February is finally here, and there is only a week left to put together the perfect Valentine‘s Day plans! Whether you are planning for your significant other, galentines, or yourself, we curated a guide of some of the perfect places to shop, dine, and explore.
Looking to spend the day in the West Loop? Begin your day shopping at Smitten Boutique located on Madison Row. They have an amazing selection of home decor.
West Loop is also known for some of the best food in Chicago. While there are lots of restaurants to choose from, we recommend Monterverde and Black Barrel. Monteverde offers the perfect mix between traditional and modern italian. Black Barrel is a classic go-to spot. It is very lively and has a large range of food and drinks.
The night doesn’t have to end just yet. After dinner, head to Lazy Bird located in the lower level of the Hoxton Hotel. Lazy Bird offers romantic speakeasy vibes. Follow the brick road to Trivoli Tavern for a $5 happy hour!
Start your day at the Kohler Water Spa. This spa is the perfect place to unwind and relax. Enjoy a massage, facial, or even have your hair and makeup done. They also have services specifically for men! If you are looking for an outdoor activity, check out the Lincoln Park Zoo.
The only thing better than Valentine‘s day may be.. Galentine’s day! Who doesn’t love appreciating their friends? If you’re looking for fun gifts or Chicago apparel, Alice & Wonder is worth the stop. Our favorite gift is the Chi City Heart Puff Sweatshirt.
Want to feel like you are in California for the night? Pretend to escape the cold by visiting Summer House Santa Monica. If you are looking for a more relaxing night in, order takeout from Velvet Taco. Their tacos are divine and some of the best in Chicago!
If you’re looking for a luxe day or evening, Gold Coast is for you. Head to The Drake Hotel or The Peninsula Hotel for afternoon tea.
Gold Coast is famous for their fine dining options. While there are many to choose from, we have narrowed it down to two places we think are best for the occasion. Maple & Ash is a steakhouse with a menu crafted by two-Michelin-star Chef Danny Grant. If you’re looking for Paraisan style dining, be sure to visit Brasserie located in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Sip on an espresso martini while enjoying french desserts.
Wicker Park offers a wide variety of different restaurants. Mirai Sushi is the perfect romantic place to dine in or take out for dinner at home. Another great option is Momma Delia, offering contemporary Spanish food by Spanish born chefs. Take your girls out for Galentine’s Day at Etta Bucktown. This Instagrammable spot is the best place for happy hour!