Helmed by chef-owner Erick Williams, Virtue specializes in Southern American cuisine and seriously sexy vibes. The lights are turned down low, the playlist is always on point, the food is filled with soul and the menu boasts some excellent wines by the glass and bottle. Couples are best suited ordering a few appetizers and sides to share plus their own entrees. Save room for banana pudding studded with nilla wafers, and request a round of champagne with Williams, available at market price.
Love is in the air. Maybe it's the candlelit tables or the lengthy wine list. Or perhaps it's the cozy booth seating that squeezes you even closer to your dining companion. The most romantic restaurants in Chicago crank up the heat and set the mood for an intimate evening out. (And perhaps an intimate evening in following that.)
Over the years, we've kept a running list of the city's top date-night spots—from dreamy outdoor dining rooms and fancy restaurants in Chicago to an old-school fondue haunt that's brimming with charm. Next time you're looking for romantic things to do Chicago, consider booking a table and allowing some of the city's finest chefs to wow you. Plan a night at one of the most romantic restaurants in Chicago for Valentine's Day, an anniversary dinner or any old Friday night.
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