Romantic Things to Do: Get lost meandering through any of the Chicago Botanic Garden's 26 gardens and four natural areas that sit within nearly 400 acres of land and around nine islands. Located in a suburb about 25 miles north of Chicago, the gardens are well worth the drive. Visitors will be treated to recreated prairies, Japanese gardens, an English walled garden and giant topiaries. Afterward, grab lunch or take an ice cream break at the Garden Café and when the weather cooperates, you can enjoy the tastes of summer on the café decks. Self-guided tours featuring each season as well as nine secret spaces can be downloaded from the website in advance.