Chicago's best date spots, according to locals

February 08, 2012|RedEye

Yahoo named Chicago one of the best dating cities in the country, alongside Austin, Boston, Miami and others. However, the article said some of the best date spots in Chicago are the Art Institute, a Cubs game and Second City. While we're flattered for the recognition, we had to stop and wonder if Yahoo knew what it was talking about. So, we polled our Facebook fans to see what their ideas of top Chicago date spots are.

"The Osaka Garden behind MSI always a good place to take a date and have a picnic. No matter the season, its an interesting and quiet place to go. Plus it is out of the way so not everyone and their grandma will be there crowding you out." --Mike Martinez

"Garfield Conservatory." -- Crystal Garcia

"Lincoln park zoo, bulls games, or a tequila tasting at Salud!" --Chandni Shah

"Summer dance in grant park, movies in the park, and brew and view at the vic!" --Ryan Cleek

"We have world class restaurants all over town. Sixteen at Trump, Graham Elliot, L2O, Moto and many others." --Rick Rivera

"Forget 'a little ice-skating in the sky,' go to the Signature Room" --Carrie MG

"Street fests---Retro on Roscoe" --Khaliun Reed

"The Ledge at Willis Tower. Ice skating in Millennium Park or at Hancock Tower. Any of the festivals at Grant Park during the summer. Summer Dance in Millennium Park. Water skiing at Montrose Beach. Rooftop bars like Roof at The Wit on State & Lake, or Market in the W. Loop. Fondue at Geja's Cafe in Lincoln Park. Live Latin music & dancing at Carnivale or Rumba. Laser tag at WhirlyBall. Live jazz at Pops For Champagne or The Green Mill..." --Stephanie Vaughn

"Evil Olive" --Brian Turnbull

"My 1st date go to is Tango Sur. " --Jillian Conley

"Vision" --Anne Marie Badalamenti

"Monsignor Murphy's" --Ac Polson

"Live band karaoke at Piece!" --Tricia Snell

"Board Room Chicago." --John Hynes

"Theater: Second City Etc., IO, Annoyance, Chicago Shakespeare, Goodman, Steppenwolf, The House. Restaurants: nearly all of them. Events put on by The Chicago Humanities Festival. Neighborhood festivals. Take a music/dance workshop together at Old Town School." --Tom Schorsch

"That concrete walk way by the field museum that runs along the lake no one seems to know about, or the lake walk behind mc cormick place." --Gina Marasigan

"The Village Tap. It's almost embarassing how many first dates I have been on there!" --Laurie Baker

"Gorilla Tango Theater" --Anya Aynchka

"Tilted Kilt" --Brian Turnbull

"Gino's East for pizza (make sure you bring something to deface the walls with) and then a walk down the lakefront (pretty even in winter, if you don't mind the cold) or a carriage ride downtown." --Connie Myles

"Tilted Kilt...you've gotta be kidding" --Heather Kristin

"Honestly...I've had great dates just walking by the lakefront...hanging out in any of the neighborhoods, going to festivals...and I agree with the ice skating, but going to a Sox game beats going to Wrigley." --Leslie Hunter

"The CBOT trading floor. At least it was." --Teddy Confetti

"Spin" --Adam Sokol

"Nacional 27 for dinner and dancing or dinner at Topo Gigio and then Second City or Zanies." --Nate Pave

"Debonair" --Justin Turner

"Trump Terrace! Beautiful sparkling lights of the city in front of you, the river below you, and surprisingly peaceful around you." --Maria Evans

"Ramrod." --John Hynes

"Some nice secret spots for me would be Cafe Uberico on Lasalle, A walk down New Chinatown for some sesame buns, Have a few drinks at Lions Head on Lincoln, and hang out lakeside at Evanston by Northwestern University Campus if you want to get away from the city rush." --Redrico Rivera


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