Winter Date Night In The City

Happy New Year, everyone!

So sorry for the radio silence this last week. We took the first week of the year off to continue to enjoy family and friends – and frankly, stay out of these freezing temperatures.
Shawn and I did have an opportunity to break out this last weekend for a really fun holiday winter date night in the city. We switched up our New Year’s plan by coordinating a New Year’s Eve Eve celebration.

We saw The Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theater followed by an amazing dinner at I|O at The Godfrey Hotel.

Y’all, I cannot say enough great things about both experiences.

Let’s chat first about The Christmas Carol at The Goodman Theater.

The Goodman Theater is such a wonder Chicago landmark with an incredible history. The theater itself is smaller and so quaint. Any seat in the house is fantastic. And, Shawn and I both were blown away by the production.

The evening Shawn and I attended the plan, The Goodman Theater had put on a sensory friendly version of The Christmas Carol.  Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed Performances are designed to create a performing arts experience that is intended for families with members who have autism or other social, cognitive and physical challenges that create sensory sensitivities.

Accommodations for the sensory-friendly performance includes:

  • Lower sound level, especially for startling or loud sounds
  • House Lights remain on at a low level during the performance
  • A reduction of strobe lighting or lighting focused on the audience
  • Patrons are free to talk and leave their seats during the performance
  • Designated quiet areas within the theater building
  • Space throughout the theater for standing and movement
  • Limited crowds and visitors at Goodman Theatre during the day and timing of the performance
  • Goodman Theatre staff trained to be inviting and accommodating to families’ needs.

It was truly wonderful to see this dedication from the venue – and to see so many families enjoying this wonderful holiday celebration.

|| Lamb Lollichops ||

After the play, the winter date night festivities continued at one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago, I|O.

Y’all, I don’t even know where to begin to tell you all the great things offered at I|O.

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen this past weekend the fabulous food, cocktail and really fun outdoor igloos currently featured at I|O.

The staff and management at I|O always do a really incredible job with the handcrafted cocktail and food menu – as well as the great utilization of their outdoor rooftop. It’s always rooftop season at I|O. Weather or not, the patio is always open with breathtaking views of Chicago.

If you’re looking to entertain out-of-town guests, business associates or just looking for a unique winter date night idea, don’t look any further than I|O.

For dinner, Shawn and I chose to go with the Trust The Chef special. It’s a fantastic way to experience a little bit of everything from their menu and meant to serve 2-4 people. It’s definitely a lot of food so I suggest going with another couple or friends to really enhance the experience.

With Trust the Chef we sampled:

  • Shrimp Tacos
  • Lamb Lollichops
  • Godfrey Maki
  • Market Place Ravioli
  • Salmon Filet
  • NY Strip

Seriously yum!  Go out on a limb and allow the chef to chose your cuisine during your next visit.  You will not be disappointed!  Visit here for their full dinner menu.

Vanilla Manhattan || Salmon Filet

|| NY Strip||

Rainbow Sangria || Mezcal Cider

|| Shrimp Tacos ||

|| Godfrey Maki ||

 Market Place Ravioli || Completely handmade and one of my favorites!

Looking for cocktail recommendations? Definitely try:

  • Rainbow Sangria
  • Mezcal Cider
  • Godfrey Toddy (such a cool experience!) – serves 2
  • Old Fashioned
  • Smoked Vanilla Manhattan

The cocktail options at Godfrey’s I|O are truly out-of-this-world unique.  You will not be disappointed in your experience.  I can almost guarantee it!

What are your winter date night destination favorites?



  1. Heidi
    January 12, 2018 / 3:07 pm

    What a fun night and you look fabulous! I need to make plans to get to the theater, it’s one of my favorite things Chicago has to offer. I hope you’re staying warm pretty lady!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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