If you’re looking for a great place to take a date for the first time in Chicago, you’re in luck. This city has a little something for everyone and then some! From Asian cuisine, to vegan menus, you can find a great space that will allow you to impress your date as you get to know her in a great atmosphere.
Located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Sundaboasts Midwestern hospitality with contemporary versions of traditional Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai, Cambodian, Philippine and more Asian dishes. It’s the perfect place to take a date for the first time and it was awarded Best New Restaurant and Chicago’s Sexiest Restaurant, among a few other awards. Aside from the amazing cuisine, it offers mod décor, chic and comfortable ambiance and seating for more than 200. It is a must try with the Chicago dining scene. It’s located at 110 W. Illinois St. and has received 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Pump Room, located at 1301 N. State Pkwy., is an old dining room with a new menu. It offers a low-key, yet striking atmosphere and it’s a hit with the younger crowd. The food is simple yet delicious, with a “farm-to-table” freshness that has many people buzzing. If your date likes simple, chic, and fun this would be the place to take her for a nice, laid back dinner that will still impress.
Geja’s has been listed as the “perfect first date” venue by several magazines. It’s pricey, but not over-the-top, with a single plate costing roughly $50. It’s intimate, with dark lights and acoustic guitars playing. It offers an extensive wine list and a top-notch wait staff that add to the romance of the space. Candles on the table, heavy curtains on the window, and a decadent menu make for one hot dinner date.
Bistro Campagne, at 4518 N Lincoln Ave in Lincoln Square, is a French restaurant and the French know love. This mid-priced dining spot is known to be a warm and friendly neighborhood restaurant. The intimacy of the bistro makes it great for first time dates to get to know the person you’re with. This little slice of Paris in Chicago is welcoming, fun, and a great place to have a conversation as you enjoy some of the best French cuisine in America. What’s even better is, knowing that by dining at Bistro Campagne you’ll be supporting local farmers, as the food purchased for the meals is all from Midwestern farms.
If your date is a vegetarian, don’t despair! Chicago has a great venue for taking a vegetarian and/or vegan out to dinner, and it’s a nice, upscale restaurant. The Green Zebra, located at 1460 W Chicago in the West Town neighborhood is mid-priced, upscale, and chic. The best part though, is that you can be sure everything on the menu is contemporary and made with vegetarians and vegans in mind.
Obviously a city as large as Chicago will have more than just these five places that are great for dates, but when you take a girl out for the first time you want to impress without spending too much money. These are perfectly priced and have the perfect mix of comfort and wow-factor to impress and make for a memorable first date.