A hidden find in Highland Park, Mizuki Grill is unusual in its pursuit of culinary precision.  Unlike most restaurants, bread is baked from scratch on a daily basis, sauces are lovingly nurtured instead of coming out of a jar, and soups are homemade and simmered to perfection.  The owners are a hard-working duo creating delicious, always-fresh food.

Not only is the “in-house” preparation a pleasant surprise, but the breadth of dishes available is extensive.  Mizuki Grill is known for their fresh sushi.  However, the surprise comes with the array of choices beyond sushi – steak, cheeseburgers, soups, salads, gluten-free options – there literally is something for everyone.  The common thread is that each dish is made from scratch with no “commercial kitchen” shortcuts.  Mizuki Grill will accommodate any dietary need or request!  During our visit, we had a butternut squash soup with rice dumplings that was velvety and smooth, literally shimmering with warmth.

If you are looking for an event space, another great surprise is the party room behind the main restaurant.  Recently renovated, there is space for 200 people.  Who knew!  Perfect for bar mitzvah celebrations, parties, graduations or business events, the space can be readily configured for your needs.  Mizuki Grill’s owners will work with you personally to ensure that the space and the menu fit exactly with your vision.

If you are simply looking for carryout, their sushi and teriyaki is spot-on.  We took home salmon rolls that contained delicious chunks of fresh salmon – rather than ground salmon, tuna rolls zinging with dabs of wasabi, and California rolls with crisply fresh cucumber.  The homemade bread was amazing – a dense crust on the outside with chewy warmth on the inside. Watch the magic HERE

We were impressed by the array of choices at Mizuki Grill – there is so much more than sushi!  Even more impressive is Mizuki Grill’s commitment to fresh food, where literally everything is made from scratch.


Shop, Dine and Get Gifty in Downtown Highland Park

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with trunk shows, a 5K marathon, mini-classes, and heart-shaped pizzas. In this V-Day roundup, we’ve compiled a list of gift ideas + things to do with her, him, or the little one!


  • Beelow’s NorthShore – Enjoy prime-cut steaks, wine, and local produce from area farmers markets. Get your Valentine’s Day reservation in now–spots are going fast.
  • Lou Malnati’s – What’s better than a box of chocolates? The famous heart-shaped pizza at Lou’s! Heart shaped pizzas will be available in all pizzerias starting Tuesday, February 7th through Valentine’s Day, Tuesday, February 14th. Not local to Highland Park or the Chicagoland area? Order their heart-shaped pizzas (and cookies) straight to your door with 2-Day shipping in time for the big day at


  • Cafe Central – Can’t take your sweetheart to France for Valentine’s Day? Dine like a Parisian at Cafe Central and choose from an extensive array of selections: smoked salmon, burgundy escargots, grilled chilean sea bass, braised lamb shank, salad nicoise, and so much more! Reservations are taken from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Sunday.
  • Love’s Yogurt  – Treat your sweetie to delicious froyo (frozen yogurt), a classic milkshake, or a banana split after your romantic dinner in Downtown HP! Open until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14th.
  • Confection Connection – Serving the North Shore for 25 years, the Confection Connection provides its customers with the finest gifts and candies. Take home a gift box of special occasion chocolate truffles, turtles, toffee or a variety of bulk candies (available from ½ lb – 2 lb sizes).


  • Chipotle – Nothing says “I love you” like a burrito bowl (yes we know guac is extra). Take your relationship to the next level this Valentine’s Day with a Chipotle gift card. Choose an e-card or have a gift card mailed!
  • Walker Bros. – Take the family out for a Valentine’s weekend brunch! Get 25% off the Dutch Baby Pancake – Only $7.10 (Regular Price $9.50). Add strawberries & bananas for $3.50 additional. Available for dine-in only.



  • Florals by Mary Celeste – Top Quality Roses! Orders placed between 2/1 – 2/9 for pick-up or delivery will receive a 10% discount on 2/13 and 2/14. Vases of 1 doz. Roses, baby’s breath and greens = $110. Bouquet Wrap = 1 doz. Roses, baby’s breath & greens = $100. Custom work usually starts at $45 and goes up in $5.00 increments. The sky’s the limit! Delivery Areas: Highland Park, Glencoe, Highwood, Lake Forest, Northbrook, Deerfield, Northfield, Winnetka.
  • Floral Gardens – Send Valentine’s Day love from the heart with a hand-arranged bouquet! Order an incredible arrangement now: (847) 432-3420.


  • Garfinkle’s Fine Jewelry – All in-stock gifts over $1,000 are 25% off the week of Valentines: 2/6 – 2/14. Find jewelry from around the globe at Garfinkle’s – located in Downtown Highland Park for 40 years.  
  • Riche Organics – Stop by the shop and load up on gifts for him or her! Pick up a limited edition goat milk and manuka honey heart soap in almond peach, goat milk or lanolin oil in chocolate amber. All skin and body care products are cruelty-free and are handcrafted with organic based ingredients.
  • Cos Bar – Find an amazing assortment of high-end makeup, skin and hair products from brands like Sisley Bobbi Brown, and Clinique this V-Day. Cos Bar is the destination for gifts for the special gal in your life, or to even treat yourself!
  • Posh Essentials – Owned by women for women, Posh Essentials is the ultimate Valentine’s Day destination with the largest selection of lingerie, sleepwear, and loungewear.  Their new Poshabilities Boutique offers unique gifts like chic eyewear, jewelry, home accents and hostess gifts, as well as a special service to customize to any gift with monograms, logos or fun personal messages.


  • Citywoods Gallery – Let your love glow with new candles (only $28 each). Citywoods is a fine crafts shop and gallery with products like handmade jewelry, blown glass, woodwork, home accessories and more.  
  • Stationery Station – Find a unique card for your loved ones – not a generic one! For a limited time, Stationery Station is offering 20% off ALL items such as correspondence cards, folded notes, frames, coasters, memo squares and much more! 20% savings also applies to optional upgrades and additional set pricing. Offer ends Feb. 27th.


  • Razny Jewelers – Map your moment with a personalized map necklace or pair of cufflinks by A. Jaffe – a sophisticated, novel way to mark the moment your lives changed forever. Razny is also an official jeweler for Breitling, Cartier, David Yurman, Patek Philippe and Rolex. Find the perfect gift for her UNDER $500!
  • Blue Orchid Salon & Spa –  It’s the month of LOVE & we LOVE our guests! ❤️ Come to Blue Orchid Salon and Spa to treat yourself or your Valentine to a day of beauty and relaxation. Book your appointment today at 847-748.8492
    • In the salon, book a blowout and get a free conditioning treatment. Purchase a full price color service and get free shine glaze.
    • In the spa, receive a free paraffin treatment with a full-price pedi. Book a no-chip mani and receive a free travel-sized cuticle oil. Get $10 off custom facials. 70 minute therapeutic massages – $105 ($130 original value).
  • Over the TopScarf magnets are beautiful additions to enhance your scarves! Custom clutch handbag your design, your idea. Handbags make great gifts for Valentine’s day.


  • CryoPure Spa – Valentine’s Day Special: 4 sessions for $160, split with your valentine (Only available until 2/14/17).
  • Modern Opulence – Visit for Valentine’s Day! 40% Off Chan Luu Jewelry, 40% Off All Dresses – Including Milly and 30% Off select jewelry
  • Therapeutic KneadsFebruary is the perfect time to think of massage and your heart. Come grab a gift certificate or something else for that special someone! Ocean Mineral spa salts, Stress Less Inhalation Beads, or Bath & Body massage oils make perfect gifts.
  • Yossi Jewelers – European style and handcrafted jewelry for Valentine’s Day. All of the custom work done on premises.
  • BloOuts & Posh Nails – New clients can enjoy a free eyebrow or lip wax with the purchase of a manicure and pedicure (2/13 – 2-16) ???????? $29 Blowouts (2/13-2/16)
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  • Enaz – Jewelry Trunk Shows:
    • Feb. 9 – Be Loved
    • Feb. 10 – Designed by Denise
    • Feb. 11 – Shoshanna Lee
    • Feb. 12 – Be Loved
  • Sprout KidsValentine’s Day Photo Shoot + Crafts & Snacks! Feb. 11 (11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)

Sprout Kids and Lollipop Up Photography are getting together to a host a morning full of photo booth shoots, art projects, music and snacks! Bring your kids in their cutest Valentine’s Day outfits for a free photo shoot, where you can get a free image from the shoot! Plus lots of fun art projects, music, and snacks will all be offered for FREE! Facebook us, Call us at 847-780-4827 or Email us at to reserve your spot today!

  • Ivy Ford Band LIVE at Norton’s – Feb. 11 (9:30 p.m. til…)

As a special thank you for your patronage this workshop is complimentary! Enjoy a complimentary facial for mom/daughter. Light refreshments will be served.

Valentine’s themed 5K in Highland Park. Medals for everyone. Charity is with the HPHS Charity Challenge, Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.


  • Workshop HP
    • Kids Mini-Classes: DIY Valentines – Feb. 8 (3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

Join us for this two-week mini class where we’re making the cutest cards in town. Kids will cut, color, stamp & fold their way to a whole armful of adorable and original Valentines cards. Ages 7+. $50. Sign up here

    • Adult AM: Felt Fortune Cookies – Tuesday, Feb. 14 (10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Cut, fold, & fill with messages for a surprise treat your loved ones will adore! $25. Sign up here

Uncle Dan’s Highland Park (621 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL)

  • Classic Kids Photography – Capture your little loves with mini photo sessions to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Get 25 custom photo cards for your kids. Gift certificates also make the perfect present.