When you get a night away from the kids, a date night is essential. Dating doesn’t have to be going out to dinner every time. There are so many unique and fun date night ideas in Chicago. When they get boring, it is time to spice things up and say goodbye to the classic dinner dates. 

Here are 12 date night ideas in Chicago. 

1. Take a Mixology Class

Dates are better when they are interactive and memorable. A mixology class has both of these qualities. Instead of being in front of the bar, you can play bartender with your partner for the night. You and your partner can learn how to make the most delicious drinks and take the knowledge home when you want to stay home for a few drinks. 

Once you are finished learning, you can relax and enjoy your creations. 

2. Discover a Museum Chicago Date Night Ideas

Chicago has many museums, like the Art Institute and the Shedd Aquarium. These are both fantastic museums that people love to explore in the city. Aside from the classics, there are many other beautiful places to check out. Finding a new museum is an excellent opportunity to make unforgettable memories with your partner. 

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A great option is the Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass which has stained glass wonders from local institutions and the best part is that it is free. If that doesn’t spark your interest, the city offers many options. If you like literature, The American Writers Museum is perfect or you can visit the oldest home in Chicago if it sounds exciting. 

3. Kayak in Lake Michigan or the Chicago River

If you and your partner prefer something active, kayaking is a great option. You can tour either body of water and have a romantic moment watching the sunset over the water. If you want to take the experience to the next level, you can do a Happy Hour paddle, including a stop at the Island Party Hut for a complimentary beer after the hard work you did paddling. 

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4. Enjoy a Park Picnic Maggie Daly Park in Chicago

There is nothing like a picnic at sunset. Find a picnic table or grab a blanket and head to the nearest park with your favorite snacks. You and your partner can spend quality time catching up or even get in touch with your inner child and play on the playground. The first playground was established in Chicago in 1876, so it is only right to indulge in a bit of fun, for historical reasons of course! 

5. Do a Candle Making Class 

After you put the kids to sleep and just want to relax, setting the tone by lighting a candle is the first step. Instead of buying a new candle, you and your partner can create your own to make it a unique experience. You can choose from various colors, scents and add-ins like crystals or glitter to make it your own. 

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6. Stroll the 16th Street Mural Wall 


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Wearing your walking shoes to admire the 16th Street Mural wall is a fun and free date. It is a two-mile walk covered with beautiful murals painted by talented street artists. There are over fifty murals you can indulge in and get some photos on the way. 



7. Head to CatcadeCentennial Wheel the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier in Chicago Catcade

Arcade games and cats are always a good idea. Catcade is an arcade, lounge and animal rescue. If you and your partner love a challenge and cats, this is the perfect place to go. You can indulge in classic games like Pacman while cuddling a cat. They are also up for adoption, so you can bring one home to continue the cuddles. 

8. Play a Game of Whirlyball


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Whirlyball is Chicago’s mix of bumper cars, basketball and lacrosse. It is a fun and different activity you can do that you have never experienced before. Show off your competitive side while having fun. This is an excellent option if you need something to do for a group date. 

9. Go to a Comedy Show

Life is stressful. Laughter can stimulate circulation and aid in muscle relaxation to help the physical symptoms of stress. Heading to a comedy show is a fun date night and can relax you from your everyday life stressors. 

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10. Watch a Movie at the Drive-In

Cozying up at a nostalgic drive-in is a night to remember. Depending on the drive-in you go to, movies can rotate with classics like “Grease” and more every week. 

11. Catch a Big Game 

Watching a professional game is always a fun date if you are a sporty couple. Teams like the Chicago Bulls, The Cubs, Chicago Sky, The White Sox, The Blackhawks and the Bears are options depending on the season you are planning the date. Grab some snacks from the concession stand and enjoy the game. 

12. Visit the ZooLincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo should be at the top of your bucket list date options. It is great since it is free and you get to awe over the cute animals together. Since it’s a free date, you can spoil each other later with a nice meal or gift. 

Enjoy Your Dates in Chicago

With so many fun date ideas, it is hard to choose just one. You can keep all of these in mind for when you get a day to yourselves. They are sure to make memories to cherish forever. 

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