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.
Events around Chicago Archives
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.
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.
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.
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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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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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:
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 visitwww.FMenChicago.com for tickets.
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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.
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
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
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Meat the Chefs
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.
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
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)
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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.
There are some fantastic things going on this weekend. So grab a date, brave the cold and get out and have a great time.
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.
Spots are filling up fast, so check out their website to register and to find information on future events.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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. Time Out Chicago recently put out an article about a few winter tourist
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.
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. This past Friday I had a chance to check out First Fridays at the
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.