If you’re like me, dating for the past two years has been a bit if not a complete wreck. With summers seemingly shut down due to COVID and its subsequent strains, followed by freezing winters where snow lingered into April, it felt like even though we could get out there, no one was really interested in meeting strangers because… germs, you know?
Well, now that COVID is (fingers crossed) in the rearview mirror, it’s time for us Chicago singles to get back out there and find someone to cuddle up with when the winter vortex returns – using our revamped dating tour guides!
About Lincoln Park
The first stop on our dating tour around Chicago at Lincoln Park. If you’re like me, you’ve been or dated someone from DePaul, which makes Lincoln Park feel like a second home even if you don’t already live there. With so many restaurants, bars, galleries, shops, and parks, dating in this popular Chicago neighborhood can be a breeze, and I’m rounding up some of my favorite places to have a first, second, or tenth date. you in Lincoln Park.
938 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
The fairy lights, the smell of fresh pizza, the bartender serving drinks with a heavy hand, you can’t go wrong with Homeslice for a date. Not only will you be immersed in unique, fresh and delicious cuisine, but the drinks menu is why I really think Homeslice is a hit for your next first date.
When you need a little extra liquid courage before your date inevitably asks you about your hobbies (does naps count?) or how many kids you want (yikes), order one of the signatures like the umbrella or the patio pounder. The best part is the atmosphere, where you can find other 20-30 year olds doing the same thing as you. Eat pizza and have a drink with their next great love.
1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
When you try to literally elevate your first date, go to the Lincoln Hotel. Located on the 13th floor, you will find the famous rooftop bar J Parker. Designed with comfortable sofas and atmospheric fireplaces, you will have almost no choice but to immerse yourself in your respective love languages and zodiac signs.
The J Parker has been open since 2012 and has taken couples to new heights. One thing to keep in mind is that the J Parker doesn’t take reservations, so if you really want to impress your date with spectacular views and expert planning skills, go a little earlier in the day. day or night to ensure a good seat. Hey, you might even end up booking a room at the Lincoln Hotel so you can chat all night.
2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Inflation, am I right? It makes you feel like going out is impossible. If you’re looking for a cheap date that’s still fun, head to the legendary Lincoln Park Zoo! Cute animals, a little biology lesson and a romantic ride will set the mood. Not only is entry to the zoo free, but they also host tons of events within the property that are more unique options for a first date. Do you know your date loves flowers? Take them on the Second Saturday Garden Tour! Want to see a lion cub with someone special? Well, do I have good news for you!
And, of course: the best thing about LP Zoo is that it’s walking distance to TONS of great bars and restaurants to catch your date from day to night, because that’s how any good date is. you should unfold.
2833 N Sheffield Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
If you or your date is a fan of…all things popular, a date at Replay Lincoln Park is for you. What started as a barcade in 2012 has slowly turned into one of the city’s most popular pop-up event venues. The games are free, the drinks are flowing, and there are literally new events and happenings all the time.
You’ll find Replay dressed up as “Jurassic Bar” until Labor Day, but they also host fun events throughout the week, like 1980s Musical Bingo, Arcade Disco, and Psycho Bingo. The biggest thing you can do these days to stand out from the dozen other Hinge dates you’ve been on is to make your date refreshing and exciting, and a date at Replay will only be that.
2530 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
We’re all completely addicted to caffeine at this point, aren’t we? Right. If you’re nervous, your date is going to be a total yawn fest, count on the coffee! If you need help regaining your self-confidence, trust yourself. On. Coffee – Colectivo Coffee, to be exact.
This Chicago staple opened its first of many Chicago cafes in the heart of Lincoln Park and has remained a key caffeine player in the city. Imagine meeting up with your date and letting the conversation flow while you both try to hide your shaky hands and brow sweat as that third espresso starts hitting your nervous system. It’s romance in 2022, people! The patio here is also a dream option for enjoying the ambiance and welcoming scents of freshly brewed coffee with the person who might just become your the person.
Featured Image: J. Parker