Best places for Chicago parents

We all need a break from our kids sometimes. Whether it's a little "me" time or a little "parent time," these are the spots Chicago parents picked for an escape. So get the babysitter booked and check out the best place for date night for parents.

Best date spot for Chicago parents: Adler After Dark and The Spirit of Chicago (tie)

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.


Best date spot for Chicago parents: Finalists

  • Geja's Cafe
  • Enoteca Roma Ristorante
  • Montrose Harbor

Best place for Chicago parents to forget you've got kids: Girl and the Goat

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.


Best place for Chicago parents to forget you've got kids: Finalists

  • The Signature Room
  • Morton's The Steakhouse
  • City Winery
  • Pops for Champagne

Best place for Chicago moms to relax: Mario Tricoci

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.


Best place for Chicago moms to relax: Finalists

  • Urban Oasis
  • NowStudio
  • Ruby Room
  • Kohler Waters Spa

Best place for Chicago moms to have a night out: Howl at the Moon

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.


Best place for Chicago moms to have a night out: Finalists

  • Bottle & Bottega
  • The Tiny Lounge
  • DeMaira Dance Studios
  • Mario Tricoci

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