If you're at a loss for date ideas, OkCupid has your back. As of July 20, the results are in from OkCupid's First Annual Daters' Choice Awards, a list of the best places to go on a date in Chicago, as well as in nine other cities. Twelve categories were included in the awards, from "Nerdy Pickup Spots" to "Best Bathrooms for Sex."
"OkCupid's first-ever Daters' Choice Awards have been an exciting way for us to continue to learn more about our community," OkCupid's CEO Elie Seidman tells Bustle. "Not only did we discover our members' favorite places to date across the country, but we also further solidified OkCupid's 'Substance over Selfies' motto. Out of all 10 markets, and all 12 categories, the venues we surveyed for 'Intellectual Attractions' and 'Nerdy Pickup Spots' received the most votes, proving that our daters value intellect."
The above about "Intellectual Attractions" and "Nerdy Pickup Spots" makes sense since, as you probably know, OKC uses an algorithm to help match people, including with questions. OKC questions range from from "How frequently do you bathe or shower?" to "What's your deal with harder drugs (stuff beyond pot)?" The more questions you answer, the more you can see how much you match with someone else.
As far as OKC's First Annual Daters' Choice Awards, the date spots were based on OKC users' experiences — and, ICYMI, the dating app/site has 4-to-6 million monthly active daters in 113 countries worldwide. For the awards, respondents had a median age of 30+, 68 percent of them male. Foursquare was OKC's partner in the project. Whether you've used Foursquare to find a local place to eat or to check in via the app (which people have done 11 billion times), you've probably used it at some point.
The below list is all about date spots in Chicago, and the nine other cities included were Austin, Boston, L.A., NYC, Nashville, Philadelphia, Portland (Oregon), San Francisco, and Seattle. The cities' dating guides are now on OKC's site, so if you live in one of the cities or are passing through, they make for a great dating resource! Without further ado, here are OKC's First Annual Daters' Choice Awards for Chicago. As you check out the list, you can see if you've been to any (or all!) of the places, as well as get some #datinginspo for your next date!
1Dime Saver Destination: 90 Miles Cuban Cafe
You can check out 90 Miles Cuban Cafe here.
2Nerdy Pickup Spot: Emporium Arcade Bar
You can check out Emporium Arcade Bar here.
3No-Bro Sports Bar: Small Bar
Music here @SmallBarChicago has been brilliant in a Clash, Ramones, Ska, 101's Violent Femmes kinda way.— Robert Isaac (@BaughbLabs) September 30, 2011
You can check out Small Bar here.
4Instagram-Filtered Bar: 3 Arts Club
You can check out the 3 Arts Club here.
5Best Bathroom For Sex: Slippery Slope
You can check out Slippery Slope here.
6Spot That Gets The Sex Started: The Violet Hour
You can check out The Violet Hour here.
7Classic Local Spot: Green Door Tavern
You can check out Green Door Tavern here.
8Well-Hidden Haunt: Three Dots and a Dash
You can check out Three Dots and a Dash here.
9Boozy Date Spot: Map Room
You can check out Map Room here.
10Ass-Kicking Locale: WhirlyBall
You can check out WhirlyBall here.
11Open-Air Option: Big Star
You can check out Big Star here.
12Intellectual Attraction: The Second City
You can check out The Second City here.
No matter which one of the above places you go to on your next date, you'll likely have fun, and that's what dating's all about, right?! Whether you're in a "Nerdy Pickup Spot" or "Spots That Get The Sex Started" mood, one thing's for sure — there's a date spot that's right for you.