The experience-driven dating site HowAboutWe analyzed more than 1,000,000 dates posted on their site to get a coast-to-coast look at how America's singles date offline. We're sharing the findings for some of our favorite cities, and this week, it's all about dating in Chicago.
Chicago is known by many as a mecca of singles who are attractive, smart and career-driven, notes Kailen Rosenberg, relationship expert and love architect. "Like New York, Chicago offers a fresh dating atmosphere. It is the city to land in if you are looking for sharp, modern singles with good Midwestern family values."
Chicago dater says: I actually met my fiancee when I moved from LA to Chicago, at a time when I'd basically given up on finding someone. There's just something about the city, at least to me, that makes it seem easy to meet someone with similar interests. Matt, 29
"Parks and piers are popular because these places become a sort of 'third person' in the date, in a way that a restaurant or a movie can't be," notes relationship expert Susan Shapiro Barash. Rosenberg agrees. "An outdoor setting allows you and your date to sit and observe the world around you together. This gives insight into how you each see life," she explains. "It can be something romantic like commenting on a beautiful sunset or something humorous — regardless of what you are watching, you have a chance to connect by glimpsing into who you each are and how your souls work."
Quick dating tip: Barash emphasizes that it's very important to be open-minded when dating and to be a good listener. "Avoid preconceived notions so that you can learn about the other person. Be polite and thoughtful, upbeat and friendly," she advises. "I've heard many women complain that a date is too cold or disinterested."
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