Repeat after us. Date nights do not always need to be dinner and a movie. There are so many other unique options to make your next date night more interesting and, well, fun!
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As a bonus, these are located in the suburbs, which usually means easy parking and no traffic. Chicago Botanic Garden is always worth a visit. Take date night up a notch by attending any of their special events. One of our personal favorites is their annual Orchid Show.
Did you know they even have cooking classes? The pizza and beer party sounds like a ton of fun. Feeling lucky? Time for tea! Learn and taste tea at TeaLula. There are so many other great tea shops in the Chicago suburbs, too. Don those Hawaiian shirts and skirts and visit Hawaii without leaving the area.
Tiki Terrace in Des Plaines is the perfect all-weather escape with their hula dancers, lively tropical drinks and island food.
During the summer, Broken Oar in Barrington holds luau shows. Find more ways to bring Hawaii to the area.
Choose from a candle, lotion, scrub, and more then gift your creation to the other. Really, the zoo sans kids? They offer a variety of classes including different kinds of cuisines, knife skills, different sauces and more. Cross your fingers, then cheer for your favorite horse at Arlington Park Race Track. Tip: Pack a picnic and enjoy in the deated areas. Take bowling up a notch. Choose from a variety of tours including a simple tasting, or wine paired with cheeses and meats.
Lynfred Winery in Roselle even offers a tasting room. Golf skills are not needed at TopGolfan entertaining way to practice your swing or lack of combined with technology. The driving range on steroids combines technology. For an exhilarating thrill, go indoor skydiving at iFly with suburban locations in Rosemont and Naperville.
Have you visited a historic town like Geneva?
So many options, so little time. Pick your favorite arcade game and challenge each other to a round or two. Laugh out loud at a comedy or improv show.
Mini golf at Par Kingis known as one of the most unique mini golf courses around. Here are some other mini golf courses to try out, both outdoor and indoor. Whatever you make you can take home and proudly display or wear. Trek through the snow at Lake Katherine in Palos Heights. Check your local park district or forest preserves for options as well.
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Axe throwing is the latest craze. And quite frankly, there is something liberating about throwing an axe after you get over the safety aspect! Plenty of axe throwing spots are popping up everywhere. As the only drive-in in the area, McHenry Outdoor Theater is a blast from the past.
Pack a picnic or grab carryout pizza, then enjoy munching while watching the flick. But shhh. You need a password to get in. Who would have thought a chocolate shop would also have a speakeasy?
Think you have what it takes to get out of an escape room? Using clues and puzzles, figure a way out from the locked room with your partner. Pro tip: Check out Groupon for plenty of escape room options on the cheap. If you can time it right, these chocolate events should satisfy your cravings.
Long Grove Confectionery Company offers tours of their chocolate factory. Kayak the Fox River or Independence Grove. Prefer to have someone else navigate the waters? Take a paddlewheel riverboat tour on the Fox River.
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Enjoy a casino night. Pinkies up! Create your ature scent. Cook together. Watch some horse racing.
Go bowling. Visit a winery. Give golf a try. Fly in the air. Explore a small town. Play games! Laugh out loud. Try out mini golf. Create something together. Take advantage of all the snow by snowshoeing. Go axe throwing. Have dinner at the movie…. Visit a speakeasy.
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