15 of the Best Date Spots in Chicago
Whether it be drinks with some friends--or someone who may be more than a friend--these Chicago bars and restaurants are on your to-go list this quarter. Try out their signature cocktails, snack on some small bites, and hit up the outdoor patios/ roofs (if weather permits...).
Fulton Market Kitchen: A creative menu x a very creative space. The venue's dishes and pop art decor will provide endless conversation topics for you and your date.
$$$ // American // 311 N. Csangamon St, Chicago IL 60607
Bar at the Peninsula: An intimate atmosphere, complete with a fireplace and renowned martinis.
$$$ // 108 E. Superior St, Chicago IL 60611 (Gold Coast)
The Betty: Swoon your date at this new Chicago saloon and engage in academic conversations over the drinks' names-- "Age of Enlightenment" anyone?
$$ // 839 W. Fulton, Chicago IL 60607 (West Loop)
Jimmy at the James: Smooth and sleek, just how you like your decor and cocktails. We also can't get enough of these dangling metal curtains.
$$$ // 610 N. Rush St, Chicago IL 60611 (River North)
IO Urban Roofscape: Sexy atmosphere + pitchers of cocktails x dancing = a good time.
$$$ // New American // 127 W. Huron St, Chicago IL 60654 (River North)
Boka: A Michelin Star restaurant with a wine list to die for. Not to mention this cool grassy accent wall thing.
$$$ // American // 1729 N. Halsted, Chicago IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)
Violet Hour: This "secret" Wicker Park speakeasy is the perfect lounge space for your next date. Be sure to abide by their dress and conduct code (only bring those who would accompany you to your mother’s house for Sunday brunch), lest their strong drinks get the best of you.
$$$ // 1520 N. Damen, Chicago IL 60622 (Wicker Park)
The Bedford: Bar goin' up on Thursday: half-price champagne + dollar oysters. Also, you're in a bank vault which makes us feel very Bonnie and Clyde.
$$$ // American // 1612 W. Division St, Chicago IL 60622 (Wicker Park)
Mindy's Hot Chocolate: Dessert should always be eaten first. Mac & cheese second.
$$ // 1747 N. Damen, Chicago IL 60647 (Bucktown)
The Library & Coffee Bar at Public Chicago: Sip of sophisticated cocktails while you lounge by a fireplace. Your class level will go up dramatically.
$$$ // 1301 N. State St, Chicago IL 60610 (Gold Coast)
Old Town Pour House: A very festive and lively atmosphere pairs well with one of the most extensive draft beer lists in Chicago.
$$ // American // 1419 N. Wells, Chicago IL 60610 (Old Town)
Watershed: Bypass Pop's for Champagne (or hit up both), and go downstairs to the Watershed for a more secluded space. Cozy, but lively, the frites with honey goat cheese are delicious.
$$ // 601 N. State, Chicago IL 60654 (River North)
D.O.C. Wine Bar: A solid wine bar, whether you be a master sommelier or if usually stick to beer. Head there on a warmer night to enjoy the outdoor seating.
$$ // 2602 N. Clark, Chicago IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)