Whether you’re on a first date or celebrating a milestone anniversary, our city is home to a restaurant that’s perfect for the occasion. Enjoy a Danish tasting menu prepared by a husband and wife, dip fondue while being serenaded by a live guitarist, or treat your date to dinner with a sky-high view of the city. Here’s our roundup of some of Chicago’s most romantic restaurants — reserve your table for two today.

Geja’s Cafe

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Known as one of the city’s most romantic restaurants, Geja’s Cafe has been serving couples for more than 50 years. The interior feels like a cozy wine cellar, with cozy curtained booths, candlelit tables, and a live guitarist. Everything is cooked in a sizzling fondue pot right at your table, from the creamy Swiss gruyère cheese appetizer to the velvety Belgian chocolate dessert. It’s the perfect spot for a first date, special occasion, or even a proposal (Geja’s has seen more than 16,000 engagements over the years). 340 W. Armitage Ave., Lincoln Park


This acclaimed spot, a favorite with locals, specializes in modern Japanese fare. In the main dining room, you’ll find a stylish space and a menu that blends traditional flavors and contemporary techniques. Order an Imperial strip steak roasted over hot coals or expertly prepared slices of sashimi. After dinner, head downstairs to The Izakaya. This sultry, subterranean bar features hand-painted Japanese menus, moody neon lights, and vintage Tokyo street signs. It’s the perfect spot for a night cap, with a curated selection of cocktails, sakes, and Japanese whiskeys. 820 W. Lake St., West Loop


Elske interior

The name means “love” in Danish, and there’s a husband-and-wife duo running the kitchen. It doesn’t get more romantic than that. The interior features minimalist decor and soft lighting, anchored by a small patio and working fireplace. The tasting menu offfers nine courses of artfully presented dishes made with seasonal ingredients. There’s also an a la carte menu, where you can get a taste of Elske’s unique take on Danish cuisine. 1350 W. Randolph St., West Loop

Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar

This dimly lit spot is a stylish take on a traditional steakhouse. The sultry space at Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar is decked out with timeless touches, like comfy leather booths, mirrored walls, and glittering antique chandeliers. The menu is old school too, with classic selections like chilled seafood towers, baked crab cakes, and the best cuts of meat. Don’t miss the chocolate cream pie, it’s the perfect dessert for two. 218 W. Kinzie St., River North

Gilt Bar

This hip hideaway is a romantic spot to take your date, with red velvet booths, soft candlelight, and a dramatic bar backed with gilded mirrors. Gilt Bar’s contemporary American dishes are made for sharing, including the house-made pasta, seafood, and wood-fired entrees. The drink menu is cocktail driven, with an emphasis on classic favorites. If there’s a wait, head downstairs to The Library, a hidden drinking den that’s even more intimate than the dining space. 230 W. Kinzie St., River North

La Petite Folie

When it comes to a romantic date night, it’s hard to beat a classic French restaurant. La Petite Folie brings you a piece of Paris in Hyde Park, serving classically prepared French food and an all-French wine list in an elegant space. Dishes reflect the changing seasons, incorporating the best produce available at Chicago’s farmers markets. 1504 E. 55th St., Hyde Park

Dusek’s Board & Beer

Grab a booth or a bar stool at this laidback tavern (that just so happens to have a coveted Michelin star). Dusek’s offers a casual, intimate vibe and super-shareable menu, which includes everything from oysters and foie gras to a double burger with beef fat fries. When you’re done, head downstairs for drinks at subterranean Punch House or impress your date by scoring tickets to a show at attached music venue, Thalia Hall. 1227 W. 18th St., Pilsen


Located in a former 1890s print shop, Sepia is all about simple sophistication. The brick and wood interior evokes old-school Chicago, while the food is all modern. Acclaimed Chef Andrew Zimmerman sources from local artisan suppliers for his seasonal menus, working to showcase the purity and flavor of each ingredient. The impressive cocktail and wine list completes the date night checklist. 123 N. Jefferson St.,West Loop