Winter is here and the City of Chicago is cold and windy. If you are looking for something romantic to do that is uniquely Chicago, here are some ideas for dates. There are enjoyable activities that are free, such are the fireworks on Saturday night, Skating at the ice rink, or going to Lincoln Park Zoo. Other activities charge an admission such as the Skydeck at Sears Tower, John Hancock Observatory and Brookfield Zoo. The others charge depending on what you choose to purchase. Here are some enjoyable things to do on a date or with friends.
Fireworks on Saturday Night
Every Saturday night until March 3, the city is illuminated with fireworks over The Chicago River at 6:30. The Magnificent Mile is illuminated with a garden of lights. Visit the Magnificent Mile on a Saturday night, see the sights and the lights.
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park
Ice Skating at Millennium Park Ice Rink is great exercise as well as romantic. The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park is open through March 16, weather permitting. The Ice rink is free and open to the public. Skate rental is available for $7. The ice rink is located on Michigan Avenue between Washington and Madison Streets. Open daily 10 am to 10 pm. 312-742-5222.
Go to the Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is open to the public and free of charge. Walk around the indoor and outdoor displays and visit the zoo animals. 2001 N. Clark, Chicago, Illinois 312-742-2000
Brookfield Zoo is open and the animals are waiting. Admission $10 Adults, $6 Children and Seniors. 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, Illinois 708-485-0263
Skydeck at Sears Tower
See the view of Chicago from the tallest building in the world. There are new interactive displays highlighting the character for the great city. Tickets Adult $11.95, Senior (65+) $9.95, Youth (3-11) $8.50) 312-875-9696
John Hancock Observatory
The John Hancock Observatory at 875 N. Michigan Ave. has been newly renovated. Views span up to 80 miles and 4 states. Adults $10.25, Seniors (62+) $8.00, Children (5-12) $6.50. 888-875-VIEW.
The Signature Room at the 95th Floor Lounge
The famous Signature Room in on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. The Signature Room is an elegant restaurant. The Signature Room also has a lounge with spectacular views of the city and lakefront from lofty heights. The Lounge serves premium drinks, martinis, appetizers and desserts. 312-787-9596
Horse Carriage Rides
Romantic Horse Carriage Rides are available at Michigan and Chestnut, near Water Tower Place. See the sights including the Lakefront, Michigan Avenue, Lincoln Par, Grant Park Buckingham Fountain and State Street. $40 (half hour) $80 (hour) 888-664-6014
Stand is located at Pearson Street and Michigan Events. Romantic horse carriage rides tour the Lakefront, Millennium Par, Gold Coast, Inner City, Michigan Avenue and Navy Pier. $35 for 30 minutes. 312-953-9530.
There is always something happening at Navy Pier. This lakefront playground offers visitors more than 50 acres of parks, promenades, gardens, shops, restaurants and attractions. Pier Park, with rides and the Ferris Wheel are closed until March. but Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows, Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze, Chicago Shakespeare theatre, IMAX Theater and other entertainments are available. Walking around and seeing the sights at Navy Pier is romantic.
Lake Michigan City Cruise
Mystic Blue Cruise
Mystic Blue Cruises board at Navy Pier. Even though it’s cold outside, the deck of the Mystic Blue are climate controlled. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Chicago skyline while eating brunch, lunch or dinner buffet. .Entertainment and dance music is provided by DJ. Price $32 – $70 per person depending on time of day and day of week. Midweek and lunches are the least expensive and weekend dinner the most expensive. 877-299-7783
Odyssey boards at Navy Pier. View the Chicago Skyline from the comfort of one of the three climate controlled indoor decks The ship is romantically reminiscent of the classic ocean liners. Fresh menu prepared on board daily. Excellent wine list. Each deck aboard the Odyssey offers spacious dance floors and live music. The music ranges from classic jazz to contemporary favorites; from a five piece band to soft piano music. Brunch, Lunch and Dinner Cruises available. $42 to $106 per person. Price varies with day of week and time of day, with midweek lunches being the least expensive and Saturday dinners the most expensive. 866-305-2469
Spirit boards at Navy Pier. Romantic Lake Michigan cruises showcase the Chicago skyline. Relax and enjoy lunch, brunch or dinner while seeing the sights of the city through your window. Lunch cruises include a narration. After dining Spirit’s live musical revue, “Red Hot Rhythm & Blues”, performs live. After the live performance, the Spirit DJ plays your favorite Top 40 hits to dance to. Limited cruises in February and March. call for details.312-836-7899
Enjoy some of the great winter activities offered in Chicago. All prices subject to change with out notice. Call for information as needed.