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Valentine's Day Guide 2013

Our picks for the best places to be on the most romantic day of the year

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Dining

Allium Chef Kevin Hickey offers a four-course prix fixe through the weekend; it's $130 with a glass of Dom Perignon. $95.120 E. Delaware, 312-799-4900, alliumchicago.com.

Baume & Brix Chefs Thomas Elliott Bowman and Ben Roche offer a six-course menu ending with "dessert explosions," as well as the regular menu. $70.351 W. Hubbard, 312-321-0351, baumeandbrix.com.

Bistronomic Chef Martial Noguier offers a three-course prix fixe based on Escoffier recipes; vegetarian options available.$55.840 N. Wabash, 312-944-8400, bistronomic.net.

Boka Chef Giuseppe Tentori's five-course menu includes capon consomme with tortellini and black truffle, roasted lamb loin with beet gnocchi, and chocolate mousse. $85.1729 N. Halsted, 312-337-6070, bokachicago.com.

Cafe des Architectes Chef Greg Biggers offers a five-course menu throughout the weekend, featuring an amuse bouche of Perigord truffle custard with caviar and a main course of poached lobster or beef tenderloin. $79.20 E. Chestnut, 312-324-4000, cafedesarchitectes.com.

Cafe Selmarie Three-course prix fixe with the theme "rose petals and red wine." $44.4729 N. Lincoln, 773-989-5595, cafeselmarie.com.

Cantina Laredo Three-course prix fixe with choices including a mango-jicama salad, stuffed quail, and filet mignon with pasilla pepper sauce; the a la carte menu will also be available. $35, $50 with cocktail pairings.508 N. State, 312-955-0014, cantinalaredo.com.

Cyrano's Farm Kitchen Five-course prix fixe featuring a "symphony of appetizers" and a selection of chef Didier Durand's favorite desserts. $59, $95 with wine pairings.546 N. Wells, 312-467-0546.

Deleece A three-course prix fixe including a dessert of chocolate fondue for two is $100 per couple, $130 with pairings. 3747 N. Southport, 773-325-1710, deleece.com.

Henri New chef Christopher Gawronski offers a five-course menu featuring French classics such as lobster consomme, torchon of foie gras, and squab with Perigord truffle. $120, $190 with wine pairings.18 S. Michigan, 312-578-0763, henrichicago.com.

Ing Moto's sister restaurant offers a six-course prix fixe menu featuring venison bratwurst, Vietnamese beef, and "pizza." $100.951 W. Fulton, 855-834-6464, ingrestaurant.com.

Jerry's Andersonville A prix fixe dinner is $28, $40 with beer pairings; the a la carte menu will also be available, as will an expanded roster of IPAs on tap. "Need not be single to attend!" 5419 N. Clark, 773-796-3777, jerryssandwiches.com.

Maison Brasserie In addition to the regular menu, chef Perry Hendrix offers specials including chateaubriand and Dover sole. 333 E. Randolph, 312-241-1540, maisonbrasserie.com.

MK Four-course prix fixe featuring Kobe sirloin, a cheese course of Brin d'Amour with "twigs of love," and chocolate mousse with champagne gelee and passion fruit sorbet. $79, $119 with wine pairings.868 N. Franklin, 312-482-9179, mkchicago.com.

Nacional 27 From 5 to 6:30 PM, a three-course dinner is $39, from 7 to 10 PM, $69; the latter features a champagne toast, and both include a complimentary rose for the ladies. There's also dancing from 10 PM to 2 AM. 325 W. Huron, 312-664-2727, nacional27.net.

Pizza Rustica A four-course prix fixe menu features house-made pasta, filet mignon or lobster, and Venetian-style doughnuts with sabayon cream. Beer or wine pairings are available for an additional $20. $55.3908 N. Sheridan, 773-404-8955, pizzarusticachicago.com.

Prasino Wicker Park A four-course prix fixe will be available through the weekend in a dining room "transformed into an eco-friendly love shack" featuring strolling musicians; pairings are $35, $55 for a "luxe" option. $65.1846 W. Division, 312-878-1212, prasino.com.

Quince Chef Andy Motto offers a four-course prix fixe including house-made chocolates; a vegetarian option is also available. $70.1625 Hinman, Evanston, 847-570-8400, quincerestaurant.net.

Sepia Chef Andrew Zimmerman's four-course prix fixe, available through February 16, features choices such as duck breast or Wagyu beef; an a la carte menu will also be available. $90, $155 with pairings.123 N. Jefferson, 312-441-1920, sepiachicago.com.

Slurping Turtle Chef Takashi Yagihashi offers two prix fixe options continuing through the weekend: the five-course "I Kind of Like You" ($50 per person) and the eight-course "I Think I Love You" ($85 per person). 116 W. Hubbard, 312-464-0466, slurpingturtle.com.

Tavernita A sharing menu for two consists of a selection from the raw bar, plus a choice of three small plates, two flatbreads, a large plate, and a dessert tasting; it's $45 per person. 151 W. Erie, 312-274-1111, tavernita.com.

Zocalo A three-course tasting menu with vegetarian options is $75 per couple, which includes an amuse bouche and complimentary cava. 358 W. Ontario, 312-302-9977, zocalochicago.com.

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