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Four Ways to Make Your Valentine's Day Truly Remarkable

Ariel Cheung | February 6, 2018 | Feature Features

Valentine's Day is anything but a one-size-fits-all type of holiday. Some prefer a low-key celebration of love; others mark the occasion spending time with friends. And although a multitude of Chicago restaurants are fully prepared for the big day, a select few have taken the time to dream up ways to really up the ante.
The cozy Gallery Room of The Talbott Hotel

20 East
Show your partner how you remember the night you met with the help of the culinary team at 20 East in the Gold Coast. The chefs will recreate the meal from your first date, which will be served in the intimate Gallery Room, with champagne, strawberries and chocolate to follow in a Talbott Hotel suite. An alternative package promises fairytale romance with a horse-drawn carriage tour, candlelit dinner and bubble bath. Someone’s likely to end the night swooning. 20 E. Delaware Place, 312.944.4970

ACME Hotel Company
Looking to declare your love in a more permanent way this Feb. 14? A trip down the aisle will likely do the trick, and ACME Hotel Company has a Gettin’ Hitched package (from $725) to make a Valentine’s Day marriage not only possible, but thoroughly enjoyable. A justice of the peace will perform a short wedding ceremony for all participants in The Berkshire Room, complete with photography, veils and bow ties. Enjoy a bottle of champagne and an overnight stay at the hotel to celebrate. And no worries about getting to bed early—the deal includes late checkout the next morning. 15 E. Ohio St., 312.894.0800

Chicago Athletic Association
It’s hard to imagine a more elaborate experience than the one-night-only package at this Loop hotel. A string quartet will serenade the lucky couple during a private dinner in the White City Ballroom. Afterward, ballroom dancing lessons in the Madison Ballroom are followed by drinks in the second-floor speak-easy, Milk Room. Pastry chef Jove Hubbard will craft custom chocolates and sweets for the pair to enjoy with a bottle of champagne, preferably while wearing custom monogrammed robes in the Founders Suite. The date finishes up the following morning with breakfast in bed—the pinnacle of luxury. 12 S. Michigan Ave., 312.940.3552

Dolce Italian
For lovebirds who love the kitchen, Dolce Italian in River North is dishing out something extra special for Valentine’s Day. Couples will learn how to make Dolce’s signature Bolognese sauce with Executive Chef Nathaniel Cayer and leave with their own jar of sauce and a bundle of housemade pasta. The cooking couples will be served hor d’eurves and wine during the class, which is $40 per person, making for a delicious way to bond. 127 W. Huron St., 312.754.0700


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