Let your love take you higher -- to a remarkable view inside one of the city's towering skyscrapers.
The wind isn't the only thing that can sweep her off her feet in Chicago
. The third largest city in the United States
, Chicago's waterfront and architectural wonders make this the perfect city to fall in love. From running alongside Lake Michigan or walking the Pier, there are plenty of places to have that special moment with that special person. A lot of those moments, though, come indoors at the city's world-class restaurants.
Take a chance on romance and take a chance on the menu at Eve. Behind the dark, hardwood floors, pristine white decor and modern leather chairs, you'll find a hit-or-miss menu that complements a mysterious romantic evening just perfectly. While you're both trying to feel each other out, do the same with the menu. Eve at times tries to do a little too much with the classics, such as paring crab hollandaise and cheddar croquette with Swann Creek Hangar steak. The contemporary menu often beaten over the head with contemporary flavors isn't for everyone. Some love it, some don't. Just like a first date.
You don't have to scale a mountain to get to this romantic location, but you will have to take the elevator up 40 floors over the Chicago Stock Exchange. The floor-to-ceiling windows present an unprecedented view of the downtown skyline; a view Everest has been offering since 1986. Elegance radiates this upscale space, as Bronze sculptures decorate each table, while contemporary paintings hang on the walls. The menu features personal French cuisine from Chef Jean Joho, who changes flavors with the seasons. Regular dinner options, though, include Colorado rack of lamb served with sweet garlic flan, root vegetable gratin, jus natural, as well as dry aged New York steak coupled with sauce Choron and Alsace potato gnocchi. Described as the finest dining experience in the city by Chicago Magazine because of its complex menu and selection of wines, it just might also be the best date restaurant in the city, too.
Signature Room at the 95th
There's more to gaze at in this Room than the awesome skyline from its location atop the John Hancock Center. Sure skyscrapers wrapped around the banks of Lake Michigan are a sight to behold any time of the year, but patrons are likely to see their fare share of proposals and socialites dining at this Chicago gem. The staff here accommodates all romantic occasions, from individualized menus to personalized flowers awaiting your arrival and hand-crafted desserts and festive champagne to hide your engagement ring if you're popping the big question.<br /><br />All the fanfare, though, still takes a backseat to the menu. The seafood dishes include sauteéd Scottish salmon and King crab, while the Berkshire tenderloin and filet of beef come out ripe and savory. For the big-time romancers who can foot the bill, consider washing it down with some Dom Pérignon, Krug or Perrier Jouët. The wine selection is as sumptuous as the diners' bird's eye view of the city.
Sean Quinn is a writer and editor based in New York City. He has spent the last decade covering major sporting events from the NFL playoffs to the U.S. Open. He has written for the Kansas City Star and ESPN, among others. He is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.
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