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One Valentine’s Day “gift” you do not want to give your significant other is Covid 19. To avoid the crowds and the possibility of catching something you don’t want, and just as importantly to get into a romantic situation in more comfortable surroundings, consider getting takeout from one of Chicago’s best restaurants.


You may just find that having Valentine’s dinner at home makes for the best Valentine’s Day ever.


Here are five of Chicago’s best restaurants, where you can be sure to get the food to make this coming Valentine’s Day the best you’ve ever had.



Sepia is ready to make your at-home Valentine's Day truly unforgettable by offering a 3-course menu for two. The menu includes multigrain rolls with herb butter; a snack of smoked beet tartare with sheep's milk feta and toast; endive salad with blood orange, fennel, hazelnuts, and a knockout entrée of braised duck pot pie with king trumpet mushrooms, foie gras, leeks, walnuts, and tarragon. For dessert, prepare to be wowed with a chocolate fondant cake with salted raspberry and caramel. A package for two is $175.



Italian restaurant Nonnina presents you and your Valentine with a four-course dinner. First course offers three (tough!) choices: Sambuca-cured salmon with fennel, watercress, blood orange and citrus dressing; whipped ricotta with speck, fig cherry mostarda on a crostini; or goat cheese truffles three ways. For the second course, you can select from nduja- and ricotta-filled pasta, Manila clams, Hubbard squash, lemon brodetto or bucatini Amatriciana. The following options are available for an entree course: grilled 10oz. pork chop, crispy polenta, rapini, cippolini onions, apples, saba, or roasted bass with braised winter greens, artichoke, San Marzano tomatoes, fregola, and pistachio pesto. To conclude this epic meal on a high note, there’s a brown butter brioche bread pudding served with dried cherries, vanilla gelato, and crème Anglaise. This magnificent dinner is available starting at $79.95 per person,


Avli Taverna.

You and your significant other don’t always (or probably even usually!) order the same thing (right?) and ordering on Valentine’s Day should be no different. Avli Taverna gives each person in a couple the option of getting their own individual prix fixe meal box for pick-up. The Lavraki Filet ($40) includes a filet of the Mediterranean white fish, basmati rice, small tzatziki with cucumbers, Greek salad and yogurt mousse; Taverna Steak ($40) is a ribeye with kalamata steak sauce, Greek potatoes, small spicy feta dip with pita chips, Diane salad and chocolate mousse; or Papoutsakia ($34) is just right for vegetarians and includes oven-roasted stuffed eggplant, grilled artichokes, basmati rice and sliced fruit and berries with mint; lamb shoulder is oven-roasted with Greek potatoes, Diane salad and chocolate mousse. Cocktails are also available.




Formento’s. One of the coolest Italian restaurants on Randolph Street, Formento’s Valentine’s day offering is a dining experience inspired by Italy’s Aosta Valley. Included on this menu are fontina and truffle fonduta with rye bread, gnocchi alla Bava with a creamy wild mushroom sauce; and costoletta alla Valdostana (Milanese-style veal with polenta and arugula. To make it all even better, you can enhance your Valentine’s Day experience with 3 or 6 oz wine pairings. Formento’s is offering this holiday special for either carryout or dine-in at their well-publicized Snow Globe experience.


Hannah’s Bretzel. Both locations of Hannah’s Bretzel – the “uber sandwich makers – have been turning out splendid sandwiches for years. For Valentine’s Day, Hannah’s Bretzel will also be offering two specialty chocolate bars, two organic chocolate chip cookies, two quinoa brownies and two Belgian waffles. Wherever you decide to order your main course, this extravagant dessert option will make the grand finale to your Valentine’s Day dinner even more special.