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When people think “romantic cities,” they often think of
Paris, New York and Venice. Chicago, however, usually doesn’t make this list.
Maybe it’s the deep dish pizza or the rowdy sports culture, but it is often
viewed as a meat-and-potatoes city, rather than one that inspires heart
flutterings. These five spots prove that Chicago offers as much romance as any
This landmark, located in Grant Park, is an ornate beaux
arts-style fountain modeled after those at the Palace of Versailles. The
surrounding grounds, which offer views of the busy Loop’s skyline, is the
perfect spot for a picnic. At night, a light show and water display is held
every 20 minutes, perfect for enjoying next to your belle or beau.
Lincoln Park Zoo, a free attraction year-round, offers an
oasis in the center of the city. Grab a quick bite at the lagoon-side Café
Brauer before exploring the zoo, or head over to the adjacent Peggy Notebaert
Nature Museum. Rather than give a dozen roses, you can get your botany on while
exploring lovely greenhouse enclosures filled with more flowers than your
florist can carry. Also wander through the Butterfly Haven and interact with
over 1,000 varieties of the beautiful flyers.
Chicago is the birthplace of skyscrapers, so it’s only
appropriate to take it all in from the top. While the Willis Tower (formerly
Sears) offers the tallest view, the Signature Room lays out the city in
glorious, sparkly relief at night. Sit down to a meal or cocktail with your
honey and watch Chicago twinkle.
Chicago’s lakefront is one of its major attractions. Along
the southern facing Belmont Harbor on the city’s north side, it’s no surprise
why. Stunning views and quiet walks lend an air of romance. Wile away the hours
watching docked boats bob up and down on Lake Michigan’s placid waters.
There is nothing more attractive and romantic than laughter.
At Second City Chicago, take in a show with the city’s rising comedy stars, a
perfect date for making memories. You can also indulge in an improv class with
your significant other, learning what tickles their funny bone.
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Raised in Southern California, Joseph left the temperate climes of the OC for the chilly winters of Chicago, where he earned his degree in magazine journalism. Along the way, he developed an impenetrable layer of blubber, thanks to the city's deep dish pizza and hot dogs. In recent years, he has edited an online travel magazine, helped produce two international TBEX conferences, and has written about fashion, food, wine, and travel for various online publications. Currently, Joseph is Assistant Editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine, where he geeks out on his interests regularly. Read Joseph's blog at Pith + Moment or follow him on Twitter.
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