On your next date night in Chicago, give the fancy white-tablecloth joint a miss and drop by the Chicago Brauhaus instead. Tucked behind the Lincoln Square fountain, this traditional Bavarian tavern will make you and your sweetheart feel like you’ve been transported to a festive beer tent during Oktoberfest in Munich, with freshly-brewed beers to sip, traditional German and Austrian food to munch on, and an atmosphere you simply have to experience to believe. Guide your date to a modest wooden table near the stage, and within moments you’ll find yourselves grinning from ear to ear at the sight of the local Brauhaus Trio band in their traditional attire. While they begin their set, you might be tempted to order one of those massive boot-shaped glasses of beer you see other people tipping back, but think twice. At two liters, it might be a bit much for date night. Instead, opt for a smaller mug of a crisp pilsner like Stiegl or Beck’s and raise a toast to good times together before digging into a shared appetizer like Bismarck herring or smoked Westphalian ham on rye bread. Before long, you’ll be feeling confident enough to take a few turns on the dance floor. Before you do, though, give your camera to someone at a nearby table to snap a photo of the two of you spinning and twirling to some tuba-heavy oom-pah classic. It’ll be a happy memento of one of the most laid-back and fun nights out you’ve had in a while.