Have you considered the Jewel of the Midwest? Chicago, Illinois. The Windy City has much variety to offer all couples whether you are interested in food, luxury or boutique hotels, nature, entertainment, or are just looking for a fantastic Instagram opportunity.
In addition to being an affordable destination, Chicago has much to offer including a few hidden gems.
Feet Do Travel share 5 reasons Chicago is an underrated couples’ destination.
If you haven’t tried a real Chicago style deep-dish pizza or had your Chicago dog “dragged through the garden”, you should. These are one-of-a-kind culinary experiences you can only truly experience in Chicago. However, the modern Chicago culinary scene has far more than delicious pizza and hot dogs loaded with toppings.
One of the best parts of eating in Chicago is you can find everything from fine dining to excellent neighbourhood restaurants representing many diverse backgrounds. You can tour the world of food without ever leaving Chicago. You will find world-class Mexican, Greek, Polish, Asian, and Middle Eastern food scattered throughout local Chitown enclaves.
If cutting-edge plates are more your thing world-renowned celebrity chefs like Grant Achatz, Paul Kahan, Rick Bayless, and Stephanie Izard all have restaurants in Chicago that are easily on par with the highest-starred Michelin fare around the globe. The biggest thing Chicago can guarantee is that you will not leave with your appetite unsatisfied.
When visiting a City, you want amazing scenery, and Chicago has this by the bucket load!
Located on Lake Michigan, the Chicago River runs directly through the city where there is no shortage of iconic architecture. The John Hancock Center, Willis Tower, Chicago Savings Bank Building, and the Tribune Tower are among the best architecturally designed buildings you will find in the world.
Even the public art you encounter throughout the city is amazing. Whether it is the world-famous Cloud Gate (better known as The Bean) in Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park, or the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, there is no shortage of unique art to photograph on a stroll through the Windy City.
All these beautiful backdrops make Chicago an ideal place for a couple to arrive as a dating couple, but leave as fiancés. Numerous spots throughout the city, both well-known and off the beaten path are perfect for someone to ask their significant other, “will you marry me?” If you’re looking for a photogenic place to stage your proposal, here are the best places to propose in Chicago, according to Party Slate.
For a couple’s getaway, you want to choose a hotel that is not just comfortable but also romantic and luxurious.
Choose from traditional luxury accommodation such as the Fairmont or the Waldorf Astoria Chicago to more modern hotels like the Conrad of Soho House Chicago.
You can also find places unique to Chicago. Boutique Hotels which all offer great views are the Langham Hotel, the Chicago Athletic Association, or the Publishing House Bed and Breakfast.
Chicago’s location on the banks of Lake Michigan is one of the city’s biggest formative factors. That lakefront can now be walked, hiked, or biked by any visitor to the city thanks to the Chicago Lakefront Trail. This motorised vehicle-free mixed-use trail is 18.5-miles of lakefront trail stretching from Edgewater Beach in Lincoln Park in the north down to South Shore‘s Jackson Park.
Known to locals as the LFT, the trail passes through Chicago’s four major lakefront parks, several beaches and is home to many recreational activities. On a busy summer’s day, as many as 70,000 utilise this beautiful trail. It is a great way for a couple to enjoy some fun in the sun or just get some fresh air with a scenic view whilst visiting the City of Broad Shoulders.
There may be only one Broadway but if you are looking for a vibrant theatre scene away from the craziness of Times Square, you and your partner will love the live performances in Chicago. The city has a vibrant local theatre scene which includes Steppenwolf and the Goodman Theatre, where you can watch Tony Award-winning plays on par with anywhere in the country.
If comedy is more your thing, you will love checking out the wide range of comedy clubs, and as Chicago is the improv capital of the world, you must take a pilgrimage to the Second City. Some of the biggest names in comedy started out here including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carrell, and many more.
Before you book your next couples’ trip, consider Chicago. It is a beautiful, fun, romantic, special city where you and your loved one will have a magical time. Whether you go for the food, the scenery, the hotels, the outdoors, or the entertainment, you are sure to have a memorable getaway.