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Chicago Date Ideas (Things To Do)

1. Romance On a Budget
Grant Park
Fountain, Grant Park
For those romantics who need to tighten their purse strings, Grant Park is an ideal dating spot. Called the "front yard" of Chicago, Grant Park is the venue for several sight seeing attractions. Take your date on one of Chicago's most romantic rendezvous and spend the morning notching up fishy ideas at Shedds Aquarium.

For lovers of history and the arts, there is the Arts Institute and the Field Museum of National History. After all this walking, you and your date can cool off by sitting near the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, letting its mist fall on you, and at night be enthralled by the light and music show. Take a stroll on the pebble covered walking tracks, with the trees forming a canopy overhead-indeed an exhilarating experience! Later, enjoy a music concert at the Park and sign off the day with a romantic dinner at the Hyatt Regency.

2. A Date With Culture
Art Gallery
Local Art Gallery
Enjoy a day of typical Chicago culture. Visit the Folk Art Exhibition at the Chicago Folk Art Gallery or the Folk Works Gallery. There are a variety of art galleries and museums to choose from, like the Alan Koppel Gallery and the Aesthetic Eye Gallery in West Chicago, the Chicago Hot Glass, or Chicago Mosaic School. Visit the parks that are a major tourist attraction and a delight for your date. Go on a leisurely evening stroll through Naperville Park or Tinley Park. For the auto crazy, go to the Arlington Racers for an amazing Auto Show, or if the mood strikes you, take your date along to the Chicago Antique Market and shower each other with gifts of yonder years.

3. Night Life
Out On the Town
For daters, the nightlife in Chicago is a paradise. Great theaters, musical shows, and concerts all make for a very enjoyable date by night. Relatively inexpensive restaurants cater to all kinds of palettes, be it Italian, Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Greek, or Japanese. The exciting nightlife is enhanced by the rocking discos and dance bars.

4. Romantic Cruise
Cruise on River
Take your date for a day's cruise on Lake Michigan and enjoy the lake's cool, fresh breeze. Pillion ride your date on a bike on the shores of the lake and take pleasure in the warm closeness of each other. Follow the fun-filled happy times with dinner at any one of the cafes or restaurants near the lakeside.

5. Mountain Biking the Windy City
Deer Creek
Deer Creek Trails
Spend the day in the Windy City of Chicago, biking through the city on the trails that Chicago is famous for. Life in the city compels people to discover their own private getaways. Chicago has plenty of woodlands and grasslands where people go to get away from the madding crowd. Mountain biking is one way to join with nature and unwind. There are many bike trails, such as the Regional Trails, the Swallow Cliffs, and the Deer Grove, an hourís drive from Chicago. Donít be surprised to see deer grazing along the prairies. The most popular trail among bikers in Chicago, is Palos in Cookís County. It is a maze of trails, so be sure to carry a map and compass on your trip.

6. Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium
Stroll with your sweetheart through the largest indoor aquarium in the world. Built along the banks of romantic Lake Michigan, the Shedd Aquarium is home to sharks, beluga whales, dolphins, sea lions, stingrays, and much more. Beat the crowds by visiting on Sunday mornings, Mondays or Tuesdays and you can lounge with your true love at the in-house restaurant, which offers incredible views of playful penguins and silly sea lions.

7. Navy Pier
Deer Creek
Navy Pier
Navy Pier is ideal for lovebirds looking to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in the Windy City. The top tourist spot is dedicated to pure entertainment, with 40,000 square feet of shops, restaurants, a 15-story Ferris wheel, a Shakespearean Theater, a children's museum, a stained-glass museum, an IMAX Theater, and a miniature golf course, all sitting on a half-mile man-made peninsula extending out into Lake Michigan. Navy Pier is located just off Gateway Park in downtown Chicago.

8. Sears Tower
Sears Tower
Sears Tower
At 1450 feet and 110 stories high, Chicago's Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America and the third tallest building in the world. The views from the top floor observation deck are spectacular. On a clear day you can see 40-50 miles, including parts of Michigan, Indiana, and Wisconsin. You and your date can also learn some cool facts while you are standing above the clouds. The Tower's walls are covered with pictures chronicling Chicago's storied past. The photos also give glimpses of some of the city's most historic characters.

9. The Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry
Industry Museum
You and your date can feel like kids again during a visit to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. The massive building is home to a full sized submarine, a miniature fairy castle with 2,000 furnishings, a model railroad that depicts the journey from Chicago to Seattle, and a working coal mine shaft and Apollo 8.

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