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Or, if you prefer your bowling with more weird bumper cars, a winter date to Whirlyball is clearly calling your name.
Painting parties paired with wine are the name of the game at uber date-friendly spots like Bottle & Bottega.
This may be a pricier option, but the real question is: Can you really handle 10 hours in the car together?
If your ideal date involves demonstrating what a stable genius you are, show off your deep base of useless knowledge at one of the many bar trivia nights around town.
If your relationship can survive a clown class, it can survive anything. No matter where you are in the city, it’s guaranteed to be warmer in the Garfield Park Conservatory, which is brimming with lush plant life year-round.
After a winter of staring at gray skies and barren concrete, the vibrant greenery is a sight for sore eyes.
Fortunately, comedy shows tend to be pretty cheap dates.
Options for winter ice skating used to be fairly limited in Chicago, but these days in addition to Millennium Park you can now lace up at outdoor venues like Maggie Daley Park and The Park at Wrigley, not to mention local parks like Wentworth Park where you can try (and fail) to reenact the closing scene from Drinking at a fireplace bar is a rite of passage during Chicago winter, but not all fireplace bars are created equal.
Not only is a place like Brooklyn Boulders the ideal location to scale fake rocks when it’s too cold to tangle with the real thing, it also cultivates a fun scene with a regular slate of events including pizza parties, movie nights, yoga, and more. One of the most awesomely weird spaces in the city, Aloft Loft is located in a 109-year-old Logan Square church and offers a variety of circus performances and classes in everything from aerial arts and trapeze to contortion and clowning.Admission is totally free, but leaving a donation at the door can't hurt your chances with your date.Instead of (or in addition to) a winter rooftop bar or hot new restaurant, another solid option to get to know your date while experiencing the magic of winter (without all the cold) is to snuggle up in an outdoor drinking igloo at places like the I|O Godfrey, where you can sip hot drinks like the Jameson- and heat-infused Godfrey Toddy while exploring its “Winter Wonderland” rooftop log cabin.If you can’t seal the deal after this date, something must have gone seriously wrong (let’s hope it wasn’t your art).Chicago’s burlesque bona fides are not to be questioned, and you can sex up your night out with a visit to one of the city’s many burlesque stomping grounds like Untitled or The Drifter.