Illinois – the heart of the Midwest and home to Abraham Lincoln, jazz, Michelin-starred restaurants, wineries and gorgeous state parks – has a lot to offer couples hoping for a romantic weekend away. History lovers can find Civil War-era mansions and sites all over, though Galena and Bloomington are especially rewarding. Visit museums and indulge in spa treatments, get away from it all at Lake Geneva, or get into it all in Chicago.
I love Chicago, my home and favorite city on earth, but when my partner and I need a break from the city, we head to Galena for boutiques or Carbondale to try new wineries. Sometimes we stay in the city, but relocate to the Peninsula hotel, the most indulgent getaway of all.
Whether you’re a couple who loves fun and games or reading and relaxation, there’s a romantic getaway nearby for you.