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.

If dinner and a movie gets you about as excited as a visit tothe dentist, step up your date night game at Adler Planetarium’sAfter Dark program. The monthly themed event offers exclusivemuseum access, unbelievable views of Chicago’s skyline and thechance to act like teenagers in love again.

The Chicago skyline is stunning, but there’s something extraspecial about seeing it from the water. Throw in a couple drinksand good music, and it’s downright magical. So call Grandma tobabysit because whether you cruise during the day or at night, it’sa fun experience and a great way to reconnect.

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


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

Best date spot for Chicago parents: Finalists


For a couple of hours, you don’t have to think about whatever iswaiting for you. You’ll want to try everything on the menu – butdon’t be surprised to see a goat leg gracing a nearby table. Ifyou’re lucky, snag a seat at the back counter, where you can watchthe cooks and maybe see Stephanie Izard calling the shots.

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


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

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


If you have just an hour or two sans kiddos, this is a greatspot for some alone time. Services range from the more basic hairand nails to luxurious facials and massage, so you’re sure to beblissed out just like in those long-lost kid-free days.

Best place for Chicago moms to relax: Mario Tricoci


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

Best place for Chicago moms to relax: Finalists


A fun dueling piano bar that’s great for music lovers, closetsinger wannabes and those who can’t carry a tune. It’s also afrequent stop for bachelorette parties. Music varies from EltonJohn to 98 Degrees to Lady Antebellum. Just don’t be surprised ifyou end up singing and having a dance party with perfectstrangers.

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


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

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


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