By Stephen Ostrowski| February 1, 2016 |
Until a local hero someone patents the hybridized, deep-dish pizza-and-chocolate fondue set, there’ll be no ‘right’ way to celebrate a Chicago Valentine’s Day. While we await the arrival of that deus ex machina, herewith, a collection of Windy City ways to romance your paramour over Valentine’s Day weekend.
Playfully nicknamed items like the bleeding heart macaron headline the menu at The Langham’s tony second-floor space. Keep cozy with one of over 25 tea selections while relationship nostalgia bubbles up like Prosecco—a complimentary glass of which is included in the $70 special. Available February 12-14, 3-5 p.m.; for reservations, call 312-923-7710. 330 N. Wabash Ave.
Nothing tugs at the heartstrings like meticulously nuanced gestures of physicality that your two left feet can’t perform. Take in the Hamburg Ballet’s rendition of the Bard’s classic between February 23-24 as part of the company’s sole stateside stop this season. #TeamDesdemona 205 E. Randolph Dr., 312-334-7777
You can’t spell ‘pan-seared line-caught sea bass’ without ‘beau.’ Relish that catch and more from executive chef Satoru Takeuchi’s four-course, prix-fixe menu in the Park Hyatt’s cushy cove. Pastry chef Greg Mosko literally sweetens the deal with a chocolate turtle or sheep’s milk cheesecake for dessert. Available February 13-14; for reservations, call 312-239-4030. 800 N. Michigan Ave.
A day for the birds and the bees should be honored as such. A jaunt through the Judy Isock Butterfly Haven and a lap around the Micole Birdwalk is a bucolic reset to modern, digitized romance that’ll bring you back to your first bout of puppy love. 2430 N. Cannon Dr., 773-755-5100
A chocolate scone’s throw away from quixotic riverside walks and lake-front vistas, the hip hotel is a posh portal to a weekend getaway that’s still in your area code. Tempting though it might be to stay in your modish room, definitely do stop by in-house haunt Filini for chef Carolina Diaz’s special prixe-fixe offerings. Menu available February 13-14; for reservations, call 312-234-0094. 221 N. Columbus Dr.
We’re not sure if imbuing yourself in the enormity of the galaxy will exacerbate or mitigate your existential dread, but how better to stew in it in than with your loved one? Dark matter, the genesis of stars, and other topics covered in the museum’s vaunted “Cosmic Wonder” presentation will provide conversation fodder for countless dinner dates to come. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., 312-922-7827
Love is patient, love is kind. Love is also stressful and causes breakouts. So, refresh your mug at the Lincoln Park esthetician that’s rife with anti-aging care, facials, and services that’ll combat the what-should-we-GrubHub-induced wrinkles that have cropped up over the years. 2457 N. Halsted St., 773-327-7051
Pinterest favorites Tacori, Hearts on Fire, and Alex and Ani are among the myriad lines of baubles carried at the esteemed jeweler. And if the 14th stirs up matrimonial thoughts, return for the store’s Lincoln Park grand opening event between February 17-20 to browse their selection of 500 engagement rings. 1457 N. Halsted St., 773-327-8800