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Make it a Date with Navy Pier

April 21, 2016

Navy Pier has long been known as a date night destination for Chicago couples, but these out-of-the-box date ideas are going to inspire you to add a new twist to your evening (or morning!) of romance. Whether you’re out and about celebrating an anniversary or simply taking advantage of much-needed together time, try these ideas for your next date! 

Mobile Happy Hour 


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Thanks to last year’s ordinance, you can now take your alcoholic beverages along for your stroll down Navy Pier. Start with a stop at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville for a ‘5 O’Clock Somewhere’ or other paradise-inspired beverage. During the week from 4-7 p.m., the restaurant has a special selection of drinks at happy hour prices so you can be the couple that spends time together and remains budget-conscious.

A newer option is DMK Burger Bar’s Walk-up Window where you can enjoy five delicious cocktails and draft or canned beer. The fun-loving couple should especially enjoy the Frozen Rum Flipper, complete with a dolphin banana! 

Starting to get hungry? Enter Bubba Gump Shrimp! Grab some appetizers like their deep-fried calamari or popcorn shrimp and perhaps a specialty drink if you’re feeling up to it. 

Traditional with a Twist

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Date night is all in the details! Riva Crab House has crafted the perfect atmosphere for a night of love. Every Tuesday, Riva offers a special section of tables that include the lake and skyline views. Call ahead to reserve a table and get a personalized, prix fixe menu! Chef favorites like Lobster Diavolo or Alaskan Halibut are available, along with appetizers and a dessert duo. 

Board a Love Boat


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Take your love on the lake with dinner aboard one of the luxurious Entertainment Cruises ships. Let the magical  sunset against the skyline take your breath away while you enjoy a tour around Lake Michigan featuring a panoramic view of Chicago. Specialty and holiday cruises change often, so always check our website for the most updated date night options!

Early Rising Couples


Any morning birds out there? Do your daily couple’s workout routine on the Pier to start the day with the beauty and serenity of the lake. Share a quiet morning with your beau and break a sweat? Can’t beat that! The only thing left is to grab brunch afterward to re-fuel. 

Don’t forget to checkout our current and upcoming events page so you can stay informed on seasonal activities, exhibits and events – you’ll never know what we’ll have in store for you two next! 

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