Looking for something that just the two of you can do? There are many romantic Chicago attractions for couples. Even though Chicago is at the heart of an inland empire, there are plenty of fun things to do together on the water.

Why not slip out to neighboring Saint Charles for a romantic paddlewheel cruise on the Fox River? Both lunch and dinner packages are available. Or get the pulse revved up with a thrilling speed boat tour of the Lakeshore or Chicago River. From their base at the Navy Pier, these fast-moving craft offer both incredible views and an informative look at the city’s art, history, and architecture. All of it is done in a way that will be simply unforgettable.

Back on dry land, the Windy City is also home to a plethora of world-class museums and exhibitions. The Field Museum of Natural History is often imitated but never surpassed. The Art Institute of Chicago offers displays in traditional genres such as paintings, but also devotes a great deal of exhibition space to native and decorative arts that showcase art in everyday life as well as in extraordinary achievements.

Nothing is more romantic than a night under the stars. Even in the daytime, Chicago fills the bill with the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum—the first planetarium in North America. Stand on the Skydeck of the Willis/Sears Tower for an equally extended view of this planet. Then come back to earth with a tour of the Home and Studio of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. This is certainly the place to start when looking for tips on remodeling.

For a thundering finale, visit suburban Hoffman Estates for the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. Gaze with wonder at all of the beautiful costumes of yore. Thrill to the clash of armored knights jousting on horseback.

Big, beautiful, and different—that’s Chicago.