Romantic Chicago: Keep each other cozy in the Windy City
Laze around with coffee and each other in the comfy rooms of the adorable Ardmore House B & B. When you're able to pry yourselves up and out, take a short walk south and west to the Fireside Restaurant for long lunch next to the roaring fire. Treat yourselves to a taxi ride down to the Music Box Theatre for a matinee full of hand-holding and cuddling. If you're in the mood, pop into a few of the cute boutiques south of the theatre on Southport Ave. Stop...read more
1 hide detailHome-cooked food under the sun
During the winter months, you'll want a table near to the roaring fire. But in the summertime, when the retractable awning has been opened, any seat's a good one under the warm sun. Great salads and sandwiches are available at this neighborhood restaurant and lounge. Some outstanding choices on the menu include the goat cheese and marinara appetizer and the ribs, an entree for which they're famous. (So messy, yet so worth it.) Be sure to save a little room for dessert—the chocolate kahlua mousse pie is an excellent way to end your meal. For those who like to brunch, you'll want to stop by Fireside on Sunday for their Build Your Own Bloody Mary bar, a perfect cure for any overindulgence on Saturday night.
2 hide detailHistoric movie house
From the music played before the show starts, to the live organ music played on the weekends, to the twinkling stars and wispy clouds projected overhead, a trip to this theater can be a romantic trip through time. Every month, the schedule is crowded with a huge variety of films, including foreign films, American art films and classics. The theater has been known to show such outlandish things as a 1970s 3-D adult film for the midnight and cult crowd. See website for show times, event calendar and more.
3 hide detailSwinging former speakeasy
Our Local Expert Says:
Great history, great music, great fun!
This is the absolute best place to see jazz in Chicago! The Green Mill is a former speakeasy from days of Prohibition, where it was the headquarters Chicago gangsters, including the infamous Al Capone. Also famous for being the location where Joe E. Lewis was attacked with a knife. The ornate, sophisticated, and dark atmosphere has not changed much from the old days, and neither has the music. It has definitely upheld its mission to uphold a "mix of down-to-earth friendliness and class." There are different regular acts every night, with Big Band swing on Thursdays, Sabertooth Jazz Qunitet on Saturday and Sunday after 1am, and even a Poetry Slam on Sundays.
4 hide detailRestored Victorian Home
This 109 year old newly restored Victorian Home is located four short blocks from fabulous Lake Shore Drive and Chicago's gay Hollywood Beach, and offers all the comforts of home. North of Boystown and east of the gay nightlife on Clark, the Ardmore House is the destination of choice for travelers from all over the world. "Wonderful! The ONLY place to stay in Chicago... It's the cleanest and nicest place to stay in the Midwest," say GayTravelers@aol. We are just a ten minute "L" ride to the Gay district on Halsted, walking distance to the gay nightlife on Clark and easy access to Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Museum of Science & Industry, the Field Museum, the Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium, and the downtown Loop. This north Lake Shore area of the city is known for its beautiful beach, great restaurants and exhilarating nightlife. So, if you're in town to attend a convention, to shop, to take in one of the many gay sponsored events, or just to get away for the weekend, we at The Ardmore House are here to make your visit to the Windy City a memorable one.