Dimly lit. Plush couches. Romantic Tunes. The scene to your very own Harry and Sally. Chicago’s most romantic dining spots offer an intimate setting to a lovely date night.
1 Geja’s Cafe
Chicago's most romantic restaurant features fondue dining and live classical and flamenco guitar. In a candlelit room, surrounded by the music of Spanishguitar, you'll be presented with creamy Swiss Gruyere cheese fondue, melted over an open flame, with fresh breads and fruits for dipping. Cook your choices of lobster tail, jumbo shrimp, beef tenderloin, sea scallops or chicken breast in a pot of sizzling vegetable oil or broth. The aphrodisiac chocolate is flamed table-side, and presented with marshmallows for roasting.
340 W. Armitage Ave. 773.281.9101. www.gejascafe.com
2 Le Colonial
Upscale French-Vietnamese which captures the beauty, romance and spirit of French colonial Southeast Asia from the ‘20s, Le Colonial is situated in the Gold Coast in a charming two story vintage row house and terrace.
937 N. Rush St. 312.255.0088. www.lecolonialchicago.com
3 The Tasting Room
The exposed ducts and brickwork hearken to the building’s previous incarnation as a factory in the warehouse district; large windows overlook tree-lined Randolph Street and spectacular views of the Chicago skyline; low tables are flanked by overstuffed couches and interspersed between more conventional dining tables lit by serene candlelight and warm floor lighting are an ideal spot for wine and cheese tasting, date or engagement.
1415 W. Randolph St. 312.942.1313. www.thetastingroomchicago.com
From its location on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange, Everest offers breathtaking views of Chicago on par with the exquisite wine and cuisine offered by Chef Joho. Bronze sculptures created by acclaimed Swiss artist Ivo Soldini adorn each table, while paintings by Chicago artist Adam Siegel line the walls overlooking the western view of the city and sculptures by Virginio Ferrari grace the dining room. Equally elegant is Chef Joho’s personalized cuisine, influenced by his Alsace, France origins.
440 S. LaSalle St., 40th Floor. 312.663.8920. http://www.everestrestaurant.com
5 La Crêperie
At the same location since 1972, nestled near the corner of Clark and Diversey lies La Creperie. This cozy family-run bistro-style restaurant features casual French fare in addition to an impressive wine and beer list. The restaurant boasts a fun ambient feel with an uncontrived atmosphere, and lovely outdoor patio.
2845 N. Clark St. 773.528.9050. www.lacreperieusa.com