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Best Bars For A Blind Date In Chicago

So after months of searching, your friends or relatives have found you your dream match, or at least they think they have. Now that you've finally decided to meet in person, you have choose where can you go for a first date that will make a nice impression. You don't have to settle for a local burger joint or chain restaurant. Treat your date to a meal that will stir conversation and a location that will make sure you both have a fun night no matter how the relationship works out. Chicago has plenty of places to eat and drink with settings that will give you both plenty to talk about. Dress to impress and get ready to meet up at one of these elegant Chicago locales.


Hugo's Frog Bar
1024 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 640-0999

Show off your sense of good taste by taking your date to Hugo's Frog Bar on Rush Street. Hugo's has some of the best seafood in the city of Chicago, and along with drinks, it serves delicious steaks. Enjoy the whole Maine Lobster, the seared Hawaiian yellowfin tuna or even an order of baby back ribs. Hugo's can be a very popular spot, so you may wish make reservations.

The J. Parker
1816 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 254-4747

Take your date for drinks at J. Parker while you take in the delightful atmosphere. J. Parker serves lovely signature cocktails like the Lady Miliano and the Dolce Fumar, along with wine by the glass. Enjoy your drinks while having tasty treats like the Brun-uusto, Peekytoe crab beignets or J. Parker mini sliders. Make the first night you meet memorable with a trip to J. Parker.

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South Branch

South Branch Chicago
100 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 546-6177

Some people feel more comfortable meeting a date for the first time at a busy eatery. South Branch Chicago fits the bill perfectly. Located on Wacker Drive, this is a great place for a meet-up for everyone from the after-work crowd to good friends. Along with drinks, South Branch has a menu that varies from the sausage rigatoni to skirt steak.

Viand Bar and Kitchen
155 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 255-8505

Show off your sense of style and have a luxurious night out at Viand Bar an Kitchen, a great place to meet and greet a date. The warm atmosphere makes for an enjoyable evening while you and your date have wonderful meals like the hunter's duo, the roast hen or the beef medallions. Top off your evening with a dessert like the carrot pumpkin cake with warm cream cheese frosting.

Pops For Champagne
601 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-7677

Have an impressive knowledge of wine? Show it off at Pops for Champagne, where it has an extensive wine and champagne list. While you're here, get some bites from the imaginative menu, and perhaps try the chilled black tiger shrimp and the sweet tea boneless chicken thigh. Get your date off on the right foot at Pops For Champagne.

Related: Best Late-Night Activities Beyond Bars In Chicago

Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at

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