While River North is considered the best neighborhood for a date, also doubling as the 'hood filled with the hottest singles, the survey stats also show that Chicagoans love to check into some of the city's trendiest restaurants, where haute tables are snapped up winner Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat was voted the top destination to impress, with 34 percent of singles saying they'd most want to go on a date there.
Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love,") connection happens, with hometown guys and gals revealing their favorite date-night venues, what they deem as the sexiest professions in the city and the most sought-after dreamy Chi-town celebrity dates.
But can something as nebulous as everlasting love really be found via a computer chip?
Yes, according to psychologists at Chicago University who last week reported that marriages that begin online – whether on an online dating site or via social networking sites like Facebook – stood a greater chance of success than those that began in the “real world”.
Japonais came in second at 17 percent, RPM took third place with 16 percent and Hooters (not surprisingly) came in as the worst date-night spot in the city by a vote of 55 percent, who said they would never take a date there.
Taking in a neighborhood street fest also ranked high as 34 percent said it was their favorite place for a date. According to Chicago men who voted, guys want to date high-powered, strong women and find the most attractive professions to be advertising executives by 49 percent, followed by doctors at 47 percent and professors/teachers coming in third at 45 percent.
Speaking of Wrigley, the survey also digs into the long-standing rivalry between the White Sox and the Cubs; and according to the data, it's the Cubs that win this game by over two-thirds or 64 percent, by having the hottest players between the two hometown teams (sorry, South Siders). In fact, when it comes to a dream date with a hometown celeb, it's having a sense of humor that creates sparks.
Given the data, it shouldn't come as a surprise that 40 percent of women said they'd want to date comedic actor Vince Vaughn more than any other male Chicago-rooted celebrity.
Compared to other big cities like New York City and Los Angeles, the Chicago dating scene has its advantages.“We’d love to get hold of more of it, but they’re not keen to share though we’re in discussion with a few of them,” says Robin Dunbar, professor of evolutionary psychology at Oxford University and author of The Science of Love and Betrayal.“They have a huge database and they also can follow couples’ stories through, which hasn’t been possible so far.” For most of history, using a third party to help you find love was the norm.Moreover, couples who’d first met face-to-face reported slightly less satisfaction with their relationships than their online counterparts.Professor John Cacioppo, who led the study, said the sheer number of available potential partners online could be among the reasons for the results.The survey data suggests that women also seek strong, professional men, and the sexiness scale weighs most heavily with entrepreneurs at 63 percent, followed by doctors at 62 percent and lawyers at 54 percent.