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11 best places to make out in Chicago, mapped

Valentine’s Day is here, folks.

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Valentine’s Day can be tricky, and if you’re not a planner you might be scrambling a bit. Our advice? Keep it simple. You can never go wrong with good old-fashioned make out. Whether you’ve got a special sweetie or want to keep this list in your back pocket for later here are 11 great spots for making out in Chicago. Find a secluded spot in a lush garden conservatory. Or gaze over the city lights in a ferries wheel. Maybe you’d like to snap a picturesque photo under a glimmering Tiffany (hint, hint) glass dome?

Note: Map is organized from North to South.

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1. Music Box Theatre

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3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 871-6604
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This is no regular movie theater make out session. The Music Box Theatre harkens back to the days of elegant movie palaces. Built in 1929 the theater still retains the same charm. Here you’ll find a dark blue ceiling with twinkling stars, cloud formations and faux columns that bring to mind an al fresco plaza in Tuscany.

2. The Park At Wrigley

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3637 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 388-8260
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A Cubs fan? The new park just off to the side of the field offers amphitheater-style seating where you can relax and gaze up at the marquee. There’s also a quite fancy Starbucks Reserve here, only one of a few in the city.

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3. Lincoln Park Zoo

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2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000
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If the flamingos are out in winter, you’ll be fine too. Take a brisk winter stroll through the zoo’s grounds, maybe warming up in the Kolver Lion House if you choose. Although the holiday Zoo Lights have come down, that also means the families and children have emptied out (at least a little bit). Now it’s your time.

4. Magnificent Mile

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Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL 60611

Take a, perhaps pricey, ride around the block and treat your beau to a Chicago tradition. If you want to embrace what part of this holiday is about—mushy cards, boxed chocolate and all the cliches—this is how you might want to end your evening.

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5. Centennial Wheel

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600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(800) 595-7437
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Every Chicagoan has at one time said, Navy Pier is for just tourists. But it’s time stop resisting the romance that could be. Love is in the air—200 feet up, with 360 degree views. The VIP gondola has a glass floor, but who really cares when your making out with your honey?

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6. Garfield Park Conservatory

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300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624
(312) 746-5100
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This is one of the largest conservatories in the nation and often referred to as “landscape are under the glass.” The Jen Jenson-designed site houses thousands of plants from all different climates. Don’t waste your money on a bouquet—the conservatory’s spring flower show just opened too!

7. Chicago Cultural Center

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78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 744-3316
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This landmark building used to house the first Chicago Public Library. Now its floors are filled with art exhibitions and used for events. It’s also the site of an ornate, glass Tiffany dome (yes, that little blue box Tiffany). The 38-foot diameter dome was crafted by the jeweler’s chief mosaicist J. A. Holzer and is valued at $35 million.

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8. Millennium Park

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Millennium Park
Chicago, IL 60601

Bundle up and grab your skates. The twinkly lights, crisp fresh air and magic of Millennium Park. Are you imagining all the Boomerangs you (or your significant other) will be dying to capture? With nearly a 100,000 ice skaters visiting per year, this is also one of the best winter people watching spots if you and your boo get tired of the PDA.

9. Chicago Athletic Association

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 940-3552
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Here’s a fantastic old building that’s got a lot of charm. It’s hard not to imagine all that has happened within its walls. Cozy on up next to a grand fire place in the Drawing Room or see if you can snag a table in the dim-lit Game Room. Head up stairs to Cindy’s for sprawling, one-of-a-kind views of the city.

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10. Harold Washington Library

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Harold Washington Library, 400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

What’s more romantic than sneaking through stacks of books with your love? Head up to the top floor Winter Garden for amazing, light-filled magic.

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11. Garden of the Phoenix

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S Cornell Dr
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 256-0903
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Garden of the Phoenix sits on historic Wooded Island in Jackson Park. Take your sweetie through the art-filled Japanese garden, which traces back to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The quiet winter scene and winding pathways with little foot bridges will no doubt present an opportunity for true romance.

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1. Music Box Theatre

3733 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

This is no regular movie theater make out session. The Music Box Theatre harkens back to the days of elegant movie palaces. Built in 1929 the theater still retains the same charm. Here you’ll find a dark blue ceiling with twinkling stars, cloud formations and faux columns that bring to mind an al fresco plaza in Tuscany.

3733 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

2. The Park At Wrigley

3637 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

A Cubs fan? The new park just off to the side of the field offers amphitheater-style seating where you can relax and gaze up at the marquee. There’s also a quite fancy Starbucks Reserve here, only one of a few in the city.

3637 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60613

3. Lincoln Park Zoo

2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

If the flamingos are out in winter, you’ll be fine too. Take a brisk winter stroll through the zoo’s grounds, maybe warming up in the Kolver Lion House if you choose. Although the holiday Zoo Lights have come down, that also means the families and children have emptied out (at least a little bit). Now it’s your time.

2001 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Magnificent Mile

Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL 60611

Take a, perhaps pricey, ride around the block and treat your beau to a Chicago tradition. If you want to embrace what part of this holiday is about—mushy cards, boxed chocolate and all the cliches—this is how you might want to end your evening.

Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL 60611

5. Centennial Wheel

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Every Chicagoan has at one time said, Navy Pier is for just tourists. But it’s time stop resisting the romance that could be. Love is in the air—200 feet up, with 360 degree views. The VIP gondola has a glass floor, but who really cares when your making out with your honey?

600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

6. Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

This is one of the largest conservatories in the nation and often referred to as “landscape are under the glass.” The Jen Jenson-designed site houses thousands of plants from all different climates. Don’t waste your money on a bouquet—the conservatory’s spring flower show just opened too!

300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624

7. Chicago Cultural Center

78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

This landmark building used to house the first Chicago Public Library. Now its floors are filled with art exhibitions and used for events. It’s also the site of an ornate, glass Tiffany dome (yes, that little blue box Tiffany). The 38-foot diameter dome was crafted by the jeweler’s chief mosaicist J. A. Holzer and is valued at $35 million.

78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602

8. Millennium Park

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL 60601

Bundle up and grab your skates. The twinkly lights, crisp fresh air and magic of Millennium Park. Are you imagining all the Boomerangs you (or your significant other) will be dying to capture? With nearly a 100,000 ice skaters visiting per year, this is also one of the best winter people watching spots if you and your boo get tired of the PDA.

Millennium Park
Chicago, IL 60601

9. Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

Here’s a fantastic old building that’s got a lot of charm. It’s hard not to imagine all that has happened within its walls. Cozy on up next to a grand fire place in the Drawing Room or see if you can snag a table in the dim-lit Game Room. Head up stairs to Cindy’s for sprawling, one-of-a-kind views of the city.

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

10. Harold Washington Library

Harold Washington Library, 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605

What’s more romantic than sneaking through stacks of books with your love? Head up to the top floor Winter Garden for amazing, light-filled magic.

Harold Washington Library, 400 S State St
Chicago, IL 60605

11. Garden of the Phoenix

S Cornell Dr, Chicago, IL 60637

Garden of the Phoenix sits on historic Wooded Island in Jackson Park. Take your sweetie through the art-filled Japanese garden, which traces back to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. The quiet winter scene and winding pathways with little foot bridges will no doubt present an opportunity for true romance.

S Cornell Dr
Chicago, IL 60637