The James & Sons Fine Jewelers family is thrilled to be celebrating the summer season! While we have been hibernating all winter and then sheltering in place for months, Chicagoans are feeling refreshed by the opportunity to get outdoors for fresh air. This summer looks different than any other summer before, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a great time to propose! You can find outdoor dining at one of Chicago’s many fabulous restaurants or stroll through parks in downtown Chicago and the Chicagoland suburbs. There are still plenty of wonderful options! Here at James & Sons, we understand that planning the perfect proposal can be intimidating. So, we have compiled a list of ideas to inspire you to pop the question in a special and memorable way!


Indiana Dunes

Take a quick trip to the Indiana Dunes for the perfect beach proposal! The Indiana Dunes are open for the public and there should be plenty of room to keep a safe distance from others if you go during the week. Impress your significant other by setting up a nice picnic with a romantic packed lunch, large beach towel, beach umbrella, speaker to play music, and champagne to celebrate after she says ‘yes’. This will be the perfect setting for a relaxing day and special, intimate proposal. She will LOVE to see this TACORI Petite Crescent Engagement Ring shining in the sunlight. Be sure to get some pictures of the wonderful moment!

Summer 2020 Proposal Ideas

Your Backyard

I think that we all have a new found appreciation for the safety of our own homes. It's a place that we love and we have been able to spend more time there with those that we love the most. Because of this, we think that this would be a great option to pop the big question this summer. Make it a surprise by setting up a romantic atmosphere with cafe string lights, music, a nice dinner (homemade or take-out), and champagne, of course! Another great idea is to place your favorite phots of you two as a couple around the backyard. A warm, Chicagoland summer night will make for the backdrop of a very special moment. Wow her by presenting the Fana Solitaire Engagement Ring with the center diamond shape of your choice that she will absolutely say 'yes' to!

Summer 2020 Proposal Ideas

Outdoor Dining
Chicago has a world-class selection of trendy bars and restaurants, and outdoor dining is more appreciated than ever! Imagine popping the question with this Hearts On Fire Destiny Love Engagement Ring with stunning summertime-Chi as the backdrop of this very important moment. Start the night off by grabbing a delicious meal and drinks and, when the time is right, surprise her by getting down on one knee. Your fellow diners will applaude for you when she says 'yes'! What a beautiful setting for this life-changing moment!

No matter how you choose to pop the question, we always recommend that you have a close family or friend or photographer capture this moment. You’ll love being able to look back at those images years later as the moment that started your forever. And remember, no matter where you pop the question, James & Sons is where you get engaged! Be sure to use the hashtag #WhereChicagolandGetsEngaged on social media to be featured on our social channels!

Visit a James & Sons store in Chicago, Orland Park, or Schererville for all of your engagement ring needs!