Summertime Date Tips

Movies in the park make for a fun date night.

Even though it’s already July, there is still a long stretch of summer ahead of us! Love is in the air, and whether you have a longtime bae or a brand new boo, we have the perfect list of date ideas for the season.

If you’ve been on TikTok recently, you’ve probably heard of the Three Course Challenge. Alternating between the two of you, one person will pick a destination for appetizers, entrees, and dessert! Depending on your age, drinks may be involved as well. Obviously prices will vary, but this is fun for a night out on the town, and you may try something new that you didn’t know you liked- everyone wins.

While the days are sunny and long, don’t forget to take advantage of the city’s parks! One of my favorite things to do (whether I’m taking myself or someone else on a date) is stop by the nearest Chicago Public Library location and find a great summer read to take to the park. Pack a tote of blankets or towels, snacks, and plenty of water and sunblock. If you want to spice it up a bit, have each person pick a book for the other for a fun surprise!

A summer classic that never gets old is a drive in movie! From downtown events at Soldier Field to bring-your-own-blanket nights at Washington Park, check your local parks to see their availability. Many family-friendly blockbusters are being brought to the even-bigger screen this summer with ticket prices as cheap as five bucks, and these occasions are also great for larger friend groups.

As always, you can never go wrong with a beach day. From Promontory Point to Fullerton Ave, beaches are back open for business! Whether you prefer a secluded spot or the bustle of the Ledge at Oak St. Beach, having fun in the sun is always a great bonding activity. Don’t forget sunblock, seeing as UV indexes and temperatures are set to be blazing this summer.

However you spend your time and whoever the company is, it’s a blessing to be able to go out again! Hopefully after the last year, we can appreciate these outings more than ever, and not take these beautiful summer days for granted. Stay safe and have fun!


By Leah Ollie, Senior, Whitney Young Magnet High School

Instagram: @leahgraceollie

Written by Leah Ollie

Leah is a senior at Whitney Young High School, and has been working with True Star since fall of 2020. She loves fruit smoothies and cats, and dislikes kale and action movies.

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