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By Jasmin Curtiss

Keeping date night spontaneous can be a drag but it doesn’t have to be. Chicago is filled with adventures waiting to be had, but looking in the right place is key. Whether sports is your thing, art, or music, there is something for everyone, and something you might not have ever thought about.

Brews and Booze
Why let someone else pour you a drink when you can make it yourself? Brew and Grow is just one of the many breweries that offer classes to help you become the best mixologist you can be. Learn what it takes to bring the perfectly brewed glass to life from scratch. The beginner’s class is two and half hours and will cost you $20 per person, while the advanced class runs for $30. Visit www.brewandgrow.com to start your career as a cicerone.

Get lost
Sometimes having no destination can take you just where you need to be. Grab a CTA pass and hop off at a random stop. Try a new bakery, peek into an art gallery, or stroll through a park you’ve never been to for a quick picnic. Hop back on and start all over again. It’s a great way to see the city and you just might find a new hangout spot. Visit www.transitchicago.com for routes, schedules and fares..

Art Attack
Find your inner Picasso and get lost in Chicago’s street art. Known for being a “living urban canvas”, the Wabash Arts Corridor will take you on a visual journey brought to life by local talent. Head to Wabash Avenue between Van Buren and Roosevelt and Michigan Avenue and State street, where you’ll find 19 galleries, 14 performance spaces and hours of art to explore. Check it out for yourself.

Sweet Sounds
Get lost in the music. Live music opportunities are around every corner in the Windy City. Head down to Navy Pier all summer for the Live on the Lake! Series at Miller Lite Beer Garden. Starting at 2 p.m., local artists as well as some from out of town will take the stage to serenade the crowd. Shows on Saturdays include a fireworks show at 10:15 p.m. On Sundays, concert goers can take a trip to the islands without leaving home with “International Pier Sounds”, a series including reggae artists and beats.

Be a tourist
While you’re in a rush living your daily life, the city is filled with people from out of town who are there to see all the city has to offer. Consider thinking like a tourist. You might have lived in Chicago your whole life, but have you hit the top spots? Cloud Gate is made from stainless steel plates fused together to create what is better known as The Bean. The world-famous statue in Millenium Park sees new faces every day, but has it seen yours? When was the last time you rode the ferris wheel at Navy Pier, and ran through the funhouse maze? What about grabbing a dog and beer at Wrigley Field? Besides baseball games, you can catch summer concerts like Dead & Company on June 14 and 15 at the stadium. Have you immersed in the history at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum? What about grabbing a slice of Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza? Sometimes the fun is as simple as thinking like an outsider. Remember that whatever you decide to do or give, it doesn’t have to be big and extravagant. Get creative, get personal and have fun on your next outing.


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