You’ve met The One. You’re head over heels in love with someone you cherish, respect, and honor.
You know you want to spend the rest of your lives together. 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, best places to propose in Chicago.
Best Places to Propose in Chicago
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
You can’t go wrong with intimate lighting, live flamenco, and classical guitarists. It’s truly one of the best restaurants to propose in Chicago. Geja’s Cafe is located at 340 W Armitage. Dress up some for this restaurant – it’s fairly fancy.
4. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
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.
Millennium Park‘s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink is 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
5. 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.
6. Navy Pier Centennial Wheel
For a ride to remember, check out the Centennial Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. The cars are climate controlled, so you can propose any time of year.
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!
7. LondonHouse Cupola
If your love is sky-high and puts a song in your heart, then a romantic proposal in the LondonHouse Cupola will be the perfect way to pop the question.
Not only can you pop the question in the gorgeous Cupola, your love can be serenaded with a custom love song created just for you.
The historic hotel has partnered with local bespoke songwriters “With This Song” to create an unforgettable setting. Contact [email protected] for details and availability.
8. Dinner at Everest
Dinner at Everest is always a treat, and it’s even more special when you’re planning to propse.
The restaurant offers an elevated experience, both literally and figuratively, since it’s located on the 40th floor of the Stock Exchange Building.
Helmed by Chef Jean Joho, one of the most well-respected and recognized chefs in the world, the exquisite menu is accompanied by a selection of nearly 1,600 bottles of wine.
When you’re not looking into each others’ eyes you can enjoy the magnificent views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. And after you’re engaged? Everest would be happy to host your wedding, too.
9. 360 Chicago
Your love is your sun and stars. Well, what better place to prose than 360 Chicago, where you can see both?
360 Chicago’s Sun and Stars package lets you skip the ticket line twice to enjoy the best panoramic views or a spectacular sunset over Chicago.
Pop the question at sunset, stay next door at the lovely Ritz-Carlton, then return the next morning to toast your new lives together.
10. Shedd Aquarium
Your love will survive anything – even shark-infested waters. Prove you’re willing to navigate the depths of your commitment with a proposal at the Shedd Aquarium.
Related: check out our guide to the Shedd Aquarium, including free admission days
Where to Stay after you’ve proposed in Chicago
Looking for a place to stay after you’ve popped the question? Check out one of these delightful downtown Chicago hotels:
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