Uninterrupted conversation? Who knew that existed? Family time is swell, but sometimes it’s nice to line up a sitter to spend time in a kid-free zone. Whether you swap stories over a meal or bond while touring some of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings, we’ve rounded up low-key, sitter-worthy ideas for adult fun. Enjoy the sound of silence!

Make it a wild night at the zoo

For one night only, Lincoln Park Zoo's The Patio at Cafe Brauer is inviting guests to celebrate seasonal flavors with a special Harvest Dinner on Friday, October 13, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Diners can expect an extraordinary feast featuring locally sourced ingredients, seasonal fruits and veggies, whole roasts and wine under the harvest moon. Just try to keep your mouth from watering when you think about the Roasted Assorted Fall Squash and Pear Salad, Roasted Amish Chickens with Natural Au Jus and Charred Peach Trifle. Yum! Save us a spot at the table!

The Patio at Cafe Brauer, 2021 N. Stockton Dr., Lincoln Park; $65/adults; $30/kids. Online: eventbrite.com

photo: The Patio at Cafe Brauer

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— Maria Chambers