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October 1, 2023

A Complete Guide to a Romantic Couples Getaway in Chicago

Chicago is a magical city, perfect for a couples getaway. Both locals and tourists love spending a night or two in the city, enjoying the culture and vibrant scenes around every corner. With so many food, hotel, and entertainment options for you to choose from, planning a trip can be overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together a complete guide to a romantic couples getaway in Chicago, taking the stress off of you while planning your weekend or day trip together.

Centennial Wheel

Start your day by taking a ride in one of the most iconic landmarks in the city- Centennial Wheel. The glass-bottom gondola allows you to see the city in style while sitting close with your loved one. You’ll love the unobstructed 360-degree views from Navy Pier of both the lake and the stunning cityscape; not to mention the great photos you can take together from nearly 200 feet high. For the 15 minute ride, you can scope out the city and start your day on the right foot. When you’ve returned from your adventure in the sky, you can enjoy brunch at one of the cafes overlooking the lake.

Explore the jazz scene

Get your groove on exploring all that the Chicago jazz scene has to offer. The Chicago jazz scene is one like no other, fostering greats like Nat King Cole, Gene Ammons, and Benny Goodman. With a rich history and thriving musical community, events are held year-round across Chicago and are sure to add a little soul to your evening. Whether it’s a jazz restaurant or a hidden jazz club, you’re sure to find an event that will add a little swing to your getaway.

Museum Campus

We recommend stopping by Museum Campus at some point during your Chicago trip. The grounds are gorgeous, lined with trees, flowers, and unique landscaping, all right beside the lake. You can enjoy the walk from each different hotel on your list, or just take in the greenery with a picnic or a romantic walk. If you venture out onto the man-made “island” connected to the Campus, you can find a planetarium or a beach, both perfect for your getaway.

Visit a comedy club

There’s no better way to spend a romantic evening than being surrounded by laughter. Chicago has an impressive variety of comedy clubs and theaters to visit. From sketch, improv, and stand-up, there’s something for everyone’s funny bone. Find a comedy club while taking a romantic stroll in Downtown Chicago or hit one up after shopping in the sprawling suburbs of Chicago.

Sunset tour on Lake Michigan

Once the sun starts to set, Chicago reveals even more romantic activities. An attraction that you can’t miss is taking a sunset cruise on Lake Michigan or on the Chicago River. Both of these options allow you to sit back and relax while learning about the rich history and architecture of the city. When the sun sets behind the skyscrapers, it’s one of the best times to see the cityscape with a loved one.

Art on the Mart

The city lights are a sight to remember, and Art on the Mart takes your experience a step further. At night, The Mart becomes the world's largest digital art platform. Dazzling images projected on the side of the building light up the night, amazing locals and visitors alike. The exhibits and hours change with the seasons, so check when the shows begin before visiting this awe-inspiring landmark on the Riverwalk.

Drinks at the Albert

The perfect way to end a night of gorgeous views and exciting adventures in the city is with a romantic dinner and drinks. Chicago is known for its cultural variety and great food, so you’ll have no difficulty finding a plethora of dinner options. We recommend stopping at the Albert, an Italian-inspired restaurant that serves unique and inventive dishes and drinks. At the intersection of art and science, the Albert has a dark and moody atmosphere that inspires conversation and excites guests to try new dishes they’ve never seen before.

End the night at a boutique hotel

After a day filled with beauty, romance, and new experiences, there is no better feeling than returning to a luxurious bedroom. At Hotel EMC2, our boutique hotel is focused on providing an experience unlike any other, with technology-enhanced amenities. Book our Be Mine package which includes $25 Credit to the Albert and either a half bottle of Chardonnay or half bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon with a 2PM late check out. From our open-glass WetLab showers to our sateen weave bedding, you can wrap up the night in style with our plush bathrobes.Interested in staying at Hotel EMC2? Book your room or learn more here.

Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection
228 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (312) 915-0000
Reservations: (844) 205-3939
Email: Info@HotelEMC2.com
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