GOLD COAST — The gent who booked a private dining room at the top of the John Hancock Center for dinner with his sweetheart won't be proposing to her. Or so dining room staff has been told.
It could happen, though, being Valentine's Day and all. The guy who booked the same deal last year, on Feb. 13, popped the question to his unsuspecting girlfriend, who thought she was there for a fashion shoot.
This is the third year the Signature Room, the restaurant on the Hancock's 95th floor, has offered what it bills as the "Ultimate Romance Package." For $2,000, guests get a date night to brag about for years.
Signature Room chefs customize a four-course dinner, with a bottle of Dom Perignon to match.
Want a risotto station, or bananas Foster prepared tableside? Just ask for it. Craving a feast built around your favorite dishes and drinks? The chefs will make that happen. The couple who got engaged last year had their own sweets table filled with truffles, caramels, cupcakes and more.
Play-it-safe types can choose from the Signature Room's regular dinner menu, which isn't too shabby (Seafood tower, anyone?).
Live music is part of the deal, and again, up to the customer. Violinist, pianist, flutist — they're all game.
"Bottom line, the couples can add in whatever they like," said Kelly Wisecarver, a spokeswoman for the Signature Room.
The view, of course, figures into the steep price tag.
Though tonight is taken, it's not too late to book the "Ultimate Romance" package. It's available through February and upon request during the year.
And there are still five seatings left for the Signature Room's Valentine's dinner on Saturday. That four-course menu costs $95, and you still get the view.