21 Date Night Ideas for 2021
Date night might be harder to get right in a pandemic, but it can still be just as magnificent. Whether you hang at home or head downtown, indulge a little!
Indoor dining is back in Chicago with enhanced health guidelines, though meal kits delivered to your home can also make for a fun night in.
Whatever you choose to do for Valentine's Day in 2021, peruse our recommendations below for inspiration.
The biggest date night of the year, Valentine’s Day, is almost upon us. And if you want to make it a seriously special holiday, you can take your love up about ten notches…and get married!
The ACME Hotel in River North has a special promotion available for love birds ready to take that next big step. Save money, have a glamorous evening, and come into work on Thursday with a new husband or wife!
Sounds like a pretty boss Wednesday night.
15 E Ohio Street | (312) 894-0800
The Drake, a Hilton Hotel Chicago
Roses, chocolate and something that sparkles is always a great starting point, however if you’re looking to add a touch of whimsy and statement of elegance for a romantic Valentine’s Day, consider an exquisite couples getaway to escape the monotony of the at-home winter blues:
- Overnight accommodations
- Arrangement and rose petal bath delivery from Mangel Florist
- Champagne, Macaroon and Canape pick-up from Lavazza for two
- Coffee and breakfast sandwich pick from Lavazza for two
- Bounce-Back offer: stay within 100 days of 2/14 for $100 per evening rate in celebration of our Centurion Anniversary*
*subject to terms and conditions, room type, availability and 1 time redemption
140 E Walton Place | (312) 787-2200
The Langham, Chicago
Delight in a unique Valentine's Day staycation at The Langham and enjoy memorable culinary experiences with Executive Chef Damion Henry, exclusive access to The Langham Club, a private swim at Chuan Spa's indoor pool, breakfast in bed and so much more.
The Langham, Chicago
330 N Wabash Avenue | (312) 923-9988
The Peninsula Chicago
- Celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day with a package designed to make the most of your time together. The Sweet Home package includes the following:
- Upgrade to the next room category
- Peninsula Time: Flexible check-in and check-out times so you can spend more time together
- Daily breakfast for two
- Overnight parking for one vehicle for one night
- US$ 50 hotel credit to apply toward dining or spa experiences
Rates start at US$ 525 for a Grand King Deluxe, plus tax and gratuity. This package is offered daily, based on availability through March 31, 2021.
108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
Dine out, order in, head downtown or stay snuggled up on the couch. No matter what, focus on the connection and let us do the cooking!
*Indoor (or onboard!) dining available
Francesca’s on Chestnut
Make your Valentine’s Day a little sweeter with Francesca’s “That’s Amore” dinner for two. Sink your teeth in a filet mignon paired with a choice of salad and a chocolate dessert.
Package includes a bottle of sparkling, white, or red wine.
Hornblower Cruises and Events*
Grab your sweetheart or your group of Galentine’s and join Hornblower Cruises and Events on the water for a festive experience!
A Valentine's brunch cruise in Chicago is sure to create an unforgettable afternoon. Experience a plated brunch cruise on the Chicago River. Dine the day away with friends and family and soak in Chicago's stunning architecture views.
Includes delicious plated brunch with freshly prepared entrees, salads and desserts as well as creative cocktails, wine and beer from our well-stocked cash bar.
Hornblower Cruises and Events
Navy Pier, 600 E Grand Avenue | (888) 957-2634
Osteria Via Stato*
For the wine lovers, Osteria Via Stato is hosting a Virtual Valentine’s Dinner and Wine Tasting with Antinori Wines. This virtual experience includes Crusted Ciabatta Bread, Prime Beef Tenderloin, and much more.
The wine tasting would not be complete without a bottle of Prunotto Roero Arneis DOCG Piedmont 2019.
Place your order ahead of time to pick up your kit.
Osteria Via Stato
620 N State Street | (312) 642-8450
Prime and Provisions*
Prime and Provisions is bringing the Valentine’s Day celebration to you. The Chef’s Tasting Menu Includes a three course steak dinner plus dessert.
Add a gorgeous bouquet from Christine Janda Design and Events to make the night even more special.
Prime and Provisions
222 N LaSalle Street | (312) 726-7777
Savor this Valentine’s Day at home with RPM Steak. Treat your sweetheart to RPM’s Lobster Bisque, Chateaubriand, Millionaire Potatoes with truffles, and their famous 14K Chocolate Cake and much more.
Sweeten the moment with a floral arrangement and a bottle of wine.
66 W Kinzie Street | (312) 284-4990
Spread the love this valentine's day with a little taste of Italy. RPM Italian curated a five course dinner for two to enjoy from home. The package includes mouthwatering Prosciutto Involtini, Insalata Bianca, Creekstone Filet, and much more.
Make your dinner more romantic with the addition of wine and a floral arrangement.
52 W Illinois Street | (312) 222-1888
RPM Seafood is bringing you an at-home cooking experience alongside their executive and pastry chefs. The menu includes Tuna Provencal, Roasted Lobster, a Molten Chocolate dessert and more.
A how-to video will be included to show you how to prepare and plate your Valentine’s Day meal. Pick up available at RPM Seafood or ABT in Glenview.
317 N Clark Street | (312) 900-9035
Shaw’s Crab House*
Can’t be near the coast for Valentine’s Day? Shaw’s Crab House can fix that with a four course seafood menu for two.
The spread includes a seafood tower, a soup or salad, family style entree, and a choice of the sweetest desserts.
Shaw's Crab House
21 E Hubbard Street | (312) 527-2722
Seeking a decadent dessert to end your Valentine's Day dinner? Look no further than the Triple Chocolate Bombe at Steak 48. Plunge your spoon into this dark chocolate shell and treat your taste buds to a world of milk chocolate mousse, toasted almonds, and white chocolate ganache with toasted marshmallow.
615 N Wabash Avenue | (312) 266-4848
Feed your fantasy with STK Steakhouse’s Surf and Turf For Lovers Takeout Special for two. Fill up on filets and grilled prawns, chocolate lava marshmallow cake, and a bottle of red or white wine.
Place your order for a romantic dinner from the land and sea.
9 W Kinzie Street | (312) 340-5636
The Driehaus Museum
Spend part of your Valentine’s Day weekend learning about some “sweet” history on Saturday, February 13.
Chicago’s legacy as a “candy capital” has its roots in the late 19th century. In 1884, the first annual meeting of the National Confectioners Association was held at the Palmer House and in 1893 Juicy Fruit Gum and Cracker Jacks were introduced at the World’s Columbian Exposition. The fortunes of Chicago’s Gilded Age were boosted by this candy boom and, in fact, the Wrigleys were among those who contributed to the preservation effort to save the Nickerson Mansion for the first time in 1919.
Leslie Goddard, Ph. D. will tell us about the history of these tasty treats and explore what made Chicago such an ideal location for candy makers. Find out how immigrants played a critical role in confectionery history and discover how Baby Ruth and Milk Duds got their names. It’s delicious fun!
40 E. Erie Street | (312) 482-8933
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