Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday, right? A mere marketing ploy designed to make half the population feel dissatisfied with their relationships.
It’s also a great excuse to break out the sexy dress and spend a night (a Saturday night this year, no less) on the town with someone you love.
But you’ll be out of luck if you don’t make a rezzie. So get to work dialing these oh-so-romantic spots stat.
Eataly’s Osteria Valentino For one night only, River North’s pasta playground is combining its restaurants to create one big romantic pop-up. Order a dish for two like risotto with white truffle butter ($54) or slow-roasted veal shank with Brussels sprouts and parsnip puree ($105). 43 E. Ohio St.
Found On February 13 and 14, this cozy Evanston gem will serve a menu ($65 per person) inspired by famous lovers--from Marie and Pierre Curie (salmon tartar with caviar) to Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner (spicy fried chicken scaloppini). 1631 Chicago Ave., Evanston
Ada St. Food stars in some of the best scenes in When Harry Met Sally, and you can eat your way through a menu inspired by the movie in Noble Square all three nights of Valentine’s weekend. Yes, there will be apple pie with whipped cream. 1664 N. Ada St.