Great Dates in 50 States: Chicago, Illinois

(e’s note:  Please welcome today’s guest writers for Great Dates in 50 States, Denis & Emma Merkas of

Looking for the best places for a geeky date in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois?  Check out these hot spots!

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Escape the wind by heading to the humidity of the Lincoln Park Conservatory and be transported to 3,000 square feet of tropical paradise that you can stroll around in. Your very own Garden of Eden.

Biology and Photography geeks alike will be in heaven! Take your camera and snap some amazing pics of your date against the lush backdrop. Make sure you get some of the two of you that you can frame later (all things going well!).

Lincoln Park Conservatory

Navy Pier

Be big kids at Navy Pier! The Ferris wheel, hot dogs, mini golf, live music… and if you’re really game, take your date to Amazing Chicago!

This indoor maze and entertainment center is a stack of fun, if you don’t take yourself too seriously! Chase each other through 4000 sq ft of tunnels, mazes and spinning rooms. You might get dizzy!

You’ll laugh lots.

Navy Pier

Dirty Bingo

If you like good, dirty fun then Dirty Bingo at Victory Liquors is perfect!

Giggle the night away at smutty jokes! Your bingo board will cost you $10, with additional boards $1 after that.

It comes with a free drink and $4 martini drink specials all night. Fun! Every Thursday, go get your filth on.

Dirty Bingo at Victory Liquors

Lake Michigan on a Bicycle Made for Two

Cycle around Lake Michigan on a bicycle made for two – book online for a tandem bicycle.

A half day is $40, or if an hour is more your thing, it’s only $20!

Stop afterward for an ice cream in the park or a coffee at a lakeside café.

Bike Chicago

Dessert Only Date

Have a Dessert Only date – head to Vosges Chocolates at Lincoln Park and gorge yourself full of weird gourmet treats. Anyone for a bacon-filled flying chocolate pig? Chili brownie? Lemon, lavender and white chocolate cocoa? No…? Hey, where are you going?

Fine, if you’re a big wimp then try Sweet Mandy B’s instead for some old-fashioned cupcakes and coffees. The Dreamsicle is to die for, and they even sell S’mores! They don’t have a site, but you’ll find them at 1208 W Webster Ave,Chicago, IL 60614-3109. Ph: (773) 244-1174.

Vosges Chocolate

Denis and Emma Merkas are Australian-based newlyweds, and the creators of Both are budding geeks, with Denis turning from his acupuncture and massage background to self-taught web programming and design and Emma following hot on his heels from the marketing industry into geekdom with the help of her iPhone – the girl stalks blogs, tweets constantly and recently custom-built her first ever website for a friend! Truth is, geekiness has forever been alive and well in them both. Emma always wanted to be a librarian when she grew up (there’s still time!), and when Den isn’t working, he’s spending the rest of his day on his PSP (because Emma refuses to lose the household TV to a game console) playing chess, Dead Head Fred and Grand Theft Auto.

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