Cheap Dates in Chicago That Won’t Make You Look Like a Cheapskate

Dating isn’t cheap, we get that. But having a thin wallet doesn’t mean you have to stay single!

Here’s the thing, we think you’re a catch -- you should be cleaning up in The Windy City. So as a favor to a friend, we collected a list of cool ideas you can totally afford. And it’s okay, you don’t need to give us credit. Actually, say you found them yourself -- you’ll score plenty of points by doing that!

You’re welcome.

 

A Shot of Vodka, Please

A Shot of Vodka, Please

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Love eating pizza? Now you can have it whenever you want! Join this two-hour hands-on workshop and learn how to make authentic pizzas like the Chicago Deep Dish. Class begins with an introduction to pizza making, and from there you will begin crafting an authentic Italian thin crust dough, and San Marzano tomato-basic-garlic sauce. You'll also practice stretching pizza dough. Next, it?s time to learn the nuances behind the famous Chicago Deep Dish, using only the best toppings.

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Do it the Swedish Way

Do it the Swedish Way

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So you wanted to take your SO for a couples massage, but work has been slow, and you’d rather have food on the table than spend an hour at the luxury spa -- time to put on your thinking cap and come up with a solution!

Just kidding -- we know you’re too broke to afford a thinking cap. Well don’t you worry your pretty little head, because this class will rub you the right way. Not only will you learn how to DIY a Swedish massage, but at the Discovery Center you’ll actually get a massage from your bae instead of a stranger. It’s a win-win!

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Daylight Dating

Daylight Dating

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Everyone is more charming in candle light, but if you really want to get to know someone, dating in daylight is the way to do it. Lose the mood lighting and set the mood yourselves on a scavenger hunt out around town -- in broad daylight!

Take your date out for a day of fun and see if you can solve challenges together as a team! And maybe after the  Stray Boots scavenger hunt, you should consider signing up for The Amazing Race. You would like, totally win. Plus it would leave you with some extra cash to take your date to that luxury spa. Something to think about.

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You’re the Ginger to My Wasabi

You’re the Ginger to My Wasabi

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You’re the rice to my sushi, the seaweed to my roll, the salmon to my nigiri and the...best date of them all…? (Do slant rhymes count?) Okay, we can’t do all the work for you. We’re already giving you amazing cheap date ideas, so the least you can do is your own sweet talking.

Roll up your sleeves, and roll your roll -- in this BYOB sushi class you’ll have fun FO’ SHO’!

Going on a sushi date is so last season. Cooking classes are the new orange so surprise your date and go on this fun class by What’s Cookin’ Chicago?, where not only will you get a delicious meal but you can BYOB. May we repeat that: BYOB.

You can be a rookie, or master too --  this class will teach you a thing or two.

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Cool as a Cucumber

Cool as a Cucumber

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So by now, you’ve gone on a few (albeit cheap) dates. Everything is going so smooth, you wonder if it’s too good to be true?

But you won’t look like a cheapskate on this cheap date! Because for one price, this escape room by Fox In A Box Chicago actually covers two  people! Or three, if that’s the way you roll...

Time to put yourselves to the test! You have an hour to solve the puzzle and get out. Will you stay cool as a cucumber or freak out? Only time will tell. No, but really, you have 60 minutes.

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