Why celebrate Valentine’s Day 2019 only on Thursday, Feb. 14, when you can make a week of it? Many suburban restaurants are hosting dinners, specials and events starting this weekend and running through next weekend. Have you made your reservation yet?

Antico Posto

118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9200 or antico-posto.com/

Extend your Valentine’s Day celebration through the weekend at Antico Posto. Valentine’s specials include golden beet and lobster salad, ciabatta-crusted branzino, veal Marsala risotto and raspberry cheesecake, perfect for two. Specials runs Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17. Reservations requested.

Big Bowl

215 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 808-8880, and 1950 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-8881, or bigbowl.com/

Treat your sweet to a special three-course Valentine’s Menu for Two, available Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-17. The menu includes an appetizer (crab rangoon, roasted shishito peppers, Imperial spring roll) to share, a choice of main courses (Kung Pao chicken, General Tso’s chicken, beef and broccoli and more), with a choice of dessert (chocolate fudge cake, banana cheesecake) to share. It’s $45.95 per couple, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. Big Bowl’s regular menu also will be available.

Di Pescara

2124 Northbrook Court, Northbrook, (847) 498-4321 or di-pescara.com/

From 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, dine on Valentine’s specials such as seared Viking Village scallops with crispy polenta, bigeye tuna maki roll, whole roasted Dover sole with a brown butter caper sauce and chocolate pot au crème finished with a hazelnut shortbread crunch.

Mon Ami Gabi

260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 472-1900 or monamigabi.com/oak-brook/

In time for Valentine’s Day, enjoy seasonal French specials including French Kiss Oysters with spicy cucumber and champagne Verde sauce, Maine lobster bisque with crab and apple salad and herbs, Raclette Mac n Cheese for two and dark chocolate sorbet with salted vanilla meringue. These will be available during lunch and dinner from Thursday, Feb. 7, through Thursday, Feb. 14.


601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, (847) 777-6878 or saranellos.com/

This Valentine’s Day, Saranello’s will be hosting a small intimate His & Hers Pre-Fixe Dinner in the upstairs lounge featuring a DJ and dancing as well as specials in the main dining room. The pre-fixe dinner offers lobster crostini, a sweetheart salad, a choice of prime New York strip, roasted Maine lobster tagliatelle or oven-roasted California white bass and the Strawberry Cloud for dessert. It’s $68.95 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

Shaw’s Crab House

1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 517-2722 or shawscrabhouse.com/schaumburg/

Start your romantic celebrating early at Shaw’s Cupid’s Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. Brunch, which is $65 per person, offers a cold seafood and salad bar, a grand hot buffet including a build-your-own omelet station and waffle bar and Shaw’s Sweets Table. Wear red to receive a special Valentine gift. Come back a few days later — Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17 — for a four-course dinner for two. Share Cupid’s Arrow Oysters, a surf and turf duo with a sliced 14-ounce prime New York strip steak served with truffle butter, roasted cipollini onions and a Whole Maine Lobster Thermidor and blueberry ricotta cheesecake for dessert. Dinner for two is $150.

Tokio Pub

1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 278-5181 or tokiopub.com/

If popcorn lobster, lobster maki, lobster tacos, Szechuan lobster or Surf & Turf Hot Rock sound enticing, then make reservations now for Tokio Pub. These specials will be available a la carte Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 14-17. Add some bubbly with a bottle of Jean Louis Brut or Jean Louis Brut Rose for $25.


235 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, (847) 279-7900; 232 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, (630) 586-9000; and 1250 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, (847) 995-0100. wildfirerestaurant.com/

Treat your special someone to a four-course Valentine’s Menu for Two, available Wednesday through Sunday, Feb. 13-17. Dinner includes a starter (crab-stuffed mushroom caps, jumbo shrimp cocktail) and salad (Caesar or Wildfire chopped) to share, a choice of Door County cherry barbecue all-natural pork chops, feta-crusted New York strip steak or oven-roasted lump crabcakes, and a dessert (homemade chocolate cream pie, seasonal berries crisp with ice cream) to share. The menu is $95 per couple, plus tax and gratuity. The regular menu will be available.