Near North Side Valentine’s Day Hotspots

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Give your Valentine a night to remember by embarking on a bit of culinary exploration at one of the Near North Side’s most exquisite restaurants.  From French fare to Mediterranean classics and beyond, there’s something for absolutely every craving that’s sure to inspire romance. Let this fun holiday give you a whole new appreciation for the unique and diverse offerings that our city has to offer.  Just don’t forget to make those reservations now before the big day arrives! Here are just a few area favorites that you can look forward to sharing an unforgettable meal with your loved one:

Fulton Market Kitchen (311 N. Sangamon St.)

Fulton Market Kitchen masterfully combines European Mediterranean cuisines with classical techniques for truly inspired, original dishes served in an intimate yet dazzling environment.  It’s a trendy spot in the Near North Side that creates a proud artistic environment with SoHo House-esque lighting paired with eclectic lounge seating. From the ambiance, to the food and innovative drinks, this is one place that is sure to impress your Valentine.    

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (60 E. Grand Ave.)

No one does seafood quite like Joe’s!  Joe’s features an extensive selection of fresh seafood that’s flown in each and every day to complement their legendary Florida Stone Crab claws.  Their spectacular menu also includes favorites like their signature 16 oz. Bone-In Filet Mignon and 22 oz. New York Strip Steak. Joe’s is steeped in tradition and defined by a standard of hospitality unlike much of what you might find today.  It’s a truly timeless dining experience that will leave your taste buds and eyes in awe.

The Capital Grille (633 N. Saint Clair St.)

For an afternoon or evening of exceptional cuisine and relaxed elegance, you won’t want to miss The Capital Grille.  They boast an impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and fresh seafood as well as an award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles!  The Capital Grille was also recently awarded the American Culinary Federation’s “Achievement of Excellence Award.” So, if you’re looking to impress this Valentine’s Day, look no further than this decadent hotspot.   

Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf (218 W. Kinzie St.)

If you’re looking for an indulgent dining experience paired with style but a little less flash, then you’ll want to spend an evening at Bavette’s, a departure from a traditional steakhouse.  The Bar and Boeuf embraces French flair without the formality, blending fine dining with undaunted fun. Guests can indulge in such food fantasies as seafood towers, richly flavorful ribeye steaks, classic side dishes and house-made desserts, as well as classic cocktails and an impressive international wine list.

IO Urban Roofscape (127 West Huron at LaSalle, The Godfrey Hotel)

Enjoy a romantic night out by cozying up with your loved one next to the two-level fire pit at IO with some crafted cocktails and classic comfort dishes.  IO provides the ultimate lovers’ escape with the perfect setting that evokes a unique in-is-out and out-is-in sort of vibe all while treating you to some of Chicago’s finest dining.

Shanghai Terrace (108 E. Superior St.)

Take your date on a culinary adventure at Shanghai Terrace, recently ranked the number one “Chinese Restaurant in Chicago” by Zagat.  They serve decadent Chinese cuisine with an emphasis on Cantonese and Shanghainese specialties. Their exquisite decor enhances the intimate atmosphere of the restaurant that offers Eastern skyline views over Chicago.

This is only a small sample of the incredible and romantic dining experiences you can find in the Near North Side to share with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.  But, be sure to make your reservations now so you don’t miss out!


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