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He up! It doesn't matter if you're single or in a long term relationship—planning a date that's a idea out of the ordinary can be difficult. Sure, you could grab dinner at one of the best restaurants in Chicagobut sometimes it's nice to do something that doesn't involve sitting across one another at a table.
That's why we've rounded up some more creative options with current safety restriction in mind for you and your prospective or current partner. Explore Chicago attractionsshow off your axe-throwing prowess or wander through some of the best art galleries in Chicago. For your romantic consideration and inspiration, here are a few unique date ideas in Chicago. Stretching from the Chicago River to Western Avenue in Pilsen, the walls of an old railroad embankment host a vibrant and evolving outdoor gallery of murals by prominent and emerging artists. Impress your date by pointing out some of your favorite artworks as you move across 16th street, whether you prefer colorful dates by revered local artists like JC Rivera and Hebru Brantley or the contributions from international street artists such as ROA and Sheryo.
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Axe throwing—which, seeing as it involves hurling an axe at a wooden target, is sort of like the Canadian lumberjack version of darts—has surged in popularity over the past couple years, but don't discount it as a novel if slightly intense date option. Bring some snacks and non-alcoholic beverages along to lighten the mood as you test who has the better arm, and be sure to visit the company's website to check for walk-in availability at either of two Chicago locations. Looking for a cheap date idea? The Garfield Park Conservatory is free and open days of the year though you'll need to make an advance reservation and donations are welcome.
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Once inside, you and your date can explore rooms that are filled to the brim with different plant species. Admire towering palm trees, take a photo in the Desert House and great out prehistoric ferns. The stretch of Chicago Avenue bounded by Ashland Avenue and Wood Street is home to some of the city's best, most innovative galleries, providing the opportunity for a very manageable and not to mention, free walking art tour.
Start at Matthew Rachman Gallery, which showcases sleek mid-century furniture and contemporary art, then date due west. Just keep in mind that many galleries are requiring reservations in advance of your visit—you'll likely have to do some planning. You and your date could see the latest blockbuster at the multiplex, but you're likely to find something a bit more thought-provoking being screened at this beloved arthouse theater.
Now that the Music Box has reopened at limited capacity, you can see everything from foreign films to indie documentaries on the big screen. And if you'd rather watch great at home, the Music Box has its own streaming platform. Not quite ready to have a drink indoors with your date? Not a problem. Metropolitan Brewing has kept its patio open throughout the winter, serving German-style beers with a view of the Chicago River just outside of its Avondale taproom. Tables are first-come, first-served, but you're not likely to encounter much of a wait when the mercury is low.
If you get too chilly, cozy up beside your date instead of sitting across from them! While you can't actually take your date to the the Neo-Futurarium right now, you can can cuddle in front of a laptop and watch the Neo-Futurists' ature show.
Anyone who support's the theater's Patreon has access to a streaming version of Infinite Wrenchwhich usually crams 30 miniature, two-minute plays into a minute show that bristles with madcap energy. You might witness a dramatic monologue, a funny song or simply stare at someone eating a sandwich. You don't have to enjoy the date music as the person you're dating, but it helps to have a few genres or bands in common.
Stock up on some tunes that you can listen to together at Records, where you'll find classic rock and soul LPs alongside releases from adventerous local and international labels. Perhaps a Numero Group compilation or a Mr Bongo reissue could be the perfect soundtrack for your next dinner? You could sit around and idly chat with your date or you could get some exercise and see some beautiful scenery along the way. If you have access to a car and you're willing to venture just outside of city limits, this could be the night out for you.
Rock Island Public House hosts first-come, first-served drive-in movie screenings on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening—you might catch a classic horror film, a cult classic or a beloved comedy check the website for a complete schedule. Order some drinks and a bite to share and try to pay attention to the movie Find a new outfit or browse used books together at this beloved Avondale thrift store, where proceeds benefit addiction recovery, and those experiencing homelessness.
Make an appointment chicago two on the Monarch Thrift Shop website and then show up ready to find some deals on all sorts chicago gently-used items. What's more romantic than traveling to the edge of Illinois to enjoy some smoked fish from this beloved shack?
The ature lounge at the 96th
Calument Fisheries has been serving catfish, shrimp and salmon for more than 70 years. It's a takeout-only business, so you'll need to grab your brown paper sack of grub and find a spot to share it, whether in your car or on the 95th Street bridge that famously appeared in the Blue Brothers. When we're looking for a romantic restaurant in Chicago, we like to find the cozy spots that are quiet and just dark enough to make us feel like we're the only ideas there. Go to the content Go to the footer Close Chicago icon-chevron-right Chicago.
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