Type: Food & Wine, Romantic, Unusual
The Darling is a kitchen and bar, speakeasy-style lounge and a gathering space for dancing the night away. The elegant hideaway is disguised as a flower shop (an homage to the neighborhood's flower... Read More
The Darling is a kitchen and bar, speakeasy-style lounge and a gathering space for dancing the night away. The elegant hideaway is disguised as a flower shop (an homage to the neighborhood's flower markets of old) but hidden behind burgundy velvet-draped windows as seen from the street on Restaurant Row, is a night full of surprises. There's European-focused food, classic and creative cocktails, expert service, whimsical decor oddities and periodic, novel performances throughout the evening. The Library (downstairs) is ideal for date night with an intimate, quiet and romantic atmosphere; hundreds of vintage books; antique paintings; Persian rugs; and nooks to nibble small plates and sip cocktails. You won't be the first one to think "Downton Abbey" gazing upon the English manor-style furnishings. Upstairs in The Ballroom, it's all about spinning chandeliers, celebrating, dancing and socializing with a lively crowd.
- Romantic Things to Do: "You'll get the full experience evenings Thursday - Sunday between 7 pm-10 pm when both areas are open. Performances normally begin around 8 pm."
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: There's nothing else like it in Chicago offering surprising pop-up performances, European bites and cocktails served in antique glassware.