Can you feel it in the air tonight?
Grab your sexiest face mask, snag a sweetheart, and get your game on. Splurge on a luxury staycation When a full-on excursion feels too costly—or like too much of a commitment—nothing sets the mood quite like a properly staged staycation. The five-star hotel perched just north of the river is offering a summertime Chicago Architecture package that ought to appeal to locals and tourists in equal measure.
Date night, done. Flex that vax card at a top-notch restaurant The restaurant industry is just now emerging from its most challenging year in memory. But against all odds, here in Chicago, hospitality is coming back strong and showcasing its A-game for all to see.
Thinking about throwing a known aphrodisiac into the mix? Soak up the scenery on a sundrenched weekend getaway Have car, will travel. Got a little extra cash on your hands?
Go ahead and treat yourself to a top notch stay in one of these swanky Airbnbs. The Chicago Park District encompasses parks spread out across some 7, acres.
Did someone say, charcuterie? And you know what comes next—an after-dinner zipline descent, of course, one that will have you soaring over the gaping quarry while your supper settles peacefully in your stomach fingers crossed.
Cuddle up at a drive-in movie Still not entirely comfortable with indoor crowds just yet? C ruise over to ChiTown Movies in Pilsen for some good old-fashioned front seat fun set to the tune of modern classics like Mean Girls, Dirty Dancing, Scream, and more.
Embark on a DIY brewery crawl With so many great craft breweries clustered around the city, organizing a bicycle- or foot-powered suds crawl for two is always a failsafe date idea.
Just pick a neighborhood pro tip: Milwaukee Avenue from the Near Westside to Logan Square is a fantastic place to startstrap on a mask, and hit the streets in search of sweet or sour, or roasty, or bitter Chicago-brewed suds.
Level up with a sky-high curling session Take your dating game to new heights by throwing in a little friendly competition alongside the cocktails. WhirleyBall, you say? Yes, that curling.
But even in the absence of winter weather, the competition is still scorching hot at the Chicago Curling Club. So book a lane—or whatever curlers call them—and prepare to sweep your beloved off their feet sorry, not sorry.
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Cool down with a cold one at a rooftop or patio bar Drinking outdoors has never been hotter get it? Hotels are also a frequent setting for al fresco winnersincluding Raised on the third floor of the Renaissance and the stunning new Rooftop at Nobu Hotel.
Want more Thrillist? The Darling Chicago. Within the Loop, you can lap up local flavors at the Kimpton Gray. The landmark property is serving up bottled cocktails at check-in—all conceived by neighborhood bartenders with portions of the proceeds benefiting service industry professionals affected by the pandemic. Cart a few up to your suite and pregame in one of their outsized vessel tubs. Then button down your finest floral print linens for a festive evening at Boleo.
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Top Chef alum Joe Flamm just landed in the dense West Loop landscape with Rose Mary : A convivial, open-kitchen affair specializing in a smattering of trans-Adriatic cuisine. A well-conceived list of wines showcases fun read: funky offerings that practically jump out of the glass. Handlebar mustaches and leather suspenders sold separately. Meredith Heil is a contributor for Thrillist.
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