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It Just Hasn't Happened Yet book signing

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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A few weeks ago I wrote about a book called It Just Hasn't Happened yet. The book by, Karin Anderson, Ph.D, totally blasts all the insane reasons people give us as to why we are still single. As you can tell by my review I am a total fan of the book.

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Groupon sets the new Guinness World Records title for speed dating (and I was there)

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Last night Groupon set the new Guinness World Records title for speed dating at the Paris Club in River North. The original record was 313 daters at an even in Hoboken, New Jersey. In Chicago, there were 414 total daters at the event who participated in at least 20 three-minute-long dates. And I was lucky bachelorette number 166.
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Speed date holiday shopping event on December 2nd

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Most people need to do a little shopping during the holidays. A lot of people wouldn't mind having someone to do that shopping with. And many singles wouldn't mind spending an evening meeting (and flirting with) new people. Well, the awesome news is that I just found out about an event that combines all of the above.

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Win passes to the screening of Morning Glory

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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This week marks the one year anniversary of this blog. That's right, one year ago (on October 29th to be exact) I published my very first post on All The Single Ladies. It's pretty exciting to me, especially when I look at how far I have come since that first blog. So, I thought I would have a little mini celebration and I am kicking things off with a giveaway to the screening of Morning Glory.

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Drinks and dudes: The date tracker

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

I mentioned a few weeks ago about my plan to start a new feature on my blog. Just as a little refresher, the idea was to go to some of the awesome bars in Chicago to check out the mingling potential. Well, last Friday the fun began and I'd like to say it was a pretty interesting time. Check out the recap.

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Bailiwick Chicago's AIDA is a must see

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Last night I went to see Bailiwick Chicago's production of AIDA and I must say I was thoroughly impressed. Honestly, I tend to not be a huge fan of musicals. However, I found this one to be captivating and beautifully done. The entire cast knows how to command the attention of the audience and keep it throughout the entire performance.

AIDA is the story of an Egyptian soldier, Radames, who falls in love with a Nubian slave, Aida. Radames is next in line for the throne amd also just happens to be engaged to the Pharaoh's daughter. As it's discovered that Aida is actually the daughter of the King of Nubia, Aida and Radames must choose between their love for their countries and their love for one another.

The on-set chemistry between Aida (played by Rashada Dawn) and Radames (played by Brandon Chandler) is breathtakingly powerful and can be felt throughout the entire performance. The Pharaoh's daughter, Amneris (played by Adrianna Parsons) adds a necessary element not just because she is a vital part of this love story, but the audience is able to watch as a naive girl grows into a strong woman.

Directed by Scott Ferguson, with amazing choreography by Gary Abbott and Kevin Igea Jeff (Deeply Rooted Dance Theater) and music directed by Jimmy Morehead (vocals) and Robert Ollis (band), AIDA is a wonderful performance with a truly amazing cast. The show will awaken almost every human emotion. It is the perfect blend of love and sorrow with even a little humor added in.

Performances for AIDA are Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Visit bailiwickchicago.com to buy tickets or call the Box Office at 866-811-4111.

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Go check out the Grease Sing-A-Long movie this weekend

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Most people will likely be doing one of two things this weekend - checking out the filming of Transformers (I believe it's number three right?) or sitting in your air conditioned apartment so you don't melt in the crazy humidity. However, if you aren't doing either of those things and would like another option then go check out the Grease Sing-A-Long movie.

The Grease Sing-A-Long movie presents the well-known classic in a very unique and exciting way. It would make a really fun summer activity or even a fun girls night out.

The movie is playing at AMC South Barrington Theater this weekend. Showtimes are in the evening but are subject to change based on the theater. Check out AMC's website for more information and for exact times.

You can also check out the movie trailer here:

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/paramount/greasesingalong/

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Bailiwick Chicago's production of F**CKING MEN is fantastically entertaining

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Last night I went to the premiere of Bailiwick Chicago's production of FUCKING MEN. I have to say I found it to be extremely sexy and entertaining with a whole lot of humor blended in.

Written by Joe DiPietro and directed by Tom Mullen, FUCKING MEN is an adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's play, La Ronde. The play looks at the sex life of "the modern urban gay male" by portraying the life of ten different men from all types of backgrounds. Here you get a look into the life experiences of a variety of characters like "the hustler", "the solider", "the college kid", "the married couple", and so on.

All in all the play is definitely a must see for anyone and everyone. Well, that is for any and every adult out there as the play has a lot of adult themes and there is also a little bit of nudity.

You can catch FUCKING MEN on Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 7:00pm & 9:00pm, and Sundays at 7:00pm through July 25th. There will be no performance on Sunday, July 4. Individual tickets are $25.00 and group (6+) tickets are $20.00.

Call the Theatre Building/Stage 773 box office at (773) 327-5252, or visit www.FMenChicago.com for tickets.

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New weekly feature: The single lady blogger is shaking things up

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Young Couple Speed Dating

You might have noticed that I didn't post any date ideas yesterday. And no, I did not forget about them nor am I a slacker. I have just decided to shake things up a little with a whole new weekly feature.

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Planning a date in Chicago? Here are this week's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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First of all, let me apolgize for not posting any spots last week. However, I do have some really fun ideas this week including some festivals and great dining deals. So if you are planning a date, here are some great spots to check out.

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Chicago Singles Summer Lovin' Event

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Every year Chicago Magazine puts together a list of the top eligible singles in the city. The list combines both women and men from all facets of life who live all over the city. Well, the time has come for the magazine to announce this year's 20 most eligible singles.

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What will it take for men to go to singles events?

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Today's blog is a little something different, but that is because I am legitimately curious about something. So I am hoping all the single guys out there can help me out. Why is it that so few single guys go to singles events?

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Sitting on my couch is not a date

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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I've had a epiphany this week. Actually, back up for a second. Technically I have been thinking about this for a while, I just feel like it was fully confirmed this week. If you read my blog, you know that I am pretty open minded when it comes to dating and by no means am I a prissy princessy kind of girl. I have to be honest here though guys, sitting on my couch (or your couch) is not a date. Really, it's not.

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Recap of Single in the City at Whole Foods

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Last night, I went to the Single in the City event at the Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. They provided a few samplings of some yummy foods from Whole Foods (including some sort of mango salsa that I might be a bigger fan of than I thought). There was also samples of some pretty tasty cocktails which is always awesome in by book. And of course there were goody bags and a raffle for prizes.

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Planning a date in Chicago? Here are this week's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

I Heart U

Chicago Center for the Performing Arts
777 N. Green St.

Fridays at 8 p.m. (ends June 25)

Kind of a romantic comedy, only better. A sketch revue about romantic relationships. Cost is $10

Chef's Cooking Class

Wave
644 N. Lake Shore Drive

June 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Executive chef Kristine Subido leads a culinary demonstration on how to make Indian and Middle Eastern street food followed by lunch. Includes wine pairings, one cocktail and recipes. Cost is $60 and RSVP is recommended.

Eastside Millennium Art Festival

Michigan Avenue and Lake Street
100 E. Lake St.

June 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
June 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It's summer, so why not try one of Chicago's many festivals? Here you can browse works artists including ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, wood and furniture. And the best part? It's free.

Italian cooking class

312 Chicago
136 N. La Salle St.

June 5 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Yes, I know another cooking class. Learn how to make homemade pastas with executive chef Luca Corazzina and his mother. Includes appetizers, recipe cards and a bottle of olive oil to take home. Cost is $45 and RSVP is required


 

Single in the City event at Whole Foods in Lincoln Park

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

The Whole Foods in Lincoln Park is pretty well-known as a really fantastic place to meet singles in Chicago. Given that fact and the huge success of the singles event at the Gold Coast location, Whole Foods has decided to host a Single in the City Event at the Lincoln Park location.

Here are all the details - come on out and meet someone new.

When: Thursday, June 3 from 630pm-830pm

Where: Whole Foods Lincoln Park (1550 N. Kingsbury Street)

There will be specialty cocktails, a photo booth, interactive ice breakers, Cubs ticket and spa package giveaways and more. And as an added bonus there is also an after party at Sully's which is right down the street. The event is free, but please RSVP here.

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Planning a date? Here are this weekend's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Summer has fallen upon us in Chicago (trust me I have the sunburn to prove it). Plus, for most of us, this weekend is a three day weekend which of course means you get a whole extra day/night to have a date. So plan one this weekend and check out some of these spots.

 

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Planning a date in Chicago? Here are this week's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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So my man Andy Avalos on NBC told me that it will be close to the 80's this weekend. For the city folk that probably means somewhere around 72-ish. Point being that we have a nice weekend coming up in Chicago. So if you are planning a date this weekend then check out some of these ideas.

Also, I say it's a great weekend to take a walk on the lakefront or check out the Lincoln Park Zoo or ven better, head out on Sunday for brunch. Don't know where? Well have no fear because the Queer Guy Tells It Straight has you covered with his weekly brunch spot.

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Planning a date in Chicago? Here are this week's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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There are so many things going on in Chicago this weekend it was hard to choose. Most of this week's spots seem to be centered around budget dating. Let's face it, who doesn't love having a great time and being cheap (in a good way) in the process. So there is no excuse. Grab a date and get on out there and have a great time.

 

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Planning a date? Here are this week's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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I'm not a big fan of dinner and movie dates. Though sometimes planning a date can be a little difficult. However, this is Chicago and there are quite a few awesome (and inexpensive) things going on this weekend. So if you're struggling with what to do, here are a few ideas.

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Andrea Syrtash's He's Just Not Your Type speaking and signing on May 10th

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Andrea Syrtash is a relationship expert, dating columnist and life coach. She has been seen on VH1, NBC and is also a contributor for Oprah.com. In her new book He's Just Not Your Type (and that's a good thing), she shares her approach to finding a fantastic and healthy relationship. Here she encourages women to look beyond the idea of the man they've always thought they were supposed to marry and instead take a look at the guy they may not consider their type (something she calls a "non-type"). It's that whole idea that sometimes you find love where you least expect it, coincidentally something that I firmly believe in.

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Planning a date this weekend? Here are some places to check out

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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1,2, Fag + Hag

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3541 N. Clark St.

Fridays at 8 p.m.

Here you can check out local comics perform an interconnected improv set with multiple characters and guest female comics. The cost is $14. Featured guests are:
April 16: Dina Facklis
April 30: Jet Eveleth
May 7: Tara Defrancisco
May 14: Dominizuelan (Lori Diaz and Wendy Mateo)

Better Off Wed

Donny's Skybox Theatre
1608 N. Wells St.

Fridays at 9 p.m. (ends April 30)

I know the topic of marriage is a little risky for a first date. Though as long as you aren't actually proposing marriage I say it's perfectly fine. A sketch revue parody of modern wedding planning traditions. Cost is $12.

Cocktail Hour

ComedySportz Theatre
929 W. Belmont Ave.

Fridays at 11:59 p.m.

A short-form, R-rated, retro-inspired improv comedy show. A DJ set with classic jazz follows in the lounge. Cost is $5.

Artropolis

Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza

April 30 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
May 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
May 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
May 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Anything art related is an awesome date to me. Even if you don't like art there is great people watching (read that as awesome conversation). Here you can check out three major exhibitions with special programs and performances from more than 85 local cultural institutions. $20 for single-day pass; $15-$25 for four-day pass. (Tickets include entry to all events except Thursday opening parties).

Chef's Cooking Class

Wave
644 N. Lake Shore Drive

May 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Asian street food II
June 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Indian and Middle Eastern street food

Cooking classes are great, plus they can open the door up for a potential next date. And even if you are like me and are a little clumsy in the kitchen, it makes a great ice breaker. Here, executive chef Kristine Subido will lead a culinary demonstration followed by lunch. Includes wine pairings, one cocktail and recipes. Cost is $60 and RSVP is recommended

Science Storms

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Museums are always great dates. If you find natural disaster type situations fascinating then here you go. This is an interactive exhibit that looks at tornadoes, lightning, fire, tsunamis, sunlight, avalanches and atoms in motion. Plus, its free with general admission, which is $9 to $15.

Swing on Sundays

May I Have This Dance
5246 N. Elston Ave., 2nd floor

Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Here's an opportunity to have a little fun (and be close and sweaty with your date). Basic and intermediate 30-minute dance lessons in hustle (6 p.m.) and West Coast swing (6:30 p.m.), followed by an open dance session from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.) with contemporary music. Cost is $5 to $10

 

Planning a date this weekend? Check out these spots

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Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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Meat the Chefs

Paulina Market
3501 N. Lincoln Ave.

April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sample dishes prepared by David Digregorio, partner and executive chef of Osteria Via Stato. Bonus is this event is free.

Wine tasting

The Melting Pot
609 N. Dearborn St.

Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

This is the perfect kind of thing for a "just meeting" for a drink date. Includes two tastings each of red and white wines. And bonus, it's free too.

Whirled News Tonight

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3541 N. Clark St.

Saturdays at 8 p.m.

Who doesn't love catching the evening news? Audience members select news articles to inspire this satirical improv show. Cost is $14.

$50 five-course dinner with wine pairings

Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ends May 9)

Chalkboard
4343 N. Lincoln Ave.

Here you can dine on a menu of: tuna sashimi spring roll, arugula salad, scallop with vanilla mayo, roasted halibut with crispy pork belly and bacon ice cream. Sounds tasty and (fairly) cheap.

Gold Coast Film Festival

Royal George Theatre Center
1641 N. Halsted St.

April 24 at 7:30 p.m.

The sixth annual showcase of Chicago amateur cinema showcases low budget and short films. This cost is $40 to $50, which includes two drink tickets at a pre-party at Landmark which starts at 6 p.m. The restaurant also offers a $35 three-course pre-festival dinner and an after-party until 3 a.m.

The Sunday Night Sex Show

The Burlington
3425 W. Fullerton Ave.

Every last Sunday of the month from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Allen Makere and Robyn Pennacchia answer questions about people's love life and host humorous, sex-themed readings by local writers. Also includes trivia games and prizes. There is no cover and there is a cash bar.

Planning a date in Chicago? Here are this week's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Donny's Skybox Theatre
1608 N. Wells St.

Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. (ends May 15)
Except April 24

Latino cast Salsation Theatre Company performs a new sketch show which looks at the the ways in which technology assists and hinders personal and community relationships. Cost is $12; $10 for students.


The Super Happy Fun Show

The Cornservatory
4210 N. Lincoln Ave.

Saturdays at 11 p.m.

Corn Productions ensemble members Julia Weiss and David Kaniuk host an improv talk show with performances by a rotating roster of guest comedy troupes. Cost is $ 10 and it's BYOB.

The Wild Party Variety Hour

Prop Thtr
3504 N. Elston Ave.

Every 3rd Saturday of the month at 10:30 p.m.

Local performers Nathan Paul and Marvin Eduardo Quijada host a cabaret featuring burlesque, modern vaudeville, solo performance, stage combat and more. Live music follows. Cost is $10.

Spa Week Chicago

Daily (ends April 18)

Get select treatments for $50 at dozens of area spas and salons. Contact individual spas for appointments. RSVP is required.

Participating spas include:
Amber Spa
Aniko Salon & Spa
Channing's Day Spa
Continuum Studio
Exhale Spa
Kiva
Ruby Room
Shen Shen Health & Harmony
Siren Salon
Spa Space

Modern Vintage Chicago Spring Clothing and Jewelry Explosion

Journeymen Plumber's Hall
1340 W. Washington Blvd.

April 17 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
April 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Check out indie designers and vintage vendors. Browse clothing, home furnishings, fashion magazines, jewelry, handbags and other accessories. Includes cocktails, informal modeling and styling and an on-site seamstress. Cost is $8-$10

Pizza-cooking class

La Madia
59 W. Grand Ave.

April 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Learn how to make and stretch artisan dough in the Italian tradition. Includes samples, and some wine. You will even get recipes to take home. Cost is $30 and RSVP required

The Deranged Minds

Water Hole Lounge
1400 S. Western Ave.

Every 3rd and 1st Saturday of the month at 8 p.m.

A stand-up showcase features local comics Marc Peurye, E-Dub, Fearless Armondo, Mike S., Marianna, Krazy Katie and others. As a bonus there is no cover.

Chinese Herb and Vegetable Class

Ben Pao
52 W. Illinois St.

April 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Learn how to grow and cook with Thai basil, ginger, cilantro, lemon grass and peppers. Includes a planting pot, seedlings, an apron, lunch and a $10 gift certificate. The cost is $35 and RSVP is required.

Wine Tasting

South Loop Wine Cellar
1442 S. Michigan Ave.

Fridays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A weekly sampling of five to ten wines with snacks. Cost is $5-$10 

Recap of the All The Single Ladies and Sex and the Windy City Singles Soiree

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Well, the All The Single Ladies and Sex and the Windy City event was this past Saturday and I have to say it was a blast. Everyone drank, played games and mingled.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the event and to everyone who helped make the event possible.

And, of course, thank you again to all of our fantastic sponsors.

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The All The Single Ladies and Sex and the Windy Singles Night is tonight

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

 

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The countdown has ended, that's right the Chicago Singles Soiree, hosted by All The Single Ladies and Sex and the Windy City, is finally here. Ok, technically it will be here tonight but close enough. Come out and hang out with us, we have a lot of stuff planned.

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Planning a Date in Chicago? Here are this week's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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There are some really fun things going on this weekend. So get your date and come check them out.

Just a reminder that if you want a fun chance to meet some other awesome singles' check out the event I am hosting with Sex and the Windy City this Saturday.

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Planning a date in Chicago? Check out this week's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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Here you have it, this weeks awesome date spots.

And don't forget to come out on April 10th to the singles night that Sex and the Windy City and I are hosting.

Happy Dating!

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Shecky's Girls Night Out: April 7th - 8th

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Hey ladies, mark your calendars for April 7th and 8th because you are invited to Shecky's Girls Night out.

The event will take place at the Great Hall at Union Station from 5pm to 10 pm. Tickets are $10 if you purchase them in advance, though if you'd like an awesome goodie bag then tickets are $25.

Here you will experience awesome new spring fashion trends and beauty treatments. Plus there will be tons of local vendors to shop from. And there's also cocktails and beer.

So grab your girlfriends and have a great time.

Check out their website for more info or to purchase tickets.

Planning a date in Chicago? Check out this week's spots

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Couple on a Date

The time has come for this week's date spots. There's a lot of fantastic things going on so grab a date and go check one out.

Happy Dating!

P.S. Want to meet someone to go on a date with? Come out on April 10th to the singles event hosted by All The Single Ladies and Sex and the Windy City.

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All The Single Ladies and Sex and the Windy City are hosting a singles night!

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Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Are you getting screwed? (Graphics by my friend Brian Van Hoosier)

With all the single people there are in Chicago, should meeting a guy or girl be that hard?

Well, apparently...it is!

ChicagoNow's dating, relationship and, sexpert bloggers, Jessica Downey from All the Single Ladies and Erin Keane from Sex and the Windy City want to take the guess work out of meeting new, interesting, dateable people.

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Planning a date in Chicago? Check out this weeks spots

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Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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I am sure you are tired of me making references to the weather and dating, but spring officially begins this Saturday. While the weather might not cooperate, there are still some awesome events going on. So grab a date and go check them out.

Happy dating!

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Planning a date? Here are some things to do this weekend

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Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Most of the city will be overdosing on all of the green festivities this weekend but that doesn't mean there is nothing to do on a date. Here are some ideas if you still want to be green (that don't involve getting completely smashed by drinking green beer all day) and a couple if you want to skip out on all the action altogether. Let's face it, that's probably not the best idea on a first date.

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Planning a date this weekend? Check out these spots

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Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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The sun is finally out in Chicago and, as an added bonus, there's talk it might actually be in the 40s this weekend (heat wave, I know). So since I am giving you some great events that are going on around the city that means there is no excuse to not have a great date this weekend.

Happy dating!

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Chicago singles scene: Speed Dating Events

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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Speed dating is a great way to meet other singles (I am pretty sure I have said it before). Luckily there are a ton of places that offer it for all ages throughout Chicago. Check out one of these events and maybe you can snag a date. Plus, since I will be giving you a few date ideas today that gives you a perfect excuse to get out and find someone to actually go on a date with.

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Planning a date this weekend? Try one of this week's spots around town

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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There are some fantastic things going on this weekend. So grab a date, brave the cold and get out and have a great time.

Happy dating!

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Chicago singles scene: The Tasty Chicago Singles Dining Network

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Looking for a different and interesting way to meet other Chicago singles? Check this out.

The Tasty Chicago Singles Dining Network

Singles, in groups of six, meet up at restaurants throughout the city for a little socializing. The events are organized by age groups and take place on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. This gives you an opportunity regardless of age or how busy you are to mingle with some other people. Plus, even if you don't meet anyone, you still get to dine on some awesome food. Sounds like a win-win situation there.

There's an event this Friday, February 26 at RB Grille (Ages 40s and 50s). Then
another round kicks off next Thursday, March 4 at Fornetto Mei.

Spots are filling up fast, so check out their website to register and to find information on future events.

Feel like making (fun of) love? Check out one of these great events

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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If you are still feeling anti-love from all of the Valentine's Day hoopla then check out one of these great events. Take a date, take a friend, take yourself and enjoy a little laughter and entertainment from all of the icky love stuff.

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30 dates in 30 days: The 30 Dates Project

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Let me introduce you to Elizabeth, Joe, Marisa, Laura and Sarah. Singles who are out there in the dating scene. Singles who are on a mission to find (and go on) 30 dates in 30 days.

Wait, what?

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The great date in Chicago: This week's spots around town

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Planning a date in Chicago can be a little overwhelming. Let's face it, with the 999 events the city has going on at any given time it's hard to know what to choose.

Well, I have decided to help a little here. Every Wednesday I'll give you some events/ideas that are going on around the city that are sure to make a great date. Anything from great restaurants, to comedy shows, to concerts and festivals. You name it. I'll also include some budget friendly events because just because we are in a recession doesn't mean you can't get out and have a great time (and impress your date).

Also, if you have events that you know of please feel free to share with me by emailing me here.

Happy dating!!

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Love Bites: Anti-Valentine's Day events in Chicago

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Whoever said that the people that like Valentine's Day are the only one's that get to go out and have fun? If you feel ignoring the icky love stuff and doing a little anti-Valentine's Day celebrating then Chicago has you covered. Check out one of these fantastic events this weekend.
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Pre-Valentine's Day events for singles

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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While technically you don't need a date to have fun on Valentine's Day, having a date any day of the week never really hurts. So if you want a chance to meet some other singles before the love fest arrives, check out these pre-Valentine's Day events.

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The Single Mingle Show at Spy Bar

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Something new is coming to the single nightlife in Chicago. The Single Mingle Show is an interactive dating show similar to the dating game. It is Chicago's only live dating show. What could be more fun then a night out in the city mixed with a game show?

The debut of the show will be on January 23 at 6:00 PM and will be hosted at Spy Bar.

To find more information about the show and how to apply to be a contestant click here.

Chicago's Top 16 Most Eligible Bachelorettes

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

Ever wondered where all the great single ladies in Chicago are? Well there is no need to look any further. Get ready to swoon and wipe up the drool fellas, because here are Chicago's top most eligible bachelorettes for 2009.

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Fun winter date activities in Chicago

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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Time Out Chicago recently put out an article about a few winter tourist activities that even Chicagoans can appreciate and enjoy. The added bonus? Each one would make a fantastic first, second, third, or anytime date. So if you are looking for something that's fun and holiday-centric, I recommend suggesting one of these. Hey it beats the generic dinner and a movie date.
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Cocktails and Clay at Hyde Park Art Center

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

 

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Hey ladies! Need something to do this weekend? Check out Cocktails and Clay at the Hyde Park Art Center.

Every second Friday of the month the center puts together an evening of clay, drink specials and of course a little live DJ music. Clay sessions last for 45 minutes and the whole event lasts from 8pm to midnight. What could be sexier then other local singles, fun with clay molding and a few cocktails??

 

To find out more about the event click here.

To check out the Hyde Park Art Center and see other events that might interest you click here.

First Fridays at the MCA

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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This past Friday I had a chance to check out First Fridays at the MCA. First of all, I think the concept is a great idea. I mean mixing a little art, some drinks and food with a group of singles ready to mingle should definitely be the tools for a fun night right? Well, I have to say that I am not sure if I am overly impressed with the event itself.

 

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

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Jessica Downey

Coffee addict. The serial single girl. Jessica will give you the what’s what on single life and dating in Chicago.

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Have an ugly Christmas Sweater? Well there is good news, now you can put it to good use. Join us next Thursday for a very special Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.

 

We're throwing an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party next Thursday evening to celebrate the holidays, and we're teaming up with several other great local sites to pull it off in style.

 

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