With lakeshore walks, award-winning bars and restaurants, and plenty of sights to see, the Windy City is a wonderful place for romance. And don’t worry if Spot’s got a special place in your heart -- Chicago boasts plenty of pup-inclusive options to prevent you or your date having to leave your fur-balls at home. We’ve put together a list of ten options to suit almost all interests and budgets, whether you’re just getting to know a new interest or celebrating a long-term relationship.
And if your date balks at spending the evening with your buddy, it might just be best to stay home solo!
A beach date in February? Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it! You, your date, and your doggo will need to wrap up warm, but even inclement weather can’t spoil the view. Plus, your furry friend can run free on Montrose Dog Beach, though it’s probably best to keep them out of the water. Remember, pups aren’t allowed on the people side of the beach.
Annual Valentine’s specials and a pup-friendly patio? You’d be barking mad not to check out Fireside, a reasonably priced restaurant with a decent cocktail selection. According to local legend, Fireside may be haunted, but whether that’s a plus or a minus is up to you. You might find yourself watched by spirits from the local cemetery, but the crabcakes are still pretty good.
Don’t let the name fool you -- Ten Cat Tavern is definitely geared more towards canines than felines. Another watering hole that allows pooches indoors, the atmosphere at Ten Cat is decidedly unpretentious, with beer costing as low as $3. Like SoFo, you’ll also find some fascinating local art hanging inside, as well as a pool table, a jukebox, and a room with a charming fireplace.
If you’re looking to pull out all the stops, Nellcote is the paw-fect place for you! Between the gleaming marble, chandeliers, and delicious Italian food, your date is guaranteed to be impressed, and the restaurant caters to canines outside. Be sure to stay for dessert -- the marscapone cheesecake is an experience you won’t forget. Nellcote is pretty paw-pular, so reserving in advance is absolutely essential.