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
Who says dates have to be with your
hubby/wife? Read Lindsay's post about breakfast dates with her
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
- 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
- Laugh together! at Chicago's
- 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
What's your ideal date night? Do you have any other
new and interesting suggestions for a fun
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
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