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Quick dating ideas

With gorgeous skylines, prime lakefront access, a vibrant and always-growing food and drink scene, and a population of nearly 3 million, Chicago is arguably one of the best cities for dating.And while there’s no shortage of romantic spots and activities in this sprawling town, sometimes we all need a little help coming up with something novel, thrilling, or downright out there to help bring us a little closer to that (potentially) someone special.

Just stay away from anything from Grab a blanket, pack some snacks, bring a bottle of wine, and kick back on the lawn.If both of you channeled Michael Jackson and Madonna growing up, Danny’s -- a neighborhood favorite for cheap drinks and up-all-night dancing with throwback '80s and '90s tunes -- is a must-visit for testing out your moves together.Attend Adler Planetarium's After Dark event (21 ) on the third Thursday of each month to enjoy cocktails and one-of-a-kind views of the Chicago skyline.A night out at Dusek’s, Punch House, Tack Room, and Thalia Hall is like four dates in one.Start off with oysters at the BIB-nominated Dusek’s, then head to an after-dinner show at Thalia Hall, the historic landmark space redesigned and reopened in 2013 by the same owners.Skip having to spend money on someone you just met with Free Thursdays at the Art Institute of Chicago (you like free stuff, right? Heads you’re taking the CTA, tails you’re taking a cab.

) -- which will both make you seem cultured and give you plenty to talk about. For every decision you need to make, take turns flipping.

First dates are nerve-wracking, and have been known to cause people to drink a bit more than they should on occasion.

Lower your inhibitions without the risk of getting sloppy with a cocktail (or kocktail? Even if you don’t experience the relaxing, sedative, and euphoric properties the kava root is said to have, it’ll give you both the chance to bond over a new experience.

It's near impossible not to pick up on the sexy vibes in the dimly lit, curtained-off rooms in one of Chicago's top hookah bars.

Also, there’s something about lounging atop pillows on the floor that makes conversation flow easier.

Tip: Although shisha is quite different from tobacco, make sure your date isn't devoted to maintaining perfectly pink lungs before making any reservations.