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Treat your special someone to a delicious dinner, flowers and chocolates, special jewelry, day at the spa, fitness class or a creative class or workshop! The best part is that you can find all of this in downtown Evanston at your local restaurants, shops, fitness studios and more! Scroll down to learn more. 

Dining Specials



The Cellar Offers 3-course Sharing Menu

The Cellar Offers 3-course Sharing Menu

Book your table for a special 3-course menu meant to be shared. Select two options from each course to share with your dinner mate. Click below to view the menu and make a reservation. 

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Celtic Knot Public House Offers Valentine's Dessert Plate Feb. 13-16 & Afternoon Tea on Feb. 15

Celtic Knot Public House Offers Valentine's Dessert Plate Feb. 13-16 & Afternoon Tea on Feb. 15


The Celtic Knot has two Valentine's specials for you. From February 13 to 16, enjoy a complimentary Valentine’s Dessert Plate with the purchase of Two Dinner Entrees! Brownie a la Mode, Bailey's Creme Brulee and Red Velvet Crepe with Whipped Cream and Fresh Strawberries. Available February 13 to February 16, Thursday and Sunday, 4-9pm and Friday & Saturday, 4-10pm.  

On Friday, February 14 or Saturday, February 15, 2-4pm, bring your family and friends for The Celtic Knot's Valentine’s Afternoon Tea! Homemade scones with jam, butter, whipped cream & fresh strawberries, a selection of sandwiches & tarts, all served with a steaming pot of your favourite tea! $21 for adults, $14 for children. Please call 847-864-1679 for reservations!  

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Chef's Station 4-Course Valentine's Menu

Chef's Station 4-Course Valentine's Menu

Chef's Station has a super special 4-course menu planned for Valentine's Day. Reserve your place at the 5pm, 7pm or 9pm seating on Friday, February 14. The Valentine's Day Menu is $80 per person. Call 847-570-9821 to reserve today!  

Choice of First Course
YELLOWFIN TUNA AND BARELY FRIED OYSTER
Wasabi Avocado Mousse, Micro Greens, Radish, Baby Potato Chips, Yuzu

SUNCHOKE SOUP
Butter Poached King Crab

Choice of Second Course
PAN SEARED SCOTTISH SALMON
White Asparagus Tips, Baby Carrots, Saffron Lobster Beurre Blanc

POACHED WILD STRIPED BASS
Roasted Beets Terrine, Coriander Fennel Broth

Choice of Third Course
OVEN ROASTED CERVINA VENISON TENDERLOIN
Sunchokes, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Cipollini Onions, Brussels Sprout Petals
Red Wine Reduction

RED WINE BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIBS
Organic Crispy Farro, Yukon Gold Potato Espuma, Bordelaise Sauce

Dessert
VALRHONA DARK CHOCOLATE MACADEMIA MOUSSE CAKE
Grand Marnier Milk Chocolate

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Found "Language of Love" 5-Course Tasting Menu

Found "Language of Love" 5-Course Tasting Menu

This Valentine's, enjoy a special 5-course tasting menu on Valentine's Day for $65 per person (not including drinks and tax and gratuity). Plus, on Thursday and Saturday you can enjoy a la carte options.


Reserve a table online or by calling 847.868.8945.


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Kilwins Evanston Buy-One-Get-One Ice Cream on February 14, 7-10pm

Kilwins Evanston Buy-One-Get-One Ice Cream on February 14, 7-10pm

Share the Love! Treat that special someone to a free ice cream cone! Buy an ice cream cone at Kilwins and get one for free (of equal or lesser value) on February 14, 7-10pm. Now that's a sweet treat! 

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Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge "Valentine's Meal for Two"

Koi Fine Asian Cuisine & Lounge "Valentine's Meal for Two"

Enjoy a Valentine's Day meal for two ($59.99 per couple) including a glass of champagne and these delicious items. 

  • Appetizer: Salmon Brulée Bundles
  • Entree: Dragon and Phoenix (represents a long relationship to marriage). Dragon - Crispy covered with tangy sweet spice sauce. Phoenix - Shrimp sautéed with vegetable in white wine sauce.
  • Dessert: Chocolate Lava Cake with ice cream

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La Macchina Ristorante Creates 5-course Italian Dinner

La Macchina Ristorante Creates 5-course Italian Dinner

The countdown to San Valentino has started! Celebrate amore at La Macchina Ristorante, now under new ownership and focused on providing the most authentic Italian food.

Treat your special someone and indulge in our fabulous Italian Valentine's Menu (click on link below to view). Call 847-425-1080 or click below to make reservations and enjoy a truly unique Italian dining experience, that will get you in the mood for love.

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Valentine's Specials at Prairie Moon February 14-15

Valentine's Specials at Prairie Moon February 14-15

Celebrate your love (or strong like!) this Valentine’s in Evanston at Prairie Moon! They will have the regular menu, plus a very special Valentine’s menu Friday and Saturday, Feb 14 & 15. View specials at link below.

Reservations for Valentine’s weekend are highly encouraged. Call 847-864-9328.

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NaKorn Offers Special Valentine's Items

NaKorn Offers Special Valentine's Items

Treat Your Sweet with NaKorn's Special Valentine's menu!  Enjoy the regular menu with special editions like Oven Roasted Pork Loin with peanut sesame demi-glace, served with purple kale, cucumber, soft boiled egg and soy vinaigrette!  

Call 847-773-8424 or go to Open Table to reserve today! 

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MidKitchen Open for a Special Dinner on Valentine's Day

MidKitchen Open for a Special Dinner on Valentine's Day

Mid Kitchen is kicking off their new dinner service with a special menu for Valentine's Day! You must make a reservation for Valentine's Day by calling 847-563-8454 or clicking on the link below. 

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Whiskey Thief Ladies Night Galentine's Party on Feb. 13, 8-11pm

Whiskey Thief Ladies Night Galentine's Party on Feb. 13, 8-11pm

Single or not, your girlfriends deserve to be celebrated too! Join us to celebrate love, ladies and fun! Giveaways at 10pm! 

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Next of Kin Restaurant Offers Chef Marco Specials on Valentine's Day

Next of Kin Restaurant Offers Chef Marco Specials on Valentine's Day

Celebrate Valentine's Weekend at Next of Kin! Come & Enjoy a bottle of wine & custom cocktails, heart shaped flatbreads & warming desserts, Chef Marco specials & your everyday faves.

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Cupitol Coffe & Eatery Mimosa & Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Cupitol Coffe & Eatery Mimosa & Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Who doesn’t like strawberries and mimosa? Stop in at Cupitol on Valentine’s Day for chocolate-covered strawberries for $2.50 each and Fresh strawberry mimosa for $5.


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The Stained Glass 3-course Prix Fixe Menu

The Stained Glass 3-course Prix Fixe Menu

Celebrate with a special someone at The Stained Glass, offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for $55 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity. The regular menu will not be available. 2 hour table reservations. 

Click below to view the menu and make a reservation.

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Table to Stix Offers $44 Ramen Dinner for 2

Table to Stix Offers $44 Ramen Dinner for 2

Enjoy a delicious night at Table to Stix on Valentine's Day with a special Ramen Dinner for 2. Select 2 small bites, 2 Ramens and 1 dessert. Sake/Wine pairing is an additional $10. Call 847-859-6847 to reserve.  

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Shopping Specials



Assembly Creators Market Jewelry & Candle-Making Workshops

Assembly Creators Market Jewelry & Candle-Making Workshops

Jewelry, candles, clothing, caramels, purses and more--you'll find the perfect gift for your special someone! Assembly Creators Market also offers workshops to make jewelry and candles for a hands-on-making gift!

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Ayla's Originals Custom Heart-to-Heart Necklaces

Ayla's Originals Custom Heart-to-Heart Necklaces

For your valentine this year, get Ayla's own heart to heart necklace, featuring a cultured heart pearl with emerald, sapphire or ruby (your choice) on a 14K gold-filled or sterling chain. Call Ayla at 847-328-4040 to customize your own. 

 

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FlowersFlowers Vased Roses & Special Floral Bouquets

FlowersFlowers Vased Roses & Special Floral Bouquets

Treat your Valentine to vased roses or a special bouquet of flowers this Valentine's Day! FlowersFlowers has created a few special floral arrangements including "The Cha-Cha", "The Rumba" and "The Tango" bouquets in addition to the always elegant vased roses. Click below to view the vased roses and bouquets!   

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Bookends & Beginnings "Blind Date with a Book" February 1-14

Bookends & Beginnings "Blind Date with a Book" February 1-14

Who were you planning to cuddle up with this Valentine’s Day? Because we, the literary matchmakers at Bookends & Beginnings, would love to fix you up on a Blind Date With a Book! From February 1st to February 14th, we'll have a selection of staff favorites wrapped up with only a short description and a price for you to test your luck with. Will you choose something that seems safe and familiar, or take a risk with something outside of your comfort zone? Remember: you can’t fall in love unless you take a chance!

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gigi BOTTEGA Galentine's Day Sale on Feb. 15

gigi BOTTEGA Galentine's Day Sale on Feb. 15

Bring your gals to gigi BOTTEGA on February 15 for a special Galetine's Day Sale. Enjoy 20% off all regular priced items, sip on bubbly and indulge in sweet treats! 

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Kilwins Evanston Offers Two Free Truffles with Chocolate Covered Strawberry Order

Kilwins Evanston Offers Two Free Truffles with Chocolate Covered Strawberry Order

Whether you need a delicious box of chocolates, chocolate hearts, chocolate covered pretzels or Oreos, Kilwins has you covered (in chocolate!) 

Kilwin's also offers carefully selected strawberries hand dipped in gourmet White, Dark & Milk Chocolate. Made fresh to order, you can select the quantity and type of chocolate. AND, if you order 1 dozen strawberries by February 12 you'll receive a FREE two-piece truffle bow box! Call (847) 868-8739 to order.


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Eve J. Alfille Hosts "Cupid's Bow" Party on Feb. 13

Eve J. Alfille Hosts "Cupid's Bow" Party on Feb. 13

Eve Alfille Gallery & Studio will host a “Cupid’s Bow” party on February 13 from 5-8 pm with “Love Potion #9 (or 10)”, wine & sweet treats. Participate in a raffle to win a wine angel necklace. No RSVP necessary - just show up! 

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Wheel & Sprocket "Love Your Bike" Month

Wheel & Sprocket "Love Your Bike" Month

From February 1-29, Wheel & Sprocket is offering their Once-a-Year Service Sale. Bring Your Bike in Early and Save on Service Packages or Add-On Services. 

$50 off Service Packages or labor $100-$199.99
$75 off Service Packages or labor $200 - $299.99
$100 off any combination or service over $300 

Plus, get a Free Muc-Off cleaner gift with any Service Package while supplies last! 

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Spa & Salon Specials



Ergo Salon & Spa Special Valentine's Day Blow Out

Ergo Salon & Spa Special Valentine's Day Blow Out

Treat yourself to a blow out before you go out on Valentine's Day! Pricing starts at $30 and extra treats included. Call 847-424-8888 or email ergosalon@sbcglobal.net 

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Egea Spa Gift Cards are 10% Off Electronic Gift Cards

Egea Spa Gift Cards are 10% Off Electronic Gift Cards

Give the gift of a relaxing and refreshing day at the spa! When you purchase a gift card of $100 or more get 10% off with code LOVE20. Offer valid through February 15, 2020. 

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Fitness Specials



CycleBar Hosts Valentine's Day Ride & Offers Special Class Packs

CycleBar Hosts Valentine's Day Ride & Offers Special Class Packs

Treat your loved one to a ride at CycleBar before you enjoy dinner! CycleBar will have a special Valentine's Day rides plus these special offers:

20% off 4 pack $63.20 ($79 current price)
20% off 8 pack $119.20 ($149 current price)
20% of Monthly Unlimited $143.20 ($179 current price)

 

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The Barre Code "Bring Your Bae to the Barre" on Feb. 15

The Barre Code "Bring Your Bae to the Barre" on Feb. 15

Bring Your Bae to Barre class on Saturday, February 15 at 10:30am to show him/her how hard you work! And, you can celebrate with champagne and snacks after class.

The Barre Code is also offering a 20% discount on all of our class packs and retail from February 14-16. 

Please contact evanston@thebarrecode.com if you have any questions. Click on link below to sign up!

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Bring Your Valentine or Galentine for Free to SPENGA on Feb. 14!

Bring Your Valentine or Galentine for Free to SPENGA on Feb. 14!

SPENGA is celebrating Valentine's Day with a special free session for your galentine, partner or friend! ANd, if that friend joins you get $20 off your next month. Book any class on February 14!  

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"Extra" Specials



Music Institute of Chicago "From the Heart" Concert on February 15

Music Institute of Chicago "From the Heart" Concert on February 15

For “date night” on Valentine’s Day weekend, the Music Institute of Chicago presents “From the Heart,” a concert featuring members of the Music Institute’s internationally renowned faculty performing romantic music, Saturday, February 15 at 7:30pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston.
 
Concertgoers may enjoy champagne and chocolates with a program of jazz and classical works featuring piano, violin, marimba, flute, guitar and more, 

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McGaw YMCA Annual Sweetheart Dance on February 15

McGaw YMCA Annual Sweetheart Dance on February 15

Your family is invited to McGaw’s annual Sweetheart Dance! Hit the dance floor for this fun social with music, pizza, arts & crafts and a raffle! The Sweetheart Dance will be held Saturday, February 15 from 4:30-6pm in the Sebring-Lewis Center.

Early Bird Tickets (Now-February 12)
$45 per family up to 4 people (M);  $65 (NM)
$10 for each additional family member

February 13-15
$55 per family up to 4 people
$10 for each additional family member

Click here to register.
Use code 1FAMSHD


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Margarita European Inn Offers Valentine's Day Package February 14-16

Margarita European Inn Offers Valentine's Day Package February 14-16


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one at Margarita European Inn's romantic little Inn. From the moment you enter their doors, you will experience the Elegance and Service of an era you thought only existed in memory. Sparkling wine and Chocolates in your room. Complimentary breakfast with freshly made Croissants and pastries by their French Baker. 

Offer available February 14-16, 2020

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