Chicago — By Lisa Davis on June 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm
Filed under: Restaurants & Bars

A Romantic Dinner at Geja’s Cafe

One of Chicago’s most romantic restaurants, Geja’s Café, celebrates a major milestone in 2010 and is sharing its love of Chicago with patrons.

This year, Geja’s turns 45 and in honor of this anniversary, the restaurant will celebrate with a series of special events June 27 through July 1, including:

  • Marriage vow renewal ceremonies and champagne receptions for all couples that became engaged at Geja’s Café over its 45-year history.
  • An anniversary discount of 45% off all food bills during the five-day anniversary celebration.
  • Special recipe contest with the winner being featured on Geja’s menu.

Marriage Vow Renewal Ceremonies
On June 27, over 50 couples who got engaged at Geja’s Cafe will return and “relive the romance” at a special wedding vow renewal ceremony on the restaurant’s patio beginning at 1 p.m.  Pastor Joe Riccardi of Park Community Church of the Lincoln Park Campus will oversee the non-denominational service. There will also be a reception with complimentary champagne and Geja’s trademark cheese and chocolate fondues.  Participating couples will also receive corsages and goody bags, including gift certificates to Lincoln Park Massage and The Belden~Stratford Hotel.

Aspiring Fondue Foodies
In May, Geja’s invited all “aspiring fondue foodies” to submit an original dipping sauce recipe to accompany Geja’s meats and seafood entrées. The winning recipe, in addition to being featured on Geja’s menu during the month of June, will win a $100 gift certificate.

Geja’s Café is One of Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurants
Here’s some interesting stats: Geja’s has been the site of 127,671 first dates and 15,464 engagements and diners have enjoyed over 290 tons of cheese fondue and over 926,187 bottles of wine over its forty-five year existence.

John Davis founded Geja’s Café in 1965 on Wells Street in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood.  For six years, Geja’s operated in that location, serving as a Bohemian enclave for artists and writers. Tip: Dined at Geja’s in 1960s? Bring in your original receipt and Geja’s will honor its prices during its five-day anniversary celebration in June.

In 1969, Davis began the Geja’s Wine Society, one of the nation’s oldest tasting groups, and the restaurant began to be known as Chicago’s first “wine bar.”

In need of additional seating, Davis relocated Geja’s to its current Armitage Avenue location in 1971, where the restaurant continues to thrive. The original 1965 bar and many of the fixtures are still a part of Geja’s charming atmosphere.

Today, Geja’s Cafe continues to be voted “Chicago’s Most Romantic Restaurant” by numerous local and national publications.

Bit of Trivia: In 1993, CNN featured Geja’s as the “Best Fondue Dining” in North America. In 2008, the Food Network Channel featured Geja’s as the Ultimate Romantic Dipping Place in North America and in 2010 Geja’s was named one of America’s 50 Most Romantic Restaurants by OpenTable.

Geja’s Café has over 20 different types of fondue entrees including cheese fondue and chocolate dessert fondue. It also includes a “wine cellar atmosphere” (you feel like you are eating in a romantic, candlelit cave), private booths, subdued lighting, and live flamenco and classical guitarists that play romantic tunes.

Geja’s Café Hours
Geja’s Café is open Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; Sunday, 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Valet parking is available.

For more information and reservations for  Geja’s Café (340 W. Armitage; map), call 773.281.9101.

Photo credit: SXC

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