and pomelo appetizer, foie gras, shrimp and sea urchin, striploin with potato puree, and pretzel, chocolate and dulce de leche. Reservations are suggested.
Vegan favorite The Chicago Diner (2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.) has special items on its menu from Feb. 9-15 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Included in the menu are three special desserts. A heart-shaped whoopie pie (with lavender, raspberry or toasted coconut cream filling) might prove irresistible for anyone with a sweet tooth and a taste for nostalgia.
Webster’s Wine Bar (2601 N. Milwaukee Ave.) will be offering a special tasting menu for the evening from Head Chef Aaron Mooney. The five-course menu offers a variety of menu items to choose from including roasted butternut squash, foie gras torchon and cold-smoked Arctic char with roasted beets and ash-rubbed ribeye. The dessert option includes a slice of heaven from Bang Bang Pie (2051 N. California Ave.). Dinner is $65 with an optional wine pairing at $30 for taste pours or $60 for full pours. Reservations are suggested.
Michelin recognized gastropub Longman and Eagle (2657 N. Kedzie Ave.) is featuring a five-course menu at $85 per person that plays on the best parts of being in a relationship. Course one is “Breakfast in Bed,” then “Movie at the Logan,” “Night with Takeout,” “Painting the Town,” and the dessert course “For My Sweet.” Reservations are required with three different seatings at 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. If you get too full after dinner, there is always the option of renting a room upstairs.
End the night at The Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee Ave.), which will be screening Pretty Woman as its late night feature at 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 and on Valentine’s Day. Dim lights, craft beer and a classic film? It’s the perfect after dinner venture.
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