Couples Dating: Get Started Dating a Married Couple

Marriage isn’t always easy, and neither is finding friends who match the dynamic of your relationship. Studies have shown that couple dates can actually be beneficial to the overarching health of relationships. Here at Couplr, we encourage couples to find a sense of community and support - and that is why we are going to walk you through ways to find couples to go on double dates with!

There are so many ways to put you and your partner out there and find other couples that match your energy! From apps to sites and everything in between, these ways are guaranteed to help connect you with other couples!

Is there a couples dating app?

Looking for other couples in the area can be a daunting task - that's why there’s an abundance of resources to help. There are so many couple dating apps as well as couple dating sites that offer free and helpful ways for you to find the perfect couple match! Here are just a few of the apps:

Feeld

Feeld is an up and coming couple dating app that believes “nothing is more unpredictable or less binary than human relationships”. Their app is very inclusive and houses over 20+ sexualities and gender identities to choose from. Super interactive app and works worldwide - check it out!

Bind

Bind aims to alleviate every couple’s frustration by empowering them to do three things:

1. Explore relevant couple connections
2. Easily plan and schedule meetups
3. Expand their couples social network

Try out their very user-friendly interface and see what magic might come from it! 

Party of 4 App

Party of 4 has just recently launched and is already growing in popularity. They offer a tinder-like interface and in-depth conversation starters! In their words “Whichever stage of life you’re in, let Party of 4 connect you to your future best friends.” Give their app a go and see if it’s the right fit!

Couplr App

Last but not least, your local favorite - Couplr. Our goal here at Couplr is to build a community that becomes a lifestyle. Couplr acts as a community platform to bring like-minded couples together for socializing and fun! It aims to provide couples with the opportunity to find new friends in new places or even in their hometowns. Did we mention our app is completely ad-free?! Give it a shot and see if it’s right for you!

The best apps and dating sites for married couples

Couple friends can be difficult to find and make time for in a busy married life. Thankfully, all the apps listed above are some of the best for any type of couple - especially those who are married. All our married friends out there, try the above couples dating apps and the below free dating sites to find the perfect match! Hopefully, this makes the process that much easier for you too.

What are some free dating sites for couples?

Along with couple dating apps, there are a plethora of free dating sites for couples out there! We wish we could write about all of them, but here are two to start with:

Badoo

Badoo is a location-based service. It’s designed to help you find people nearby who also share your interests. If you're looking to just hang with couples in a new city, or even to connect with people through events, this is the perfect site for you!

Kupple

Kupple.com is an online community for couples seeking friendship, advice, or simply looking to try out that new restaurant in town. This site is a great, serious, site that primarily focuses on couple dating. 

Which apps for double dating are safe?

We always want the best sources for our Couplr family, which is why we can confidently say the apps for double dating discussed earlier are completely safe and free to use!

FAQs about starting couples dating

What is the best dating site for couples?

Kupple.com & Badoo are two couple dating sites we recommend!

How do I meet other couples?

Using resources like online sites and apps are a huge help in finding other couples. 

How do couples socialize?

It might be awkward at first, as it usually is when you’re meeting someone for the first time, but getting to know each other takes time - everyone in this couples party can move forward together after the first few water-treading meetups! 

What do couples do with friends?

There are so many activities couples can do with other couples. From a fancy dinner date. to an arcade, or even something as simple as a walk in the park - the list is truly endless! 

What are fun date ideas?

Walk along a waterfront, eat a fancy dinner, have fun at an arcade, go to a renowned bar, watch a movie, plan a game night at home, get artistic, and so many more!

Finding People to Go On Double Dates With Just Got Easier

Relationships of any kind can have their ups and downs. Sometimes all that’s needed to spice things up is to meet new people who might be able to relate on a certain level. We hope this list of couple dating apps and sites will help you navigate and find the perfect new couple friends for you!

Who knows, maybe Couplr App will be the one for you! Make sure to check us out!

 


Couple Holiday Date Ideas

Cue the Cheesy Hallmark Rom-coms! It's the holiday season already and that means some super festive date night activities! Whether you’re in a relationship or are single and looking to dating apps or friend-finding apps like Couplr*, there is definitely the perfect holiday date idea out there for you. How do you find the perfect activity? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. These activities are guaranteed to bring some extra holiday joy!

Fun Holiday Date Ideas (By City)

We’ve broken some of these amazing date ideas down for you city by city -- Do you see a city close to you below?

Chicago: 

  • Christkindlmarket

    Walk through this amazing German style traditional market this holiday season. Here, you and your date can enjoy local and international foods, live entertainment, merchandise, and so many more memorable activities! This is a perfect spot to end a perfect outdoor date night.

  • Zoolights

    This year's zoolights are bigger and brighter than ever! They will feature hundreds of luminous LED displays and seasonal experiences, all under the glow of millions of lights. Stroll through Lincoln Park to see these beautiful lights with your loved ones. We promise you it's a sight you don’t want to miss!

  • Ice Skating at Millenium Park

    What’s more romantic than ice skating in close proximity with your better half? We’re picturing a romantic scene straight out of a hallmark movie - do you see it? Sure you might look a bit like fools at first but at least you can romantically look like fools together. What better place to look like fools together than at the McCormick Tribune. Skating is free and skate rentals are available for $13 and up!

  • Frosty’s Bar

    This crowd favorite pop-up bar is back and better than ever! This is the perfect date spot to let loose. From sensational seasonal cocktails, to interactive photo experiences, all the way to some amazing live music and entertainment, your date is sure to be a blast!

New York :

  • Ice Skating  

    As cliche as it may sound to romantically ice skate the night away at the Rockefeller Center, we know how crowded and unpleasant this can get around this time of year. This shouldn’t stop you from living out your romantic movie scene! Consider venturing out and finding other rinks like the Wollman and Lasker Rinks which reside in Central Park. These areas tend to be less busy and allow space for more romantic gestures. 

  • Union Square Holiday Market

    With over 160 vendors coming in, it's making this year's Holiday Market one of the best! Shop everything local and hand crafted at this year's market located at the heart of NYC, Union Square Park. Maybe you can pick out a memorable gift for your significant other while you’re at it!

  • Edge Holiday Lights

    There’s something surreal about seeing a city from a birds eye view. Not sure if it’s the altitude, but being nearly 1,200 feet above ground brings out a form of romance you didn’t even know existed. Believe us, this romantic gesture will be the most memorable one yet. While you’re up there, they are also offering “Cocoa in the Clouds & Edge Nog” - how cute does that sound! What are you waiting for, it’s time to book those tickets!

Los Angeles: 

  • Grinchmas

    Who said Grinchmas was just for kids? In fact, we think the grinch relates best to us adults - don’t you think? What better way to break the ice on a date than over some humorous Grinch roasts and a laugh to remember. Catch the tree lighting ceremony and a performance by the Who-ville Who’s while you’re there!

  • Yuletide Cinemaland

    Ah the classic, an outdoor movie date. The perfect time to debate your favorite holiday movie, snuggle up, and enjoy an evening of Christmas magic. Check out their schedule to see what movies are playing!

  • Holiday Lights

    Lightscapes is one of the most popular holiday attractions in the LA area, and they definitely live up to the hype. The internationally acclaimed dance of light, art and music transforms The Arboretum into an illuminated night experience that everyone is bound to love! This self-guided walking event is the perfect way to have a wonderful chat with your date while taking in some breathtaking sights. 

Indoor Holiday Date Ideas

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about our homebodies out there. Trust us, we know how exhausting all these outdoor holiday date activities can get. Why not bring some of that holiday spirit to the comfort of your own home… and while in some cozy pajamas! Here are some indoor holiday date ideas for you and your loved one:

  • Gingerbread House Competition 

    Is it really Christmas if you don’t bust out those gingerbread engineering skills? Plus, friendly competition brings people that much closer to each other. Remember to stock up on those ingredients, and if you’re feeling funky, give the competition a theme!

  • Make DIY Ornaments  Making your own ornaments with special meaning has another level of importance. Sure, fancy ornaments passed down from generation to generation look great, but why not add a touch of your own history! You and you S/O are bound to have a relaxing and pleasant evening while making these.
  • Decorate - Holidays are the time to glam up your home. Whether that be for Christmas, the New Year, or both. Even if you’re not inviting anyone over this year, you and your S/O will have a ball decorating a common space. Not to mention, the decor might even help the seasonal depression.

FAQ

What do couples do on a holiday date?

Very commonly, couples go ice skating for a holiday date. They also can find themselves at a light show or sipping some hot chocolate and watching a movie together. 

What are some Christmas movie date night ideas?

Movie dates are all about setting the mood. Get the ambiance right and it will be the most seamless date night of your life! Get some blankets, snacks, lights, and pick out a classic Christmas movie like “White Christmas” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” and you’ll be all set to go.

What do you do on a Christmas date?

Adventure through some beautiful Christmas lights, donate to a good cause, host an in-house picnic, go ice skating - the possibilities are endless!

What activities do people do on New Years?

Many couples either attend or host a new years party. Due to the pandemic, this has become less common but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Spend time with those you’re thankful for and cook a meal together, play board games, and share memories from the past year. 

Conclusion

Couple holiday date activities are truly endless. From outdoor activities like ice-skating and market exploring, to indoor activities like a movie night, and everything in between, these activities should last you a while. This season, spend some time with everyone you love and cherish all the memories you make together. From our entire team here at Couplr, we hope you have a safe and prosperous Christmas and New Years.

 


The Ultimate Guide to Winter Date Ideas: Cozy, Outdoor & More

Coming up with winter date ideas can be difficult and planning dates in general can be a challenge at times too. Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Think outdoor dates are exclusively reserved for warmer weathered seasons? Definitely think again. As long as you have a loving partner and a nice cozy jacket, you’ll find an abundance of unique outdoor winter date ideas! For the homebodies out there, we didn’t forget about you - don’t worry. 

Coming up with cute winter date ideas

Winter dates have such a wide range of activities, they truly are endless! Here are a few indoor and outdoor winter date ideas:

Outdoor Winter Date Ideas

🎶 Baby it’s cold outside ~~ 🎶 and it will be for a little while! Why not make the best of this cool weather and have the perfect outdoor winter date planned for you and your loved one! Getting out and enjoying the winter breeze might be exactly what you need after being cooped up at home due to the pandemic. Here are some ideas for your next winter outdoor date!

Outdoor Date Ideas:

  • A winter picnic with tons of heating pads and warm blankets
  • A day of sledding or a good old fashioned snowball fight
  • Snowman making competition
  • Go on a hike
  • Go Ice skating and drink some delicious hot chocolate
  • Soak in an outdoor hot tub

Indoor Winter Date Ideas

Sometimes, a cozy indoor date is just what you and your loved one need. If it snows wherever you live, you know how much of a hassle it is to get from point A to point B - this makes indoor dates that much more necessary! Here are some ideas for your next indoor winter date!

Indoor Date Ideas:

  • Board game night next to a warm fire
  • Cook a romantic dinner for two together
  • Order takeout and watch a movie
  • Make a relationship scrapbook
  • Give each other a massage
  • Toast marshmallows indoors

Well, what are some cold weather date ideas?

Winter is probably the best season to schedule a lowkey date night. With the weather cooling up, the indoor and outdoor date ideas are endless. To add to the lists above, here are some date ideas specifically made for the cold weather:

Cold Weather Date Ideas

  • Host a hot chocolate competition
  • Do a holiday themed craft
  • Look at Christmas lights
  • Go holiday shopping
  • Try a new winter sport
  • Have a winter themed cocktail night
  • Take a carriage ride with (make sure to take some warm blankets)

A winter couple photoshoot can be a real winner

There’s nothing more magical than a photoshoot in the snow or in front of your beautifully decorated holiday home. What’s more magical than holding your loved one close while the snow elegantly falls around you? Take this season as an opportunity to get some of the best shots!

Frankly speaking, some of the best couple shots are candid ones! So definitely do something you both incredibly enjoy. The happiness you feel will be sure to reflect in those breathtaking pictures. 

Outdoor fun date ideas for couples in winter

While the list for outdoor winter activities can be endless, here are some fun winter date ideas for couples living in Chicago and New York:

Chicago

Fellow Chicagoans, buckle up for a lengthy winter. To keep you a bit sane, here are some date night ideas for you and your special someone!

Chicago Ideas 

New York 

Most New Yorkers out there aren’t the biggest fan of winters. We get it - with all the slush and the wind whipping out of control how can you even enjoy a date night? Here are some ideas that might make it just a bit more enjoyable.

New York Ideas

  • Enjoy a cozy night at the bar in Little Italy
  • Dine in at Luzzo’s La Pizza Napoletana, East Village
  • Adventure through the amazing pieces at The MET
  • Let loose at Bryant Park for some ice skating
  • Be on the hunt for a speakeasy

Fun free date ideas for winter

Most of the activities listed above are absolutely free! Other than museum visits, the occasional rentals for sporting dates, and the amount spent on supplies for home cooked meals, these activities come with low costs and are mostly free if you’re already in possession of supplies!

FAQs

What can you do on a date in the winter?

There’s so many activities you can do for a winter date! From visiting museums, to ice skating, all the way to cooking homemade meals and having a cozy movie night - the options are endless!

What can I do with my girlfriend on a cold day?

You can stay home and have a cooking competition, play board games, have a craft night, roast some marshmallows by the fireplace, and end the night with a movie.

What can you do with your boyfriend when it's cold outside?

If they would prefer to stay home, cook some dinner with them, challenge them to a game, look through old photo books together and even start scrapbooking a future!

Where should I go on a first date in the winter?

The best first winter dates always start with an ambient restaurant and can also include arcades, bars, carriage rides, snowball fights, and even a movie night. 

What is cuffing season?

Cuffing season refers to individuals getting into relationships during the colder months of the year. Relationships that start during “cuffing season” stereotypically don’t last very long and tend to die out as the warmer months come along! But who knows, you might be one that goes against those stereotypes!

Conclusion

Although finding winter date ideas can be difficult, especially with seasonal depression rolling around, the options are truly endless. Whether you’re an outdoor person or a homebody there is definitely a date idea out there for you! We hope the items listed in this blog have helped and can’t wait for your next extraordinary winter date night with that special someone!

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Making Friends in Chicago: 8 Activities to Meet People

Meeting people in a large city might sound easy but in reality, it can be a struggle! Especially with the recent pandemic, it can be a tricky landscape to navigate. Making friends in Chicago can be a challenge but also rewarding, as it is filled with diverse and interesting people. If you are new to the area or just want to branch out in your social life, here are some ways to help you meet friends in Chicago! 

How to Meet People in Chicago

There are many different ways to meet people in Chicago. You can take recreational classes like art or cooking classes or join a sports club like soccer or tennis. Trivia nights at bars or volunteering are also ways to make friends in Chicago. 

Cooking Classes

Cook au Vin 

 Taking place in the kitchen of Cook au Vin, Chef Vincent’s approach to learning to cook is all about being relaxed and having fun together: a little bit of wine, some conversation, some laughs, some bread and cheese, some more wine, and a lot of cooking in between!

The class begins with an apéritif with fresh bread and cheese selection. You will then be provided with caps to write your name on and aprons. The whole group will be preparing the menu all together, dividing the tasks amongst each of the participants, under the guidance of the chef. Once the dinner is ready, you will get to enjoy the fruits of your labor together in our cozy dining area.

Sports Club

Chicago Sport Social 

Hit the pitch with the Chicago Sport Social soccer program! They offer men’s and coed options with levels varying from recreational to intermediate to competitive and play at multiple locations all over the city. So, whether you are looking to explore Chicago or find one in your local neighborhood they have you covered.

Player perks include sponsor bars (where you are sure to secure great drink specials each week), custom designed shirts and champ shirts and various sponsor giveaways each season making playing with them a win! In addition, they’ll have you feeling like a pro by keeping up with your stats and recaps throughout the season. Both group and individual registration is available. 

Trivia Night

Chicago Trivia Night Guide

Attending a trivia night is a great way to meet friends in Chicago! Many bars and restaurants in the city host a weekly trivia night so you should definitely be able to find one in your area. Find a bar that has a trivia night theme you might be an expert on and head on over to see if any of the teams need an additional player! Trivia can get competitive in a friendly way so people are usually eager to add a strong member. Just make sure you can justify your place with the knowledge to help them win! 

Volunteering

Chicago Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people in Chicago who care about the same things that you do. While making friends, you will also be contributing to a good cause. Chicago has plenty of volunteer opportunities, from animal shelters to environmental organizations. Volunteering can open the doors to foster meaningful friendships all while giving back to your community! 

Ideas to Find Friends in Chicago

Some other ideas to find friends in Chicago are going to concerts, visiting museums and attending comedy shows or art exhibitions. These activities draw in many people together and will definitely be an easy conversation starter as you know you already have mutual interests! 

Another great way to meet new people is online! You can join local Facebook groups, Meetups, forums, or use Bumble friends. All of these platforms will allow you to speak to people online over mutual interests before meeting up in real life. It will also allow you to interact with people specifically in your neighborhood or areas you want to visit. 

If you are in a relationship and looking to make couple friends, you can use our app, Couplr! Couplr acts as a community platform to bring like-minded couples together for socializing and fun! It aims to provide couples with the opportunity to find new friends in new places or even in their own hometown. Whether you and your partner like to travel, fine dine or just stay in, Couplr incorporates all your interests and matches you with another couple of similar interests.

Ways to Meet People in Chicago Naturally

Concerts

What other way to make great friends than to bond over music? 

Concert Venues in Chicago

Museums

Museums are a great way to meet people as the exhibitions give great starter talking points!

Museums in Chicago

Comedy Shows

Having a similar sense of humor can be a great way to find friends! 

Comedy Shows in Chicago

Art Exhibitions

A shared love of art can lead to a great friendship!

Art Exhibitions in Chicago

FAQs About Making Friends in Chicago

How can I make friends in Chicago?

You can make friends in Chicago by venturing out to all the local offerings the city has – bars, museums, concerts, sports clubs and more!

How do you make friends in your 20s in Chicago?

If you are in your 20s, you can meet people in Chicago by attending local trivia nights, joining a club, volunteering or taking recreational classes! 

How can I make friends online near me?

You can make friends online by joining Facebook groups, Meetups, using Bumble Friends or Couplr! 

How do I make friends in a new city?

You can make friends in a new city by going out and putting yourself out there! Try to talk to at least one new stranger every day whether at work, at a bar or if you sign up for a class, sports league, or volunteer organization! 

How can I start meeting people in Chicago today?

You can start meeting people in Chicago today with our app, Couplr! Couplr brings couples together in the same vicinity, who share similar interests. 

Couplr: Meeting Friends in Chicago 

Meeting people in a new city isn’t always the easiest but it is possible! Making friends in Chicago can be fun, entertaining and expose you to new and exciting interests due to everything the city has to offer. Whether you are into music, comedy, volunteering, art or food, there is something for everyone which means there are friends for everyone, too! 

If you’re in a relationship, that can sometimes make it even more difficult to branch out and meet new people. Here at Couplr, we aim to match couples with similar interests to foster meaningful friendships! 

Join Couplr to start making friends in Chicago today!


25 Cute Double Date Ideas to Try with Your Favorite Couple

If you’re reading this, that means you are in a relationship and a part of a couple. Good job, you managed to survive the dating world! But now, you and your partner are stumped when it comes to double dating ideas. Double dating can be just as daunting as regular dating. Instead of making sure two people are having a mutually good time, now there are four different people to satisfy!

However, double dating is definitely a great way to make friends and solidify relationships. It is great when you and your significant other have some of the same friends. Going out to dinner, taking trips and attending events are all things that are made more fun by having another couple to do it with.

Ideas for a double date can be hard to come up with so we’ve compiled a list of different types of double dates you can try with an old or new couple friends!

Ideas for a Double Date Outdoors

The pandemic definitely caused people to spend more time outdoors. Since then, lots of outdoor activities have become more available to do! Here are some best double date ideas for the outdoors:

1. Go hiking
Hiking is a great way to get to know another couple while staying active! After reaching the top of a mountain, you can reward yourselves with beers and a beautiful view.

2. Have a picnic at a park
Each couple can either bring something they made at home or their favorite takeout, both ways potluck style!

3. Visit a farmer’s market
Visiting a local farmer’s market is a great way to support the community and also see what your local farmers’ have to offer! Maybe each couple can buy ingredients to make a meal afterwards.

4. Go to the beach
Depending on where you are, this may only be a seasonal date but very worth it- each couple can bring food to share, music, beach games and other fun activities!

5. Go to a winery or brewery
This is basically like meeting up at a bar but outdoors! Also a great way to get to know the local wineries and breweries in your area.

6. Play a sport
Whether it’s tennis, golf, or bowling, pick a sport and have some friendly competition!

Fun Ideas for Double Dates at Home

Sometimes figuring out where to go can be complicated; make things simple by having a double date at a couple’s home! Here are some ideas for double dates at home:

7. Cook a meal together
Pick a cuisine, then recipes and split up buying the ingredients. Dishes like tacos or sushi are good meals to make as they have multiple steps that require each person to participate!

8. Make specialty cocktails
Try your hand at bartending and create some specialty cocktails – each person can pick a drink to make so you’ll have at least 4 different cocktails to try!

9. Have a movie marathon
Pick a genre of movie like comedy or thriller or pick a series like Marvel Avengers or The Fast and Furious and have a movie marathon! Pick some yummy snacks like popcorn or candy to go along with it and it’s a great double date. You can discuss the movies afterwards too!

10. Host a game night
Each couple can bring a game or two to play – games like charades, pictionary and/ Scrabble are perfect for a pair of couples!

11. Make some art
Try out your creative side and make some art together! Whether it’s with paint, markers, or anything else, look up some ideas and see what each couple can come up with to make!

12. Host a dinner party
A classic date idea where you can dress and eat fancy all while in the comfort of a home!

Cute Double Date Ideas for the Holidays

The holidays are a fun time – even more fun when surrounded by good friends! Here are some cute double date ideas for the holidays:

13. Watch holiday movies
Each couple can pick a movie and have a holiday movie marathon to get into the spirit!

14. Bake holiday treats
Baking is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and a great activity to do with another couple!

15. Make a gingerbread house
Get creative and make a gingerbread house competition to see who makes the best house!

16. View Christmas lighting designs
Whether it’s a neighborhood that goes all out or a part of the city that decorates for Christmastime, go see some beautiful lights and decorations to get ideas for your own homes!

17. Go holiday shopping
Holiday shopping can be overwhelming so it might help to have another couple to bounce ideas off one another!

18. Go ice skating
Ice skating is a great holiday activity – you can enjoy some hot chocolate or cold beers afterwards!

19. Visit a holiday market
Many towns and cities have a local popup market that comes around the holidays – a great way to buy decorations, have seasonal food and listen to holiday music!

The Best Double Date Ideas for Foodies

It is always a good time when fellow foodies get together! Here are some fun ideas for double date for foodies:

20. Take a cooking class together
Enroll in a cooking class and learn some new tips and tricks in the kitchen to practice later on!

21. Take a food tour in your city
Food tours are a great way to explore new, local spots you may not have come across before!

22. Make a meal with current items and leftovers
Challenge yourselves and make a meal with whatever each couple has in their own fridge – no cheating and making a grocery store run!

23. Go to a food truck festival
Food truck festivals are a great way to share and try many different types of foods!

24. Catch your own food
Go fishing, visit a local farmer’s market or go hunting and make a meal!

25. Host a blind taste test
Blindfold one another and guess what ingredient or food the other couple has you try!

Couplr: Double Dating Made Easy!

Double dates are so fun but sometimes it can be hard to find couples in your area to do them with! Couplr makes it easy to find like-minded couples to share experiences with. Try one of these date ideas the next time you meet up with new friends from Couplr!

 

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November 2021: Explore Theater in Chicago this Fall

November starts bringing a chill to the Chicago area, making us all anticipate cooler-weather activities such as warm apple ciders, snuggling up under fleece blankets, and preparation for the upcoming holidays. While the weather is starting to get quite cold, it is one of the best times to plan to go see events. Often the most common Chicago attractions are less crowded, and many of the indoor events are a great warm escape from the chilly weather. From theater and art events to fall and winter-related activities, there is so much to do in Chicago in November!

Explore the Theater Scene

Court Theatre

As the cooler months are approaching, theater and the arts scene in Chicago are continuing to ramp back up! From the classics to more modern pieces, there is plenty of arts and culture to explore regardless of your preference.

From October 8th to November 21st, Court Theatre will be running The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice. A Shakespearean tragedy, this piece is co-directed by Charles Newell and Gavrielle Randle-Bent and places the audience either onstage or in the banks of the auditorium to create an immersive, engaging experience. 

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Looking for something with a modern twist? The Chicago Shakespeare Theater adapted the classic Shakespearean piece As You Like It to fit a ‘60s theme, setting the story to over 20 musical numbers set to classic Beatles music. They describe the play as an “exuberant celebration of love and connection. Catch this show before it leaves the stage on November 21st.

Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf is re-hosting Bug from November 11th to December 12, a story about unexpected love, anxiety, drugs, paranoia, big government conspiracies, and yes – bugs. If you are looking for a complex, skin-crawling play that will certainly leave you surprised, this is an amazing event for you. Appropriate only for adult audiences. 

Cirque du Soleil

Another event to keep an eye on is ‘Twas the Night Before by Cirque du Soleil at the Chicago theater playing from November 26th through December 2nd. An acrobatic twist to the classic story, the show talks about the importance of friendship, sharing, and love. If you are looking to celebrate the holiday season through the amazing feats of this company, grab some tickets! 

Other Events this October: 

National Museum of Mexican Art

Looking for some elevated live music? The National Museum of Mexican Art is hosting the Día de los Muertos: Love Never Dies Ball with culinary samples, drinks, live music, and dance. The attire theme is Creative Cocktail, and the even will be happening on November 6th from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM!

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

If you want a creative, seasonally-appropriate way to get some exercise in, check out the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k! The event starts in Grant Park (301 S Columbus Dr.), and ends with a mug of fondue, dippables, and hot chocolate of course! Learn more on the event’s page here. (November 7th, 7:00 AM)

Stay safe this November! To stay updated on the latest and most accurate information related to COVID-19, please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/

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Gardens & Street Art: October Order of Events 2021

October is the perfect time to visit Chicago! It is a temperate climate with beautiful foliage. Often, even the most iconic of attractions are a bit less crowded. It is recommended to come well prepared as the weather can switch on a dime. Every day could be a new season. Sometimes, a fall morning, a summer afternoon, and a wintery evening allows all of them in just a day! It is the perfect time to gather outside or see outdoor exhibits. There are also plenty of fun events in the area! From festivals and architecture cruises to gardens and street art, take a look at what is happening in Chicago this October!

Spend Some Time Outdoors

Because of the generally gorgeous weather, it can be a wonderful time to stroll around Chicago. Classics like Millennium Park and the Chicago Riverwalk will be less packed and great places to see the autumn colors. Places like the Morton Arboretum, which boasts 4,000 different types of trees, or the Chicago Botanical Garden with its 385 acres of immaculately landscaped parks, are amazing places to take in the fall splendor. At the time of writing, the Arboretum requires visitors to reserve their spot ahead of time on their website.

If you do find yourself wandering the streets enjoying yourself and the views, keep your eyes open for Chicago’s famous street murals.

And check out the Banksy Exhibit running through October. It is the largest touring collection of Banksy’s works in the world.

Explore Local Architecture

The Banksy Exhibit is just a couple blocks from the Chicago Architectural Museum. Besides being a great place to visit on its own, for two days (October 16-17), the museum allows the public access to a great deal of architecturally significant buildings and spaces that are generally closed off from the public.

If architecture is your thing, you can follow up with a trip to the museum via the Chicago Architecture River Cruise. These cruises are narrated by the architecture center’s own guides and are open as long as the river isn’t frozen. These cruises as a must as there is no better way to get such a widespread glimpse of the city. Additionally, they are often much more pleasant in October due to smaller crowds and pleasant temps.

On top of those listed above, there are a great many other events happening as well.

Other Events this October: 

  • Looking to celebrate? Join two of the biggest and longest running Pride events in the nation in the home of the first recognized LGBTQ community at Chicago Pride Fest and Parade (October 1-3, 2021).

  • Celebrating is generally better with some imbibements. Chicago Wine Fest (October 2, 2021) features night and day servings of rare varietals and stellar musicians to keep the party going.

 

Whether it’s gardens & street art, music festivals & architecture, or beer & wine — for whichever part of October you find yourself in Chicago, The Windy City always has something to catch your sail.

 

Stay safe this October! To stay updated on the latest and most accurate information related to COVID-19, please refer to https://www.cdc.gov/

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Fiber: How (and Why) To Incorporate More Into Your Diet

Does thinking about fiber conjure up ads for supplements for constipated old men? It might seem like it isn’t something you, a healthy, active young person, needs to worry about. However, fiber is critical to your digestive health, lowers cholesterol, supports weight loss, and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Unfortunately, chances are: you’re not getting enough of it.

The 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults eat 22-34 grams of fiber per day, but only 10% of women and 3% of men are actually meeting the standard. The average American adult eats 16 grams of fiber a dayIf you don’t eat as many vegetables as you should, if you eat out a lot, or if you eat a lot of processed foods, you are very likely not getting enough. Here are a few simple swaps you can make to help increase your fiber intake.

Vegetables

  • Focus on getting enough vegetables. Adults should be eating two to four cups per day of vegetables. A cup of broccoli contains about 3 grams of fiber, while a cup of kale contains about 1.5 grams. Total gain: Up to 12 grams.

Beans & Lentils

  • Swap out some animal proteins for legumes. Beans, peas, and lentils are great sources of protein and fiber. One cup of beans contains anywhere from 12 to 19 grams of fiber! A cup of lentils contains about 15 grams, and a cup of peas about 9 grams. Try burritos, a side of peas at dinner, or make a delicious vegetarian lentil curry to really boost your nutritional intake. Total gain: Up to 19 grams.

Bread

  • Switch to high-fiber, whole-grain bread. Whole wheat bread tends to have several more grams than white bread, and it’s much more filling because of it. You can use it to boost your sandwich’s nutritional value. Total gain: 2-5 grams per slice.

Oatmeal

  • Try bran cereal or oatmeal for breakfast. That will give you at least 5 grams, depending on how much of it you eat. Total gain: Up to 10 grams.

Fruits

  • Snack on high-fiber fruits. Skip the sugar-laden cereal bars and eat a cup of blackberries (7 grams), raspberries (8 grams), a pear (6 grams), or an apple (4.5 grams). Total gain: Up to 8 grams.

Eating fiber is crucial to maintaining long-term health. And as you can see, it’s not that hard to get enough. Making just a couple of these changes in your diet can significantly increase your fiber intake and boost your nutrition

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Meal planning: An easy way to watch your health and your wallet

If you’re a busy professional, you probably don’t have a lot of time to cook healthy meals for yourself. Maybe you find yourself ordering take out, or going out to eat more often than you’d like. In that case, your bank account may be feeling the crunch. But there is a simple way to fix both of these problems: meal planning.

Planning your meals and grocery shopping on a weekly basis helps you eat healthier by ensuring you have on hand everything you need to cook a nutritious meal. It helps you save money by reducing your excuses to eat out—and limiting the amount of food that goes to waste in your refrigerator. 

Not sure how to begin? Here’s a quick get-started guide to meal planning:

  1. Make a master list. For ease of menu-planning, create a master list of go-to recipes that you can refer to when you’re out of ideas. As you come across meals you’d like to try, add them to the list. Then each week, making your menu is as easy as opening up your master list and choosing a few options. 
  2. Plan your menu. If it feels overwhelming, you can start by just making a dinner meal plan. Add in lunch and breakfast in a week or two. Then, create your grocery list. Group like items together (produce in one column, dairy in another, dry goods in a third) so that it’s easy to find everything once you’re in the store.
  3. Cook extra and use your leftovers. If you cook a double portion on Monday, you won’t have to cook again on Wednesday or Thursday. If you prefer not to eat the same thing too often, you can also freeze the extra for the future. Leftovers also make excellent lunches. 
  4. Make grocery shopping part of your routine. Carve out a day and time to grocery shop each week and make it a habit so you’re not tempted to skip it.
  5. Build in a break. If you enjoy trying new things and eating out, you don’t have to give it up altogether. By cooking more often, you can save your money for truly special meals that you won’t feel guilty splurging on—money-wise and calorie-wise.

Now start making your list and enjoy the health benefits and money savings that come with meal planning!

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5 Keto Hacks to Keep You On Track When Eating Out

If you’re on the keto diet, you already know that eating more healthy fats and fewer empty carbohydrates can help you lose weight and feel great. The fat helps you stay full, which keeps you on track for your weight-loss goals.

That is, until you go out to eat. 

It is really difficult to find a keto meal at a restaurant, which stinks if you enjoy eating out. 

But with a little preparation, you can enjoy eating out without wrecking your diet progress. Here are five easy ways to do it:

Eat a bit ahead of time

This is the most important tip. Arriving hungry is a recipe for regret. Making sure you’re not starving is the best way to avoid bad choices. 

Choose the restaurant

Weigh in and choose a keto-friendly place. A sushi restaurant can be a good choice if you stick with sashimi and vegetables. You can also put together a keto meal relatively easily at a steakhouse. 

Plan ahead

Most restaurants post their menus online, so plan your meal in advance! In this way, you can eliminate bad choices associated with ordering on an empty stomach.

In some cases, you might luck out with ready-made, keto-friendly options. If not, though, you may find that you can cobble together a meal that meets your needs by ordering an appetizer and a side dish. For example, at a barbecue restaurant, order braised pork belly—hold the sauce—and a side of broccoli.

Come prepared

If you know your destination is not keto-friendly, pack key ingredients that will help you change that. Take along a low-carb wrap if going to a sandwich shop. Then you just order the fillings and assemble your own sandwich. Or, just eat sandwich fillings without bread. 

Bringing your own salad dressing or sauce is another great way to stick to your goals. Make sure you are carrying it in a container with a secure lid.

Give yourself a break

If all else fails, remember that one splurge won’t derail you completely. Denying yourself is much more likely to result in your spiraling out of control. So if you really want some pizza, eat a small slice. If dessert is your thing, split one with someone, or ask if you can sneak a bite.

Your diet shouldn’t keep you from enjoying an evening out with friends and loved ones. So follow our tips to make good choices while staying connected.

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