By Jessica Cage
Sure, watching your children learn, grow and turn into someone amazing is great, but sometimes, it’s grown-up time. You take pride in being a parent, an awesome parent, so treat yourself. With PTA meetings and soccer practices, midnight feedings and poopy diapers, you are still a person with separate needs, as is your spouse. Step out of the mystical, magical world of parenthood and take a day to get lost in the romantic bliss that awaits in the streets of Chicago.
Thee European Spa
5927 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60646
Start your day away at Thee European Spa, there’s no better way to get you relaxed than a massage or facial. At Thee European Spa, enjoy a variety of services designed to a help melt away all the stress and worries that being a parent can bring. Take in a massage alone, or make it more romantic and try out the couples massage. While you are there, take the time to really pamper yourself with options including body treatments and facials.
6401 S. Stony Island
After a relaxing, romantic start to your day, there is no need to break the trend. Try something simple, classic and still perfectly romantic–a picnic in the park. Osaka Garden in Hyde Park is a perfect place to have a secluded day in nature. So share a kiss or two, no one will notice. Enjoy the waterfall and moon bridge. This Japanese-themed park has been designed to allow you to escape the hustle of the city. Pack a picnic, or grab a meal nearby, but hold on to your spouse’s hand and don’t let go as you explore what the Osaka Garden has to offer.
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1304 W. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL 61701
Price: $15 day pass
For the couple who loves adventure, ignite that old spark by doing something that will get your hearts racing. Feel the adrenaline light up your body at Upper Limits, challenging yourself to a little exercise and leaving with a few funny stories to boot. This amazing rock climbing facility offers classes as well as private lessons. Rent any necessities on site and prepare to play.
8989 Archer Ave.
Willow Springs IL 60480
(708) 839 8000
After your long day of wilderness walks and rock climbing, you are going to want to eat at a place that is just as visually stunning as it is relaxing. Courtright’s is the best place for exactly that. Located in Willow Springs, this romantic getaway offers delicious food in dining rooms that look out onto quaint gardens and the Forest Preserves. Pair that with its award-winning wine list, and you’ll find yourself in a place that emanates romance.
Villa D’ Citta
2230 N. Halsted Ave.
Chicago IL 60614
(312) 771 0696
End your day at the Villa D’ Citta bed and breakfast. Once a family cottage of Chicago’s wealthy residents, it has been transformed into an unforgettable time away. Relax in the spacious rooms filled with luxury, and visit the gourmet kitchen, which is stocked with snacks and drinks. Offered to enhance your personal experience are the Grotto grill, Spa and Sundeck. Spend the night here and wake up refreshed, renewed and ready to face the daunting world of appointments, homework and meal plans.
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