It’s bitter cold out there, giving “Netflix and chill” a whole new meaning. While it may be tempting to stay inside, it can get old pretty quick, especially when you’re looking for a more romantic evening than binge watching. Lucky for you, we’ve found the best places to get out of the cold on date night in Chicago.
What’s more romantic – and warmer – than cuddling up in front of a crackling fire? Cozy up with your special someone while sipping classic cocktails and dining on shared plates. Some of our favorite Chicago restaurants with fireplaces are Allium Restaurant and Bar, the Broken Shaker, the Gage, and Tortoise Supper Club.
If you’re willing to brave the cold and be outside, strap on some skates and take a whirl around the McCormick Tribune Ice Skating Rink. Located right on Michigan Avenue with the famous Cloud Gate sculpture above, this is a picturesque and imminently Instagram-worthy date. When you get too chilly, you can step inside Park Grill for some hot chocolate.
Another amazing winter date is a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago. With the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre, you’ll impress your partner with your appreciation for fine art that’s beautiful and romantic. After you’ve experienced that collection and the others that make this one of the best museums in the world, you can retire to Terzo for some delicious Italian cuisine.
In years past, if someone suggested a date at Navy Pier, you’d know that they were definitely tourists. Now they’ve done so much renovation that it’s a great place for locals, too. You can get some craft cocktails at Tiny Tavern before riding in one of the climate-controlled cars of the Centennial Wheel. Finish with dinner with a view at Riva Crab House, and you’ll know that Navy Pier isn’t just for tourists anymore.
See? You don’t have to stay in this winter. Get out and enjoy the city and each other with these great date night ideas in Chicago.