We all know how awkward and nerve-racking first dates can be, but choosing the right spot can make a world of difference. We can help you find a date spot that’s both fun and within your budget! Our goal is to make you save money without looking cheap. Chicago has many date spots, but we have five places that are different from what you may consider to be a typical date spot. Check out these fun date spots:

Iguana Café

Who doesn’t enjoy a tasty brunch spot? This café offers an extensive menu at great prices and makes for a cute, intimate date spot. You can come here for dessert, drinks, coffee, or a full meal. Their crepes are a must-try with different choices like Nutella, Peanut Butter Cup, Chocolate Monkey, and Chocolatey Delight among others. For dinner, they serve delicious pasta dishes that can be washed down with tasty drinks like a strawberry mojito. Check this spot out here

Lincoln Park Zoo

A zoo date is a fun idea especially for the first few dates! The zoo is free and you could spend around two hours exploring the exhibits. You can even relax and get to know your date better in the Lincoln Park Conservatory, where you could sit on a bench and enjoy the scenery. Feel free to check this place out here. Check this place out here

Headquarters Beercade

How could you go wrong with beer and retro video games? A fun and cool date spot, you could release your fun side and play arcade games while spending time with your soon to be significant other. They also offer an expansive cocktail menu. Check this bar out here

Music Box Theatre

If you’re interested in independent films, Music Box Theatre will make a fun date spot! Come on Monday and purchase movie tickets for only $7, making this an affordable spot. It’ll be a fun experience watching something other than a mainstream movie. If the date went well, head to the Music Box Lounge for a drink after the movie. For more information on the Music Box Theatre click here

Chicago Riverwalk

You don’t always have to go out for a date. Instead choosing to admire Chicago’s views and architecture can make for interesting conversation. There are many walkways and seating areas so you could take a break and get to know your date better. If you want to grab a bite to eat, choose from the waterfront cafes around the area. Check out the Chicago Riverwalk here

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