Now that work, school and family gatherings have all gone online, it only makes sense that dating would as well. So, like many singles in quarantine, dating has gotten creative in this “new normal,” with prospective couples exploring new, delicious, thought-provoking experiences, together. Virtually, of course.
Plus, we have it on good authority that these date ideas are just as exciting for couples who have been staring at each other for what is now around ten weeks straight. So dust off your black-tie attire … or just stick to sweatpants. Either way, you’ll feel like you did something different:
Michelin-Quality Dinner & a Show
Why not virtually travel, via your respective kitchens, to romantic Italy! Italy is one of the most obvious choices when it comes to food, wine and romance, and Massimo Bottura’s #kitchenquarantine series on Instagram Live takes us there, via our stomachs.
Cooking with his family in his home kitchen, Massimo gives Michelin-starred cooking lessons using common ingredients, which often include leftovers (relatable!). He challenges you to explore everything from the ragu of his home region, Emilia Romagna, to the perfect grilled cheese.
Pair your masterpiece with an Italian opera from a past edition of the annual Verdi Festival thanks to the immersive 360 degree online videos. In each video performance, viewers can simply move their cursor to change their point of view.
Cocktails + Art
Recreate a dreamy evening at a speakeasy and art gallery. Some of Chicago’s top chefs have shared their favorite cocktail recipes that will transport you to The Robey Hotel’s rooftop Cabana Club or Front Bar at the Steppenwolf Theatre. Score extra points for fancy garnishes by working on that citrus twist!
Between cocktails, peruse the Art Institute of Chicago’s incredible collection of famous paintings, from Monet’s Water Lilies to Grant Wood’s American Gothic. This virtual tour of the digital collection allows you to zoom in on every brushstroke and learn about the historic events that influenced the life and style of the artists.
Comfort Food + Binge
Sometimes you just need comfort food and our neighbors in Quebec have some delicious recipes that will do the trick. Cook-up some meat pie, baked beans or split pea soup, and settled into a night of good conversation, either face-to-face or over video chat.
Curl up and indulge in a bit of armchair tourism with Quebec’s Born to Let Go video series. Follow real travelers as they step out of their comfort zone and let go in Quebec’s spectacular landscapes and unique cultures.
We’re always looking for ways to fill our evenings, so if you’ve “armchair-traveled” somewhere awesome recently, or if you have a great new recipe, please share!