If you’ve been on any online dating website within the last year, you know just how many single people adore pizza. One simple slice emoji says it all. For most twenty somethings, pizza is bae. Pizza is life. Pizza is the only food that has the potential to change your Facebook relationship status from single to in a relationship. Whether you’re a pizza purist or a pineapple defender, you can experience love at first bite with our list of six Chicago date ideas perfect for pizza fanatics.
Chicago Pizza Tour
If your boo is crazy for pizza, a Chicago Pizza Tour is a no-brainer. These guided bus tours prove that Chicago is more than just a deep dish town. Patrons get to sample slices from coal burning pizzerias like Coalfire in West Town and the “south side,” tavern style pizza of Flo & Santo’s. If stuffing your face with pizza isn’t enough, tours offer pizza fanatics the chance to step inside the kitchen, go behind-the-scenes and see where the sausage is made.
Museum Hack & Pizano’s Pizza
The Art Institute is a classic Chicago landmark and one of the quintessential date spot. You can be as basic as every other Tinder swiping twenty-something and take your date on a stroll through the museum’s Modern Wing on a crowded, Thursday night. Or you can think outside of the box and buy a pair of tickets to Museum Hack.
In addition to hosting team-building workshops, Museum Hack offers high-energy group tours that focus on the untold stories of the art and artists, juicy gossip about the museum, and activities in the galleries like “Buy, Burn, Steal” where guests choose their favorite (and least favorite) pieces.
Pizano’s Madison Street location is within walking distance of The Art Institute, making it the perfect post-museum dinner option. An often unsung hero in Chicago’s pizza scene, Pizano’s is owned and operated by Rudy Malnati Jr. of the famous, deep dish slinging, Malnati family.
Pizza Workshop at Eataly
Get physical with your date at an express hands-on pizza workshop at Eataly. For $50 each you and your date can learn how to recreate Eataly’s famous Neapolitan-style pizza at home. These small, six-person workshops offer an intimate cooking experience with a well-versed pizzaioli. Classes include complimentary wine and beer, adapted recipes, tasting notes and fresh pizza dough that you and your date can take home with you.
Vegan Pizza Night at Boiler Room
Vegans need pizza too so why not take your anti-lactose lover to Vegan Pizza Night at the Boiler Room in Logan Square. Vegan Pizza Night takes place every Tuesday includes vegan pizza slices with Follow Your Heart vegan cheese and seitan meat substitutes.
Piece Pizza, Growler & Chill
Pizza, growler and chill with Piece Pizza’s Sunday special. Every Sunday the Wicker Park, New Haven pizzeria offers patrons a large cheese pie and a growler of Piece beer for a steal–$27. The catch? This deal only applies to pick-up orders so call ahead and place your order. Once you get your pie and growler home, set the mood and take a walk on the wild side. Ditch the Netflix for some pizza themed jams from The Pizza Underground.
Dovetail Brewery Tour & Roots Pizza
Forget brunch and spend your Saturday morning learning about traditional brewing styles, drinking beer and eating pizza. Located in North Center, Dovetail Brewery offers brewery tours on Saturdays from 11:00AM-12:00PM. Tours are $15 and includes three ten-ounce pours.
Best of all? You can order food directly to the brewery. Lucky for you, Roots’ Lincoln Square location delivers to Dovetail and is open from 11:00AM–2:00AM on Saturdays. While the pizzeria’s Quad City-style malt crust will have your date swooning, Roots’ mozzarella sticks are not to be skipped.