Hi there. I posted here last month requesting V Day weekend suggestions. I thought I'd let everyone know what we did and how we liked it.
We were in Chicago Sat a.m. to Monday afternoon. We had lunch Sat. at Lou Malnati's, which I liked better than the Gino's pizza I had on my last trip, but also reaffirmed for me that I'm not a huge fan of deep dish, I guess. But it was fun to be able to say we had it.
We opted to have our V Day dinner on Sunday instead, just so we wouldn't be fighting the crowds. So Sat. night we went to Lao Sze Chuan for hot pot and are so glad we did. We waited about a half hour for a table, which wasn't bad though we did get there on the early side. Service was good and fun (a few yelp reviews claimed bad service and while I wouldn't call it super attentive it was charming in its own way)....one of the servers came over and gave us a little hot pot lesson and got us started. It was a great winter dining experience--full dining room, great smells, windows all steamed up.
Sunday lunch was Heaven on Seven. That was a spontaneous decision and very tasty. Later in the afternoon we stopped by Pops for Champagne for a bellini. (If we hadn't been so tired Sat. night we might have tried the Pops jazz room, but we figured with V Day it would have been a zoo anyway.)
Sunday night we went to Cafe Spiaggia. We had a nice table, great food, even better service. I loved the mushrooms in polenta we chose for our first course. We had stopped in Sunday afternoon to poke our heads in and the hostess invited us to look around and said we could pick out our own table. We let her pick for us and she picked on facing the lake. Strangely, that isn't where we were seated when we arrived, so we asked to be moved (there was also a large party right next to us that seemed like it might be loud). So we did end up at the table the day hostess recommended, but of course it was night and we couldn't see the lake anyway--just the exit ramp. Maybe she only works days and didn't think about the fact that we wouldn't be able to see the lake anyway. It didn't matter--we had a very nice time. But it was a little weird to sort be invited to pick our table and then be given it when we got there. The bill was only $103...less than I expected and a good deal, I thought.
After that we went to the Signature Lounge for a drink and the view. It was full but not packed and a perfect ending to our evening.
Monday we went back to Lao Sze Chuan for lunch because we just had to try the non-hot pot stuff. We loved Tony's 3-Chili Chicken and Boiled Beef in Szecuan Sauce.
Thanks so much for all the recommendations. I had a great time walking around and recognizing all the restaurant I had researched! I can't wait to go back!