Valentine’s Day is coming up, meaning we all have to start thinking about how to treat our significant other, roommates, and ourselves. Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day this year and fall in love with Chicago at these top romantic spots in the city.
Opened in 1930 as the first planetarium in America, the Adler is one of the greatest attractions Chicago has to offer, especially on Valentine’s Day. The landmark boasts spectacular skyline views of the city that you can enjoy day or night, in addition to its many live shows and interactive exhibits. Adler After Dark, a monthly 21+ series, involves cocktails, wine, and unlimited sky shows that will perfect your planetarium trip.
Garfield Park Conservatory
You’ll find six greenhouses, two gigantic exhibition halls, and 120,000 lush plants at this beautiful landscape garden. Lose track of time exploring the two-acre conservatory of natural gems, and take sweet pictures with your loved ones with attractions like the “prairie waterfall” as the backdrop. Both the plant gardens and architecture will blow you away.
Art Institute of Chicago
Museums are yet another romantic place to enjoy art and other people’s companies. The Art Institute of Chicago offers tons of art galleries, installations, and exhibitions that can be interesting conversation starters, giving you an opportunity to deepen your relationship. You might even be able to catch a fun event hosted by the museum, like an Art Workshop, where you can be silly and learn something together.
John Hancock Center
The John Hancock Center may be one of the most well-known attractions in the city, but this tourist trap is also one of the most romantic places. On the 94th floor, more than 1,000 feet in the air, you can enjoy stunning views of Chicago’s cityscape at 360 Chicago. If you’re a thrill seeker, try the TILT, where you’ll be angled 30° out on a glass panel. Make your night even better with great food and wine at the restaurant on the 95th floor, The Signature Room. Make sure to get reservations!
Food is love, so we can’t leave out the tons of restaurants with the perfect ambiance and food-wine pairings for a Valentine’s Day celebration. Make a reservation at Ada Street for a 4-course prix fixe Italian dinner in the chic, candlelit space, or have an intimate experience at Le Colonial, savoring the French-Vietnamese dishes while overlooking Rush street. Maude’s Liquor Bar serves fresh seafood and classic French dishes that perfectly complement the resto-lounge’s exposed brick and dim lights. For fondue, Geija’s Cafe is the go-to spot.
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👋🏼 Tomorrow is supposed to be the coldest day on record in Chicago, with temps hitting way below freezing across the U.S. (Our next career: weathermen.) So, today, we’ll be sharing our favorite local spots to visit when we need a winter escape. The first stop on this mind-over-matter tour: Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago. 🌿 Double tap if you’ve been or want to go! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @jtunberg 📷