The seduction of tango. The sensual dance. The exotic music that makes dancers melt against each other. It's not always so sassy in nature but it does entice the mind into endless dreams of certain pleasures. Ahem... we digress. To be in an atmosphere surrounded by tango, especially when love is involved, is one of the most beautiful experiences you'll ever have. We've put together a list of adrenalizing culinary, musical and visual options. If simplicity is what you're looking for, we've also included a list of music to set the perfect mood for adventure at home this Valentine's Day. Don't forget the wine!

First things first, let's set the mood with some music!


ARTango Center Chicago offers art, dancing and dining in this unique Ravenswood space. The restaurant, gallery and private event venue located at 4217 N. Ravenswood offers tango classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Slots fill fast so make sure to send an email to register.

Tango21 offers tango classes every Sunday evening at Alhambra Palace at 7PM, which is located at 1240 W. Randolph Street.

Chicago Tangueros/Tango Chicago has milongas on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Sundays are for beginners. All events take place at their studios located at 2041 W. Grand Avenue.

Chicago Mini-Tango Festival is a four day event full of classes and milongas at the Rosemont Hilton and will take place April 10-13. A milonga is basically a tango dance party, very social in nature. 

Chicago Tango Week takes place July 3-6. The same organizers offer up a tango marathon which happens March 14-16.



This Wicker Park/Bucktown restaurant proudly boasts their asado, the most traditional of Argentine dishes and also features an assortment of grilled meats and sausage. The empanadas are described as flaky bites of perfection. Enjoy the chef's special menu for an exquisite selection of the most uniquely delicious plates, their specialty being the use of Quebracho wood for grilling. The music events feature live flamenco performances, tango musicians, wine tastings and even art making on selected nights. Folklore is open every day of the week for dinner. 2100 W. Division.

Tango Sur

If along with tango, romance is on the list then this simple but charming Argentine grill in Lakeview is a couple's first choice as dining by candle light is always a surefire love starter. The restaurant can be as intimate or as festive as you allow. It's also BYOB so make sure to grab a bottle, or two, before heading in to enjoy some of the city's best steaks, grilled to your mouth-watering preference. The Argentine restaurant's flavors are influenced by Italian, German and Spanish cuisine, making the experience even more enjoyable as new and familiar sensations invade your tastebuds. It's open for dinner every day of the week and yes, there are live music performances as well. 3763 N. Southport.

Here's a Check, Please profile of Tango Sur (2008).

El Nandu

On Thursdays catch a live performance by Paola Sosa and Carlos Lee at this Logan Square food haven which specializes in entraña and churrasco steaks, as well as Argentine and South American wines. El Nandu is open every night for dinner. 2731 W. Fullerton.

Learn more about El Nandu as was featured on Chicago's Best.

Caminito Argentinian Grill

Caminito serves food with a modern twist. Homemade pizzas top the menu along with an assortment of pastas, salads and empanadas. The restaurant is named after a lovely street in Buenos Aires and they pay homage to this location, and Mario Lobos, through their Spanish Italian cuisine created with a Porteno flair. Caminito is closed Mondays. 1629 N. Halsted.


La Cumparsita

Carlos Gardel - "Mano a Mano"

Gotan Project - "Rayuela"

Federico Aubele - "Postales"

Bajofondo featuring Gustavo Cerati - "El Mareo"

EHABY - Tribal Fusion "Tango" Dubstep


By: Sandra Trevino / Arte y Vida Chicago