CHICAGO
01/28/2011 10:00 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Groupon Plays Cupid: Hosts The World's Largest Speed Dating Event

You may be used to checking Groupon for deals on local food and facials, but this week, the site is trying to recruit some date-seeking singles.

Groupon, Players Sports Group and HurryDate.com teamed up to organize an event that would break the Guinness World Record for the "world's largest speed dating event."

"Like Shakespearean plays and tomato soup, dating is best when it's condensed and shared with hundreds of strangers," Groupon says of the deal, which will bring 500 singles to Chicago's Paris Club on Feb. 8.

The $40 Groupon gets you in to the event, which includes 25 brief one-on-one dates that night followed by dancing, raffle giveaways, appetizers and cocktails. The event will be emceed by B-96 radio personality Showbiz Shelly and music provided by DJ Matt Roan.

The event was posted on Groupon Wednesday, but continues today.