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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    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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    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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    10 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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    40 positive reviews
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    Signature Scent Creation

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    What if you had your own signature scent... that wasn't considered B.O.? (ZING!) Oh, jeez. That was bad. Let's start over: Did you know that the art of smell comes in three notes, much like that of a musical chord? You'll learn this and many other interesting facts if you take this smell-worthy workshop! In this lushly scented class, you'll be guided through the nuances of creating a perfume. With the help of paper strips, you'll find your favorite scents while discovering compatible scents that speak to YOU. *Ah.* How refreshing!
    Signature Scent Creation

    2050 N Halsted St, New York

    • Create your own uniquely-crafted fragrance and then take it home with you!
    • Test a variety of scent combinations as you create one that speaks to you
    • Receive guided instruction through scent-making from an experienced perfumer
    • Get your smell game going strong!
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    13 positive reviews
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    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

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    On this pub crawl with an educational twist, you'll explore Chicago's entertainment history and learn about prohibition, jazz, vices, and social clubs. You will interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads and visit historic buildings for three drink stops. On this walking tour of Chicago, visit some magnificent lobbies and really engage with beautiful historic architecture. Historic photos and video clips are presented on shared iPads along with expert tour guide commentary.
    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

    435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Join a historic pub crawl with an educational twist as you enjoy delicious beverages
    • Explore Chicago's entertainment history and observe storied architecture
    • Learn about local prohibition, jazz, theater, vices, and social clubs
    • Interact with Chicago in one of the most unique ways imaginable
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    17 positive reviews
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    Sunset Paddle

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    If you seek a titillating twilight tour, look no further. This kayaking journey will give you a whole new perspective of city of Chicago. You'll be making your way along the Chicago River, surrounded on all sides by reflections of gold as the sun drops below the horizon. You'll paddle for six miles with a licensed guide who will point out some of the unique sites as you pass by, offering up nuggets of architectural fact and history. Whether you have years of experience kayaking, or are picking up the paddle for the first time, you'll find plenty to enjoy during this adventure. That is, if you're not too busy being titillated by the views.
    Sunset Paddle

    1220 W LeMoyne Ave, Chicago

    • Kayak across the city on the Chicago River during this energizing twilight adventure tour
    • Learn about the history and architecture of Chicago as you paddle by several famous sites
    • Let a certified instructor show you the ropes during a safe row
    • Feel the adrenaline of adventure consume your senses and fuel your sense of wonder
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    27 positive reviews
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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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    11 positive reviews
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    The Railcar Escape game

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    It was just another normal day in the city. You rub the sleep out of your eyes as you struggle onto the train. Ugh, Mondays. All of the sudden -- the lights cut out and the train comes to a screeching halt! A screen flickers to life and a face appears. A crazed hacker has commandeered your train and has programed it to slam into the center of Chicago! You and your team members will have to use your wits to avert this catastrophe and save your own lives. You have 60 minutes to outsmart the hacker or you'll be blown to bits and the city of Chicago will be left with a gaping wound that may never heal. Good luck!.
    The Railcar Escape game

    1579 N Milwaukee Ave #350, Chicago

    • Prevent your train from hurtling into the center of Chicago killing all the passengers and innocent civilians in the process
    • You and your fellow passengers will have to work together to thwart an evil hackers plans
    • Use your brains and your creativity to find clues and solve puzzles
    • Immerse yourself in an exciting adventure and beat the hacker before your time runs out
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    14 positive reviews
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    Stained Glass Workshop

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    Like the creators of Notre Dame Cathedral or Holy Name Cathedral, you too, can create awe-inspiring stained glass art like the professionals. During this beginner class at Discovery Center, you'll learn how to cut and break glass as you create your own project using the copper foil method. Dealing with a certain type and quality of glass, appropriate tools, cutting techniques, and assembling, you will work to complete a stained glass project of your own. Spice up your skills, and possibly your home, with your newly created chunk of stained glass. Didn't think your home could look as fancy as the cathedrals, did you?
    Stained Glass Workshop

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Discover the foundations of creating stained glass
    • Learn how to cut and break glass using the copper foil method
    • Utilize various types of tools, cutting techniques, and assembling for your glass
    • Produce your own piece of stained glass to take home
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    3 positive reviews

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