Hyde Park businesses get in the Valentine’s Day spirit with special dinners, cocktails, and gifts

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it on Wednesday, February 14, and with several local restaurants and shops offering special dinner and cocktail menus and romantic gifts, you won’t have to leave Hyde Park to celebrate with your sweetie.

Cocktails & Dining

A10 Hyde Park, 1466 E. 53rd Street – is offering a trio of specials including Duck Three Ways, Charred Shrimp, and a Strawberry Champagne Short Cake. The bar will serve two $10 cocktail specials –  “Butterfly Kisses” (sweetheart candy, Peychaud’s bitters, Cava) and “Pink Lady” (London Dry Gin, Applejack, Grenadine), as well as $8 glasses of Cava. For reservations call 773-288-1010.

Chant, 1509 E. 53rd Street – has three great Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails for just $5 each, including the Candy-Tini (made with vanilla vodka, rumchata, creamy, and amarula liquor), the Flirt-Tini (made with vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, strawberry liquor, and Champagne), and the Lust (made with cherry vodka, homemade sweet & sour, and cherry juice).

Ja Grill, 1510 E. Harper Court – knows how to turn up the romance with a free bottle of Champagne or wine with dinner. Make your reservations at 773-752-5375

la petite folie, 1504 E. 55th Street – is featuring a three-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day dinner for $45/person with two seatings any time between 5-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m.

Mellow Yellow, 1508 E. 53rd Street – bring your valentine for fajitas (your choice of steak, chicken, or vegetables) and a dessert crepe with fresh strawberries for $24.99 per couple.

Porkchop, 1516 E. Harper Court – special prix fixe dinner at 5 p.m. for $33 per person, with choice of any appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, and dessert. Choose from southern fried chicken, beef short ribs, and BBQ salmon. For reservations call 773-493-9333.

The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West – has a prix fixe three-course menu for $65 per couple with optional wine pairings for $35 per couple. Share a Crab Louie appetizer, choice of Hearth-Grilled Game Hen Roulade or Branzino, and a flourless chocolate cake.  The Promontory is “…completing the ambiance with old school R&B and soul from our vinyl collection that will put you in the Love Zone.” To reserve your spot call 312-801-2100.


Dearborn Denim, 1504 E. 53rd Street – Happy Valentine’s Day from Dearborn Denim! Buy a pair for you & yours, and get $10 off the 2nd pair!

Kilwins, 5226 S. Harper Avenue – treat your sweetheart to a half dozen hand-dipped chocolate covered long-stem strawberries for $30, or one dozen for $57.

Porkchop, 1516 E. Harper Court – for carnivore lovers, consider a bacon rose bouquet, with a dozen “roses” for $40 and a half dozen for $25. Reserve your bouquet at 773-493-9333 24 hours in advance or before 10 a.m. on Valentine’s Day, with pick up starting at 5 p.m.

Vanille Patisserie, 5229 S. Harper Court – It’s sweets for the sweet at Vanille Patisserie, with heart-shaped macarons in raspberry, chocolate, and vanilla in an 8-piece gift box for $16.95 or an 18-piece gift box for $35.00. Or try decorated sugar cookies with French phrases for $4.50. A special gluten-free/nut-free heart-shaped “Desiree” pastry with white chocolate mousse and raspberry cremeux, raspberry jam, and chocolate flourless cake is $6.95.

Enjoy optional wine pairings at The Promontory
Fajitas and dessert crepe with fresh strawberries at Mellow Yellow
Hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries at Kilwins
Bacon rose bouquet at Porkchop
Heart-shaped macarons at Vanille Patisserie
Conversation heart sugar cookies at Vanille Patisserie
Desiree pastry at Vanille Patisserie