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 share a brew with Sue, bond over a love of trucks or admire stunning gardens while walking hand-in-hand, we’ve rounded up low-key, sitter-worthy ideas for adult fun. Read on and enjoy the silence!
photo: Chicago Beer Festival
Chicago Beer Festival
Sue, the most famous T-Rex in the world, is having her home taken over by the Chicago Beer Festival! This event will feature over 70 breweries sampling their spring seasonal brews, plus music, food and a select number of exhibits will be open to attendees. Admission includes beer samplings with food sold separately. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so be sure to buy ahead.
Date: March 3; VIP admission 7 p.m.-11 p.m., General admission 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: $55 VIP admission; $45 General admission
The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Museum Campus
photo: Monster Jam
Get Revved for Monster Jam
Got a truck lover in the house? Big trucks? Monster trucks? Schedule a date to see the dirt fly as the world’s best monster trucks battle it out in the ultimate event of high-octane speed, racing and destruction! Monster Jam is a car-crushing explosion of demolition and stunts done by drivers who never let the energy lag.
Date: March 2-5; Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 1 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Mon., 7 p.m.; Gates open an hour before show
Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd., Rosemont
photo: Punch Bowl Social via Maria Chambers
Grand Opening! Punch Bowl Social
Schedule a date, in fact, make it a double. Punch Bowl Social is bringing their eat-drink-play concept that’s no-fail fun for group dates to the West Loop. Scheduled to open March 10, you’ll find made-from-scratch dishes and craft beverages paired with throw-back social activities like shuffleboard, Ping-Pong, marbles, 80s video games, bowling, virtual reality and skee-ball in an urban and eclectic atmosphere.
Date: Opens March 10; 9 p.m.
Punch Bowl Social, 310 N. Green St., West Loop
Howl at the Moon at Morton Arboretum
Howl at the Moon is partnering with The Morton Arboretum to provide a high-energy show centered around dance hits and party anthems for a great evening of live music.
Date: March 10; doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: VIP (includes 1 drink and reserved seating), $35/member, $45/non-member; General Admission, $25/member, $35/non-member
Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle
photo: Escape Story
Escape with your Date to (and from) Escape Story
Can you say you really know someone if you haven’t yet had to get unstuck from a precarious situation with them? Put your relationship to the test by allowing Escape Story to lock you in a room, where only clue-following teamwork will allow you to see the light of day. Make it a group date by taking along up to six people and choose between Sherlock Holmes and Area 51 themes.
Date: Ongoing dates available for a 60-minute adventure
Escape Story, 4745 Main St., Lisle
Wine & Wildlife: Great and Small, Our Vets Care for All
Lincoln Park Zoo’s popular after-hours series lets adults enjoy a glass of wine while learning about the zoo’s global conservation programs and exceptional animal care. Join the veterinary staff as they share the challenges and successes of caring for the great and small creatures of the zoo.
Date: March 13; 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $17 ($14 for members)
Lincoln Park Zoo, Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House, 2001 N. Clark St., Lincoln Park Zoo
Chicago Flower & Garden Show
Get ideas for your spring gardens by walking through more than 20 life-sized gardens, participating in DIY workshops and education seminars, watching garden-to-table cooking presentations and more at Chicago Flower and Garden Show’s Flowertales: Every Garden Has a Story to Tell.
Date: March 14-18
Cost: $15/adult one-day anytime; $13/adult weekday; $10/adult evening pass; $5/ages 4-12
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Streeterville
photo: Adler Planetarium
Adler After Dark: Game Night
From board games to arcade games and beyond, Adler is pulling out all the stops for this game-changing event. Challenge your friends to a no-holds-barred trivia extravaganza (complete with prizes) or one of several larger-than-life games around the museum (giant Jenga, anyone?). For table-top fans, jump into a session with Dice Dojo, who will be showcasing their favorite new board & card games. And make sure to visit the crew from your favorite party game — Cards Against Humanity — who will be playing the game and hosting their popular improv show Cards Against Humanity LIVE. Note: Tickets for the CAH LIVE will be available beginning Feb. 16 at 9 a.m.
Date: March 15; 6 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $20 advance purchase; $25 at the door
Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Museum Campus
photo: Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group
Easily one of the most recognizable performances groups out there, the Blue Man Group performs high-energy percussive shows mixed with a little of their own brand of comedy. They’ll have you tapping your toes and laughing along as they go on a journey into sound.
Date: All month long
Briar Street Theatre, 3133 N. Halsted, Lakeview
St. Patrick’s Day Cruise Aboard the Mystic Blue
Throw on your favorite green gear and corral your crew to cruise the night away on the Mystic Blue. You’ll feel like you hit the luck of the Irish with a freshly prepared St. Patrick’s Day dinner buffet, green beer and sparkling skyline views, plus dancing and entertainment galore.
Date: March 17; board at 6:30 p.m., cruise 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier
Do you have any fun date nights planned? Share in the Comments below!
— Maria Chambers