12 of Chicago's Best Date Ideas for Foodies

February 14, 2017

Couples that eat together, stay together. What's better than a date in Chicago? A date in Chicago centered around food...obviously.

The Windy City is known for its amazing foodie culture. We've compiled our 12 best date recommendations for couples that love food to give you a taste (pun intended!) of all that Vimbly Chicago has to offer.

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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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    22 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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    2 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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    3 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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    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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    20 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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    5 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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    Tiki Pontoon

    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

    Monroe Harbor, 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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    Intro to DJing (Chicago)

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    Are music festivals your typical stomping grounds? Would you give anything to be the one headlining and making hundreds of thousands of people dance? Even the biggest named DJs had to start somewhere! DJ 101 is the perfect starting point for anyone looking to learn to DJ. Whether you want to spin at a club, be the next festival superstar, or just pick up a new hobby, you will receive hands-on instruction and guidance to learn the fundamentals of mixing, blending, and scratching. Cover all the basics, including DJ history, music theory and song structure, ins and outs of equipment, and timing to leave with the skills you need to start DJing today no matter your music tastes!
    Intro to DJing (Chicago)

    820 N Orleans St, Chicago

    • Begin to understand what it takes to be a DJ with this beginner's hands-on workshop
    • Receive hands-on instruction and guidance to learn the fundamentals of mixing, blending, and scratching
    • Cover all the basics, including DJ history, music theory and song structure, ins and outs of equipment, and timing
    • Leave with the skills and confidence necessary to start DJing today
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    7 positive reviews

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