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8989 Archer Ave, Willow Springs, IL 60480, USA
440 S LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
1015 W Dundee Rd, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, USA
123 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Courtright's: The warm, gently lit room, the roaring fireplace, the illuminated landscaping past the picture windows — this southwest suburban gem has one of the prettiest settings in the area. On Valentine's Day, chef Jerome Bacle will present a four-course menu priced at $80 ($120 with matching wines). Options range from classic French (snail and foie gras tartlet with truffle vinaigrette) to modern American (roasted ono with blood-orange tapioca pearls and sweet potato-banana puree). The stupendous wine cellar allows you to be as indulgent as you dare. 8989 Archer Ave., Willow Springs; 708-839-8000
Everest: The very act of reaching this 40th-floor aerie, and its dramatic city views, primes one for a big evening. First there's the complimentary valet parking in the subterranean garage, the elevator to the building's grand lobby, the second elevator to the 39th floor and, finally, the private elevator to Everest. The reward at the end of the climb is Jean Joho's Alsatian-influenced, locally sourced cooking. Joho will offer two eight-course menus (one vegetarian), each priced at $140; the nonvegetarian menu includes Joho's signature salmon souffle. The menus are available Friday, Saturday and Valentine's Day. 440 S. LaSalle St.; 312-663-8920.
Le Titi de Paris: This northwest suburban restaurant has been one of the area's finest for more than a quarter century. Chef/owner Michael Maddox will feature a seven-course menu with options in most courses, priced at $75 ($125 with wine flight); the menu is available Friday through Sunday (regular menu also available) and will be the only menu served on Valentine's Day. Dishes include sea scallops, salmon and basil orzo in Champagne caviar sauce, beef tenderloin en croute with porcini mushroom mousse and a millefeuille of apple, grapefruit and peekytoe crab with Grand Marnier essence. 1015 W. Dundee Road, Arlington Heights; 847-506-0222.
Sepia: Indulge in this West Loop restaurant's handsome, contemporary-with-nods-to-the-past decor, and in chef Andrew Zimmerman's special four-course menu, priced at $80 ($135 with wine pairings) and available only on Valentine's Day. Among the menu features are orecchiette pasta with lobster, bacon and cipollini onions; chicken-fried quail with wild-rice waffle, spice-crusted duck with duck-skin migas. Cindy Schuman's desserts include lemon tart with ricotta caramel and chocolate date cake with cardamom cream. 123 N. Jefferson St.; 312-441-1920.
Sixteen: This place offers plenty for the unlimited-budget crowd, including overnight and spa packages (which start at $489 per night) in the Trump International Hotel & Tower. In the hotel's splendiferous 16th-floor dining room, newly installed chef Thomas Lents and pastry chef Sarah Kosikowski will offer five-course ($165, $235 with wines) and eight-course ($335, wine included) tasting menus. These will be the only menus available on Saturday and Valentine's Day. 401 N. Wabash Ave.; 312-588-8000.