Made Your Valentine’s Day Plans Yet, Chicagoans?

Jan 12, 2016
Fox 32 Chicago is reporting that a downtown Chicago hotel has a special Valentine’s Day package ready for one lucky couple. Guests can reserve a night in the biggest suite, take a romantic helicopter ride over the city, indulge in a five-course chef’s menu and take home a two-carat diamond.

The price tag?


It got us thinking – could we build a similar package and actually save you money? The answer, happily, is yes.

For starters, let’s look at where you’re going to stay on Valentine's Day. We don’t have a room at that suite for you, but we do have some other interesting upgraded options. How about a night in the Grand Suite at the Virgin Hotel for $160? Or a Millennium Junior Suite overlooking the park at the Chicago Athletic Association for $224? How about a Luxury Spa Suite at theWit for $249? Maybe you splurge a little and grab a Grand Deluxe King room at the Peninsula with Michigan Avenue or Water Tower Park views for $470?

From there, it’s a quick trip on the Orange Line to the Chicago Helicopter Experience, featured on WGN and Time Out Chicago. Travelzoo members can save over 20% on a private nighttime skyline flight for two on surrounding dates.

For your five-course dinner experience, we have a couple of options available to you. Zip through the city to Evanston for dinner at Oceanique, an "elegant French-American seafood gem" (Chicago Reader), where you’ll save 50% on a seafood-focused menu that changes daily with the best ingredients, and includes selections like wild Maine lobster, day boat scallops, and organic Scottish Salmon along with an amuse bouche and fresh-baked pastries.

Over in Logan Square, the Michelin-praised Yusho serves up “inventive takes on Japanese street food” (Zagat) for members at over 40% off. Similar to Oceanique, the chefs at Yusho will create five courses based on seasonal ingredients and will serve them up along with a cocktail or craft beer. (Note: Some of these experiences do exclude holiday weekend visits, so you might have to timeshift your excursion if you’re looking for V-Day plans, but we’re sure your significant other will respect your frugality.)

The diamond is up to you. We’re Travelzoo, not Jewelryzoo.

The price tag for the above? No more than $918, a savings of over $24,000 for a discerning traveler if you can live without receiving a precious stone. Not bad.

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