5 DIY Date Ideas to Build the Perfect Date Night

August 13, 2018

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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    Blue Man Group

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    You've heard about them through friends and have seen them on TV, now see them live! Come watch the recently updated Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theater. As one of the longest running shows in Chicago, the Blue Man Group is responding to the ever-changing world by integrating new-age technology into their performance. You will witness the newly added "GiPad," a giant tablet, for several aspects of the show, while the lights, colors, and spectacles fascinate even the biggest naysayer. Enjoy the humor and social commentary of this performance as it combines the traditional 'Blue Man' antics with 21st-century technology for an amazing visual experience. This is the Blue Man Group like you've never seen them before!
    Blue Man Group

    3133 N Halsted St, Chicago

    • Watch a live Blue Man Group performance with integrated new-age technology
    • Marvel at the group's "GiPad," lights, colors, humor and new original pieces
    • Enjoy this high-profile troupe's family-friendly show
    • Main floor seating
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    12 positive reviews
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    Badass Bitches Tour

    We’re not trying to spill any (bean)s, but widespread feminism is still not a reality- especially in the art and museum world! Join a group of badass females, and take a guided tour of The Art Institute of Chicago. Celebrate the female artists who broke barriers to have their art noticed, while also learning about the women artists who the patriarchy sought to keep oppressed! Make friends, fall in love with new art, and most importantly, chip away at the patriarchy. The future of art is female!
    Badass Bitches Tour

    111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Embark on a female focused tour of The Art Institute of Chicago
    • Learn about brilliant female artists left out of history books
    • Spend two hours celebrating women and their art
    • Join the growing feminist art revolution
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    Helicopter Tour of Chicago

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    It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's you taking in the city sights on this helicopter tour of Chicago! See famous landmarks such as Grant Park, the John Hancock Building, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Wrigley Field like you've never seen them before. During the ride, enjoy listening to your experienced pilot share his vast knowledge of the city's history and recommended spots to check out. You'll even get to enjoy the most exciting game of tic-tac-toe you've ever played using Chicago's famous grid system. So strap in, buckle up, and get ready for liftoff. Until you've seen Chicago from above, you've only seen half the picture!
    Helicopter Tour of Chicago

    1339 S Wood St, Chicago

    • See Chicago's famous sites as you glide safely above the metropolis in a helicopter
    • Enjoy a bird's-eye view of tourist attractions such as Navy Pier, Soldier Field, and the Adler Planetarium
    • See the city's photogenic architecture on this one-of-a-kind experience
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    12 positive reviews
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    Earn Your Wings in Naperville

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    Have you always wanted to feel the thrill of free falling without having to, well, jump out of an airplane?! What if you could feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving MINUS your totally understandable fear of heights? Well, here's your chance! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates true free fall conditions. You'll float inside iFLY's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel -- with absolutely NOTHING attaching you to planet earth. And with the Earn Your Wings package, you'll get the ultimate beginner-level package for a great introduction to indoor skydiving: 2 unforgettable one-minute flights, plus hands-on assistance and a comprehensive training session from your personal flight instructor. You'll even get to take home a personalized flight certificate to show off to your friends. This is one indoor aerial experience you don't want to miss! Note: The total duration of the activity is 2 hours, which includes 1 hour of training. Includes use of all the flight gear. If you have had a prior shoulder dislocation, back, or neck problems or if you are pregnant, you should not fly. Those less than 6 feet tall must weigh less than 230 pounds, and those over 6 feet must weigh less than 250 pounds. Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Participants under 18 years must have parent or legal guardian present to sign Release of Liability.
    Earn Your Wings in Naperville

    1752 Freedom Dr, Naperville

    • Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane
    • Benefit from the ultimate beginner's package, with everything you need to have a great first flight
    • Feel safe and prepared with hands-on assistance from your personal flight instructor
    • Channel your inner super hero as you float in iFLY Chicago's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel
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    9 positive reviews
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    Earn Your Wings (Rosemont)

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    Have you always wanted to feel the thrill of free falling without having to-well, jump out of an airplane?! What if you could feel the adrenaline rush of skydiving MINUS your totally understandable fear of heights? Well, here's your chance! iFLY is an indoor skydiving facility that creates true free fall conditions. You'll float inside iFLY's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel -- with absolutely NOTHING attaching you to planet earth. And with the Earn Your Wings package, you'll get the ultimate beginner-level package for a great introduction to indoor skydiving: 2 unforgettable one-minute flights, plus hands-on assistance and a comprehensive training session from your personal flight instructor. You'll even get to take home a personalized flight certificate to show off to your friends. This is one indoor aerial experience you don't want to miss! Note: The total duration of the activity is 2 hours, which includes 1 hour of training. Includes use of all the flight gear. If you have had a prior shoulder dislocation, back, or neck problems or if you are pregnant, you should not fly. Those less than 6 feet tall must weigh less than 230 pounds, and those over 6 feet must weigh less than 250 pounds. Flyers can be as young as 3 years of age; there is no upper age limit. Participants under 18 years must have parent or legal guardian present to sign Release of Liability.
    Earn Your Wings (Rosemont)

    5520 Park Pl, Rosemont

    • Experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving without having to jump out of an airplane
    • Benefit from the ultimate beginner's package, with everything you need to have a great first flight
    • Feel safe and prepared with hands-on assistance from your personal flight instructor
    • Channel your inner super hero as you float in iFLY Chicago's 1,000 hp vertical wind tunnel
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    10 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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    Beginner Scuba Diving

    Scuba diving may seem a bit intimidating, but there's always a place to start! This class is designed for those who have decided to give scuba diving a try. Have no prior experience? No problem! You will learn how to use the necessary dive equipment and how to breathe underwater. The skills you gain will be important parts of learning scuba diving to the fullest. Come and prepare yourself for scuba certification. Immerse yourself in the enjoyment of transversing the water with ease.
    Beginner Scuba Diving

    7219 Olde Salem Cir, Hanover Park

    • Try scuba diving for the first time with a class that gets you acquainted with diving
    • Learn the procedures and steps to making your scuba diving desires a reality
    • Explore the different gear depending on if you're diving in tropical, temperate, or cold water
    • Take your first steps towards getting a scuba certification
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    Winemaking Class

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    How many times have you been to Napa Valley or Sonoma County? Forget about those long flights and expensive trips because now, you can learn to make your very own wine, locally. During this class, learn all about the winemaking process, from selecting the proper grapes, all the way to bottling and labeling. In the first of this two session class, you will discover various approaches and techniques to this art form, as well as create 24-28 bottles of your very own wine. Once your wine ferments, you'll return and fine tune your product by balancing, stabilizing, and adjusting the tannin and sugar levels of your vino. Finally bottle, cork, and label your final product so that it's ready to break out at your next party and impress all your guests. Stop for a second and smell the roses -- or grapes -- because the next world-famous vino could be right under your nose.
    Winemaking Class

    10033 S Western Ave, Chicago

    • Learn about the fine art of winemaking
    • Discuss winemaking approaches, bottling techniques, and what to look for when tasting wine
    • Practice making your very own Chardonnay or Cabernet to take home and enjoy
    • No experience necessary
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    8 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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