By: Cailey Griffin
A successful first date is an integral step in most romantic relationships. The first date essentially tells you everything you need to know about a person. If they show up late without a reasonable explanation, you can assume that being on a date with you is a low priority of theirs. If they have a whole bunch of stories about themselves to share, but never let you speak, you can assume they don’t care about opinions other than their own. If the date is at a restaurant and they treat the waiter or staff poorly, you can assume that they have a superiority complex that may be hard to break.
On the other hand, if they take the time to plan out the first date without leaving everything to you, you can assume they put effort in to the date. If they go out of their way to give you a compliment or relax the mood, you can assume that they enjoy making people comfortable. And if they follow up with a call or text to share that they enjoyed the date and they want to make sure you arrived home safely, you can assume that your date not only went well but that person wants you in their future.
Although observing your date’s behavior is essential for figuring out who they are as a person, an equally important part of a date is what you’ll actually be doing. A date with even the greatest person can be hampered with bad conditions.
Now that it’s summer, college students from all over the country have returned back to their hometown of Chicago to start a summer job, participate in an internship, or just relax. These college students are also using a portion of their summer to get to know people and go on a lot of first dates.
Miciah J Wilkerson (20) – University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
“I think a great date would start off by getting dinner at Portillos downtown because the scenery is great, it’s an affordable price, and it’s not too loud.”
“After dinner we’d walk around Navy Pier. I’d bring a speaker so we can listen to music. Dancing music would be great, like Afro Beats, Drake’s “Views” album. Just something smooth.”
Ninqi Hamilton (19) – Malcolm X College
“I think a great date would be dinner at the Grand Lux Cafe. It’s a sophisticated restaurant to grab dinner at,” she said.
“If it’s a really nice evening we can walk by Millenium Park then stop by Buckingham Fountain and watch as the lights change colors.”
Antoni Frazier known as Rapper “Donny Konz” (21) – Columbia College Chicago
“I think a great date would be going to the ArcLight Cinema because there’s great food, good people, and there’s always a member of the staff who gives a briefing of the movie you’re about to see, like who the actors are and fun facts about the movie.”
“After the movie, we could go to The Berghoff. It’s a German restaurant with good food and a nice staff. It also exposes you to a new culture. That person is learning about a culture you’re interested in.”
Donny also said that a great end to a date would be stopping by Oak Street Beach.
Angelique Serrano (20) – DePauw University
“A fun first date idea could be riding the CTA Brown Line (or any other color a part of the Loop) through the Loop downtown. Bear with me on this for a second. The time it takes to travel downtown is a great way to talk to the person you are out with while also getting a beautiful view of the city and its many neighborhoods through the eyes of the common person. The Loop goes through the heart of downtown, which is a great area to explore and get lost in too. Without having an agenda downtown, you wouldn’t feel any rush or pressure to select the perfect place or activity. This date idea gives you the gift of time to connect with the other person right from the beginning.”
Abdullah Quick (21) – School of the Art Institute of Chicago
“A great date would be going to an abandoned candy factory or multiple of the abandoned factories throughout the city. They serve as a surreal reminder of the past, they have the best murals, and view of the city skyline. Many of them are located in the industrial area around Pilsen and they are in pretty good condition. I’d really enjoy going on an adventure,” he said.
“Another great date would be going on a nature walk going from the end of lakeshore drive cutting through Jackson Park to get to the South Shore Cultural Center. At the Cultural Center, there’s a beach, marsh, and bonfire pit.”