Celebrate Valentine's Day with Champagne

February 14, 2008 10:59:41 AM PST
Champagne is the traditional beverage for Valentine’s Day. Flutes filled with the bubbly wine represent romance and the popping of champagne corks is the sound of celebration. But you don't just have to drink champagne, it can be used to dress up an entrée for a dinner for two, says Chef Graham Elliott Bowles, a James Beard Foundation award nominee and chef at Avenues in the Peninsula Hotel chicago.peninsula.com. He has created two special champagne-themed recipes just perfect for a romantic dinner: Oyster Poached in Champagne with Crystallized Rose Petal and Poppy Seeds and Roasted Scallops with Vanilla Cardamom Butter and Champagne Foam.

But champagne is not just for Valentine’s Day. Throughout February, up and down Chicago’s The Magnificent Mile, you can enjoy a month-long champagne celebration, culminating in a final bonus day of indulgence on Leap Day, February 29. It’s the first ever TOAST on The Magnificent Mile, sponsored by the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association www.TheMagnificentMile.com. Dozens of hoteliers, restaurants and retailers will be offering special champagne-themed sales, gifts and events.

As champagne flows freely along The Magnificent Mile, visitors will experience everything from champagne at luxury retailers to Moët & Chandon pairings at popular restaurants. To accommodate the out-of-town visitors, several of Chicago’s best hotels are offering discounts and packages throughout the month. Shoppers along Michigan Avenue will receive special treats on Leap Day; select hoteliers, restaurants and retailers will participate in a bonus day, giving a 10 percent discount on services and products.

A highlight of the celebration is a fireworks display over the Chicago River, near Pioneer Court, every Saturday at 6:30 p.m. until February 23.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the key events happening during TOAST on The Magnificent Mile. For a complete list, visit www.TheMagnificentMile.com



“Sweet Indulgence Package”
February 1-29, 2008

Enjoy a toast on The Magnificent Mile and indulge your sweetheart with a romantic getaway at the Amalfi Hotel Chicago. This package includes an overnight stay in deluxe accommodation, continental breakfast, a bottle of Moët & Chandon White Star champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries delivered to your guest room. Packages start at $209.00 plus tax.

Amalfi Hotel Chicago
20 West Kinzie
(312) 395-9000

‘Toast to Chicago”
February 1-29, 2008

Each guest over the age of 21 will receive a complimentary glass of champagne upon check-in, all month long.

Best Western River North Hotel
125 West Ohio Street
(312) 467-0800

February 7th, 14th, 21st and 29th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Champagne tasting paired with light fare to compliment. $42.00 per person.

Conrad Chicago
521 North Rush Street
(312) 645-1500

TOAST on The Magnificent Mile
February 1-28, 2008

Renew your romance in the heart of downtown Chicago at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile! No need to wait for the holiday, indulge the entire month of February with TOAST on The Magnificent Mile. Experience a fireworks display every Saturday night over the Chicago River, enjoy world-class dining & a relaxing evening in our indoor whirlpool.

Romance Package includes:

• Overnight accommodations

• Champagne for two

• Breakfast for two

• Late check-out of 3pm

Rates from 209-$319

To make your reservation, visit chicagomarriottdowntown.com and enter Corporate/Promotional Code ROM, or call 1-800-228-9290 and ask for the Romance package.

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Avenue
(312) 836-0100

Fête of Flutes
Entire Month of February

For the month of February Seasons restaurant and Seasons Lounge will offer the “Fête of Flutes,” a month-long champagne and culinary festival featuring a special champagne tasting menu, dessert menu, champagne by the glass, and Champagne Afternoon Tea.

Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 East Delaware Place (312) 649-2349

“Cheers to an Architectural Legend”
February 1- 29, 2008

The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago will offer Moët & Chandon flights in “The Sipping Room” throughout the month of February!

The Hard Rock Hotel Chicago
230 North Michigan Avenue

“Magnificent Mile Indulgence Package”
February 1-29, 2008

Indulge in the best of The Magnificent Mile with an exclusive shopping package just for you:

· Deluxe Accommodations for two at the Hilton Suites

· Bottle of Moët & Chandon and Chocolate Covered Strawberries

· Breakfast for two in Mrs. Parks Tavern

· $50 Water Tower Place Gift Card & fashion tote bag

· $350 Gift Certificate from Tourneau (valid on purchases of $1000 or more)

· Certificate for a complimentary “make-under” at Bare Escentuals

· Offer for a complimentary pretzel from Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

· PremierPerks – offering more than 60 special savings, exclusive offers, and complimentary services throughout Water Tower Place

· Hilton Suites VIP Voucher

Book online at www.chicagomagnificentmile.hilton.com or call (312) 664-1100 and mention booking code L-P4.

Hilton Suites Chicago/Magnificent Mile
198 East Delaware Place
(312) 664-1100

Champagne receptions
February 1-29, 2008

Champagne receptions featuring Moët & Chandon are hosted every Friday evening for hotel guests from 5 – 7 p.m. in the new boutique hotel’s great room throughout February. Ask for the special Champagne Festival Package for two and receive a split of champagne upon arrival and complimentary Express Start Breakfast for two. The package begins at $129 per night, based on availability.

Hotel Cass Mag Mile Chicago
640 North Wabash Avenue
(312) 787-4030

“Champagne Package”
February 1-29, 2008

Receive one night deluxe accommodations with Moët & Chandon White Star upon arrival!

Radisson Hotel and Suites Chicago
160 East Huron
(312) 787-2900

Dinner With Champagne Pairing
February 1-29, 2008 from 4 -7 p.m.

Canapé of tuna tartar, avocado crisp cone, paddle fish caviar paired with champagne.

Ritz Carlton Chicago
160 East Pearson Street
(312) 266-1000

“Feel Magnificent Package”
February 1-29, 2008

Reserve your overnight package, including a deluxe suite, parking, champagne and a box of chocolates!
Rates starting at $149.

The Seneca Hotel & Suites
200 East Chestnut Street
(800) 800-6261

“Romance In the City”
February 1-29, 2008

Throughout the month of February, Swissôtel Chicago is offering a “Romance In the City” getaway. The package includes luxurious accommodations, Moët & Chandon and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival, breakfast-for-two in the hotel restaurant or Room Service and late check-out, based on availability. The package Begins at a rate of $229.00. For reservations, please call 1-888-737-9477 or log onto www.swissotelchicago.com. Ask about our $150,000 romantic getaway, One Enchanted Moment.

Swissôtel Chicago
323 East Wacker Drive
(312) 565-0565

“The Lobby Lounge at Swissôtel Chicago”
February 29, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

In celebration of Toast on The Magnificent Mile, The Lobby Lounge at Swissôtel Chicago will introduce a champagne and cuisine pairing. Executive Chef Seargo has designed an array of culinary creations to compliment the Moët & Chandon selection, including pan seared tenderloin with vanilla cream sauce, lobster canapés, chocolate dipped strawberries, truffles, mushu-wrapped duck, and pan seared shrimp tossed with a caviar butter. The festivities will also include a presentation, Toast with Class. Angela Roman, recently featured in Today’s Chicago Woman, will discuss the history of champagne, how to select a champagne for any occasion and champagne tips and faux pas.

Swissôtel Chicago
323 East Wacker Drive
(312) 565-0565


China Grill
230 North Michigan Avenue

February 1-29, 2008
For the month of February, China Grill will offer champagne flights and champagne pairings with signature appetizers & desserts.

February 2, 9, 6, 23, 2008
Dine Saturday night before each fireworks display and receive 25% off bottles of Moët & Chandon.

Devon Seafood Grill
39 East Chicago Avenue
(312) 440-8660

Every Sunday, select appetizers are $5 all day, and any bottle of wine under $50 is half off, including Moët & Chandon White Star for $31 or $15.50 on Sunday!

Water Tower Place, Mezzanine Level
835 North Michigan Avenue
(312) 335-3663 x354

“Wine Down at foodlife”
February 1, 2008, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
”Wine Down” from the work week the first Friday of every month from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at foodlife. On Friday, February 1st, “Wine Down” invites patrons to sample Moët & Chandon. The evening’s special guest will be Lettuce Entertain You Director of Wine & Spirits and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh. The price of admission is $15; no reservations are needed. For $30, Wine Down guests can purchase a wristband which includes admission to Wine Down, and access to all foodlife kiosks, dine-in only.

Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse
33 West Kinzie
(312) 828-0966

“Champagne Toast”
February 1-29, 2008
Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse will offer Moët by the glass in their dining room throughout the entire month of February!

“Here’s to Harry”
February 21, 2008
In addition, join us for the Here’s to Harry toast – which marks the 10th anniversary of Harry’s passing and 100 years since the Cubs have won the World Series.

Neiman Marcus
737 North Michigan Avenue
(312) 642-5900

“Dom Pérignon & Zodiac Chocolate Cake”

February 1-29, 2008, Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy a glass of Dom Pérignon and receive a delicious slice of Zodiac flourless chocolate cake served with chambord whipped cream and strawberries. $50.

NoMi – Park Hyatt Chicago
800 North Michigan Avenue
(312) 239 4030

“Pops at the Park”
February 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Enjoy half off bottled champagne from our “Sommelier’s List” and half off champagne by the glass every Monday Night in February!

Pops For Champagne
601 North State Street
(312) 266-7677

“Rose Champagne Festival”
February 13 – 17, 2008
Experience the “wines of romance” – including the Moët & Chandon NV Rose Imperial – for a 5-day long celebration for Valentine’s Day.

“GALentines Day”
February 13, 2007
Kick-off the four-day celebration of this romantic holiday with Pops for Champagne! From 3 p.m. – 1 a.m., we’ll be celebrating women and their remarkable “gal” friends with a flight of rose champagnes paired with Vosges chocolates and other intoxicating desserts for our inaugural GALentines Day event! Live Jazz with the Mikel Avery Quartet is also playing that evening from 9 p.m. to midnight with a $10 cover charge.

The Redhead Piano Bar
16 West Ontario
(312) 640-1000

“Champagne Is an Every Day Celebration”
February 1-29, 2008
Each Sunday thru Saturday we will offer a specific brand of Moët & Chandon (bottles), with featured pricing each night throughout the entire month of February, culminating with the 10% discount on all champagne bottles on Leap Day.

Republic Pan-Asain
58 East Ontario Street
(312) 440-1818

February 1-29, 2008
Stop by to enjoy Moët White Star splits or our special “Shanghai Champagne” – Moët Nectar Imperial and Fruit Liqueur (peach, pear or raspberry), garnished with fresh fruit and a flower.

Roy’s Restaurant
720 North State Street
(312) 787-7599

Roy’s “Toast to The Magnificent Mile” Wine Dinner
February 25, 2008, 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a five course Moët & Chandon wine dinner; $85 per person. Please join us for this special wine dinner celebrating The Magnificent Mile. Reservations required. Please call and inquire about this special event.

The Signature Room At the 95th
875 North Michigan Avenue
(312) 787-9596

February 1 – 29, 2008
The Signature Room At the 95th will be featuring 1999 Dom Pérignon by the glass for the entire month of February.

February 29, 2008
The Signature Room at the 95th features an engagement package for those looking to take “the big leap” on February 29th.

For the perfect proposal at The Signature Room, ask for the engagement package. A preset rose and personalized hand-written note will await your date at the table. And when you are ready to pop the question, the engagement ring will be brought it in a delicious chocolate ring box and a champagne toast for two commemorates your special moment.

676 Restaurant & Bar at the Omni Hotel
676 North Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor
(312) 944-7676

February 1 – 29, 2008
%15 Discount on Dinner in 676 Restaurant (bar excluded and not valid February 14, 2008.)


Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 South Michigan Avenue
(312) 922-3432 x242

“Leap Day 2008 at CAF Shop”
February 29, 2008

Enjoy 20% off 1 item at regular price, in stock and walking tours: 2 people for the price of 1! The Historic Tour at 10 a.m. and Modern Tour at 1 p.m. from the Shop, $15 each for 2 people.

Water Tower Place
845 North Michigan Avenue, Level 2
(312) 988-9253

“A Magnificent Savings”
Saturday, February 16th and 23rd
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

25% off any of our artist-designed champagne flutes sold on Saturdays throughout February.

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa & Salon
919 North Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor
(312) 988-9191

February 1-29, 2008.
Pamper yourself with a complimentary spa lunch with a gift certificate purchase over $200 (per gift certificate).

Hershey’s Chicago
822 North Michigan Avenue
(312) 337-7711

“Champagne Kisses”
February 29, 2008
Receive a sampling of exclusive “champagne” Hershey’s Kisses all day on Leap Day.

Louis Vuitton
919 North Michigan Avenue
(312) 944-1096

February 1-29, 2008
Enjoy a glass of Moët & Chandon while you shop!

800 N. Michigan
(312) 988-9398

February 29, 2008
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

On Leap Day we will offer 10% discount and a glass of champagne.

Mary Mary Gifts
706 North Dearborn
(312) 654-8100

“Pop for a Free Gift”
February 1-29, 2008, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Receive a free gift with purchase of $25 or more.

Old Plank Antiques on Huron
3 East Huron, 3rd Floor
(312) 981-7000

”A Champagne Toast to Antiques”
Valid February 1 – 29, 2008

10% will be taken off the purchase price of all merchandise the entire month of February with the mention of this event. Champagne served to customers 21 and over.

P.A. Larkin
118 West Kinzie Street
(312) 527-1217

”Champagne Wednesdays”
February, 2008, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Champagne & chocolate served at P.A. Larkin every Wednesday afternoon in February.

Water Tower Place
845 North Michigan Avenue, Level 5
(312) 335-9391

“A Toast to Beauty”
February 29, 2008
We will be offering a champagne-themed gift bag to the first 100 clients on Leap Day. We will also have various brand representatives on hand, offering complimentary hand massages and make-up consultations.

Teuscher Chocolate of Switzerland
900 North Michigan Avenue, Level 5
(312) 943-4400

“Champagne Truffle Sampling Event
February 8-29, 2008
Invitation to come and sample our champagne truffles and receive a coupon for a future purchase.