If dinner and a movie gets you about as excited as a visit to the dentist, step up your date night game at Adler Planetarium's After Dark program. The monthly themed event offers exclusive museum access, unbelievable views of Chicago's skyline and the chance to act like teenagers in love again.
The Chicago skyline is stunning, but there's something extra special about seeing it from the water. Throw in a couple drinks and good music, and it's downright magical. So call Grandma to babysit because whether you cruise during the day or at night, it's a fun experience and a great way to reconnect.
For a couple of hours, you don't have to think about whatever is waiting for you. You'll want to try everything on the menu - but don't be surprised to see a goat leg gracing a nearby table. If you're lucky, snag a seat at the back counter, where you can watch the cooks and maybe see Stephanie Izard calling the shots.
If you have just an hour or two sans kiddos, this is a great spot for some alone time. Services range from the more basic hair and nails to luxurious facials and massage, so you're sure to be blissed out just like in those long-lost kid-free days.
A fun dueling piano bar that's great for music lovers, closet singer wannabes and those who can't carry a tune. It's also a frequent stop for bachelorette parties. Music varies from Elton John to 98 Degrees to Lady Antebellum. Just don't be surprised if you end up singing and having a dance party with perfect strangers.