Important PSA: Only a few weeks of summer remain. Related PSA: Everyone’s favorite architecture boat tour now offers voyages by night. So how about charting one more date night before summer ends? Here’s your three-step plan to doing it right.
Step One: Get Something Nice
Begin the evening with a pop in to the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel’s newest addition, Madison Hall. They’ve got things she’ll love: Laura Lombardi jewelry, Illesteva sunglasses and smart tote bags from Bags in Progress, while you can pick up a comfy new tee by Reigning Champ. This is also the sort of night where their Christine Noelle floral-shop-in-shop will come in handy. Foolproof start.
Step Two: Get on a Boat
The one thing locals loves as much as tourists: The Chicago Architecture Foundation’s river tour. And those skyscraper lovers have done us all a solid by adding nightly twilight cruises. There’s nothing more lovely: the warm city glow with a drink in hand while getting the lowdown on more than 50 buildings along the river. Consider it a refresher for the Chicago Architecture Biennial.
Step Three: Get to the Hamptons (Sorta)
After the cruise, walk those little sea legs over to the Hampton Social — the new River North eatery with seafood bites and coastal beach vibes. Take a look around: the whitewashed walls, the hammocks, the rocking chairs — this place is designed to transport you to the Hamptons. The food follows suit (menu’s here). Don’t sleep on the lobster Montauk Mac.
Join America's Fastest Growing Spirits Newsletter THE SPILL. Unlock all the reviews, recipes and revelry — and get 15% off award-winning La Tierra de Acre Mezcal.