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50 of The Best Date Ideas Chicago Has to Offer

By Emyli LovzJune 14, 2019Date Ideas
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Looking for some of the best date ideas Chicago has to offer?

Chicago is a single man’s playground. The Windy City is the nation’s third largest city, boasts a ratio of 116 unmarried women per 100 unmarried men, and has the second highest number of bars and restaurants per capita among the 50 largest metro areas in the US.

Living in a playground is one thing, knowing how to efficiently get the most out of the toys is another.


If you’re a proponent of MegaDating you know that the initial dating period is the most delicate. To date efficiently, the MegaDating philosophy urges followers to adhere to the following guidelines for the first three dates. This article will categorize dates depending on their juncture.

First Date

Your palms are sweaty, you curse yourself for not flossing in addition to washing your mouth, and you think she’ll notice the stain on your left sock. We all get worried on a first date, but why? You’re practically going out with a stranger, someone you may never see again. That’s why you shouldn’t invest more than one hour on your first date.

First dates should be kept to a one-hour maximum with no more than $10 being spent. This ensures that you’ll have more time and money to spend on other dates should this one not work out.

Second Date

Second dates are marked by action. An invitation to a second date means you’re at least into your date to the extent that you want to get to know her a bit better.

An active second date is great because it allows you two to build a lasting memory together. Few people will forever remember a dinner and a movie date no matter how awesome it was. However, riding bikes as the sun sets on Lake Michigan is a memory she’ll pocket forever (or at least until she’s moved on to the next dude).

In addition to being active, second dates should also be free, and full of playful touching. Hold up, did I just say free? Yup. Making a second date free ensures that you’re not attracting gold diggers. Let’s also be realistic. You’re not going to be spending $50 every time you two hang out. If you can’t have fun on a free date you two won’t make it in the long run.

Third Date

Throw those monetary and time restrictions away. A third date should be steamy, set during the night, and should take place near your home. Why near the home you ask? If you’ve been feeding her a steady diet of foreplay, by the third date that sexual tension should culminate in pillow talk. Before the date begins, practice your “come back to my place” pitch.

The following recommendations come to us from dating coaches, professionals, locals, and from yours truly -a former Chicago resident. Without further foreplay, let’s reveal the top 50 best date ideas in Chicago.


First Date Ideas Chicago

First Date Ideas Chicago #1: The Wormhole Coffee (Wicker Park)

wormhole coffeewormhole coffee shopThe Wormhole Coffee is located in the Wicker Park neighborhood. You’ll notice a giant DeLorean on the wall from Back to Future and many other 80s movie themed props. Choose from a variety of creative lattes and specialty drinks with café style seating.”

-Recommendation by Lo Najar, Business Coach and Sales Strategist at Lo Najar Coaching

I’ll admit it. Cafe joints can be awkward for first dates. With everyone either reading or pretending to write a novel, a cliche first date question can tear through the silence. Lucky for you, The Wormhole has a few nooks that grant daters the privacy they need for a first date to thrive.

First Date Ideas Chicago #2: Grab a Drink & Walk Around Randolph Street Market (West Loop)

first date ideas chicagorandolph market chicagoThis market is one of the best in the city because you can sip a mimosa, listen to live music, and browse tons of arts and antiques. Plus, it’s the last weekend of every month. It’s great for people watching and there’s something for everyone (crafts, antiques, weird jewelry, records, books, etc.).

-Recommendation by Sarah Ashley, Chicago Local and Freelance Copywriter

Arguably Chicago’s most eclectic market, Randolph Street Market is a must for a first date. For just two days every month, 100+ vendors flock to Chicago’s most prized market to sell their goods. It’s lively, effervescent with craft beer, and is the ideal spot for a first date. If the crowds prove to be too much, take a brief walk over to the adjacent Union Park.

First Date Ideas Chicago #3: Sawada Coffee (West Loop)

first date ideas chicagosawada coffee-Recommendation by Emyli Lovz, Ex-Chicago Local, Cubs Fan, & Founder of EmLovz

Both affordable and hipster-friendly, Sawada Coffee is owned by world-renowned barista and 2008 Free Pour Latte Art world champion, Sawada Hiroshi. This industrial warehouse-turned cafe will give you and your date plenty of privacy to toss some awkward first-date questions back and forth.

#4: Loba Pastry & Coffee (Roscoe Village)

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Nothing quite pairs as well as a pastry and cup of coffee. Loba makes for a relaxing first date location, just be aware of their limited hours. If your schedule allows for it, this would be a great spot for a mid-day mid-week first date.

#5: Broken English Taco Pub (The Loop, Old Town, Lincoln Park)

unique date ideas chicagoBroken English ChicagoBroken English Taco Pub is perfect for happy hour OR Taco Tuesday!  Can’t go wrong with $2 tacos and a bunch of other drink specials. A big Lucha Libre theme and many Instagram opportunities with gorgeous décor.”

-Recommendation by Lo Najar, Business Coach and Sales Strategist at Lo Najar Coaching

We don’t normally recommend restaurants for first dates, but we’ll make an exception for restaurants that have killer happy hours. Remember that first dates should be kept under $10. But with some of the best happy hours deals in town (M-Th $3 house beer, $2 Taco Tuesday, etc.) the Broken English Taco Pub is a safe choice. Not only does it fulfill MegaDating guidelines, but with three locations sprinkled across Chicago, it’ll never be an out-of-the-way date spot.

#6: Bring Your Date to Windy Kitty Cat Cafe (Wicker Park)

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It’s a freakin’ cat cafe, need I say more? The only people that should avoid such a spot are devout dog lovers and people with allergies. Lame people aside, everyone that’s ever been here has loved it.

This is an amazing date idea because you’ll get a chance to play with their 30 or so cats and kittens – that are from the shelter. It’s also advised that you make a reservation before bringing your date to this epic kitty club. Lastly, just make sure to not bring in your cats as it’s currently not allowed. There are plenty of cats you can play with that need some love. 

Note from Windy Kitty: “A lot of guys surprise their significant others with this as a date and kitten corner is such a great spot! Bringing someone here is definitely a way to win somebody’s heart.”


First Date Ideas Chicago #7: Big Shoulders Coffee (The Loop, West Town, Gold Coast,  CBOT, River North, Midway Airport) 

big shoulders coffee datedate ideas chicago-Recommendation by Emyli Lovz, Ex-Chicago Local, Cubs Fan, & Founder of EmLovz

Fresh roasted artisanal coffee anyone? Big Shoulders operates out of 6 six different establishments throughout the city. Each cafe has its own unique hours and lack of aesthetic, but for what it lacks in beauty it makes up in quality. This spot is known to both locals and transplants as one of the best coffee joints in Chicago.

#8: Doughnut Vault (River North)

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You’re jittery, doubts are rushing through your head, and you suddenly have a craving for something sweet and diabetes-inducing. First dates are awkward and stressful by nature. Mitigate those nerves by indulging in a cheat day when you bite into one of the Doughnut Vault’s finest.

#9: Purple Llama (Wicker Park)

purple llama chicagobest date ideas chicago-Recommendation by Emyli Lovz, Ex-Chicago Local, Cubs Fan, & Founder of EmLovz

There aren’t many coffee spots with 4.8 stars on Google. People come here for the outdoor seating, records, bohemian vibe, and of course the high-quality coffee. Schedule your date on a sunny day so that you two soon-to-be lovebirds can stretch your wings out in the sun.

First Date Ideas Chicago #10: Firecakes Donuts (River North, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, Loop – Wells St. Market, Billy The Truck)

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Firecakes is a company that’s been in the making since the 1930s when the owner’s great grandfather used to bake backwater donuts called, “firecakes” for loggers in Wisconsin. Taking her to a place she’s surely never been to, to try a bastard donut is a perfect first date idea.

#11: Molly’s Cupcakes (Lincoln Park, Magnificent Mile)

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What if I told you that you could support local schools, eat at a place that’s been featured in the Chicago Tribune, and eat a fresh cupcake while on a swing all at the same time? You’ll be so busy enjoying yourself that you’ll completely forget about those first date nerves.

#12: Original Rainbow Cone

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Grandpa Joe created the rainbow cone in 1926. Unsatisfied with the lack of ice cream flavors, Joe and his wife decided to make a host of new flavors. Stack them all together and you get the rainbow cone. Located in Beverly, The Original Rainbow Cone is a great date spot for those seeking to enjoy one of Chicago’s oldest and proudest establishments.

First Date Ideas Chicago #13: Margie’s Candies (Bucktown, Ravenswood)

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There are few eateries more legendary than Margie’s Candies. Famous actors, ball players, and even Al Capone himself have all stuffed their faces with Margie’s epic ice cream sundae.

#14: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (Southport, Wicker Park, North Wells, Armitage, West Loop, Wrigleyville, Oakbrook Center)

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Lines out of the door is a solid indication that maybe you should open another ice cream joint. Lines out of both doors indicate the same. Eventually, Jeni’s had so many lines out of so many doors that they decided to open 7 ice cream parlors.

#15: Sprinkles Chicago (Streeterville)

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Perhaps Sprinkles might not have the same history as other sweet-tooth eateries, it does have convenience. First dates should typically happen midweek just after work. Sprinkles is open M-S, 9-9.

First Date Ideas Chicago #16: Katherine Anne Confections (Palmer Square)

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Locally made, locally consumed. Katherine Anne Confections is the go-to spot for hand-dipped truffles, soft honey caramels, and gourmet marshmallows. Katherine Anne is the last first date spot on our list but it’s certainly worth checking out, especially if you’re already in the Palmer Square barrio.

Second Date Ideas Chicago

Second Date Ideas Chicago #17: Bike Lake Shore Drive

lake front trail date idealake front trailLake Shore Drive is an 18 mile paved bike path accessible at any point in the city. Witness gorgeous views throughout diverse neighborhoods and of course; you are riding along Lake Michigan the entire time.”

-Recommendation by Lo Najar, Business Coach and Sales Strategist at Lo Najar Coaching

Remember, second dates are meant to be both active and free. Tell your date to bring her bike so that the two of you can build the foundation of your relationship on being adventurous and healthy.

Second Date Ideas Chicago #18: Attend a Hostel Earphoria Music/Open Mic Event (Logan Square)

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Relax, I’m not suggesting the two of you attend some hostel rooftop party in the attempt to bring back your study abroad days in Europe. Earphoria is an art space that hosts music, meditation, movie, lectures, workshop events, etc. If you wanna get weird on a Friday night, this is your spot.

#19: Walk Around Millennium Park (New East Side)

millenium park chicagomillennium park chicagoYeah baby! Located between Michigan and Columbus Avenues in Randolph Street, this is like a separate town square right in the middle of the city. Exhibitions, shows, concerts all form part of these vibrant attractions to locals and tourists. Go sit on the benches and take in the spectacular view, and obviously each other’s view. There are so many things to do here. Best of all….wait, wait… Entrance is free! You do however have to pay for food and drinks at least!”


-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

Regardless of sun, snow, or catastrophic hail storms, you can be sure that Millenium Park will be buzzing. The park is great for a picnic or for a lovely Sunday afternoon jaunt.

#20: Yoga in Millennium Park

yoga millennium park“Every summer weekend in Chicago, you can participate in free Saturday morning yoga in Millennium Park. Bring your mat, towel and water and participate right in Millennium park.  To the east, your view is Lake Michigan and your view on the west is gorgeous skyscrapers – can’t beat the views and a calm Saturday morning in a busy city.”

-Recommendation by Lo Najar, Business Coach and Sales Strategist at Lo Najar Coaching

The park is awash with free stuff to do. Yoga is part of the city’s Summer workout series. Every Tuesday and Thursday free yoga classes begin at 7:30 sharp.

#21: Lincoln Park Zoo (Lincoln Park)

lincoln park zoochicago zooWomen have a soft spot for animals. Some of us like to hunt them and provide for our loved ones, but for a woman, a baby cub or a toying monkey is so cute. Lincoln Park Zoo is ideal when you are on a tight budget because it is free. Please play along with that you actually do like all animals and make sure she knows it. Hunting can wait till later..”

-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

Zoos aren’t for everyone. While some people freak out when they see prairie dogs, others get depressed when they think about how underfed they must be. Know what your date thinks about the zoo before you surprise her with a trip to check out some of the most malnourished animals in all of Chicago.


Second Date Ideas Chicago #22: Take a Circus Class at Aloft Loft (Logan Square)

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An aerial skills class in a 100+-year-old church might just be the oddest second date you’ll ever have (right next to turtle racing). At least if you fall from the ceiling and die you won’t have to travel too far to get to heaven.

Chicago Date Ideas 2nd Date: #23: Invite Her to Your Co-Ed Softball Game

chicago social date ideachicago social for a dateThere is a lot of sports clubs that you can join in Chicago. After the Polar Vortex, why not reinvigorate your limbs by running around with people who also like to run around. There is something about playing softball by the lakefront that allows one to escape feeling as though they are in the 3rd largest city in the United States. After a win or a loss, you can always grab a drink afterward with your teammates. Use the game as a way to bond with your date.”

-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

You just learned that your left-fielder is going out of town and need a stand-in. Have you ever dated your left-fielder before? It’s kind of awesome. Have your date replace your teammate for a game or two as you two bond over how kickass you are as a team. Winning together is, well, winning. Go get physical.

#24: Get Active at Brooklyn Boulders (Greektown)

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Seriously though if you haven’t seen Free Solo by now you’re out of the loop. Live out your own free soloing adventure as you scale the walls at Brooklyn Boulders.

Second Date Ideas Chicago #25: Walk, Jog, or Bike the 606 Trail (Logan Square)

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Inspired by NY’s Highline, the 606 trail is a great place to chat while taking a scenic, leisurely stroll through Chicago.

#26: Get to Know Your Date at One of Chicago’s Free Beaches (Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, South Loop, Uptown, South Shore, etc.)

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Chicago has a ton of beaches. Sure it’s a lake, but you wouldn’t know it when you’re sipping on a craft beer and taking in the view. Have a picnic, bring your dogs, play a little volleyball. Whatever activity you want to engage it, the beach is the perfect place for a second date.

#27: Check Out a Video Game Art Gallery Event (Wicker Park)

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Dude. If she’s into video games and doesn’t already know about this place, you’ve scored. What gamer doesn’t love an establishment whose sole purpose is to appreciate video games.

#28: Check Out The Museum of Science and Industry (Jackson Park)

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Maybe even after you hit the video game gallery you can head over to the Museum Of Science And Industry. This is such a great date idea because it gives you two a topic to talk about. Sometimes daters can feel like they’re flailing for a conversational topic to grab onto. This problem is solved when you let science drive the conversation.

#29: The Smart Museum of Art (Hyde Park)

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Sure it sounds a little pretentious, and you know what, it kind of is. The Smart Museum of Art is a donation-based fine arts museum.

Second Date Ideas Chicago #30: Bad Axe Throwing (Lincoln Park, Near West Side)

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For some reason, axe throwing is becoming popular all over the US. We can probably thank Game Of Thrones for the rise of the craze that has finally hit Chicago. No worries if your lady is just a novice -it’d kind of be badass if she weren’t- you two can act like badasses together.

Third Date Ideas Chicago

Third Date Ideas Chicago #31: Turtle Racing at Big Joe’s (Andersonville)

turtle racingchicago turtle racing-Recommendation by Scott W. Chicago Local

Jolanda might just be the most popular woman at Big Joe’s. Jolanda’s been around longer than most, rarely wins races, but almost always wins you a free drink. She’s been racing at Big Joe’s every Friday at 9 p.m. for years now. Sure she typically comes in last out of the five turtles in the ring, but at Big Joe’s losers win free drinks. Yeah, it’s weird, but I guarantee you no one has ever said that turtle racing was a bad third date idea.

Third Date Ideas Chicago #32: Lula Cafe (Logan Square)lula cafelula cafe date idea

“It can be difficult in other cities to find something enjoyable to eat, especially if you have very specific food choices, (like vegan, paleo, gluten-free). But in Chicago, you’re in luck – especially at Lula’s Cafe, which is geared towards organic/farm to table.”

-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

A third date should take place at night, has zero financial and time restrictions, and hopefully culminates in sex. Lula provides quality organic and vegan options in a funky backdrop.

#33: Upstairs at Gwen (River North)

gwen hotel for a dategwen date ideagwen chicago“Located in the Gwen hotel is their rooftop restaurant. My favorite is being able to eat outside on their rooftop with views of the entire city complete with private cabanas, tv’s, and bonfire pits. Gorgeous views right downtown.”

-Recommendation by Lo Najar, Business Coach and Sales Strategist at Lo Najar Coaching

For an upscale dinner head to the rooftop of the Gwen Hotel. The food, rooftop view, and general opulence of this place will make you feel like you’re on vacation. Seem like a solid Chicago date idea, don’t you think?

#34: The Chicago Diner (Logan Square)

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“Food is a great way to explore passion and sensuality.” 

-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

Should your date be a vegetarian, this is the spot for you. As the door proudly indicates, this diner joint has been meat free since 1983.

Third Date Ideas Chicago #35: Parson’s Chicken and Fish (Lincoln Park, Palmer Square)

parsons chicagoparsons chicken and fish“The fried chicken at Parson’s is simply awesome.”

-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

Anyone up for some fresh seafood? Parson’s has got you covered.

#36: Union Sushi + Barbecue Bar (River North)

union sushi + barbeque barunion sushi chicago“The name is for sure unique, as is the whole atmosphere. Great place for sushi and ramen, but with an American twist. Cocktail menu is great and unique, and anything on the menu is delicious. I love Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar for dinner, and in the summer the windows open up in the restaurant. One of my favorite places for a laid back date night!”

-Recommendation by Lo Najar, Business Coach and Sales Strategist at Lo Najar Coaching

Few menus can cover this sort of ground and still be good. Union Sushi lives up to the hype. It might be the only sushi place to call a retrofitted warehouse, but that only adds to its fusion charm.

#37: Do a Themed Boat Cruise on Lake Michigan

the odyssey chicagodinner cruises chicago“Take your partner on an evening dinner boat cruise on this magnificent lake. The skyline sparkles in the background while the sparks between the two of you are getting brighter as the evening progresses. Cruise companies offer many themed cruises. Odyssey offers Sunset, Full moon, and other themed cruises. Maybe you will enjoy the fireworks dinner cruise best, as that is your goal, fireworks later right.”

-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

If you really want to wow your lady, take her on a mini cruise getaway. Sure it’ll only be for a few hours, but you’ll be offered some of the best views, service, and disparate experiences Chicago has to offer.

#38: Chicago Magic Lounge (Andersonville)

chicago magic loungechicago magic show“You enter through a laundromat! It’s a more unique night out than say, a movie, because it’s slightly interactive and an adventure. It’s a bonding activity for sure and a great story to tell. “

-Recommendation by Sarah Ashley, Chicago Local and Freelance Copywriter

It’s weird, I know. But the goal of your third date is to stand out, not play it safe. Woo her by hitting up Chicago’s premier magic venue.

#39: Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel

centennial wheelcentennial wheel“The Ferris wheel at the navy pier is an obvious date spot in Chicago because you are in your own world while the lake view and skylights go by slowly. Oh what a romantic long kiss will occur here for all the right reasons.”

-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

Sure it’s cheesy, but name me a woman that doesn’t want to live her own version of The Notebook?

#40: Movie Night at Millennium Park

chicago movie night date ideamovies at millennium park“You can bring a picnic and set up shop in beautiful Millennium Park to watch a movie. Hint: it’s less about the movie and more about a fun time to enjoy a flick, sip some wine, and enjoy Chicago while it’s actually warm outside.”

-Recommendation by Sarah Ashley, Chicago Local and Freelance Copywriter

Netflix and chill is one thing. Watching a movie in Millennium Park is another. Most everyone wants to watch a movie here though only few have. This year they’ll screen movies such as: Black Panther, Frida, Fences, The Wiz and more.

Third Date Ideas Chicago #41: Tango Sur (Lake View)

tango surtango sur“Dinner by candlelight. This restaurant located in Southport Avenue is ideal for a romantic date night for couples. The food is great and the romantic ambiance will have your dessert somewhere else. Remember it is BYOB (bring your own bottle).”

-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

Meat on meat on meat. That’s what to expect when you mosey into an Argentine restaurant. This place has a killer combination of food and romance.

#42: Bistro Campagne (Ravenswood)

bistro campagnechicago date ideas bistro campagne“If you’re looking for a standard romantic dinner, this is the place. Highly recommend sitting outside in the courtyard, which is full of twinkly lights and trees, so you really feel like you’re in Europe. Lincoln Square is super cute, too, so after dinner a nice stroll is always a fun dessert (unless of course you’re too full after the escargots, duck confit, and creme brulee!).”

-Recommendation by Sarah Ashley, Chicago Local and Freelance Copywriter

No time is more fitting for a fancy French restaurant than a third date. It’s got candles, cutsy lights, and opulent dessert options. You can’t really go wrong with a French restaurant as far as gastronomic foreplay goes.

#43: Go to a Second City Show (Old Town Triangle)

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau was sighted here just last May. If it’s good enough for the second most important man in Canada (Drake being #1) then I’m sure you and your date will approve.

#44: Checkout a Classic Film @ Music Box Theatre (Wrigleyville)

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Are you two just not turned on by the lame Hollywood movies of today? The Music Box Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in Chicago. It exclusively plays movies – that like itself – stand the test of time.

Third Date Ideas Chicago #45: Go Bowling at Southport Lanes (Lake View)

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If you want to go back in time, this is the place to do it. You have the option of playing billiards in a room that looks like it hasn’t changed a bit since the 20s. If you’re more in the mood for bowling you’ll have to wait until the pin-boys have set up the lane for you. Protip: Never bowl when you see legs. Also, if you tip the pin-boys, they’ll knock down all the pins for you. Shhhhh, don’t tell.

#46: Adler After Dark Date Night (Northerly Island)

adler after dark date idea chicagoadler after dark date-Recommendation by Emyli Lovz, Ex-Chicago Local, Cubs Fan, & Founder of EmLovz

Does looking up at the stars in a planetarium get any more romantic? Sure you could be singing and floating around like Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, but staying on the ground and gazing up into the never-ending expanse of space is still pretty magical. Galileo would agree.

Third Date Ideas Chicago #47: Wine and Paint Night at Bottle & Bottega

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Tipsy painting, I think yes. Should you two strike up a lasting partnership after this date, painting and sipping on Malbec can become your new shared hobby.

#48: Grab a Beer or Tour at Malt Row (Ravenswood)

malt row chicagomalt row chicago-Recommendation by Emyli Lovz, Ex-Chicago Local, Cubs Fan, & Founder of EmLovz

If the Netflix original show, Easy, based entirely in Chicago has taught us anything it’s that you’re bound to run across a beer snob while dating in Chicago. When this happens be sure to bring them to a quality brewery. Malt Row is that brewery.

#49: Go Dancing @ Beauty Bar (Noble Square)

the beauty bar chicagothe beauty bar chicagoIt seems as though in Chicago, everyone is a musician, or they are friends with someone who is a musician. Since there are so many of them, that means there is an abundance of different open mic and open jam nights throughout the city. Beauty Bar is a must, especially if you and your date like to dance.”

-Recommendation by April Davis, President and Matchmaker of LUMASearch

The Beauty Bar isn’t for timid dancers. People come here to shake their asses and get down. This place is a strictly third date destination. The dance spot likes to change the music up, so check to see what the DJ is spinning before you go, or don’t and roll with the tempo. Be warned that this place can get both packed and loud. Be sure that your dynamic can stand up against loud music and sweaty dudes.

Chicago Date Ideas for Couples

#50: Cubs Game @ Wrigley Field (Wrigleyville)date ideas for couples chicagowrigley field

-Recommendation by Chris and Cathy T, Chicago Locals

Come on now. Wrigley Field is the most outlandish, storied, cursed, ludicrous ballpark in America. It looks like what would happen if Frederick Olmsted designed a stadium.

In Conclusion

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