Local venues: Big eateries

With restaurant week coming to a close and Valentines day lurking in the near future we may have what you need for a special occasion. Chicago offers an amazing selection of restaurants for the foodie in you. Listed are three amazing places to think about for your Valentines day dinner plans. All three restaurants are perfectly suited for a special occasion: romantic atmospheres, upscale menus, and unique features that set them apart from our typical Friday date night locales.

For the foodie…
Storefront Company in Wicker Parkstorefront_20company2Storefront Company is the perfect restaurant to take someone who is a bit of a food risk taker. There’s no a la carte menu here– it’s a regularly updated tasting menu featuring locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. The atmosphere is a bit more laidback than you might expect from this type of restaurant. Located in the heart of Wicker Park, the restaurant decor is chic and modern, but the attitude is very relaxed.

If its old school date night your looking for…
Bavette’s Bar & Bouef River Northbavettes-barIf you’re looking to impress someone who is a bit more of a food traditionalist– or you just want to have a good old-fashioned Chicago steakhouse date, Bavette’s is the place to go. Bavette’s is more of a 1920’s European steakhouse vibe than your run-of-the-mill fancy steakhouses. Bavette’s is a perfect mix of classic and cool. Upscale, but not stuffy, with dim lighting and some very cool vintage decor.

For a romantic setting…
RM Champagne Salon West LooprminteriorwbarAre you looking for a romantic date night, look no further than RM Champagne Salon. The restaurant is small and cozy with dim lighting, ornate French-inspired decor, and a beautiful roaring fireplace. The menu at RM features a variety of modern twists on traditional French dishes with a variety of entrees and also a ton of great options for sharing too, which is perfect for a date night.

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