Let's face it: location can make or break a first date. Make it an unforgettable evening by taking your date to one of these Chicago restaurants.
For Guaranteed Great Conversation: Sapori di Napoli is the perfect place if you really want to get to know your date. The small, cozy space ensures that you'll be able to hear every word. Plus, if there's ever a lull in the conversation, you can chat about what the cooks are up to in the open kitchen. Meanwhile, you'll be snacking on some of the most authentic pies in the city. Hint: Score some points by picking up a bottle of vino on your way to this wallet-friendly BYOB eatery. 1406 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-935-1212
For a High Maintenance Date: When you need to make a great first impression, you can't go wrong with Blackbird. This West Loop hot spot satisfies even the most discerning dates with its super sleek and minimalist décor and a refined, foodie-pleasing menu. You'll have to cough up some serous cash for a dinner here, but the upscale cuisine and a happy date make it totally worth the cost. Just don't forget to make a reservation at this sought-after date spot. 619 W. Randolph St.; 312-715-0708
For a Potential Make-Out Session: It doesn't get much sexier than a date at Geja's Café. The dim candlelight, cozy booths and Spanish guitars playing in the background set the mood for an intimate evening. Plus, the meal is very hands-on with a range of fondue dishes to satisfy every taste bud from the savory to the sweet. Take advantage of the romantic atmosphere to seal the deal with a kiss or two - don't worry, it's nothing the staff at Geja's hasn't seen before. 340 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-281-9101
For Serious Romantics: C-House has the ideal combination for a truly romantic first date: top-notch food, an inviting space and can't-miss views of the city. This seafood restaurant is the brainchild of award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson, which basically guarantees a spot-on meal every time. An exposed wine cellar also gives a nod to their impressive selection of drinks, which includes a list of specialty cocktails. Located inside the Affinia Hotel, this restaurant boasts lovely views of downtown, especially at night. 166 E. Superior St.; 312-523-0923