This was worth the amount we saved by taking another form of transportation, but I do recommend looking into the Amtrak or Megabus. Before traveling, we purchased a book about the city from Barnes and Noble and picked out restaurants that looked like good experiences.
We visited the Navy Pier, which wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be, but I recommend you check it out to form your own opinion.
We also visited the Museum of Science and Industry primarily for a Harry Potter exhibit (AMAZING!).
While there we also visited Lincoln Park Zoo for a Matt Nathanson concert. While we didn't have the best view, the music was still great and it was the romantic highlight of the trip.
I loved that we planned ahead, as it was great to have a concert available and a Harry Potter exhibit.
However, traffic can get in the way, long lines can get in the way, etc. I recommend planning a lot of extra time into your trip.
Our hotel was near O'Hare airport, which was a long trip on the L-train. However, the savings in cost of a hotel in the city and the free parking definitely made it worth it. Overall, we have definitely decided to go back as it's a good, quick getaway.
On our way there, we went a little bit past Chicago to have dinner at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament where we had a wonderful meal but also got to see an amazing show including horses, and jousting.
We both had an amazing time there for dinner. After the show we headed into the heart of Chicago and stayed at the Seneca Hotel right downtown, it was literally a hop, skip and a jump from the John Hancock Observatory.
While in Chicago we visited Navy Pier, and did some wonderful shopping and site seeing there. We took a boat ride out into the lake on a guided tour and it was simply beautiful and very fun and very romantic.
We also went to see the old Sears Tower, Shedds Aquarium, and the John Hancock Observatory. Getting my boyfriend in these tall buildings was sure a struggle as he is afraid of heights, but in the end even he admitted it was so worth it going up and looking out over the city and over the Great Lake!
We ate dinner one evening at Dicks Last Resort, which we both will highly recommend to anyone who is visiting the Chicago are...great bar, lots of fun, and a wonderful atmosphere.
Another dinner we had while in Chicago was at Navy Pier, and we ate at the Bumba Gump Shrimp Company. This Chicago romantic getaway vacation idea was wonderful and lots of fun! We are honestly hoping to make visiting Chicago a more regular trip for the two of us!
We got a great deal, also from Priceline, on a room at the Hilton O’Hare in Chicago. It was so nice to not have to lug our bags on the train or in a taxi, we just walked through the airport and the hotel was attached.
The train into the city was right there at the airport too, and we bought some visitors passes that let us ride all we wanted for the time we were there.
We took the blue line into the city. We wandered around the Ukrainian Village and went into the ethnic stores there. We had some delicious food while we were there. We went to the Rainforest Café for one meal, and loved the indoor waterfall there.
For one dinner, we had some great Chicago pizza at Geno’s. The next day, we went for a more fancy meal at the Signature Room in the John Hancock building. It was a little pricey, but we got a table by the window, so for the price of dinner, we got a great meal and a great downtown attraction.
We went to the art museum and the Field Museum. Chicago is such a romantic town, I wished that we had more time to spend there.