The kids are back to school. You can finally get your life back, especially after all that stay-at-home stuff during Covid. Then, what’s better than a parent’s night off to rekindle the romance with your partner or meet up with your fellow mommy friends and blow off some stress? Whether you’re looking for stiff drinks or live music, these best bars and restaurants in Chicago are ready to pamper you for your hard work.
2429 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
This Michelin-starred Middle Eastern restaurant in Chicago is perfect for a casual date night or for those who are trying to check out a tasting menu without breaking the bank. Priced at $78.00 per person, the menu focuses on a seasonal and localized Midwest approach to dishes of the Middle East. The four-course tasting menu allows diners to choose their adventure and diners can choose from a variety of dishes.
845 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607
El Che Steakhouse & Bar is Executive Chef/Partner John Manion’s homage to Argentina’s beloved asados, traditional backyard barbecues featuring platters of rustic flame-finished grilled beef. Located on the edge of the West Loop’s famed “restaurant row,” El Che has built a reputation as Chicago’s go-to destination for beef, South American wines and live-fire cooking.
4229 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
A destination neighborhood restaurant, Robert Et Fils is intimate in scale and quaint in detail, infused with the elegance of classic French cuisine and the joy of dining like a Parisian. On Wednesdays through Sundays, diners can enjoy Parisian drinking fare and buy-one-get-one wines from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Diners can make reservations on Tock and walk-ins are encouraged.
3335 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657
Located in the heart of Northalsted, this six-time Michelin Bib Gourmand Winner is redefining what it means to be an upscale neighborhood restaurant by creating a comfortable space to expand the diner’s taste palates. Diners can enjoy a variety of seasonal small and large plates. The expansive menu allows there to be something for everyone. Thus, Wood can be the place for a parent’s night off, or just a new monthly date spot. Your pick!
60 E. Ontario, Chicago, Illinois 60611
We all know SafeHouse Chicago serves up some innovative and sharable libations. And this Back-to-School season, they have something for the parents! A nod to our school days, the “A is For Agent”cocktail is made with Knob Creek Rye, Apple Pucker, Lemon Juice, and Simple Syrup, topped with an apple slice… And yes, you’ve guessed it: this drink is definitely nice and strong for parents who have had a, let’s just say, non-stop summer 🙂
12 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610
Enjoy an elegant parent’s night off at Sparrow, pampering yourself with Cuban flair, rum cocktails, and craft beer in this 1927 art deco building. Originally designed to be an escape for residents looking for a nightcap or late night rendezvous, the barkeeps here have been privy to intimate dialogue, essentially becoming the building’s concierge. If you’re looking to get away from your daily chaos as a parent, there honestly is no better destination in Chicago than Sparrow!
837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Beer, pork, and oysters. Did we mention delicious drinks, too? Plus, The Publican has earlier hours compared to most other bars and restaurants around. Therefore, it is a perfect getaway spot for parents since you all need to resume your routine the next day, getting your kiddos ready for school.
2456 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
If you’re looking for somewhere slow, chill, and cozy for a night away from the kids, come to Soif in Logan Square. No need to go extravagant. Sip on some delicious wine and munch on their delicious small bites. Sometimes that’s all a mom wants, am I right? Whether you’re into white, red, or bubbles, Soif has something for you. Also, we highly recommend their meat and cheese board!