You don't have to wait until Valentine's Day or Sweetest Day to woo a significant other. With an upswing of romance-oriented dining and drinking venues in Chicago, plus a few other ideas, your options are vast. We go beyond the surface with the greatest date guide to Chicago, featuring something for everyone, from craft beer enthusiasts to vegans and vegetarians.
The Best Places to Share A Kiss in Chicago
As native Chicagoans, we typically take our beautiful city for granted because we see its memorable landmarks on the regular. Once we observe visitors appreciating them, it compels us to take a new look, rediscover their appeal, research those little-known facts, and yes, even shoot a "selfie" or two. So here, we've gathered a great list of local landmarks--and other points of interest--to share a romantic kiss. Some are obvious choices, while others are completely under-the-radar places destined to become favorites.
Craft Beer Bars You'll Want to Experience Together
Craft beer is sexy. Ten years ago I couldn't imagine myself uttering such words. And 10 years ago, you could count the number of date-oriented, beer-focused establishments on one hand. Thankfully, those stats have increased and these spots not only showcase fine craft beers but also complement them with sweet and savory dishes. Several of the top taverns in town highlight the best regional, national and even international craft beers, while others feature only their own. Here are some of our favorites.
Seduce a Soulmate at a South American Eatery
Latin-focused eateries have a way of making you feel like you're in good hands, and that all you must do to get the good vibes going is to just show up. Think about it. The moment you walk in the door, the seductive sounds put you at ease. And so, for your dining and drinking--and sometimes dancing--pleasure, we've gathered some of the most celebrated Latin American restaurants in the Windy City.
Snuggle Up To Sounds of the Chi--And Beyond
Every live-music experience on date night doesn't require dimmed lighting, an intimate setting, and hushed tones. What it does is require fantastic music, and if you have the chance to catch an up-and-coming act, do it. From a punk-rock lounge to an iconic jazz club where Al Capone used to hang out, these venues add color to Chicago’s live-music scene.
Pour on the Champagne and Cognac at French-Focused Bars
In Chicago, some of the best nightlife options go all out with an ooh la la theme: from impressively curated Champagne programs to guests who step it up with style and treat every occasion special. And since you can never go wrong with bubbly, we've rounded up our favorite French-focused lounges around town.
Make Eyes Over Maki and Sake
From quaint and understated neighborhood hangs to flashier spots in the heart of downtown, we gather some of the very best sushi restaurants that you’ll want to check out during your trip. Some choices are even BYO.
Wind Down Over a Bottle Or Two Of Wine
Some of our favorite wine-focused lounges have been around town for awhile and continue to garner new fans.They include a few that have perfected the vino-and-vittles-pairing game as well as the city's only wine distillery that doubles as a live-music venue. All are perfect for your situation, whether you're feting a first date or observing a long-time anniversary.