If you live in the Windy City and still haven't planned out a romantic meal for Valentine's Day, it's time to start planning. This article reviews Chicago's best date spots for your 2012 Valentine's dinner! With February quickly approaching, and Valentine's Day the next major holiday on the calendar, you might be quietly freaking out if you are running behind in your romantic plans. Fortunately, Chicago is known for its burgeoning culinary scene, so finding a world-class restaurant to impress your significant other should not be a problem. With several restaurants having captured the elusive "three star" rating from the famed Michelin guide, Chicago eating is now on the map. So read on to get an idea of the hottest and most romantic restaurants for a successful Valentine's Day!
Long famous for its celebrity clientele and VIP-only, phone-equipped "Booth One," the Pump Room originally opened in the thirties and was a favorite of everyone from Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe to Bill Murray, Gildna Radner, and Liza Minelli. Unfortunately, this historical restaurant had to shut its doors in 2011. Fortunately, this glitzy landmark wasn't out for long, and is newly opened in the modern Public Hotel.
Featuring a sleek and romantic interior, the Pump Room is the perfect location to whisk your date to on Valentine's Day. With organic, locally sourced ingredients and an award-winning menu from the Beard Award-winning Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the new and improved Pump room will blow your sweetheart away. Try the Lake Superior Whitefish, bedecked with Red Bliss potatoes and fresh spinach, or the Grilled Beef Tenderloin served with a homemade hot sauce infused butter.
If you or your loved one appreciate contemporary American fare served up in a hip and modern environment, look no further than Prasino, located in the trendy neighborhood of Wicker Park. This unique restaurant is brand new, and is eager to show patrons how sustainable food should be done. With romantic touches galore, (reclaimed wood tables and soft lighting made from wine bottles) Prasino features a quiet and subtle urban vibe that will set just the right ambiance for your date night. With a menu that draws its ingredients from local sources, Prasino also utilizes a large selection of craft beers and small batch spirits, just the ticket for getting the tone set for a lovely Valentine's dinner.
If you haven't heard of Logan Square's hip Longman and Eagle, you need to do yourself a favor and book a reservation for Valentine's Day! This unique establishment; part restaurant, part bar, and part boutique hotel, is noted for its incredible seasonal menu and extensive selection of artisanal whiskeys. And if the food and drink push your evening to a point of satisfied exhaustion, you can book one of the six rooms, located above the restaurant, for a quick and easy way to retire for the evening. Don't miss the Rabbit Pate or Seared Tombo Tuna for dinner, or the decadent Charred Olive Oil Poundcake for dessert.