Choosing the right Valentine's Day gift can be stressful. Whether you’re searching for a thoughtful present or a cozy date night experience, small businesses in Albany Park and Irving Park have you covered. Local shops have everything from classic rose bouquets and jewelry, to spa packages and beauty products, guaranteeing a perfect gift to set the mood for every relationship. For dinner, Angelo’s Wine Bar, D'Candela Restaurant and HQ Howard Quintero offer romantic meals at different price points, helping you find a reservation to suit your budget.
Express romance and appreciation through a gorgeous and timeless gift your love is sure to cherish. “Our jewelry is high quality and all of it is imported from the Middle East,” says Mourice Mseih, owner of Baladna Jewelry. The family-owned retailer is offering an incredible deal—50 percent off all diamonds until February 21! Make your gift even more sentimental by engraving a short and sweet message, meaningful date or inside joke. Engravement orders must be placed a week in advance. Learn more online at baladnajewelry.com. 4831 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; 773-509-2700
Show your S.O. how much you love them with a customized flower arrangement from Tea Rose Flower Shop. “Traditionally, Valentine's Day is about red roses, but mixing it up with other flowers is thoughtful and beautiful,” says Tina Skorey, owner of Tea Rose Flower Shop. “Tulips and other spring flowers are beautiful alternatives and allow you to incorporate your significant other’s favorite colors and flowers.” Additionally, the shop sells greeting cards, Teddy Bears and balloons you can add to your order to create a truly heartfelt gift. Custom orders must be placed 3-5 days in advance. If premade is more your style, Tea Rose has two ready-to-go Valentine 5-in-1 gift packages. The "I'm Totally Into You" package ($27 plus tax) includes three roses, Hershey's Chocolate Kisses in a mason jar, a balloon and a teddy bear. The "Mad About You" package ($48 plus tax) is bigger, with more chocolates and two additional roses. See the shop’s premade arrangements and place your order online. Orders can be picked up in the store or delivered (only to the Chicago-land area and surrounding suburbs). 5203 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL 60625; 773- 588-5588
Tito's Flowers & Gifts
Flowers are a classic Valentine’s Day gift, perfect for new relationships, long-time partnerships and everything in between. While red roses are a classic option, Tito’s Flowers & Gifts can help you create a beautiful, unique arrangement that will perfectly fit your sweetheart’s taste. Custom orders need at least a week notice and start at $35. Additionally, the store will stock premade arrangements, convenient for last minute gifts. Call or visit the store for help creating a memorable gift your significant other will love! See their creations and follow the shop on Facebook. 4757 N Kedzie Ave Chicago, Illinois 60625; 773-539-5363
Pampering & Beauty
Pamper your loved one with a luxurious treat from Lena Rose, Chicago's first green beauty boutique and only Apothecary spa. “Our mission is green, clean beauty,” says Bella Miller, Creative Director & Curator at Lena Rose. The natural beauty boutique and organic spa offers three membership packages that make a perfectly indulgent gift for skin-care-obsessed-significant-others and stressed-out-spouses. Memberships include a Welcome to Wellness Swag Bag, invites to member only events and spa credits (unused credits rollover to the next month).
Packages include the Lena Lite at $99/year and includes a 15 percent discount on products and services. The next step up, the Lena Life package at $125/month, includes one complimentary monthly facial and a 15 percent discount on products and services. For the ultimate pleasure, the Lena Luxe, at $165/month, gives users a choice of a complimentary monthly upgraded facial—the La Bella Figura, Floralia or Chicagoan—and a 15 percent discount on products and services. Learn more and register online at lenarosebeauty.com/the-lena-life/. 4668 N Manor Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60625; 872-806-2552
“Revival Wellness Spa is your neighborhood oasis where you can relax, reinvigorate, and reconnect with your valentine,” says Debra Bradtke, owner of Revival Wellness Spa. Set the mood with the Hot Couples Sauna ($90) and sweat out impurities in the infrared sauna while enjoying complimentary beverages and snacks. The spa is also offering two exclusive facials. The first is the Love Me Tender Facial ($50), a mini facial featuring sweet red rose cleanser and tonique, strawberry rhubarb mask, light extractions, a light facial massage and décolleté, a strawberry rhubarb serum and a sweet red rose moisturizer as well as a 15-minute session in the Infrared Sauna. For even more pampering, the Whole Lotta Love Facial ($95/$125) includes a personal evaluation of your skin care goals, a strawberry cleanser, tonique, exfoliation, and moisturizer; a deep cleansing of the pores; a face, hand, and décolleté massage using your choice of a Citron or blueberry massage soufflé; and a Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque followed by a 35-minute session in the infrared sauna.
All of the products used during the facials are from the Eminence Organics Skin Care. For more information call 773-478-1558, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website online. 4507 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60625; 773-478-1558
Want to give a luxurious gift without the extravagant price tag? Treat your special someone to a “mani pedi” for $50. Only available on February 14, this is the perfect prelude to your Valentine’s Day date. “Unwind from your daily routine and enjoy yourself,” says Spa to Escape owner, Ivonne Colon. “Relax and let us pamper you.” Additionally, Spa to Escape offers gift cards that can be used towards any service—manicures, pedicures, neck massage, facial and waxing. 3352 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618; 773-717-7188
Treat your better half to a day at the Supreme Beauty Parlor. Offering a variety of hair services including cuts and color as well as special occasion styling, smoothing treatments, beach wave perms and conditioning treatments, Supreme Beauty Parlor specifically caters to your hair texture, density and porosity. For those with a special Valentine’s Day date night planned, Supreme Beauty Parlor is the perfect place to get ready! Additionally, the salon is offering a free Olaplex bond rebuilding treatment with any color service and 20% off of one product with any service throughout the month of February. See the full list of services online and check out the parlor’s Facebook. 2944 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618; 773-516-4497
Dinner & Drinks
Indulge in a decadent dinner for two at Angelo’s Wine Bar. The restaurant is serving a special Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe that includes an amuse of Shishito pepper, appetizer, main course and dessert. The dinner will be $35 per person or $50 per person with wine pairings. Appetizers choices include roasted wild mushroom with brioche, endive and white balsamic; chicken liver and grapefruit with frisée, butter lettuces and rose; and an arugula and pear salad with pecorino cheese, pine nuts and raisins. Main dishes include sous vide N.Y. strip with fois gras butter and fingerling potatoes; seared scallops with finger lime beurre blanc and a soft herb salad; and grilled lamb lollipops with a white bean puree, caperberry and crispy leek hay. The vegetarian option is a roasted cauliflower steak with cherry, smoked paprika, tahini and cilantro. Call the restaurant to reserve your table. 3026 W Montrose Ave, Chicago IL 60618; 773-539-0111
Getting a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner doesn’t have to break the bank. D'Candela Restaurant is a Latin American restaurant specializing in Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken. Perfect for a night out or a cozy night cuddling on the couch, D’Candela is an affordable dining option. Call the restaurant at 773-478-0819 to reserve a table and visit grubhub.com to order delivery. 4053 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-478-0819
Make Valentine’s Day 2018 one to remember with an amazing meal at HQ Howard Quintero. One of Irving Park’s most unique places to visit, the restaurant specializes in quality interpretations of classic American dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food. Led by Chef Eduardo Quintero, the restaurant will be serving a selection of fish and meat specials. Call 773-654-1629 or visit the website to make reservations. 4114 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618; 773-654-1629
After Dinner Entertainment
Whether you’re looking for something low-budget and low-key, not ready for the night to end, or single and simply looking to have a good time with friends, Montrose Saloon has you covered. Enjoy drinks, bar games and live jazz music from Rachel Drew and Tony Richards from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. There is no cover!
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, enjoy the regular night specials all night long: $1 off any Half Acre beer, $6 boilermaker (Half Acre draft beer plus a shot of whiskey) and $2 mystery shots. “We’re the perfect place for couples who just want to have a nice night with the person they love, have a great beer and listen to some good music,” says Phoebe Walters, General Manager of Montrose Saloon. The bar has 16 taps stocked with local brews, a large whiskey selection and a fantastic Old Fashioned, perfect for snuggling in a corner and talking or hitting the dance floor. Learn more about Montrose Saloon and the Rachel Drew & Tony Richards at Montrose Saloon music event online. 2933 W. Montrose Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60618; 773-463-7663
While love is in the air between sweethearts during February, don’t forget to show the neighborhood some love. The Albany Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Neighborhood Map Launch Party & Mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 8 at Golden Crust Pizza and Tap (4620 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625). Stop by for $4 drink specials and celebrate 123 local businesses in the Albany Park, Irving Park and North Park who are featured on the 2018 Neighborhood Guide. Download the electronic version at bit.ly/2018guideNRC and share with your networks.
North River Commission (3403 W. Lawrence Ave., Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60625; 773-478-0202) is the nonprofit community and economic development corporation for the northwest side of Chicago, from the Chicago River to Cicero and Addison to Devon. Founded in 1962 by concerned residents and neighborhood institutions, NRC unites more than 100 civic associations, businesses, schools, institutions and places of worship to improve the quality of life in the community by creating affordable housing, quality education, arts & cultural endeavors, open spaces, and thriving neighborhood businesses. North River Commission operates the Albany Park Chamber of Commerce as part of its economic development strategy. Learn more about the NRC at northrivercommission.org and follow their news on Twitter @NRCchicago and on Facebook.
The Albany Park Chamber of Commerce supports, advocates for and promotes its members and local businesses in the Albany Park, Irving Park, Mayfair, and North Park business districts. The Chamber provides resources that strengthen and physically improve area businesses. It attracts new businesses and investment to the community. It beautifies the commercial districts to further stimulate development and to enhance culture, dining, shopping and entertainment on Chicago's northwest side. Learn more at albanyparkchamber.org and follow their news on Twitter @AlbanyPkChamber and on Facebook.