Looking for a getaway from the typical scenery? Check out these ideas of where to go with your significant other.

Galena, Illinois

Romantic Getaways for Chicago Couples

Drive a few hours to get to Galena, which was named one of the most charming towns on TripAdvisor. Cobblestone streets and mansions evoke a time gone by, but that makes it all the more charming. Wander through the Belvedere Mansion and Gardens, before heading to Grant Park.

The gazebo is the perfect place to get some alone time and take in the scenery. End your day at the luxurious Goldmoor Inn restaurant. Its menu changes seasonally; right now, you can indulge in dishes such as scallops, steak and seductive desserts. There are also plenty of drinks to toast your getaway, from champagne to chardonnay.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The largest city in the state is a great destination for culture buffs. The best part is it is only about three hours from Chicago. Get your drink on at one of the major breweries; Eagle Park Brewing Company has some standout ales and IPAs, sure to please your other half.

Spend the rest of your afternoon at the Milwaukee Museum of Art, which houses over 25,000 works. After a long day of walking, hang out in the InterContinental Milwaukee’s modern lounge. Order room service for breakfast and spend the day lounging.

Willowbrook, Illinois

Want to be near the city, but enjoy a romantic getaway with a little more seclusion? The Champagne Lodge is a boutique hotel in Willowbrook that sits 18 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, while also located a few miles from Waterfall Glenn, where couples can enjoy scenic hiking trails, horseback riding, or biking.

Starved Rock State Park – LaSalle County, Illinois

Do you or your partner like to do anything outdoors? If so, head to Starved Rock State Park. Climb around the canyons, cool off in the waterfalls and hike the wooded trails as you keep an eye out for animals.

Book a room or cabin at the park’s lodge, listen to some live music, treat the two of you to a massage session and chow down on the restaurant’s Sunday brunch before you hit the road. Located less than seven miles away from the park, Brandy’s Fine Food & Cocktails offers some drinks and hearty dishes to nosh after your time spent outdoors.

Holland, Michigan

Have you always wanted to travel internationally with your babe but have not gotten the chance? In just over two hours, you can arrive in Holland, Michigan, where you will get a taste of Europe in the Midwest.

Take some couple photos at the Windmill Island Gardens, wander through the rows of tulips at the Veldheer Tulip Garden and visit during Tulip Time for more fun.

Chicago, Illinois

Sometimes life gets too busy to plan a long trip. Sometimes you just want to stay where you are and relax. There are plenty of romantic things to do right in Chicago. The Harold Washington Center’s Winter Garden is a hidden gem.

Head to the ninth floor for some quiet and take in the beautiful surroundings. There are few foods that can be made more romantic than fondue, so take turns feeding each other at Geja’s Café. Snuggle up by the fire and indulge your senses. As the day turns into night, witness the stunning display of music and light coming from Buckingham Fountain.

Get away from it all and take a memorable, romantic trip. You deserve it!

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