Top Picks… Chicago’s Most Romantic Spots
With V-day fast approaching, LUXE lists some of the most moony hotspots to woo your sweetheart, from ice-skating à deux to lakeside dining. It may be chilly outside, but why not cosy up?
Start with a turn on The Pen’s Sky Rink, a lofty ice-skating lovely that will have you holding hands in no time. Surrounded by skyscrapers, pine trees and twinkly lights with festive mood music, it’s super-romantic, with hot snacks and sips for afters.
Thirsty work? Rehydrate with bubbles (and posh nibbles) at RM Champagne Salon, a speakeasy-meets-French bistro tucked away off a cobblestone alley. Antique mirrors, candlelight and an indie soundtrack set the tone for Jared Van Camp’s steak frites and croque madames, lubricated by champers.
Work off those oysters with a lakeside walk, before a cockle-warming windowside meal at Arts & Craftsy North Pond, where chef Bruce Sherman celebrates local and organic produce, such as steamed black bass with pumpkin. Views of Lincoln Park’s pond and the Chi skyline rev the romance.
Wrap up with an atmospheric evening of smooth jazz at Uptown’s legendary, long-running The Green Mill. There’s live music nightly by rated names, plus they pour a mean cocktail. On V Day dance to the trad jazz sounds of The Fat Babies.
Or combine stargazing and canoodling at adults-only Adler After Dark at the Adler Planetarium, which includes unlimited access and live entertainment. Reserve pronto for February’s themed night, retro murder mystery Cosmic Clue (16 Feb), for vintage detective larks and intergalactic sleuthing.
Sky Rink / 108 E Superior St / +1 312 337 2888 / daily / peninsula.com
RM Champagne Salon / 116 N Green St / +1 312 243 1199 / 5pm-midnight Mon-Thu, 5pm-2am Fri-Sat, 5-11pm Sun / rmchampagnesalon.com
North Pond / 2610 N Cannon Dr / +1 773 477 5848 / dinner Wed-Sun, brunch Sun / northpondrestaurant.com
The Green Mill / 4802 N Broadway Ave / +1 773 878 5552 / noon-4am Mon-Fri & Sun, till 5am Sat / greenmilljazz.comAdler After Dark / Adler Planetarium / Museum Campus / 1300 S Lake Shore Dr / +1 312 922 7827 / 6-10pm every Thu of the month / adlerplanetarium.org