Cheap Date Night: Robots in the Second City

Oh Lord! Mr. Swirley and I went out on a date to a place that WAS NOT OUR CORNER BAR/RESTAURANT. I KNOW! Pretty bold.

First, know this: I am not writing a sponsored post. Once again, these fools soon to be id'd are probably terrified that  I am writing about their respective companies. But I feel it imperative to inform the citizens of Chicago that:  1) there exists a service that delivers discounted date ideas to your inbox and, 2) ROBOT DATE NIGHT is an option for you and your lovey bunny. Oh, and, 3) I love ALL CAPS.

Anywhoo, last week I spied a tweet that offered $50 off your first date through a little company called "Howaboutwe.com". Being the gullible deal-seeker I am, I clicked and found a date option entitled "Robot Date Night for couples". I bit. I mean, the description alone was enough to get me to sign off  (BYOB +  ROBOTS+ 1980s robot movies) = awesome and cheap date night. After submitting three preferred dates for our fancy outing, I received confirmation of our reservation.  On a side note, I ended up rescheduling and Howaboutwe was really great in responding in timely fashion.

Given that fact that Mr. Swirley is an electrical engineer, I thought he would be all about this. I surprised him with a sitter and a six pack (remember, it's BYOB) of delicious Czech beer and off we went looking for the Robot City Workshop in Lakeview.

Holy sh!t this place is awesome. Owned and operated by a self-trained robotocist, this tiny shop has every and anything a robot-lover needs. From simple kits to do with the little ones to building  more complex robots, they sell 'em. Plus robot themed puzzles and trinkets abound.

A little heaven on earth for the nerds, I mean, awesome people I know

A little heaven on earth for the nerds, I mean, awesome people I know

Movie selections for the evening

Movie selections for the evening

A pretty badass robot, even if mammoth's are extinct

A pretty badass robot, even if mammoths are extinct

My head was spinning...pun totally intended.

Our fearless leader, Nick (part-robotocist, part-actor), helped us pick our kit, took a vote on the movie to be aired (Short Circuit won, obviously) and then it was GAME ON for the four couples in attendance (RCW's max. occupancy)! My favorite part of the evening? Our man Nick corrected Mr. Swirley's circuitry set-up hullabaloo a few times - bwahahahahah, and controlled a robot who delivered us our delicious beverages and popcorn. Dang.

Nick helping Mr. Swirley. I would like to give a shout-out to all the U.S. taxpayers that paid for Mr. S' MS in Electrical Engineering

Nick helping Mr. Swirley. I would like to give a shout-out to all the U.S. taxpayers who paid for Mr. S'  MS in Electrical Engineering

What? Yes, the owner of this magical store has rebuilt these beverage-delivering beauties to their original glorious (and functional) state

What? Yes, the owner of this magical store has rebuilt these beverage-delivering beauties to their original glorious (and functional) state

Ze film, Short Circuit. Trivia soon followed.

Ze film, Short Circuit. Trivia soon followed.

It's Alive!

It's Alive!

So, if you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary or even a birthday party for your little one, I would check out Robot City Workshop. As for getting out of the house? Included with Howaboutwe.com's monthly fee is ONE FREE DATE A MONTH (it's like theyknow me) plus discounted date ideas. And for $18/mo, it's all delivered to your inbox.  I am seriously considering hitting up their reduced price tickets for David Sedaris' November performance with or without Mr. Swirley.

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