Valentine's Day Guide: Where to Eat, Drink & Make Out

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Valentine’s Day is around the corner – whether you want to take your better half out on the town, find a stranger to make out with, cry into your tequila, or have a ragey anti-Love dance party, we’ve got ideas for you.




108 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
(212) 677-4096
Mercadito always steps up to the occasion, offering special menus for almost every major holiday. For El Dia del San Valentin, you can start with a choice of 2 guacamoles, choose 1 botana or ceviche to start off, plus 2 main dishes for you and your honey (including chile relleno, enchiladas, tampiquena, and more.) You also get a side AND a postre plus a specialty house shot for only $50 per person!


(773) 528-2883

Café 28 has a loyal following looking for traditional Cuban served with a Latin twist. Three dishes to try include honey jalapeno pork chops, almond crusted halibut and ropa vieja. OJO: while they are temporarily BYOB, they have implemented a “Mix Your Own Cocktail” program with a beverage menu tailored for you to mix in your favorite spirit. Each cocktail is designed to be served virgin and it will come with its respective spirit suggestion.

325 W Huron

If you’re looking for the classic, slightly cheesy Valentine’s experience this is your spot. Nacional 27, a restaurant that celebrates all 27 Latin American countries, will offer 2 Valentine’s Day sittings (5-6:30 pm for $39 per person and 7-10:00 pm for $69 per person.) All ladies dining on Valentine’s Day will receive a complimentary rose and the dance floor will welcome bachata dancers (slow dancing) from 10 p.m.-12 a.m.


(773) 477-5466

Tango Sur set the bar for BYOB Latin Steakhouses in Chicago. Rated as Chicago’s 15th best restaurant on Urbanspoon, don’t be surprised at the crowds or the wait for a table. The value is great for large meat portions, especially for crowd favorites El filet and Bife Vesuvio. The menu is basically a meat lover’s dream, grilling large cuts of Argentinian beef topped with chimichurri. Appetizers and entrees include deep-fried empanadas stuffed with beef, chicken or ham and cheese; matambre (rolled veal cooked with vegetables); and milanesa a caballo (fried breaded beef topped with two eggs). You know what they say: barriga llena, corazón contento.


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