5 DIY Date Ideas to Build the Perfect Date Night

August 21, 2017

It is 2017, the year of change. Stray away from the normality of movie and dinner nights, and the ever classic Netflix and Chill. You can build the perfect date night with these great DIY date ideas.

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    Devil & the White City Tour

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    Are serial killers sorta your thing? Well, first thing, you probably shouldn't say that too loudly (except when on this tour, of course). Second, get ready for an exciting tour chronicling the life and setting of chilling serial killer H.H. Holmes and his infamous murder-spree. See the site where his famous "Murder Castle" -- a 3-story building constructed by Holmes that included a maze of over 100 windowless rooms, brick walls, stairs that lead to nowhere, and other labyrinthine constructs for his ravenous preying on victims-- once stood. Also explore the site of the 1893 World Fair integral to some of Holmes' most famous murders, all the while hearing ghost stories and learning about the history of this curious, murderous figure.
    Devil & the White City Tour

    600 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Enjoy a tour through the history, mystery, and hauntings of H.H. Holmes
    • Explore the sites of H.H. Holmes' famous murders while learning the history of this frightening figure
    • See remnants of the 1893 World Fair and the "Murder Castle" where Holmes tortured his victims
    • Thrill yourself with spooky tales and ghost stories
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    43 positive reviews
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    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

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    Experiencing the architecture of the Windy City is a breeze (good one eh?) with Shoreline Sightseeing's 90-minute river tour. You'll travel all three branches of the Chicago River and leisurely view of more than 40 of the city's greatest architectural treasures. Knowledgeable guides will walk (or maybe float) you through the history of buildings like the Tribune Tower, the Trump Tower, the Wrigley Building, Marina City and more. You'll finish your tour with a spectacular fireworks display by the Navy Pier. Perfect for the architecture or history buff in your family!
    Architecture Fireworks Tours (Navy Pier)

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • See the Chicago's architectural landmarks on this relaxing river tour
    • Discover the Tribune Tower, the Wrigley Building and more than 40 other sites
    • Learn the history of some of the most impressive buildings in the world
    • Cap your tour with a viewing of the Navy Pier fireworks display
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    25 positive reviews
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    Bye Bye Liver (Live Show)

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    Bye Bye Liver is a series of outrageous sketches, all centered around the one thing that connects all of Chicago--alcohol! Whether it's the girl that should never, ever drink liquor, or that one guy that confuses courage with shots of Jameson, we've all known them or been them. This is the hilarious romp that satirizes all of those fun times and f*ck ups you've had when you've had just one too many. Interspersed with hilarious, interactive social games, you'll laugh until you cry at Bye Bye Liver: The Chicago Drinking Play.
    Bye Bye Liver (Live Show)

    3914 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Enjoy a live sketch-comedy show based around alcohol
    • Laugh at the hilarious sketches that satirizes those fun/"fun" times involving drinking
    • Play interactive social games and laugh until you cry
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    21 positive reviews
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    Chinatown Food Tour

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    Navigating through the winding roads to find the best in Hong Kong, you stumble upon a dim sum restaurant. Wait, this isn't Hong Kong. This is just Chicago's Chinatown. On this food tour, you will be guided through one of the oldest Chinatown neighborhoods in America, and you'll treat your taste buds to delicious Hong Kong, Szechuan, and Mandarin style Chinese cuisines. Uncovering the best eats at five different local gourmet hot spots, taste the food, culture, and history of each locale. This might be the most delicious tour of your life so bring your appetite and come prepared to eat! On your walking tour, expect to visit the following locations:
    • Triple Crown: Canton cuisine and Hong Kong-style dim sum restaurant
    • Lao Sze Chuan: Szechuan-style cuisine and family restaurant
    • Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Co.: Loose-leaf tea and organic ginger house
    • Saint Anna Bakery: Chinese-style baked goods, desserts and pastries
    • Lao Beijing: Mandarin-style cuisine
    Note: Exact meeting location will be provided upon booking. In the "Special Requests" field upon placing the booking, please state if you are a vegetarian, have any food allergies, and are under 21.
    Chinatown Food Tour

    S Wentworth Ave & W Cermak Rd, Chicago

    • Embark on a food tour as you taste your way through five different gourmet restaurants in Chinatown
    • Learn about the food, culture, and history of each locale
    • Enjoy an intimate tour filled with delicious Chinese food and laughter
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    3 positive reviews
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    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

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    How can such a tiny treat be so delicious? Discover the answer as a professional pastry chef takes you through the delicate art of creating the macaron. You'll whip up three tantalizing varieties, including chocolate macarons with raspberry jam and coffee buttercream, toasted coconut crunch macarons with salted caramel filling, and lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache. Practice the techniques of the masters, from selecting the best chocolate and whipping egg whites to using a piping bag and making ganache. You'll work in small groups as you build your skills and see your works of art come together, step by step. Then sit back and taste the sweet satisfaction of a job well done.
    Macaron Workshop (Merchandise Mart)

    222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

    • Learn the appetizing art of the macaron from a professional pastry chef
    • Practice important skills such as working with nut flours and making ganache
    • Create delicious varieties such as lemon macarons with white chocolate lemon ganache
    • Discover the skills to turn your kitchen into your new favorite pastry shop
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    7 positive reviews
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    Pizza & Beer Tour

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    Pizza and beer -- can the world get any better? Wait, it can. Chicago deep dish and beer! On this Chicago pizza-tasting tour, visit four local pizzerias to try the Windy City's famous pizza, and pair it with a cold beer or glass of fine wine. Relax and mingle with the locals as you indulge in the city's famous pizza. Your tour will include four famous pizzerias: Flo and Santos with their original Polish Pizza; Sono Wood Fired and their intense toasty and lightly charred flavors and fresh ingredients; Coalfire, whose signature coal oven delivers an American spin on the classic Neapolitan-style pizza; and to top it off, classic Chicago deep-dish pizza at Pizano's Pizza and Pasta. The best part, in between stops, have some fun with the onboard karaoke machine. Who's singing some Foreigner? Note: You must be 21 years old to attend the tour.
    Pizza & Beer Tour

    1310 S Wabash Ave, Chicago

    • Embark on a food adventure as you visit four local pizzerias, try famous Chicago pizza, and relax over cold beer or fine wine
    • Relax and mingle with locals as you enjoy some famous slices
    • Enjoy a ride on a mini-coach bus, while using the onboard karaoke machine
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    13 positive reviews
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    The Prison: Room Escape

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    Contain yourself. You're about to be contained. Stuck in a fictional prison for a fictional crime you're pretending you didn't commit, the choice is clear: bust out or spend the rest of your fictional life locked behind imaginary bars. It may all be a game, but the suspense and sense of urgency are all too real in this gripping escape-room event. It's you against a maximum-security prison. Using the cover of a tumultuous riot, you've got to scour your surroundings, build your plan of escape, and put it into effect. But as any film buff knows, busting out of the Big House is rarely a one-brain deal. Assemble your smartest friends to play along with you and up your odds of success! But work fast, because you've only got sixty minutes before the riots are quelled. Beat the clock, or do the time!
    The Prison: Room Escape

    47 W Polk St, Chicago

    • Immerse yourself in an escape-room game based on a daring prison escape
    • See how far your observational and critical-thinking skills will take you
    • Bring your friends to increase your odds of busting out before your 60 minutes are up
    • Spark your imagination and thrill your inner child with a nail-biting escape from reality
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    42 positive reviews
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    Original Chicago Hauntings Tour

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    Check out the hauntings tour that's inspired more shivers than nails on a chalk board! You'll check out the sites of famous tragedies like the Eastland disaster and the Iroquois Theater Fire, the locations of famous ghosts like Resurrection Mary, the body dump of serial killer H.H. Holmes, the house that inspired "Rosemary's Baby" and more! This is not a "spook show"or haunted house tour filled with cheap thrills and scares. Rather, it's darkly historical, sometimes deeply disturbing, and not recommended for highly sensitive children or adults. After this tour, you'll feel a whole new connection to the city -- and all its restless, roving spirits.
    Original Chicago Hauntings Tour

    520 S Michigan Chicago, Chicago

    • Let veteran paranormal researcher Ursula Bielski show you some of Chicago's most haunted locations
    • Visit the sites of massive tragedies, including the Eastland disaster, the Iroquois Theatre Fire, the Fort Dearborn Massacre, and more
    • Explore the death site of "Resurrection Mary" and the dump of legendary serial killer H.H. Holmes
    • See the infamous Hull House, the inspiration for "Rosemary's Baby"
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    8 positive reviews
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    Tiki Pontoon

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    Chicago TikiBoat's Tiki Pontoon is the premiere party boat of the Chicagoland Area, and they want to take you out on Lake Michigan for some fun! The Tiki Pontoon is the original Chicago TikiBoat. It comes equipped with a sundeck, Bluetooth enabled stereo, complimentary grill with 3 bags of fuel, and even a waterslide! And of course, you'll also be provided with a cooler and ice for all the booze you'll bring to keep the party going. As if all that weren't enough, you'll also get to see some fantastic, unforgettable views of the famous Chicago Skyline, and even choose where you want to boat to end up. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and cut loose!
    Tiki Pontoon

    400 E Monrore St, Chicago

    • Head out to Lake Michigan on one of Chicago's premier party boats
    • Enjoy a fun ride in the sun and some incredible views of Chicago's skyline
    • Check out the sun deck, Bluetooth enabled stereo system, and waterslide
    • Party in style with all of your closest friends
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    6 positive reviews
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    Sunset Dinner Cruise

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    What does a night out in Chicago need? Dinner? Dancing? Maybe a glimpse of the city's charm and beauty? Have it all on this Chicago Sunset Dinner Cruise. Aboard a three-hour luxury cruise on Lake Michigan, you'll encounter attractions such as Navy Pier and Soldier Field as you dine on a lavish, all-you-can-eat buffet! See spectacular views of the city skyline, while being entertained by a singing ship staff and a live DJ spinning your favorite songs. The sumptuous all-you-can-eat buffet is complete with everything to keep your stomach satisfied. As you enjoy your meal in the elegant setting of the ship's dining room, you'll be entertained by the colorful characters of the ship's cabaret. Let the city enchant you with a wonderful night out!
    Sunset Dinner Cruise

    600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

    • See spectacular views of the Chicago skyline aboard a luxury cruise on Lake Michigan
    • Encounter attractions like Navy Pier and Soldier Field
    • Be treated to a sumptuous all-you-can-eat buffet, complete with a carving station
    • Enjoy the entertainment of a live DJ
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    19 positive reviews

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