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5 Fun Date Night Ideas in Chicago

Are you looking to add some zest to date night? Dinner and a movie can become routine, and it’s easy to grow tired of going to the same spots week after week. Check out one of these activi-dates to breathe some new life into couple time. Here are five fun and funky date nights in Chicago. We have something for the adventurous, food-obsessed, and over-stressed.

Punch Bowl Social

This large bar has everything you need to take game night to the next level. The massive space used to be a warehouse before it became an adult playground. Challenge your beau to cornhole, ping pong, giant jenga, private karaoke, bocce, or bowling. You’ll definitely work up an appetite, which is great because Punch Bowl Social has great snacks and drinks to choose from. They even have brunch!

Punch Bowl Social, 310 N. Green St., (312) 809-9551

Ragnarok Axe Throwing

Do you have an axe to grind? Instead of complaining about your boss to your significant other over drinks (again), work out some feelings at Ragnarok Axe Throwing. An “axepert” will instruct you on how to chuck real axes down the range at a target, and you’ll have so much fun you won’t remember what had you upset in the first place. You even get assigned a Viking name. You can bring food and soft drinks, but no alcohol is permitted per city regulations.

Ragnarok Axe Throwing, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 821, (470) 236-2699


Instead of playing video games on the couch, head to Emporium for some old fashioned arcade games. This bar will make you feel like a kid again with its wide selection of games, but instead of playing air hockey in your parents’ basement, you’re playing it in a trendy bar. Load up on game tokens and compete at racing games, ski ball, and pool. Loser buys drinks!

Emporium, 1366 N Milwaukee Ave., (773) 697-7922

The Chopping Block

For your next brunch, get your hands dirty and prepare a feast with expert-guidance at The Chopping Block. Schedule a cooking class date and learn new techniques, combinations, and skills to take home to your own kitchen. You’ll have your choice of themes like “bellini brunch” or “doughnut bootcamp.” It won’t even feel like work. Plus there are no dishes to do.

The Chopping Block, The Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 107, (312) 644-6360


Forget an anniversary steak dinner. Treat you and your boo with an ancient bath experience and 45-minute massage at AIRE. Explore baths of all temperatures before melting into a couples’ massage. This romantic experience will leave you relaxed and reconnected.

AIRE, 800 W Superior St., (312) 945-7414


Kirsten Ballard

Chicago Food Editor & Social Manager

Kirsten is our Chicago Food Editor & Social Manager. From 9-5, she works at a Great Lakes nonprofit, but after hours she loves exploring Chicago, looking for dog-friendly bars and good Southern biscuits.

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