All You Need is Love: Discover Chicago's Most Romantic Hotels

All you need is love, but sometimes love takes a backseat to work, kids, school and whatever else gets thrown in the way. Indulging your special someone with a romantic getaway in the heart of Chicago might be what you both need to rediscover romance and passion.

With a booming luxury hotel business, Chicago is now filled with high-end romantic rooms, with skyline and lake views, sexy bathtubs, and champagne and chocolate for your room. For romance and luxury, book a room at the Waldorf Astoria or The Peninsula where you’ll be treated like royalty. Or for a more homey feel, try the new Hotel Monaco's Serenity Suite, which includes leopard robes, large pillow-filled window nooks overlooking the river, and a TV that rises out of the base of the bed.

If the nightlife scene at the hotel is just as important as your stay, check out theWit, where you’ll enjoy amenities such as complimentary wine hour, killer rooftop bars and skyline views.

It’s easy to discover (or re-discover) romance in Chicago. The hard part is deciding where to stay.

Thompson Chicago
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Hip, comfortable, not pretentious, and walking distance from the lake and dozens of excellent Gold Coast restaurants, Thompson Chicago is a great romantic hotel. Its urban industrial design includes posh lofts with jewel-toned furniture and...  Read More

For those who love old hotels with historic significance, The Drake Hotel is both elegant and romantic. Besides being a spot where slews of celebrities like Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana once stayed, the hotel is well known for its...  Read More

Dana Hotel and Spa

If an excellent spa is part of your romantic plans, check out the Dana Hotel and Spa. This mid-sized boutique hotel offers personalized service, modern technology and luxurious furnishings. Starting in spring 2017, it also will have a chic, new...  Read More

Waldorf Astoria Chicago
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This is one of Chicago's swankiest luxury hotels, making it also one of the most romantic. If you're ready to splurge for a special night, you will find a staff who will cater to your every whim plus impressive amenities, including a...  Read More

theWit Chicago - a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
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TheWit, a Doubletree by Hilton hotel, is a sexy hotel that attracts the fashionable set which flock to the ROOF, its popular rooftop lounge that gets packed during happy hour until closing time. Definitely reserve a table in advance because the...  Read More

Couples wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city - but still be just 8 miles away - will love Harvey House Bed & Breakfast. There are only five rooms in this romantic house in suburban Oak Park. But it's a lovely and updated, and...  Read More

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Chicago
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You could stay here for the excellent downtown location, comfy, updated rooms, free bike rentals and complimentary happy hour wine. But it could also be a romantic night if you book their gorgeous, sexy AV Serenity Suite. Designed by an HGTV...  Read More

The Peninsula is one of Chicago's best hotels, and also one of its most romantic. Besides being a glamorous, high-end hotel with top-rate service, there are a lot of activities for couples to do here. Take a cooking class (maybe learn how to...  Read More

Chicago Athletic Association
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Once an elite private men's club, this property was recently opened to the public, restored and converted into a wood, stained glass and architecturally beautiful boutique hotel. A romantic place for a happy hour drink is the hotel's rooftop...  Read More

The Langham, Chicago
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Take an unforgettably scenic bath in one of The Langham's granite tubs, which are in front of large picture windows in this luxury hotel. The Langham provides both British elegance and modern sophistication to a famous skyscraper on the downtown...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.