Dating: Everyone has an opinion on the subject. Some folks thrive on constantly meeting new people, others find comfort in long-term relationships, and for others still, the mere thought of getting drinks with a stranger insights unshakeable anxiety. Regardless of your personal convictions, let’s get one thing straight about dating: Chicago is a fantastic place to do it. (Pun intended, duh.) We’re home to a slew of cozy, romantic (not to mention delicious) bars and restaurants, world-class museums for daytime outings and lots of friendly, good-looking people. Even if dating itself isn’t your cup of tea, use our guide and you’ll fall in love with Chicago while looking for that special someone.
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The 12 people you'll meet on Tinder in Chicago
Dating in Chicago isn't for the faint of heart. We spend half the year in hibernation, which can make finding a partner a little difficult. That said, one of our favorite winter pastimes is swiping through Tinder on a cold night and hoping to find someone who wants to spend all summer outside actually enjoying the city with us. These are the people you'll be sure to encounter when swiping from within city limits; which way you decide to swipe is entirely up to you. The one who lies about being from the city. Schaumburg is not Chicago. The one who just finished running the Color Run. We get it, you're sporty and you love a good 5K—we see those photos from the Shamrock Shuffle and Hot Chocolate Runs, too—but come on, it's been months since the Color Run. The Logan Square hipster. Has never ventured outside the square and only suggests dates at Longman & Eagle. Delicious, but it's time to try something new. The one with the "skyline" view. Just because you can see the spire of the Hancock from your apartment does not mean you have city views. This is fine, but don't pretend. The one posing with the Stanley Cup. Unless you're Jonathan Toews, we don't want to see a photo of you next to the Stanley Cup, we've all seen it, we get it. The one who lives for summer street festivals. Their profile photos are just different shots of them in tank tops with a craft beer on every block of the city. The bartender. Their profile photos behind the bar at your favorite hangout make