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5 ways to keep the spark alive in your relationship in Chicago

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Sarah Cook
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After that exciting honeymoon period sadly winds down, it can be a bit difficult to keep the spark ignited in your relationship. Luckily, you live in Chicago, where there are plenty of tantalizing things to do. Here are a few ideas for keeping your relationship hot and heavy long after it begins. 

Conquer a fear together: Afraid of something? Everyone is. How about conquering that fear with someone you love? Grab cocktails at the Signature Room in the John Hancock Center, and get buzzed enough to make 360 Chicago's Tilt attraction feel like a walk in the park.

Take a cute class together: Coursehorse, a great site that allows you to look up classes based on your interests, is filled with interesting date ideas. Show your significant other that you care and have been listening to what they are saying their hobbies are by picking out a fun class.

Be a tourist in your own city together: Haven’t been to the Bean? Haven’t made it to see Sue at the Field Museum? Is there a neighborhood or a place that you have always wanted to explore? Heading to a tourist-filled location that you've never visited can be a great way to spice things up. Make a list of kitschy places that you want to explore and have an adventurous day indulging in both of your interests.

Join a meetup group: Meetups can be a perfect way to broaden your free or cheap event horizons. If you're sick of the same old routine and can’t find anything fun to do with your significant other, Meetup could be your new best friend. You'll be able to interact with others who share your interests—and, more often than not, the events are free. 

Surprise them: Keeping your relationship alive and well doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive. It could be a chocolate you picked up on the way over to their place, a movie they have been meaning to see or a coffee delivered to them at work (that comes right when they need it). Showing someone that they are on your mind makes them feel special, loved, and giddy all over again. Isn’t this what it’s all about?

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