Dating is expensive, if you allow it to be. However, if planned correctly, you can spend less than $40 for a full day of fun and memories. The city of Chicago provides an assortment of dating activities for couples on a budget, from ice skating to museums.
McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
Ideal for a winter date, the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park provides couples the opportunity to skate and get to know each other. Open seven days a week, admission into the rink is free and, if you own your skates, you can avoid purchasing the rental skates. If you or your date have never been ice skating, the rink also offers free ice skating lessons for couples on certain days. When attending the rink, ensure to dress appropriately for the conditions.
Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry allows you and your date to plan an entire day exploring exhibits and activities. The museum offers free days where general admission tickets are free, and Chicago residents receive a discount with proof of identification. The museum offers exhibits which include America’s first diesel-electric streamlined passenger train, a human life cycle exhibit, a real-time view of Earth exhibit and an exhibit featuring farm technology and innovations.
Offering activities for children and adults, the Alder Planetarium offers discounts and special admission prices for visiting during certain hours or days. For example, the planetarium offers discounted prices for couples visiting after 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month, allowing couples 21 and over to attend and enjoy cocktails, appetizers and the exhibits. Aside from the discounts, Alder Planetarium offers hands-on activities that include telescopes, a galaxy wall and computer-based interactive exhibitions like the CyberSpace exhibit.
Located on the west side of Chicago, the Cascade Drive-in allows a couple to enjoy a movie under the stars. Open for the spring, summer and fall season, the drive-in provides a full concession stand and offers BBQ pits allowing couples to cook and eat their own food. In addition, the drive-in broadcasts movie sounds using radio waves, allowing couples to enjoy the sounds through their car stereo.