9 fall date night ideas to make it a memorable season

Just because the weather is getting a bit chilly, that doesn’t mean that you should stay in the house this fall. Get out and plan a date night with your significant other because, let’s face it, you need it! Check out these options for a super fun date night in the fall.

Try an escape room.

Escape rooms have been a popular activity among everyone from families to team building and even couples! The escape room adventures bring stories to life in a one-of-a-kind tactile experience. The games are real, existing in the physical space, and require your mind, body and all five senses. At Escape Game Chicago, there are different adventures you can choose from such as Prison Break, The Heist and Gold Rush. 

42 E. Ontario St., Chicago

Attend an Oktoberfest. 

Raise a glass (and a pretzel) to one of the last events during Chicago’s fest season. Chicagoland holds many Oktoberfests that even the kids can enjoy. But, if you’re looking for a night out, we suggest climbing aboard Shoreline Sightseeing’s Oktoberfest Beer, Brats and Boats Celebration on Sept. 26. 

600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

Go rock climbing.

Have you ever been rock climbing? Hit the ropes at Brooklyn Boulders and work together to climb to the top. Also check out an array of classes from yoga to HIIT classes. Get your heart rate moving with something new and exciting.

100 S. Morgan St., Chicago

Explore the city’s architecture.

Go sightseeing in your own city with this free day date idea! Open House Chicago is your key to more than 250 buildings across the city and suburbs. Pick a neighborhood where you can see some great architecture and try out a new place for lunch. 

Various locations in Chicagoland

Drink some cider. 

Heading out to the Western Suburbs is worth the trip when you can sample hard cider. Morton Arboretum hosts its Cider and Ale Festival on Oct. 19 and you’ll appreciate the 21+ crowd while trying out cider and seasonal beers from local companies, and listening to live music. 

The Morton Arboretum, 4100 IL-53, Lisle

Take a cooking class.

Food is always the way to your partner’s heart. Take a fun cooking class at The Wooden Spoon. If you’re interested in seasonal cooking, join the Cider House Rules class where you can celebrate the harvest. The menu includes butternut squash ravioli with calvados cream sauce and apple cider beignets with butter-rum caramel sauce. Yum! 

5047 N. Clark St., Chicago

Have a sports night. 

Enjoy a fun night at Top Golf! The way you play is by hitting microchipped golf balls at giant dartboard-like targets on an outfield. The closer you get your ball to the center or ‘bullseye’ and the further the distance, the more points earned. Make it double date night and invite some friends too. 

Various locations in Chicagoland

Go on a ghost tour.

It’s Halloween season and if you’re a couple that loves horror, then you can’t turn down some local spooky fun. Chicago Haunting Tours holds a variety of tours in Lincoln Park, Lake County and more. Choose your adventure, sit back and take in some Chicago history. 

Various locations in Chicagoland

Talk a walk along the Chicago River.

Just because the weather is slightly chilly in the fall, it doesn’t mean you can’t go for a nice romantic walk. The Chicago Riverwalk has a ton of things to do and not to mention, there are lots of places for you to grab a bite to eat. Grab a glass of wine at City Winery or check out Sweet Home Gelato for a sweet treat.

Downtown Chicago


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