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Winter Date Night Ideas in Chicago

It’s that magical time of year! Chicago is booming with festive date night activities for couples old and new. Whether a current resident or a tourist, you and your partner can embrace the season’s spirit and create lasting memories with these festive Chicago winter date night ideas!

Holiday Lights Trolley Tour:

Kick off your winter date night activities by experiencing the city’s festive illuminations aboard a holiday lights trolley tour. For $89, these guided tours take you through Chicago’s most dazzling neighborhoods, showcasing the best of the city’s holiday decorations. The Trolley Tour begins November 24th at 4 pm and ends December 23rd at 10 pm. It is also BYOB (bring your own bottle). Tickets can be purchased here BYOB Holiday Lights Trolley – Chicago Tickets, Fri, November 24th, 2023 at 4:00 pm | Eventbrite

Holiday Lights Trolley Tour
Photo courtesy of Holiday Lights Trolley Tour’s Eventbrite page.

Ice Skating at Millennium Park:

Next, slide into this classic event at Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Nestled beneath the city skyline and surrounded by twinkling lights from November 17th to March 3rd, this rink provides a charming setting for couples to glide hand-in-hand. You and your Lovebug can warm up afterward with a cup of hot cocoa from one of the nearby vendors. Learn all the details here. City of Chicago: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink

Art Institute of Chicago: Holiday-Themed Exhibits:

For art enthusiasts, the Art Institute of Chicago often hosts special holiday-themed exhibits during the winter season. Wander through the museum’s galleries adorned with seasonal decorations and discover art pieces that capture the spirit of the holidays. Here’s a list of exhibits and events that may pique you and your partners’ interest. Exhibitions | The Art Institute of Chicago ( The Art Institute provides the perfect blend of culture and romance throughout the year!

Lincoln Park ZooLights:

For only $10, you and your significant other could stroll through the Lincoln Park Zoo, adorned with millions of twinkling lights. From November 17th-January 7th, The ZooLights event transforms the zoo into a winter wonderland with illuminated animal displays, festive music, and seasonal activities. It’s a magical setting for a romantic evening walk. Checkout photos and the ticket purchase link here: ZooLights Presented by ComEd and Invesco QQQ | Lincoln Park Zoo (

Lincoln Park ZooLights
Lights at Lincoln Park Zoo. Image courtesy of Lincoln Park website.

Live Holiday Performances:

Check out the city’s vibrant performing arts scene with a live holiday performance. Whether it’s a classic musical like “A Christmas Carol” or a festive concert featuring seasonal tunes, Chicago’s theaters and concert halls come alive with the spirit of the holidays. Visit this site for a list of holiday and Christmas shows. Holiday & Christmas Plays In Chicago – Christmas Shows in Chicago – Theatre In Chicago

Winter Rooftop Dining:

Chicago’s skyline is stunning year-round, but there’s something extra special about enjoying it during the winter. Several rooftop restaurants and bars, like Londonhouse, offer heated seating and panoramic city views. Reserve a table at one of these venues to enjoy a cozy, intimate dinner with your loved one against the backdrop of a sparkling city. Check out the rest of these seasonal spaces! Winter Rooftop Bars & Igloos in Chicago | Best Rooftop Bars Chicago 2023/2024 | Choose Chicago

Chicago’s winter season offers many opportunities for creating magical moments with your special someone. Regardless if you prefer outdoor activities like ice skating or cozy indoor experiences like museum exhibits and live performances, the Windy City will provide the perfect backdrop for a festive and memorable date night in 2023.


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