Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or Valenguy’s Day, spend Feb. 14 with someone you love, in the neighborhood that you love. Check out all the food-related goodness happening right around your corner and get out to enjoy what local chefs have to offer.
90 Miles Cuban Cafe (2540 W. Armitage Ave.)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at this neighborhood staple and feast on the “Chef’s Board” for $55 while listening to live music. This romantic dinner for two offers churrasco,
Emporium (2363 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Emporium has teamed up with Mickey Alice Kwapis to host a Galentine’s Day Market benefiting the Chicago Period Project on Feb. 13, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. The market will feature more than 35 female and LGBTQ+ artists, and admission is free with a donation of pads or tampons. For a full list of vendors and to RSVP, click here.
Golden Teardrops (2101 N. California Ave.)
Can’t afford a singing telegram for your sweetie? No sweat, just sing it yourself at Golden Teardrops. The cozy bar beneath Lonesome Rose is turning into The Lover Lounge this Feb. 14, complete with karaoke, pink twinkling lights and drink specials.
Hairpin Arts Center (2810 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
This Valentine’s Day, Hairpin’s Arts Center is hosting Random Acts of Love from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Guests can enjoy drinks while exploring love in all of its manifestations through a visual art gallery, storytelling from Lily Be!, love songs by Ana Lamuntee and Davor Palos, a photo series focusing on self-love, and tarot and rune readings by Madame Alley Cat. Tickets are $10 online and $15 at the door.
Lost Lake (3154 W. Diversey Ave.)
February might be a smidge cold for grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts but don’t let that stop you and your valentine from having a tiki good time. For $50, couples can enjoy three courses and cocktail pairings. Guests can look forward to grilled octopus, sizzling sisig, and pandan ice cream in salted coconut milk.
Mi Tocaya Antojería (2800 W. Logan Blvd.)
If the way to your valentine’s heart is through their stomach, then five courses ought to do it. Check out Mi Tocaya’s special Valentine’s Day pre-fixe dinner featuring five courses and an option for a cocktail pairing. Which you will, of course, definitely want.
Pan Artesenal (3724 W. Fullerton Ave.)
Pickle bouquets may be all the rage right now but that’s only because you haven’t laid eyes on Pan Artesenal’s chocolate lava heart concha bouquets. Call (312) 286-5265 to place your order by tomorrow. Because nothing says love quite like carbs.
Parson’s Chicken & Fish (2952 W. Armitage Ave.)
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Passion House Coffee (2631 N. Kedzie Ave.)
Show yourself a little love this Valentine’s Day with Passion House’s Pink Matter Latte, inspired by the Frank Ocean song. Ditch the old morning routine and swing by Passion House for this pink treat made with espresso, sweetened condensed coconut milk, rose water syrup, beet root powder, and topped with dried rose petals.
The Pink Squirrel (2414 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
Don’t strike out this Valentine’s Day and bring your date to The Pink Squirrel for bowling and booze. Choose from three packages which are available until Feb. 17: Be Mine for $200 (cheese and charcuterie board, bottle of champagne, two cocktails, dessert, one hour of bowling), Kiss Me for $100 (four cocktails, dessert, one hour of bowling), and Call Me for $70 (two cocktails, two shots, one hour of bowling). To book your slot, visit their website.
Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen (2715 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
There’s nothing more quintessentially Valentine’s Day than a classic Italian dinner with your boo. Saba Italian Bar + Kitchen (pictured above) will offer menu specials on Valentine’s Day and through the weekend, including the cutest heart-shaped ravioli. To make a reservation, visit their website.