For close to 100 years, people have gone to the movies with romance in mind (the darkness, the entertainment, the talking points for afterward).
Although this prototypical date is time-honored, never-fail and always wonderful, here are two modern updates you can try this week:
RICH MAN: Call yourself a rich and sophisticated man by taking your date to the First Tuesday event hosted by the Midwest Independent Film Festival at the Landmark's Century Centre Cinema. A premium reserved seat is $15.
Head over to the Lincoln Park theater, at 2828 North Clark, Tuesday at 6 p.m. Starting with a cocktail reception and followed by a producers panel, a viewing of the thriller "Caught in the Crossfire" starts at 7:30 p.m.
The night then tops off with a post-screening reception at nearby eatery Forno Diablo.
"Caught in the Crossfire" is a movie about gang crime detectives (played by Adam Rodriguez of "CSI: Miami" and Chris Klein) who become targets of the gang bangers they hunt and the crooked cops they work with. It also stars and is produced by non-other than Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
POOR MAN: Speaking of loving classics -- while some of us like spendy independent films with cocktail receptions, others of us like free cartoons at the park.
So if you fall into the latter category, head over to one of several movies playing throughout the city nearly everyday from now until Sept. 10 as part of "Movies in the Parks."
Tonight at 8 p.m., Hotel for Dogs plays at Chippewa Park in West Rogers Park, Shrek plays at the Daley Plaza downtown, and the Neverending Story plays at Cricket Hill in Uptown.
Bring some snacks but, otherwise this free date involves stars (or streetlights, the city version of stars), blanket-side cuddling and a movie at the park on a warm summer day. It just doesn¹t get any more classically summer-lovin' than that.