Romance in Chicago: Celebrate Valentine’s Day and Beyond
Chicago is a city of romance. Dozens of rom-coms have been filmed here, including Stranger Than Fiction, My Best Friend’s Wedding and High Fidelity with John Cusack. The Windy City was even named one of Travel + Leisure’s 20 most romantic places in America. If you’re headed to Chicago in February (or any time of year, for that matter), here are a few magical places to celebrate Valentine’s Day and beyond.
Recreate Your First Date
Do you remember your first dinner date with your sweetheart? Did she order the filet, or the chicken cordon bleu? What color shirt did he wear? Whether you went casual with philly cheesesteaks or upscale with grilled salmon beurre blanc, The Talbott Hotel can help you revisit that special moment. Throughout February, the boutique hotel’s chefs are on-hand and ready to whip up a meal that mimics your first date. Book your spot online and you’ll receive a call from our concierge staff to find out all the details that made your first meal together memorable. Call 800-825-2688 for info and reservations.
Keep the Magic Going
If you went bowling, ice skating or to the movies during your first date, you’re in luck. Here are a few of Chicago’s hot date spots, just minutes from the Talbott.
Lucky Strike - A modern mega bowling alley with 18 neon-lit lanes, pool tables, trendy DJ-spun and craft cocktails. Just 10 minutes by car, or a 20-minute walk.
AMC Dine-In 600 North Michigan 9 – It’s a quick 10-minute walk down Rush Street to this swanky movie theater near Navy Pier. Cozy up in the reserved recliner seats and order a beer or cocktail from MacGuffins bar, plus dessert served by AMC’s in-house restaurant.
Maggie Daley Ice Ribbon: Located inside Maggie Daley Park (part of Grant Park) in downtown Chicago, this outdoor skating rink is uniquely curved like a river, and twice the skating length of a traditional circular rink. As a bonus, the adjacent Millennium Park makes for a beautiful strolling spot after you skate.
Bring the Outdoors In
While there are plenty of public gardens to enjoy, it can be a bit brisk for outdoor walks in February. Take the 20-minute drive over to Garfield Park and you can snuggle with your honey while strolling the indoor conservatory, often described as landscape art under glass. Inside exhibits include a fern room, the 65-foot high palm room, and a pond with glass lily pads crafted by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The park also offers classes, workshops and events like the 2nd Wednesday Chocolate Lecture on Valentine’s Day, which will cover the history, health benefits and romance of the popular dessert.
No matter where you choose to take your sweetheart in Chicago, there’s opportunity for romance around every corner. Book a plush room or luxurious suite at the Talbott Hotel here and have a modern, trendy place to rest your head each night during your stay. Your sweetheart will appreciate the comfort—not to mention the thought and care you put into planning a romantic Valentine’s Day vacay.