The perfect romantic date isn’t just about good food (although that sure is helpful too). It’s also about the setting, atmosphere and the dining service. To make the most of your night and have a fabulous time, check out these five restaurants. Just be sure to call ahead to make a reservation before you get all dressed up.
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Geja’s Cafe
340 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-9101

For a unique date, have some delicious fondue at this Lincoln Park restaurant. The lights are dim and the seating is cozy – the perfect ambiance, and start, to a romantic time. The dining experience itself also adds to the atmosphere. From the cheese fondue to start, to the chocolate fondue to end, you’ll leave perfectly happy and full. Geja’s offers a full four-course menu, or if you’re just looking to share some fruit and chocolate with your partner, you can do that as well.

Signature Room At The 95th
875 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-9596

Ride up to the 95th floor of the Hancock building and enjoy the stunning view of Chicago from floor-to-ceiling windows while sipping on drinks and enjoying a fabulous gourmet meal. If that alone doesn’t sound special enough, the Signature Room will also go out of its way to make your evening (or lunch) even more special; a unique flower arrangement can be placed on your table, or even plan for a bouquet to be delivered at just the right moment. Other special occasion services include personalized menus and help planning the perfect champagne toast.

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North Pond Restaurant
2610 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 477-5845

After a stroll through Lincoln Park, pull up a chair for a romantic evening out at this charming restaurant in one of the most beautiful settings in all of Chicago. While dining on seasonal dishes from Chef Bruce Sherman, you may also have a gorgeous view of Chicago’s skyline. All of Sherman’s creations use local ingredients as much as possible, and, in turn, his dishes are seasonal (and phenomenal). You can choose from a tasting menu – a veritable feast – or pick your own courses; no matter which menu you pick, you and your date will love every bite.

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710 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 951-9500

Cozy up with your date in this lovely Italian bistro on the Near North Side. The intimate space also makes it easy to chat – as the restaurant isn’t too loud, unlike other restaurants – while you dine on an array of classic Italian dishes, from bresaola to orecchiette tartufate. The friendly and attentive staff will also gladly help you pick out just the right wine to go with each and every course.

980 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750

After a walk down the Magnificent Mile, take your lady out to one of the best, most upscale Italian restaurants in the Windy City. While splurging on fantastic dishes that are modern spins on traditional recipes, from Chef Tony Mantuano, you can even enjoy some beautiful views of Lake Michigan. On certain holidays and special occasions, the restaurant offers prix-fixe menus, with the choice of wine pairings as well. Be sure to make reservations no matter what day you go, and, guys, be sure to bring a jacket, as they’re required to dine in the main restaurant. Cafe Spiaggia, on the other hand, is just as delicious but a bit more casual.

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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s writing about a variety of topics for numerous websites and blogs, and working part-time at a culinary vacation company based in the Windy City. Some of her work can be found at