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Ice skating + gastronomy

Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or just a cute date with a friend, let me plan your date in the city that will be magical enough to keep them impressed for the rest of the year. Since most of the dates have been close to Lincoln Park, I wanted to venture into the Loop and visit what Chicago is best known for during the cold winter seasons.

McCormick Tribune Plaza

Although normally considered a Christmas time activity, ice skating is open until March 6 at the McCormick Tribune Tower and the perfect opportunity to show off your skills at your date or hold them close by. you if you need a little extra help gliding through the ice. The rink itself is free, but skate rentals are $13 on weekdays and $15 on weekends. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., so head there in the late afternoon to watch the sunset while you flirt in the cold. Once you get too cold or hungry, head across the street to the second part of the date.

Chicago Athletic Association

Right across the street is one of Chicago’s most prominent hotels and one of my favorite places to impress people. Start after your skate date and order drinks while you admire the Victorian style of the lounge, filled with comfy sofas and walls of stained glass and books. This place is the perfect opportunity to snuggle up by the fire and enjoy a one-on-one. After the first drink, go up to the top floor, which houses a restaurant called Cindy’s, where you can enjoy a nice dinner and take in the view of the city skyline and the lake. Cindy’s is ready for the perfect romantic date for an inexpensive, chic occasion and a free view of our favorite city.

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