February reminds us to be on our best behavior with our sweethearts, but we believe in romance throughout the year. And nothing sparks wonderful memories like trying something new together, or maybe finding a spot that becomes "yours." From fine dining to scenic views, we found the most awe-inspiring and "Aww, you shouldn't have"-inspiring activities throughout Chicago. We might not be called "The City of Love," but you'll certainly be feeling it.
Pop the bubbly and get giggly at this River North hotspot—you'll find an extensive list of exquisite sparkling wines in a low-lit venue that harkens to days gone by. Head downstairs to Watershed for a livelier vibe.
For unprecedented views of the city, there's none other than this restaurant at the top of the Lake Point Tower. The lake and skyline are at your feet with 360 degree views. We recommend splitting the heavenly bananas foster, lit table-side.
Nothing says romance like fondue for two. This Lincoln Park institution is known as the "most romantic restaurant" in Chicago, and for good reason. The red accents lit by candles along with the excellent wine selection and decadent course inspire nothing but passion. You'll find yourself taking bites off each other's skewers.
Live out your old-fashioned fantasies with a classic carriage ride throughout Chicago's most well-known neighborhoods. The clip-clop of the horse's hoofs will inspire you to snuggle up. You'll be feeling like nobility in no time.
No dance is more passionate than salsa, which is what happens at Nacional 27 on the weekends. And even if you can't dance, learning something new or getting a good laugh out of it is still a great time with your sweetie. Don't forget to grab a meal ahead of time to keep your energy levels up—and a cocktail to loosen up.
Arguably the sexiest music award can be given to jazz, whether it's filled with fast-paced riffs or nice and slow. And lucky for Chicago, the genre is still bopping. Head up north to the famed Green Mill, an old Sinatra hangout, and drink a few cocktails while boogying the night away together.
Lake views and Michelin star Italian cuisine? We're so there, with the one we love, of course. Chef Tony Mantuano earned a James Beard Foundation Award for a reason: the tasting menu is filled with fresh ingredients presented in the most artful manner. Bellissima!
Rooftop views? Check. A creative and potent cocktail list? Check. And a fireplace for the winter? All at Drumbar. This spot screams date night, with white and green accented furniture and fire pits in the summertime, and comfy leather couches and a fire to snuggle up to in the wintertime.
For true views of the lake and skyline, along with a hint of adventure, Kayak Chicago offers sunset kayak tours. It'll be an evening you'll never forget.
Get cozy with a flight of vino at this West Loop wine bar. With an extensive menu by the bottle and glass, there will be something to suit both of your tastes. Don't forget a cheese board to really elevate the experience.
When you're sailing out on Lake Michigan, you'll feel like Jack and Rose in "Titanic" (before the iceberg). Enjoy the city skyline views while dining and dancing aboard this luxury cruise line. You can even sign up for the fireworks cruise to really set the romantic mood.