BY TAYLOR WADE
Take advantage of the romantic Fall season with the help of our Ambiance Matchmaking staff! We have scoured the city of Chicago and compiled our top picks for the best date ideas this Fall season. Read on and start planning!
1. Make Mulled Wine or Hot Toddies
There's nothing better than a warm cup of mulled wine or a hot toddy when the cool weather of Fall arrives. Trying a new recipe with your date is a great way to learn or improve a skill together, enriching your bond and giving you lots to talk about. Furthermore, coinciding a date with an activity allows for a more relaxed state in which to converse since both people are actively involved in performing a task together. Head over to our Cooking for Two blog to see a Mulled Wine recipe and our top 5 favorite Hot Toddy recipes.
2. Pumpkin Picking & Baking
Visit Pumpkins Chicago, a local pumpkin patch located at 3456 N Clark Street, just a few blocks from Wrigley Field in the Lakeview neighborhood. Pumpkins Chicago offers a diverse range of pumpkin sizes and colors and even pumpkin carving kits! Now that you have your pumpkin, head home and take on the challenge of baking a pumpkin pie totally from scratch! Visit PickYourOwn.org for the recipe.
3. Take a Cooking Class
Take a cooking class from The Chopping Block, Chicago's largest recreational cooking school, with two locations in The Merchandise Mart and Lincoln Square. This school offers an array of different cooking classes ranging from Italian to BBQ to French! See a complete list of classes here.
4. Get Lost in a Corn Maze
Visit Pumpkin Patches And More to find local pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, gourds and other Halloween activities in Chicago and Northeastern Illinois! Some are farms, where you take a hay ride out into the field, others are elaborate farm stands with mountains of pumpkins and other activities and some are simple roadside stands. Most have loads of pumpkins to choose from.
5. Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest
Channel your inner child at the Lincoln Park Zoo Fall Fest! The festival includes ticketed attractions throughout the zoo: a Ferris wheel, corn maze, hay mountain, fun slide, inflatable obstacle courses and more.
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