Cheap Dates in Chicago

Whether it's a blind date or a 10th anniversary, there's always an excuse for a great date night out on the town. But dating can be a serious wallet-drainer, which is why we've compiled a list of hot date spots that don't come with a frightening price tag. Check out our list of cheap date places in Chicago. (Photo: Flickr user anemoneprojectors)

Updated: January 14, 2011

Chicago Romance on the Cheap


Lincoln Park Zoo

2200 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614

Monkeys? Penguins? This free zoo--situated smack dab in the middle of Lincoln Park--is a romantic place to take a date. During the winter months, the zoo stays open from 10am to 4:30pm, so make it daytime date if you choose this route--and make sure to save time for a little hot chocolate.


Art Institute of Chicago

111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

The Art Institute offers free admission on Thursday evenings from 5pm to 8pm, allowing you to plan a cultural date. Browse various wings and take in some romantic sculptures and paintings, creating great fodder for dinner conversation afterwards.


Adler Planetarium & Museum

1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605

Kick your date off with a romantic evening under the stars, regardless of the weather outside. Every third Thursday of the month from 6pm to 10pm, Adler Planetarium hosts a 21-and-over event called Adler After Dark. $10 tickets get you access to the planetarium. There's also a cash bar and full cafe menu.


Vic Theatre

3145 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

A movie date is usually a no-fail choice, especially when you add drinks to the mix. The Vic Theatre offers second and third-run movies for only $5 on the big screen, and they have three bars open throughout the showing (with drink specials for additional savings).


Lucky Strike (chicago)

322 E Illinois St # G45, Chicago, IL 60611

For the more action-packed date, head to this posh bowling alley in River North that offers drinks and sophisticated bites.