Shhhhhh! Hear that? That’s the sweet sound of silence. Chase the dream of uninterrupted conversation by dialing up a sitter for a much needed date night. Read on to hear how you can bond at an out-of-this world Planetary Prom, check out new restaurant openings, take in a massage at one of Chicago’s most romantic date night spots and more! Get planning — and enjoy the heck out of this quiet time!
photo: Three Dots and a Dash
Luau with Three Dots and a Dash
In honor of the James Beard Foundation Awards celebration, Three Dots and a Dash and Julian Cox are hosting the second annual Tiki Luau & Pig Roast. Expect to see them mixing up cocktails alongside some of the country’s top bar talent.
Sun., May 1; 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Three Dots and a Dash
425 N. Clark St.
Near North Side
photo: just to get your mouths watering for Baconfest
Um, Yum! Baconfest!
Top Chicago chefs. Hundreds of bacon dishes to choose from. What more could you want for a kid-free day? Chefs will be serving up their favorite bacon dishes and liquor sponsors will be pouring spirits to complement and wash down the deliciousness. A raucous good time is guaranteed. Stretchy pants optional.
photo: Smack Shack
Welcome Smack Shack to Chicago
Started as a food truck in Minneapolis in 2010, Smack Shack has chosen Chicago to drop anchor for the second location. Lucky us! Check out their new location in the Fulton Market area, where they’ll be serving up their famous lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese, corn on the cob, shrimp, oysters! It’s beyond delicious and the cool industrial vibe makes for a fun night out.
Smack Shack Chicago
326 N. Morgan
Great Food and a Well-Deserved Massage
Chicago favorite, Geja’s Café, is offering moms an opportunity to receive a complimentary 5-minute massage and a class of bubbly while dining on some of the best food in the city. Moms step away from the table to receive a well-deserved pampering in a secluded, relaxing atmosphere with a licensed therapist from Lincoln Park Massage Spa.
Sun., May 8; 1 p.m.-9 p.m.
340 W. Armitage
photo: In Fine Spirits conducting a tasting
Wine, Walk and Shop in Andersonville
Traipse around one of Chicago’s most unique neighborhoods, Andersonville, in their 10th annual Wine Walk. The event features two routes, each with 12 retail stores transformed into tasting destinations, with 36 wines provided by H2Vino, Cream, Heritage, Vinery, Winebow, Candid and more! Check in at the Swedish American Museum and enjoy the walk! Get your tickets soon, this event sold out last year.
Sun., May 15; 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
$35 in advance; $40 the week prior
Start at Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St.
Dance the night away at Adler After Dark: Planetary Prom
If Mork and Mindy could plan a date night, this would be it! Break out your dancing shoes, tease that hair of yours and make sure you’ve lined up the perfect partner for 2016’s out-of-this-world Planetary Prom. Experience the best dance party this side of the Milky Way and explore our funky Solar System with hands-on programs, sky shows and a special panel discussing NASA’s newest planet-hunting telescope. Remember, 80, 90s, early millennium, contemporary or space-themed prom wear highly encouraged!
Thurs., May 19; 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
$20 advance purchase; $25 at the door
1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.
photo: Imperial Lamian
Great eats at the NEW Imperial Lamian
Imperial Lamian’s first U.S. location is now open! Check out their authentic, yet modern, Chinese cuisine with dishes prepared by three Master Chefs expertly trained in their individual crafts: Chef Kok Lam Andy Foo helms both traditional and inventive wok dishes, Chef Lim Kee Tiong specializes in beautiful dim sum and xiao long bao (soup dumplings), and Chef Wang Hongjun focuses on fresh, hand-pulled lamian noodles.
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— Maria Chambers