As the nation’s third largest city, Chicago boasts not only some of the most amazing singles, but many of the top chefs and restaurants as well! If there is one thing we Chicagoans like to do, it’s eat! 39% of our singles surveyed recently by Match.com revealed that a foodie feast is their favorite type of date – and 47% felt that classic Italian cuisine is the best choice for a date. We love RPM Italian as a date spot for classic Italian, and it was voted the third best date restaurant in Chi-town. Opened recently by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Doug Psaltis, and Lettuce Entertain You, RPM is a chic, romantic eatery with fantastic cuisine – based on some of Mama DePandi’s favorite dishes! The restaurant boasts a young, hip crowd, and service is excellent.
The #2 rated spot by Match’s Chicago singles is Japonais. Located in the hotter than hot River North neighborhood, Japonais is sleek, chic, and is a sure bet to impress both you and your date. The patio facing the river is amazing in the summer, and the sushi fresh with unique flavors. Japonais also becomes a great late nightspot with a club-like atmosphere – packed with River North’s hottest singles.
Speaking of Chicago’s burgeoning restaurant scene, “Top Chef” winner Stephanie Izard’s “Girl and the Goat” was voted the #1 date restaurant of choice by Chicago singles! It’s fun and funky, serving shared-plates focusing on Mediterranean flavors and local ingredients. The dishes change seasonally, and the space has been tricked out with touches like burlap and clay covered walls, butcher-block tables, and collectible antiques. Girl and the Goat is the perfect spot for a date with its quirky yet comfortable atmosphere.
Some of Smart Dating Academy’s other date restaurant favorites are also on Randolph Street: you can’t go wrong having the fried egg pizza at NellCote, a Smoky Violet at Maude’s, or amazing Italian at Vivo (love the second floor)! Café BabaReeba is also one of our local recommendations – Tapas and Sangria in the summer with a lovely patio (with an atrium if it rains)!
But where should you NEVER take a date to eat? Surveyed Chicagoans said the worst place to bring a date is to Hooter’s, and they also tend to shy away from hanging out near the Rush and Division bars. These spots are better left for those not wooing a match!
Chicago singles – you’re in a food-tastic city with some of the finest restaurants in the country. Grab your date or a pack of single friends, and head out to any of these restaurants – you’re sure to experience not only a culinary delight, but meet some cuties along the way!
What’s your favorite Chicago date-worthy restaurant? Tell us in the comments below!