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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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(Photo Credit: DMK/Facebook)

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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(Photo Credit: Odyssey Cruises Chicago/Facebook)

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

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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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