Oh, date night. You look forward to it for weeks, but once it finally rolls around you are typically exhausted from the week and the couch is calling your name. Sound familiar to any other parent out there? Well, I’m here to encourage you to take back date night. How? By moving it up by an hour or two…or five. Yes, that’s right, daytime dates are the new cool thing. Not only are you more energized, but you will also feel like your babysitter is truly earning his or her money instead of simply sitting in peace and quiet while your kids sleep. There are so many fun and unique daytime date options for Chicagoans that you will never settle for just a “dinner and movie” date again, guaranteed.
Daytime Date Idea #1–Relax Together
Parenting is one of, if not THE, most stressful jobs out there. So take time to relax and re-center yourself before you go home and step on even more Legos. Nature Yoga Sanctuary has two locations, one in Wicker Park and one in Oak Park, in order to help you get your OM on. Drop in classes are $17, and there are over 14 types of yoga classes offered so you will be able to find the perfect setting for your daytime date, whether it is a “Rise and Shine” class or a “Candlelight” yoga session. The Oak Park location recently opened an adjoining café so that you can enjoy a nutritious meal or soothing latte after your yoga practice.
Another relaxing option? The spa! There are so many great spas across Chicagoland that provide customized and innovative treatments. We love The Spa at Lincolnshire located at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort since it is intimate, conveniently located and the price is right!
Daytime Date Idea #2–Create Something Together
I know, I know…you’ve already created a future together, but what about something more concrete? Then head over to VIP Paints and check out all of the unique classes they have to offer. Yes, you can find creative Chicago themed sip and paint classes like at many other artistic boutiques, but the class with the biggest draw at VIP Paints is the Soy Candle Making Class. That way you will have a memento of your time together every time you have a candle lit meal at home (after the kids go to bed, of course).
Daytime Date Idea #3–Explore a New Neighborhood
Chicago is known as a city of neighborhoods, so why not set aside a few hours to wander around and explore a new neighborhood together? In the suburbs, we love heading to Northbrook and losing ourselves in the stacks at the Book Bin and heading to the Graeter’s afterwards for French pot ice cream. In our hometown of Arlington Heights, we spend hours sharing macaroons and talking over lattes at the beautiful Bakester Patisserie after strolling through the local shops. If in the city, we love exploring neighborhoods such as Andersonville by visiting the Swedish American Museum and stuffing ourselves with a delicious brunch from Big Jones.
Daytime Date Idea #4–Rev Your Engines
Just in case you missed my recent post about the Chicago Auto Show (go read it now!), it’s here…and one of the best daytime dates around. Why? Because you can get up close and personal with your dream car, see what innovations are being made in all types of vehicles, and of course, check out the concept cars of the future. Just be sure to wear comfy shoes since there is a TON of walking. If the Auto Show isn’t in town, have cocktails or coffee while racing slot cars at the fun and upbeat Fieldhouse Jones.
Daytime Date Idea #5–Get Your Sweat On
Many people think that barre classes cater to women, but the dynamic staff at Pure Barre Deerfield prove that simply isn’t true. The “Classic” class is 50 minutes long and is a complete full body workout that is low impact and isometric program that strengthens and then stretches your muscles. The other type of class offered, “Empower,” is a full body burn that is low impact and cardio centric. Whichever class you choose, you and your partner will definitely be sore the next day–but I promise it’s worth it!
Daytime Date Idea #6–Put On Your Dancing Shoes
Speaking of shoes, put on your dancing ones and head to the Shapiro Ballroom and meet with I Do Dance Studio instructors for dance lessons. I mean, the only time you probably ever took dance classes was during a high school PE class or leading up to your wedding. This time, learn to dance without the pressure and have a well earned cocktail afterwards.
Enjoy your time together!
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