Winter Date Night Chicago: Classic vs. Creative

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 11:56am

Chicago has the best of the old and new when it comes to date night!

Chicago is beautiful city inside and out. It has so much to offer, and the best part of Chicago is the ability to find people to share those moments with. I have made some of my closest friends in this city, and the memories we have experienced together are priceless. Along with sharing Chicago with friends and family, it’s a great place to share with that special someone. I wanted to take some time and let you in on what I think are some great Chicago date night options. Whether you are an old school kinda person, or are looking for something fresh, I’ve got ya covered. Enjoy!

The Classic:

Ice-Skating, dinner and a show

It’s always a good idea to work up an apatite before dinner, so how about some ice-skating? If it’s a first date this is a perfect “ice breaker” pun intended. I would suggest hitting up The Rink at Wrigley on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday; it’s a bit cheaper. After that head over to a nice cozy noodle shop just around the corner called…you guessed it, Cozy. The food is great, and the décor is always something to talk about. After dinner you can cap of the night with some improv at iO. With shows every night of the week starting at $5, you can have a great night and not break the bank.

If you have a bit more cash at your disposal then here is a “large” version of the classic. You can still start out with some ice-skating, but go big with the rink at Millennium Park. The cityscape and the bean in the background make it a beautiful experience. With dozens of fancy downtown restaurants, I would choose one near the theatre district, as you will be attending a Broadway show later in the evening. One of my favorite spots is the Atwood Café. Inside the Burnham Hotel this restaurant is filled with so much Chicago history, and the food is great. You can walk to your final stop of a Broadway show playing near by at a variety of theaters. Make sure to look at the schedule ahead of time to see what is playing.

The Creative:

Who knew you could star gaze in Chicago?

I love road trips, and one of the things I miss most are the crystal clear nights when driving across the country. Thousands of bright starts lighting up the night, you just don’t get those types of skies here in Chicago. Thanks to the Adler Planetarium however, we can have those nights back, and in spectacular fashion! Once a month, the Adler Planetarium holds “Adler After Dark”. Every third Thursday of the month Adler keeps its doors open late and transforms into a classy lounge with a cash bar and café. It might take a bit of planning, but I can guarantee your significant other would appreciate a night under the stars.

Adler is in bit of an odd location, so when you make dinner plans make sure to plan accordingly. I would suggest finding a nice place in the south loop.  It’s a very up and coming neighborhood, and is not too far from Adler.  Check out Gioco; it’s in one of the oldest buildings in the area with a great ambiance, and great food.

Enjoy the dates! 

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Mark Lawrence
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