Valentine’s Day Guide in Lakeview East

Roses are red, violets are blue, this Valentine’s Day article is for you! Don’t wait until last minute to plan something special for your better half. Discover where to spoil your Valentine, take them on a fun romantic experience, or have a day out with the girls for Galentine’s Day!

Gifts for Your Valentine

If you’re looking to deck your place with Valentine’s Day décor or need an adorable niche Valentine’s Day card, Foursided is your one-stop shop. Every holiday, Foursided revamps its inventory with unique items for you, your home, and your loved ones! Treat your Valentine with something sentimental, as they also do custom framing! Bring some memorabilia to get professionally framed, whether it’s a photo, concert tickets, or anything sentimental you’ve kept.

Give the gift your Valentine NEEDS… a bottle of wine! BottlesUp has a fantastic team of winos on board, that can get the perfect bottle for your special someone. They also sell unique hand-crafted gifts, like planters, candles, chocolate bars, coffee beans, and more! You can even give the gift of attending a wine class with your Valentine. BottlesUp hosts multiple classes and tastings a month!

The Colette Collection is a fabulous and affordable women’s boutique located right on Clark Street! Selling trendy accessories, seasonal items, and basic closet staples, there’s something for every Valentine at The Colette Collection. The friendly staff specializes in customer service, and are happy to assist you in bringing home the perfect gift! Who doesn’t love getting gifted clothes?

To share the love of self-care with your loved one, give the gift of a massage for Valentine’s Day. The NOW Lakeview brings next-level massages, high-vibration crystals, and nourishing products to the neighborhood. They provide a warm environment to relax, recharge & escape the pressures of daily life in their cityside oasis. From January 24th until February 14th, they are gifting a $20 promotional card with every $100 gift card purchased! That extra $20 can be used towards an enhancement or another massage session.

Is your Valentine obsessed with all things vintage and antique? S. Rosengard & Co is offering 10% off everything, just mention the Lakeview East Valentine’s special!

Bang! Pow! Snap! Exciting news for comic book enthusiasts. Graham Cracker Comics is having a sale on Valentine’s Day weekend. From February 16th-18th they are having a $1.50 Comic Sale! Get ‘Newer Comics’ for just $1.50 regardless of cover price, all weekend! Hours are Friday & Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm.

Sweet Treats

Does your sweetie have a sweet tooth? Windy City Sweets has recently been crowned the second-best candy store in the United States by USA Today! Every week, they hand-make signature chocolate blends on-site. The Chicago candy store chocolate bar has over 1200 specialty sweet treats you simply won’t find in many places including fudge, s’mores, truffles, gummy candy, caramel nut patties, and chocolate-covered fruit! Create a tin of goods to sweep your Valentine off their feet! They also have some of the best chocolate-covered strawberries in the city!

Klein’s Bakery & Cafe loves Valentine’s Day! They have several Valentine’s Day custom cakes to be ordered for the special day. They are featuring a Valentine’s Sweet Box, chocolate-covered strawberries, a “Be Mine” cake, and a DIY Heart Cookie kit, so you and your Valentine can decorate together! Order must be placed at least 48 hours in advance. Order here!

Bittersweet Bakery has released its entire Valentine’s Day menu! Order a custom cake, cookie box, chocolate-covered strawberries, macaroons, and more. Nothing says I Love You more than custom baked goodies! See the full menu here!

Experiences & Events

Saints and Angels Healing Through Sound is all about using immersive soundscapes to help people’s minds, bodies, and souls to find a state of balance. In the spirit of connection and love, they are offering a special gift for every couple’s sound healing session booked from now through Valentine’s Day. Experience the harmonizing power of sound together, and as a token of our appreciation, you will receive a complimentary Earthing Mat upgrade, valued at $30. The Earthing Mat is designed to enhance your healing journey, grounding you in the Earth’s stabilizing energy. It’s believed to help reduce stress, inflammation and improve sleep, which can be especially beneficial during a shared healing experience. This natural enhancement works synergistically with the sound vibrations to deepen your relaxation and promote a sense of well-being. Celebrate this season of love by revitalizing your body and relationship with this special offer. Book your couple’s sound healing session today, and let the combined forces of sound therapy and Earthing guide you to a place of serene connection! Book your session here!

Valentine’s Tiki Cocktail Class: Impress your Valentine with a Tiki Cocktail Class at Bamboo Club! From 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on February 15th. Escape the winter chill as our skilled bartenders guide you through the art of crafting three of our signature tiki cocktails. You’ll not only learn the techniques but also experience the flavors that will make your winter nights hotter. To enhance your tropical journey, indulge in Bamboo Club’s exclusive pizza bar. Savor a variety of mouthwatering pizzas, perfectly paired with your freshly crafted cocktails, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that will transport you to a winter paradise. Register Here

Valentine’s Day Champagne Tasting: Join Bamboo Club for an exclusive Champagne Tasting. Your ticket unlocks an exclusive experience, featuring 8 curated champagne tastings paired with an assortment of charcuterie, sweets & desserts – a sensory journey for your taste buds. Let the bubbles flow and make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable. Limited tickets are available; secure your spot now! Tickets include 8 Champagne Tastings, an Assortment of charcuterie, Sweets and, desserts. Register here!

Valentine’s Day Dinner & Dancing! Twisted Tapas & Latin Dance Lessons! It’s getting hot in here. Get In the Kitchen is THE party school of cooking classes, and they want you to have an exciting Valentine’s Day. On February 14th, make some Tapas inspired dishes while you hang out and learn to Salsa dance Latin style with Instructor Jon! Mix and mingle, and have fun while cooking a meal you won’t soon forget. The menu for the evening consist of: Garlic Shrimp Bao with Chimichurri Salsa, Albondigas (turkey meatball), Sundried Tomato & Goat Cheese Dumplings with Bravas SauceMixed Salad with a Paprika Red Pepper vinaigrette Dressing and Homemade Cardamom Cinnamon Ice Cream for Dessert. Register here!

Bunnies by Candlelight: Come celebrate Valentine’s Day by bringing your sweetie to snuggle with the cuddly bunnies (and each other) by candlelight over at Cuddle Bunny. We’ll provide the ambiance, romantic music, chocolates, and roses. This is a special evening event exclusively for couples. Admission is $22.50 per person ($45 per couple). Limited spaces are available! Special Valentine’s gift offer – Classic white “Love” mug filled with cute bunny stuffie, mini balloon, and bunny pompon pen. $12.99. Have it waiting when you and your honey bunny arrive! Book here.

Stupid Cupid Karaoke Party: Let it all out on stage at Trader Todd’s! Blurt your favorite love song or heartbreak anthem on Valentine’s Day over at LVE’s favorite karaoke bar. Specials for the evening include $10 Love Scorpion cocktails (Don Q rum, brandy. lemon, lime, OJ and Orgeat) and $9 Margaritas and Sangria. Sing your way into someone’s heart at Trader Todd’s!

Timeline Theatre: Timeline Theatre is currently performing Notes From the Field! Get 20% off tickets on Valentine’s Day with code VALENTINE20

Bachata With Your Boo: In this beginner class, students will learn the fundamentals for lead and follow partner work. Students will master basic spin drills, framework, and a short combination to enhance student’s confidence in a social dance setting. Partner is required! Space is limited so sign up now! *Includes a wine tasting after class at Bottles Up with your sweetie! 1 registration per couple! Class is from 6:30-7:30 on February 9th, with the tasting right after! Register here.

Drag Show at Graystone: She’s baaack! Chicago’s favorite drag bubbie Merriam Levkowitz , is making a return to Graystone Tavern for Valentine’s Day. Tickets are only $15, Make reservations with events@graystonetavern.com. Enjoy drag performances, play games, and win prizes!

Single Ladies Night: Calling all the single ladies! Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Sidetrack! Get Sidetrack’d for All Things Beyoncé on Wednesday, February 14, from 9 pm to 2 am. Dance to Beyoncé videos and concert footage, plus SLAY to Drag performances. Get on stage and show us your moves to WIN fun prizes!

Love in the Oven, Couples Baking Class: Sugar Daddy is hosting a couples baking class on Sunday, February 11th! In this class, you will learn how to make a Flourless chocolate cake, strawberry coulis and Vanilla Creme Quenelle! You are allowed to bring a bottle of wine for you and your partner to enjoy. Tickets are $150 per couple, and can be purchased here

Galentine’s Day

Galentine’s Pop Up Bar: There is one woman we have to thank for the creation of Galentine’s Day, and that is none other than Leslie Knope. In celebration of Galantine’s, Replay Lincoln Park transformed into Pawnee Indiana, paying tribute to sitcom Parks and Recreation. Capture memories with exclusive photo-ops featuring iconic scenes from Pawnee like Li’l Sebastian. Treat yo self and your gal pals to the newest specially crafted cocktails and attend special events all month long!

Lost Never Found is the Wrigleyville destination for all things pink, girly, and glamorous. In celebration of Galentine’s Day, they’re hosting multiple events!

Floral Arrangment Workshop on Feb 1: During this interactive workshop, BCollective will take you under their floral wing and teach you how to best select your flowers. They will give you the tools, and tips on the best way to care for your flowers and guide you to design them based on your style. You’ll have full access to our floral cart and take home your designed arrangement in a classic clear vase. You will receive a warm welcome and a complimentary champagne glass upon your arrival! Register Here

Galentine’s Martini Cocktail Class on Feb 2: Shake up your evening with a martini-making class. Get ready for a triple dose of mixology fun with our 3-martini-making class & pizza bar! Register Here

Galentine’s Day Champagne Bottle Paint & Sip on Feb 13: Sip some champagne while you paint a bottle! The ticket price is $35/person. The price includes a champagne bottle to paint and take home, paint, paintbrushes, an apron, and a glass of bubbles. Register Here

Galentine’s Champagne Bottle Paint & Sip on Feb 7: Bamboo Club is also throwing an event for the girls! On February 7th from 6 to 8 pm, the Price includes a champagne bottle to paint and take home, paint, glitter & glitz to decorate your bottle with, paint brushes, an apron, and a glass of bubbles.

Celebrate Women Winemakers on Feb 13: This Galentine’s Day, join Dimo’s Café and BottlesUp! Chicago in toasting to the accomplishments of women in the wine industry! Indulge in a meticulously curated hors d’oeuvres menu, brimming with inspiration for your next delightful girls’ dinner, all while savoring exquisite wines handcrafted by women-owned wineries. Additionally, channel your artistic side as you paint a personalized wine glass to cherish at home. We supply the glasses and paint – bring your imaginative flair. Elevate your Galentine’s Day with a celebration that combines culinary delights, exceptional wines, and a touch of creative expression! Register here

Galentine’s Dance Class: Let’s go girls! Dance on Broadway is hosting a 21+ dance class for Galentine’s Day. Your registration includes class from 6:30-7:30 followed by a wine tasting at Bottles Up with your Galentines and community! It is only $30 to participate. Click here to register!

 

Flower Shops

Goldie’s is a family-owned flower shop located on Broadway Street! Make your Valentine’s Day golden with something classic like a bouquet of red roses, or do something more exotic for your green-thumbed better half.

Plant Stand Collective is home base for Lakeview East plant lovers. This garden haven has any and all kinds of plants, gorgeous unique vases, and even Chicago made goods like cards, posters, and jewlery! Every week they feature a “Plant of the Week” that is 15% off and a portion of sales get donated to Planned Parenthood. Stop in and browse their collection and grab a gift perfect for your plus one.

Luna Flowers just opened in Lakeview East in 2023, however they’ve been a Chicago business for years! They specialize in events, but you can pop in the shop anytime and pick up an “express” bundle. They even sell speciality candles, which makes the perfect sidekick for a bouquet!

Restaurants

Dimo’s Pizza is offering heart-shaped pizza! Folks will be able to preorder a 12” heart-shaped pizza for pickup at any of the 4 locations. Preorders open at dimospizza.com on February 1st, and close on February 13th at noon.

Angelina Ristorante is one of the most iconic Italian restaurants in Lakeview East, and has been perfecting Italian cuisine since 1988! Treat your Valentine to a romantic evening and try the new Valentine’s specials which include:

$10 Shrimp Bisque

$18 Crab Cake Appetizer

$14 Salad, with arugula, grapefruit, hearts of palm, with an orange balsamic glaze

$32 Lobster Ravioli

$28 Gnocchi

$36 Sauteed Brazino, with lemon, white wine, mashed potatos, and spinach

$38 Lamb Chops, with roasted potatos and green beans

$16 Chocolate mousse cake

Sila’s Mediterranean is offering 10% off on Valentine’s Day, just mention this ad!

Lost Reef Lounge: Valentine’s Day Under The Sea! Get Lost in Love with your special someone for $95 per couple. Featuring 4 Courses of indulgence and 2 glasses of bubbles. The experience Includes:

-1 glasses of Archer Roose Sparkling Vino per person

1st Course:

-½ Dozen Fresh Shucked Oysters (Substitution: Charcuterie Board available)

2nd Course-Choice of 1 per couple:

-Ceviche

-Roasted Beet Hummus

3rd Course-Choice of 1 per person:

-Cavatelli Carbonara

-Creamy Pesto Pasta

-Lobster Roll (Upcharge: $15/person)

4th Course-Choice of 1 per couple:

-Caramel Cheesecake

-Lava Cake

Book your Lost Reef reservation here!

Cesar’s Killer Margaritas: Cheers to Galentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day with specialty margs and desserts from Cesar’s Killer Margaritas! El Amor Cherry Margarita, is made with Cesars’ signature margarita mix and maraschino cherries, the Chocolate Raspberry Margarita is made with Creamy Chocolate Abuelita paired with fresh raspberry sauce, and blended with signature margarita mix, and the Mazapan Margarita is a combo of a classic Mexican candy, peanut-based, paired with Cesar’s favorite chocolate and creamy margarita. Share a plate of the Dessert Nachos heart-shaped bun(~)uelos , served with vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries, and a generous drizzle of chocolate sauce. Yum!

Dry Hop Brewers: Get ready for a laid-back and delicious Valentine’s Day dinner at DryHop Brewers! They’ve got a menu that’s all about good vibes and great flavors, perfect for a chill night with your special someone.

Kick things off with the Beet & Sunflower Risotto – it’s a flavor explosion with green apples, grilled bok choy, Thai basil, and white sesame. Trust us, your taste buds are in for a treat!

For the main course, you can dive into the Braised Short Ribs “Puttanesca.” Picture this: tomato-braised short ribs, pommes puree, charred grape tomatoes, and topped with gremolata, fresh chiles, and capers. If seafood is more your style, go for the Pan-eared Scottish Salmon with radicchio pesto, marble potatoes, roasted baby carrots, dill, and charred lemon. It’s a win-win situation!

And because no meal is complete without dessert, we’re serving up a Spiced Dark Chocolate Pot with Hazelnut Praline. Get ready to satisfy your sweet tooth in style.

Make Dry Hop reservations here!

Savanna is giving away FREE Valentine’s French Toast throughout February! Purchase any regular entrée, and receive one French Toast per reserved table! The Valentine’s French Toast consists of a Croissant dipped in vanilla Egg batter cooked to golden brown and filled with sweet cream cheese, strawberry compote, peach slices, chocolate sauce, a chocolate heart, marshmallow heart, and mint. Yum! Promotion valid Monday to Friday Only until February 29th

The Chicago Diner has been meat-free since 1983! On Valentine’s Day this year, they are hosting a pop-up market from LINK x LOU, a permanent jewelry company. They will be taking both appointments and walk-ins, so I have an appointment link we can post on Instagram stories, etc as we market this. Specials for Valentine’s Day include:

BACON WRAPPED & STUFFED DATES: Medjool dates, stuffed with jalapeño, wrapped in house-made vegan bacon, and drizzled with silky sweet balsamic reduction. Served with mini arugula salad.

CAULIFLOWER CRUSTED PORTABELLA CAKE: Whole Portabella battered with cauliflower, served with creamed leeks, roasted tri-colored fingerling potatoes, and asparagus.

Linguine in a fiery, smokey, tomato sauce, “scallops” made from trumpet mushrooms, “calamari” made from hearts of palm, button mushrooms, and spinach. Served with a garlic dinner roll.

CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY WHOOPIE PIE: Fresh strawberries and whipped cream sandwiched between 2 heart-shaped chocolate cakes topped with whipped cream frosting

Flower Girl (mocktail): A sparkling floral explosion of lavender, rose, and Seedlip Spice 94

Basil Valentine: Brandy and bourbon with muddled basil and rose

Make reservations here!

11 Degree North is a Venezuelan Café nestled right on Belmont! For Valentine’s Day their selling surprise gift baskets for you to gift your special someone. Prices vary depending on what you would like to order and add to their gift. Any items from the menu can be added as well as any other item they would either you’d like them provide! Last day to take orders is Monday 02/12

The Honey Moon Suite at Hush Money: Slip into something more comfortable and head out to The Honeymoon Suite, Hush Money’s newest pop-up bar that takes a playful poke at classic 70s motel vibes with mirrors, hearts, and all the soft things. Whether you’re looking for a romantic night for two or having a chuckle at the season with a group of friends, The Honeymoon Suite is a guaranteed memory-maker! The bar team has crafted a special cocktail menu, and the kitchen will offer Valentine’s Day-inspired food specials. Only open on Fridays and Saturdays, book now before there is No Vacancy. See Menu and Make Reservations Here

El Mariachi Tequila Bar

Enjoy a three-course Valentine’s menu at one of Lakeview East’s most iconic Mexican restaurants, El Mariachi Tequila Bar! It is only $59.99 per person, and a margarita pairing is optional! This menu is available from February 14th – 17th

MENU

First Course: Choose one

Crema de Champinones or Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Second Course:

Surf and Turf: 6 oz filet mignon grilled to perfection served over a shallot morita Malbec reduction, grilled jumbo shrimp, garlic cotija truffle mashed potato, and grilled asparagus

Dessert:

Ferra Rocher Molten Lava Cake