You've met The One. You're head over heels in love with someone you cherish, respect, and honor. You've already got the important stuff down pat - now comes the hard part: the proposal! You want it to be perfect, but where oh where do you pop the question? Here are a few "lovely" ideas for the most romantic and best places to propose in Chicago.
Most Romantic Places to Propose in Chicago
Chicago Helicopter Tour
Your heart is soaring with love! For a Chicago proposal that goes "above" and beyond, take a helicopter tour around downtown Chicago with a special romance package. A private tour for two is $599 and includes champagne and chocolates.
Photo credit: Skydeck Chicago
You'd step out on a ledge for your loved one. Prove it 103 stories above Chicago streets with a proposal on the Ledge! This glass-encased balcony will give you and your betrothed a view for miles - once you're done gazing into each other's eyes, that is. You can even get married there. Skydeck is located in the Willis Tower at 233 S Wacker Dr.
Photo credit Geja's Cafe
There's a reason Geja's has been named the most romantic restaurant in the country. For over fifty years they've celebrated fondue and created fond memories. If you don't know where to propose in Chicago, you can't go wrong with this intimate lighting, live flamenco, and classical guitarists. Geja's Cafe is located at 340 W Armitage. Dress up some for this restaurant - it's fairly fancy.
Photo credit: McCormick Tribune
Circling this downtown Chicago rink hand in hand is the stuff of which greeting cards are made. You'll glide into her (or his) heart with the greatest of ease with a Chicago proposal in this romantic location. It's one of best places to propose in Chicago in winter.
If you're a little wobbly on the ice get to the rink an hour before it opens on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for a free lesson. After you're officially engaged you can celebrate at Park Grill with some vanilla bean cheesecake and a nice bottle of Veuve.
The ice skating rink is open from mid-November through mid-March every year, weather permitting. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, 11 N Michigan Ave
Chicago Odyssey Dinner Cruise
One of the best places to get engaged in Chicago is aboard a luxury yacht. Take a sunset cruise with Odyssey Chicago and pop the question with the skyline as your backdrop. You and your love will be treated to a gourmet three-course dinner.
During the summer months the city will celebrate with you with a rousing display of fireworks on Wednesdays and Saturdays. During the winter, you can take a Chicago River cruise.
Photo credit: Navy Pier
Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier
For a ride to remember, check out the Centennial Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. For the ultimate proposal, upgrade your ticket to the VIP Gondola with plush seating, glass bottom, and champagne. Your love is sure to say yes!
Looking for a place to stay after you've popped the question? Check out one of these delightful downtown Chicago hotels:
ACME Hotel Company - fun and affordable boutique hotel
Doubletree by Hilton Magnificent Mile - get a warm cookie at check-in!
Hyatt Regency Chicago - one of Chicago's largest hotels
Intercontinental Hotel Chicago - an historic hotel on the Magnificent Mile
Loews Chicago Hotel - closest hotel to Navy Pier
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel - located in one of the most distinctive buildings in Chicago