Best Honeymoon packages in Chicago?
UPDATED (with more links and info):
These sites might help with a lot of information:
Other than that, I just have "romance" related suggestions:
If expense is no worry, then the Pennisula (http://www.peninsula.com/Chicago/en/default.aspx ) and Four Seasons hotels (http://www.fourseasons.com/chicagofs/ ) are usually ranked the highest. For something very modern, there is the W hotel (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=2005 ). Sybaris always touts itself as a romantic option - http://www.sybaris.com/modules/main/default.aspx .
Boutique hotels offer personalized service, with a sometimes quirky bent. Some boutique hotels that you might want to look into is the new Wit hotel (http://www.thewithotel.com/ ), Hotel Allegro (http://www.allegrochicago.com/ ), Hotel Felix (http://www.hotelfelixchicago.com/ ), Hotel Burnham (http://www.burnhamhotel.com/ ), and Hotel Monaco (http://www.monaco-chicago.com ).
Also, there is the bedbreakfast option, which may require a stay of at least 2 to 3 days. You can check out this site - http://www.chicago-bed-breakfast.com/index.html - for some B&Bs to look into. Some unique B&B's include - The Monastery of the Holy Cross (http://chicagomonk.org/?page_id=21 ) and House 5863 (http://www.house5863.com/ - modern). The BedBreakfast site has some "Hot Deals" that you can check out here - http://www.bedandbreakfast.com/HotDeals.aspx . There are some nice options outside of Chicago like Lynfred Winery BedBreakfast in Roselle, IL (under an hour away); Chestnut Street Inn in Sheffield, IL; Galena, IL; and Lake Geneva, IL.
Otherwise, check out a multi-search site like Dealbase (http://www.dealbase.com/Chicago-hotel-deals-discounts-714 ) to search for hotels. Otherwise, some basic sites to check out are http://expedia.com , http://orbitz.com , http://www.quikbook.com/ , http://travelocity.com , and http://hotels.com . If you're keen on a particular hotel, check their site for deals and look for tips from a site like Yelp (http://yelp.com ) or TripAdvisor (http://www.tripadvisor.com/ ). Priceline (http://priceline.com ) offers good deals, but it can be a risky choice if you are picky about time and other preferences.
Study a map of Chicago and pick out top spots that you want to go to. It'll likely save you some time if you have a basic understanding of the city's grid system, major spots, and public transportation (http://www.transitchicago.com ). You can hire a limo or take taxis too. Again, your budget and interests aren't clear, but here are some suggestions:
* Walk along Lake Michigan. There are beach areas. In the downtown area, there is the Museum Campus to check out. There is Navy Pier, which has plenty of attractions. You can even go on a cruise. See http://www.chicagotraveler.com/boat_tours.htm .
* Millennium Park (http://www.millenniumpark.org ) at night is beautiful. Grant Park is nice too, with the famous Buckingham Fountain. Strolling around there is free. If you go further north, you can take pictures along the Chicago River's bridges and walkways. You can go on a boat tour.
* There is the Art Institute of Chicago (http://www.artic.edu/aic/ , WashingtonMichigan - east side). You can also walk to it via the bridge in the back of Millennium Park. They opened a fabulous Modern Art Wing last summer. If you don't want to go in (for some crazy reason), just take a picture with the lions out front and check out the other outdoor displays around the building. There are weekly free times and some free days during the year. Yet there are many more museums - some more obscure than others - which you can check out. See http://www.centerstagechicago.com/other/styles/museums.html for a list.
* Chicago Cultural Center (http://www.chicagoculturalcenter.org , on NW corner of Washington and Michigan) - If you want some background on all things Chicago and check out local creativity, this lovely building is cool to explore. Plus, it's free.
* Take the tour up Willis Tower (http://www.willistower.com/ ) on Wacker Drive. The tower has a new viewing area where you can step out and feel like you're walking on air. You can eat the Venice Cafe while you're there too. Also, you can check out the John Hancock Observatory. It's Signature Room (http://www.signatureroom.com ) is a top fine-dining pick for many with great views from the 95/96th floors. Also, the Trump International HotelTower Chicago has Sixteen, a fine dining restaurant on the 16th floor, with views of the Chicago River. See http://www.trumpchicagohotel.com/Food_Wine/Food_Wine.asp .
* Japonais Restaurant (http://www.japonaischicago.com/index2.html ) - The interior of this place is sensual. It sits along the Chicago River, and the lounge alone is something to check out. The food is cool (but pricey) too; particularly if you like to sizzle meat on a stone. If you're not hungry, just lounge around. I was impressed.
* The Magnificent Mile is pretty ... you know. See http://www.themagnificentmile.com/ . For deep dish pizza, go to Pizzeria Uno or Due (http://www.unos.com ), Lou Malnati's (http://www.loumalnatis.com ), or Gino's East (http://www.ginoseast.com - can write on walls there). The Pizzeria Uno group claims to be the originator of the deep dish. The Malnati family was involved in that dish creation. I always recommend the Grand Lux Cafe on MichiganOntario (above Ann Taylor) for eating within the $15-$30 range. This place has an opulent feel. You can ask for a plush booth seat next to the window to look down on Michigan Ave. It's a Lettuce Entertain You restaurant, a restaurant management company which owns top-quality places. Check out more LEY restaurants here: http://www.leye.com/restaurants . Wildfire restaurants (also part of the Lettuce Entertain You group) are always great and has various locations. See http://www.wildfirerestaurant.com/ .
On the more expensive end, there is Zest (http://www.icchicagohotel.com/dining/zest_restaurant.cfm ). You can get a view of Michigan Avenue as well, if you ask for a seat by a window. It's the restaurant for the Hotel Intercontinental. I found the flavor combinations here interesting too. A top Italian restaurant would be Spiaggia (http://www.spiaggiarestaurant.com ) and it has views of Michigan Avenue.
* You shouldn't go to Chicago without catching a blues show (i.e. Buddy Guy's Legends would be a key spot - http://www.buddyguys.com/ ).
* You can visit Hyde Park in the near south area. The Obamas have a residence there. Also, the Hyde Park Art Center (http://www.hydeparkart.org ) is cool to check out. A fun place to eat is Medici on 57th (http://www.medici57.com ).
* A bit further south and you'll run into Chinatown - one of the more inexpensive but cool areas to explore (http://www.chicagochinatown.org/cccorg/home.jsp ). Dine at Phoenix (http://www.chinatownphoenix.com/ ).
* Explore various neighborhoods like Printers Row, Wicker Park/Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Greektown, and Little Italy.
* An architectural tour is always interesting (http://www.architecture.org/tours.aspx ). You could go on a chocolate tour (http://www.chicagochocolatetours.com/tours/ ).
* Fondue is always romantic. You can get some together at the chain restaurant - The Melting Pot (http://www.meltingpot.com/ ). Gejas Cafe (http://www.gejascafe.com/ ) has fondue, but also features live Classical and Flamenco guitar. There is the Chocolate Bar at the Peninsula Hotel (http://www.centerstagechicago.com/bars/chocolate-bar.html ) too.
* Tapas is fun - getting a variety of usually Spanish food on small plates. Great for sharing in groups. One good spot is Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba (http://www.cafebabareeba.com ). Some nice spots to check out in the neighborhood is Vosges Haut Chocolate (http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/ ), LUSH (http://www.lush.com/ ), Aroma Workshop (http://aromaworkshop.com ) for making perfume/lotions/oils, and Swirlz (http://www.swirlzcupcakes.com ). Emilio's is another tasty tapas adventure (http://emiliostapas.com ). There's an Emilio's in Streeterville.
* Feast (http://www.feastrestaurant.com/ ) for dinner in Wicker Park/Bucktown is very nice. Yet a more romantic spot is The Violet Hour (http://www.theviolethour.com/ ).
* For some excitement, Nacional 27 is the place to eat, drink, and get your Latin dance on. See http://www.n27chicago.com/ . It's pricey, but worth it for a special night. I've enjoyed a lot of good times there for various weekend outings. Carnivale (http://www.carnivalechicago.com ) has a lively atmosphere. Also, you can watch belly dancing, get your hookah on, and eat some tasty Middle Eastern food at Juliana Restaurant and Nightclub (http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?erube_fh=wttw&wttw.submit.CPRestaurantDetail=1&wttw.RestaurantID=124 ). Other entertaining spots are the Green Mill in Uptown (http://www.greenmilljazz.com/ ), Howl at the Moon (http://www.howlatthemoon.com/the-show ), and Second City (http://www.secondcity.com/ ).
* Morton's Steakhouse (http://www.mortons.com/ ), Pars Cove (http://www.parscove.com/ ), Fogo de Chao (http://www.fogodechao.com/ ), Hot Chocolate (http://www.hotchocolatechicago.com/ ), and a Travola (http://www.atavolachicago.com/ ) are top rated.
* Other hookah places (see http://chicago.citysearch.com/listings/chicago-il/hookah/58044?what=Hookah http://www.centerstagechicago.com/search/index.cfm?phrase=hookah&button.x=0&button.y=0&button=FIND ) are possibilities. See http://hookahchicago.com as well.