Date Night in Chicago: 7 ideas to get you startedThursday, March 31, 2011
Between kids, careers, getting a decent dinner on the table and folding the laundry, it's sometimes hard to squeeze in time to truly connect - one-on-one - with our partners. This NY Times article -Reinventing Date Night for Long-Married Couples - tells us that amping up date night just a tad will not only help us reconnect, but will also flood our brains with with dopamine and norepinephrine - the same chemicals that gave us the butterflies that made us fall in love in the first place.
According to Arthur Aron, the professor of social psychology State University of New York at Stony Brook quoted in the article, it's all about novelty, i.e. trying out new and exciting activities with your partner - and not the same old same old, i.e. movie and dinner.
Here are seven date night ideas to get you started:
- Take an interesting class together. Chicago is brimming with extracurricular classes - check out your local community or city college. Two schools that have caught my eye: the Chicago Mosaic Schoolor the Chicago Glassblowing School.
- Take a cooking class together! Learn some new recipes and meet new people. Naveen's Cuisine in Bucktown offers Indian and Thai cooking classes for couples and small groups.
- My husband and I mixed things up a bit by going on an early a.m. date: We enjoyed brunch at Perennial and then walked over and caught an exhibit at the Chicago History Museum.
- Try to squeeze in an afternoon or early evening date at the Art Institute, stopping first at Terzo Piano, located in the Modern Wing, for cocktails.
- Take a beginner's yoga class (okay, I know most men reading this may be rolling their eyes at this one!) and follow it up with a couples massage (!!!) at Exhale Spa.
- Get physical: Rollerblade along the lakefront, take a walk through Lincoln Park, go bowling at Ten Pin, catch the El and explore another city neighborhood.
- Laugh together! at Chicago's Second City.
- Get out there and enjoy your partner - limit work and kid talk, and Do Not Feel Guilty parking the kids once every two weeks or month at Grandma and Grandpas or with their favorite sitter. Our kids want to see us happy, united and in love!
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What's your ideal date night? Do you have any other new and interesting suggestions for a fun date night?