5 romantic dinners in Chicago

1) Bistro Campagne

Step past the dainty little bar at this quaint and charming French bistro, and a series of cozy rooms unfold one after the other, giving way to candlelit tables that invite lingering over bites of brandade and pain perdu. In warmer months, a lush courtyard adds to the ambiance.

street front of Bistro Campagne in Chicago

4518 North Lincoln Avenue, Lincoln Square

+1 773 271 6100


2) La Scarola

Tucked into a small storefront on a busy crossroad, this sweet little Italian spot is known for its photograph-covered walls, intimately spaced tables and familial staff. Serving hearty portions of comfort food like crispy bruschetta, breaded calamari and sumptuous eggplant parmesan, it’s
been a romantic classic since 1998.

a buzzing night with customers dining at La Scarola restaurant

721 West Grand Avenue, West Town

+1 312 243 1740


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3) Geja's Cafe

Housed in a candlelit, wine cellar-like room with live flamenco music and a menu full of fondue for two, it’s no wonder Geja’s is widely recognized as one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. Take turns dipping protein, veg and breads, and the house Belgian chocolate fondue for dessert.

a warm-lit setting at Geja's Cafe Chicago

340 West Armitage Avenue, Old Town

+1 773 281 9101


4) The Press Room

The hauntingly romantic aura of this subterranean wine-driven spot could be due to its history. Once upon a time, the 1909 building housed a casket factory. These days, the only spirits you’ll encounter are in the expertly poured cocktails, served with small bites and shareable mains. Need a room? The owners run a B&B upstairs.

a very cosy set-up at the Pressroom restaurant

1134 West Washington Boulevard, West Loop

+1 312 450 3301


5) North Pond

This exquisite fine dining restaurant in lovely Lincoln Park is accessible via a serene walking path. It’s housed in a 1912 ice skating warming shelter pristinely restored in the arts and crafts style. Views of the surrounding park are stunning year round, and both brunch and dinner experiences are built around tasting menus.

beautiful view of The North Pound by the water

Giovanni Simeone

2610 North Cannon Drive, Lincoln Park

+1 773 477 5845


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