WBEZ | Schubas http://www.wbez.org/tags/schubas-0 Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Best date spots in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-07/best-date-spots-chicago-107951 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/promontory point.jpg" style="float: right; width: 400px; height: 270px; " title="A summer's day on Promontory Point. (Flickr/Dottie B)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Summer is prime dating season in Chicago, so why not get out there and enjoy it?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Whether you&#39;re looking to surprise your significant other or treat your longtime crush to a first date that both of you will never forget, these fun-filled activities are sure to make sparks fly:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>For the foodies:</strong></div><p>A Sunday stroll through a neighborhood<a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/farmers_market.html" target="_blank"> farmer&#39;s market</a> or Friday night sojourn to a&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/stories/1839-2013-chicago-festival-guide" target="_blank">street fest</a>&nbsp;with food trucks aplenty is a great way to introduce your date to new cuisines while still being able to walk, talk and enjoy the summer scenery.</p><p>If you do decide to go to a restaurant, make it an early dinner (I suggest Balena, Bluebird or Tango Sur) and then check out a new play at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org" target="_blank">Steppenwolf Garage</a>&nbsp;or comedy show at <a href="http://ioimprov.com/chicago/" target="_blank">iO Theater</a>,&nbsp;both tickets $20 or less.&nbsp;Have a drink afterwards (I&#39;m partial to The Violet Hour and Bangers &amp; Lace) to discuss your favorite parts.</p><p><strong>For the artists: </strong></p><p><a href="http://bottleandbottega.com" target="_blank">Bottle &amp; Bodega</a> and <a href="http://www.artsnspirits.com" target="_blank">Arts n Spirits</a>&nbsp;are perfect spots for couples to sip on wine or mimosas as they paint. And while a thorough canvassing of the <a href="http://chicago.about.com/od/arts/p/MCAChicago.htm" target="_blank">Museum of Contemporary Art </a>and a <em>Ferris Bueller</em>-style jaunt through the <a href="http://www.artic.edu" target="_blank">Art Institute</a>&nbsp;are essential outings for any artsy duo, Chicago has a multitude of other musuems to explore. Check out a gallery opening in Pilsen or the South Loop, walk through the highly underrated <a href="http://www.mocp.org" target="_blank">Museum of Contemporary Photography</a>&nbsp;or make pottery à la<em> Ghost</em>&nbsp;at <a href="http://penguinfoot.com" target="_blank">Penguin Foot</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>For the nerds:</strong></p><p>If you&#39;re into vintage games, make a date at one of the city&#39;s best arcade bars:&nbsp;<a href="http://emporiumchicago.com" target="_blank">Emporium</a>, <a href="http://hqbeercade.com" target="_blank">Headquarters</a> or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.logan-hardware.com" target="_blank">Logan Hardware</a>&nbsp;(where you can also browse for vinyl, candy and comic books). Then keep the nerdy fun going all night long with sci-fi&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thelogantheatre.com/index.php/component/events/?view=events" target="_blank">movie trivia</a>&nbsp;at Logan Theatre or a hilarious&nbsp;<em>Stars Wars</em> cabaret at <a href="http://www.gorillatango.com" target="_blank">Gorilla Tango</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>For the music lovers:</strong></p><p>Bring a blanket and a bottle of wine to <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park1.html" target="_blank">Downtown Sound</a>&nbsp;for free music in Millenium Park, or pay $10 each to see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on the lawn at<a href="http://www.ravinia.org" target="_blank"> Ravinia</a>. Other cosy and cost-friendly spots to hear live music around the city include jazz at&nbsp;<a href="http://greenmilljazz.com/calendar/" target="_blank">The Green Mill</a>, folksy sets at&nbsp;<a href="http://evanstonspace.com" target="_blank">Evanston Space</a>, Free Music Mondays at <a href="http://emptybottle.com" target="_blank">The Empty Bottle&nbsp;</a>and Acoustic Brunch at <a href="http://www.schubas.com" target="_blank">Schubas</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>For the athletes:</strong></p><p>Go for a scenic bike ride on the lakefront or through the majestic&nbsp;<a href="http://fpdcc.com/downloads/bw_bikemap.pdf" target="_blank">Cook Country Forest Preserve</a>, and find places to stop for <a href="http://www.city-discovery.com/chicago/tour.php?id=3010" target="_blank">burgers and beers</a>&nbsp;along the way. Feel like challenging each other to a game of one-on-one? Break out the tennis racquets at one of these <a href="http://chitowntennis.com/TennisCourts" target="_blank">Chicago courts</a>&nbsp;or race up the climbing wall at <a href="http://ffc.com/climbingwall/old-town/" target="_blank">The Ledge</a> in Old Town.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>For the adventurers:</strong></p><p>Chicago was recently named the city with the <a href="http://articles.redeyechicago.com/2013-06-06/news/39794953_1_windy-city-raleigh-activities" target="_blank">most adrenaline junkies</a>&nbsp;in America, perhaps because of the endless thrill-seeking possibilities that await around every turn. For a truly exhilirating date to remember, take a trapeze class at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.actorsgymnasium.com" target="_blank">Actor&#39;s Gymnasium</a> in Evanston, ride in a<a href="http://www.balloonrideschicago.com" target="_blank"> hot air balloon</a> over Illinois or tandem sky dive at the <a href="http://www.skydivecsc.com" target="_blank">Chicagoland Skydiving Center</a> in Rochelle.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>For the bookworms:</strong></p><p>Experience the world-renowned <a href="http://www.slampapi.com/new_site/mill.htm" target="_blank">Uptown Poetry Slam</a> at the Green Mill, or visit one of the many <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-08/entertainment/ct-ott-1109-storytelling-20121108_1_chats-stories-tyler-clark" target="_blank">storytelling nights</a> at bookstores all over town. If you both have an undying love for the Bard, check out a&nbsp;performance by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shakespeareprojectchicago.org" target="_blank">The Shakespeare Project</a> at a library near you.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>For the romantics:</strong></p><p>Take a picnic dinner to the beautiful <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Promontory_Point_(Chicago)" target="_blank">Promontory Point</a>&nbsp;at sunset, snuggle up on the roof of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/ROOFontheWit" target="_blank">The Wit</a> for Movie Mondays or spring for $14 cocktails at the <a href="http://www.signatureroom.com" target="_blank">Signature Room</a>&nbsp;to gaze down at Chicago from the 95th Floor (believe me, it&#39;s worth it). If you really want to impress that special someone, a spectacular view can&#39;t be beat.&nbsp;</p><p>What are your favorite date spots in Chicago?</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. 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