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Five Affordable Ideas for a First Date in Chicago

April 17, 2013 | Best Cities, Best Cities and Neighborhoods

Now that you’re all settled into your Chicago apartment, you’ll have some energy for romance. The problem is: what’s a new-in-town resident know about an excellent first date in Chicago that won’t break the bank? If that sounds like you, we’ve got your back. Take a look through’s five frugal first date suggestions and see if one of them can help your budding romance find its full flower.

1. Laugh it Up at The Second City

1616 North Wells Street
Laughter is the best medicine, and it’s not bad for romance, either. Chicago’s The Second City improv troupe is one of the world’s most respected companies. Get yourselves tickets to a show and see how your sense of humor matches up with your date’s. After you’re giddy with laughter, swing over to the Old Town Ale House. That’s where the troupe members tend to head after a performance and you can mingle.

2. Park it at Millennium Park

201 East Randolph Street
Millennium Park offers a lot to those who seek something engaging but inexpensive. Stroll through the lush gardens, gawk at the public art, or just grab an ice cream and watch the tourists trundle past. You can even catch a free concert here during the summertime. Should your date go well, you’ll be in the Loop and ready to make the most of the first date.

3. Start Small at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba

2024 North Halsted
While first date dinners can turn awkward while waiting for food, this obstacle is easily avoided at a tapas place. Spanish tapas, like at Café Ba-Ba-Reeba, come out as they’re ready. Your table will gradually fill with small plates of different tastes. Then, you’ll not only have food to linger over but also plenty to talk about at this place on your first date. Wash it all down with some sangria and you’re good as gold.

4. Game On at Guthries Tavern

1300 West Addison Street
Once you’ve stopped playing games and asked out your prospective first date, you might want to consider starting to play some games again. Guthries Tavern is a cozy watering hole in Lakeview with a large selection of board games, old and new. Get yourselves a pitcher, find a game that demands just the right amount of attention, and see if you both can’t end up winners. Monopoly may be too competitive. Try your hand at Life instead.

5. Go Fly a Kite—Literally 

Chicago is known as the Windy City and today that’s your good fortune. For the price of a kite you can entertain yourself and your date until the sun goes down. Is this a little peculiar for a first date? Sure, but that’s half the appeal. When was the last time you did something so naturally relaxing? Impress your first date with your dexterity and enjoy the sunshine.

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