The most romantic hotels in Chicago

The most romantic hotels in Chicago are ideal for luxury spa services and ammenities, indulgent dining and cozy staycations

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Whether it’s in the city or the nearby suburbs, hotels usually have trouble selling consumers on their subtleties. Most of what they offer can be more or less the same, but not everything. Stay in for the night, soak in the neighborhood, enjoy a late dinner—if romance is about setting the mood, then you should have no problem doing so at any of these picks.

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Most romantic hotels in Chicago


dana hotel and spa

River North’s “boldly original” boutique hotel is that great blend of down-home, earthy sensibility with the modern amenities of a luxury conglomerate. The staff makes a point of keeping everything cozy, clean and convenient. That means a decently priced honors bar and an exclusive Serta Enrapture Eurotop mattress. Take advantage of the spa-inspired shower with rain showerheads and body jets. Set the mood beforehand by syncing your tunes to the Bowers and Wilkins Zeppelin mp3 sound system. For a little extra, you can snag a room with a balcony and view. 

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River North

Harvey House Bed and Breakfast

This quaint spot in Oak Park is as private and personal as you’ll find, yet it’s close to the city (the El is within walking distance), which will prevent you from going stir crazy. For $40, couples can upgrade to the “Romance Package.” It includes chilled champagne and locally made chocolates. Bask in massage treatments, but what’s a couple’s romantic getaway without a hearty breakfast? The Harvey House is famed for its seasonal delights and baked goods. If you develop a craving, the staff is happy to share the recipe with you.

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Oak Park

Hotel Felix

The nice thing about the Felix is its convenient location and modest prices. Couples looking for a spoiled outing should set their sights on the Michigan Avenue Madness Package. Indulge your shopping whims with a personalized gift bag and gift card for The 900 Shops, seven levels of premier stores and restaurants. Afterward, enjoy dinner at nearby Troquet, a French bistro-style restaurant and bar with live music on Friday nights. Choose from six infused cocktail concoctions from the beverage menu.

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River North

Ruby Room Spa & Wellness Hotel


A holistic blend of alchemic wellness treatments and stylish decor, this cozy couples hub in Wicker Park has a philosophy: to give you “an experience that floats above the physical and touches your heart.” An overnight stay gets you two 60-minute services of your choice — facials and massage treatments, for example. That should serve you well prior to heading to your spacious deluxe room for a night of R&R.

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East Village


Who says the suburbs have nothing to offer? Northbrook and Downers Grove lay claim to this suburban getaway with Couples Pool Suites, which sounds exactly like it is. A mere glass wall separates the bed, fireplace and mini bar from a collection of indoor pools for easy swimming access. Dive a little deeper into your pockets for pool areas equipped with a waterfall, steam room and a massage chair to kick the romance into high gear.

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Downers Grove

Fairmont Chicago

Just a hop skip and a jump from downtown cultural jewels like the Art Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park, the Fairmont is ideal for two. Spend the day roaming the city before heading back to the couple’s suite, where champagne and chocolates await. The hotel offers couples massage treatments like most others, but an attractive bar gives you a chance to brush up on your role-playing skills. It could make for an intriguing scenario since the couple’s suite comes outfitted with an infinity tub with soothing jets.

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Godfrey Hotel Chicago

It’s a little bit country, a little bit rock ’n’ roll in the sense that you’re getting the best of a casual, laid-back atmosphere, replete with bold and beautiful socialites. These swanky digs in River North have a reputation for hosting some of the classiest folks in Chicago. The IO Godfrey Lounge boasts 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space, a cocktail selection from a full service bar and beautiful ambience. Not your style? Take it to the spa for massages and facials with the pros.

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River North