Dating Apps and Chicago Spots for this Winter

Chicago Spots for this Winter chitribe

Winter is here and dating app season is upon us.

Dating apps and dating websites have given the average Jewish-romance starved millennial a plethora of choice, for better or for worse. Living in a big city like Chicago, it is hard to decide: Drinks? Dancing? Introduce them to your parents right away? 

Beverage specialist, Daniel Hammerschlag, makes dating a little easier with this list. Each dating app has its own personality and this is the Jewish Chicago guide to find the best bar based on where you matched. It is getting colder this Winter, so why waste time choosing the spot.

Living in a big city like Chicago, it is hard to decide: Drinks? Dancing? Introduce them to your parents right away? 

Chicago, Illinois

Happy Swiping!


Where: The Owl in Logan Square

What to do there:  Drink and dance. Have fun. Admire their waterfall. Experience immense regret the next day.



Where: The Hampton Social in River North

What to do there: Be classy… it’s a nice place! If nothing else, there is a “Rose All Day” neon sign for IG

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Where: The Members Lounge of The Art Institute.

What to do there: If you can find your way to get into the lounge for a Hinge date, where you can actually look at each other while you talk, make it happen.


JSwipe, Chicago

Where: A friend’s wedding

What to do there: Welcome to Chicago, where you probably already know everyone and their mother on the JSwipe App. You are invited to the same weddings. Why not plan to meet up on the dance floor when Whitney Houston comes on…?

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Where: The Chicago Athletic Association by Millennium Park

What to do there: There is really something for everyone, especially the exclusive cocktails of The Milk Room. Get comfortable on couches in the Drawing Room.

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Where: L. Woods Tap & Pine Lodge in Lincolnwood

What to do there: This is the last stop before you finish the transformation into becoming your parents. 

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Where: Shallots Bistro in Niles

What to do there: Delicious and Kosher. Consume very good and very liliaceous beverages over an expensive meal. Let’s all be honest about why we are on JDate.

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Plenty of Fish

Where: Punch House in Pilsen

What to do there: Punch House has plenty of great cocktails and an actual fish tank – so plenty of fish. Actually, Punch House won the “best bar with a fish tank” from the Chicago Reader in 2012.

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Coffee Meets Bagel

Where: 4th floor of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery on the Magnificent Mile

What to do there: Drink coffee-infused cocktails. Do not overthink it!

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Stalking your Ex on Instagram

Where: Your couch

What to do there: Have a local 312 beer or 5 on your couch. Read this list for some inspiration and start swiping.

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Daniel Hammerschlag

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