The Chicago Singles Scene
The millions who call Chicago home know one thing for certain: dating in the Windy City can be tough. From summers at the beach to winters watching the Blackhawks, from checking out improv theater (usually packed with future SNL stars) to discovering a new jazz joint, there’s always plenty to do in Chicago. Of course, the flip side of all this excitement is that the fast-paced action can mean it’s hard to meet singles to really get excited about – something many Chicago singles know only too well! But, despite the difficulty, there is a trick to Chicago dating: you just have to get smart about where you choose to look for love.
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Chicago Date Ideas
Once you meet that perfect single Chicagoan (the one who gives you the good kind of butterflies), it’s time for the fun of Chicago dating to really begin. There's an endless amount of great date ideas in Chicago, check out just a few of our favorites below. We compiled the best date ideas for Chicago singles on a map for your convenience. You can discover more about these suggestions in our article 7 Fun Date Ideas in Chicago. Or enjoy some added inspirational suggestions below.
Impressive places for Chicago singles to go on a date
At EliteSingles we are confident our members will meet their match. So we added a few more date ideas for Chicago's singles. Some dates are a casual party for two, or maybe you even joining a group activity and meeting their friends for the first time. Here are some fun ideas to step up a date in Chicago.
If you want to have a drink, try Lone Wolf, for a cool bar with the winning combo of leather lined booths, laid-back hot dogs, and great cocktails. A good place to kick off the first date. On a different note, why not go to a comedy club - its Chicago and practically part of the lifestyle. Two of our favorites are the iO Theatre and the Laugh Factory.
Being in nature is a great way to turn up the romance. Come rain or shine, the Garfield Park Conservatory is a beautiful, green backdrop to set the scene for a date. Or why not do something daring and spend the afternoon at Brooklyn Boulders climbing, with all the equipment you need available for hire. What better way to see if you click then taking part in activities together on your date! And it's a good way to take the pressure off when you're meeting each other's friends. Or if you're looking for a fun and free option, try a stroll in one of the City's many beautiful parks or take in the sparkling sights and sounds of the Chicago Riverwalk.
If you want to make it a big event or keep it casual, there's an option for you. And whether it's your first or third date, if you're a busy professional trying to fit in a drink or maybe a more social occasion, when choosing your date destination consider the appropriate setting and experience for your lifestyle and preferences. And once you have chosen your date spot, look out for your date's body language to read their secret signs of attraction.
Want a roamntic weekend outside of Chicago? Try our tips for Cincinnati dating, for Louisville date ideas, or for finding romance in Columbus