Top 10 dating ideas
If you’re not into wine, Maude’s Liquor Bar serves great cocktails in an intimate setting.
Guide to Dating in Chicago: Drink If you’re looking for a place to go post-dinner (or instead of dinner), there are plenty of Chicago wine bars and drinking holes perfecting for getting to know someone special.Guide to Dating in Chicago: Slam Poetry After comedy and music, what’s next? Check out The Encyclopedia Show at the Vittum Theatre where writers and poets create often-hilarious works on-the-spot, In-One-Ear poetry night at Heartland Cafe where local poet Pete Wolf hosts five-minute spoken-word and music performances — Hipster alert: Pabst Blue Ribbon is just $2.50 here — or the Green Mill’s famous Uptown Poetry Slam where “slam” was born. Guide to Dating in Chicago: Eat Feed your date if you’re hoping to get a second one.Embrace your inner Chicagoan and offer to split what’s been called the city’s sauciest, doughiest, cheesiest deep-dish pizza at Giordano’s.Or pledge your allegiance to Pizzeria Uno, the inventors of the deep dish. Impress your date by reserving spots at one of Chicago’s two 3-star restaurants, Alinea or L2O.Other date-worthy spots: Dine on Italian tapas at Quartino Ristorante and Wine Bar, share farm-to-table plates on Prasino’s great patio, or keep it casual with sandwiches at the cozy and charming Bourgeois Pig Cafe.(Tip: The Playground, Chicago’s only co-op non-profit improv group, is by-donation-only on Sundays.
And it’s always BYOB.) If Chicago’s improv scene is good enough for Tina Fey, it’s good enough for date night.
Blues lovers need to visit Kingston Mines in Chicago’s North Side.
The Old Town School of Folk Music has an open house on the first Friday of every month.
The intimate Flight 1551 is private enough to have a real conversation, and even has an outdoor patio perfect for warm summer nights.
Webster’s Wine Bar, one of the city’s first wine bars, is a cozy, classic option.
Here are a few date ideas as you navigate the Chicago dating scene.