Chicago, IL I have been to a few events and it's definitely a great way to meet new people. I really like that the speed dating events are broken down by age and sometimes even interest. It just makes it easier to choose an event and sort of know what you're getting into. IF looking to break yourself into the world of speed dating, this is not the definitive.
In other words, try it speed dating or speed mingling with other dating companies first. Their events are hit or miss, I'd say mostly miss.
There are clues to making their business better but I don't think any management is paying attention. They have a no-hands business model that allows them to skate responsibilities and cash-in on your hard earned cash. Unfortunately due to unknown circumstances the better dating service once known as Mingle Around is now defunct and it seems may have sold some business to this company. Dating companies rarely operate for many years, so when a great one is found, you have to hit them up at their peak.
Trust, I miss Minglearound. Back to this company. The parties they advertise about online, have hardly the numbers of attendees boasted. They have recently ramped up "The Hotel singles party. It is often advertised through Meetup. I think I've read that same detail more than once.
It is usually not the case. I've seen events where less than 60 showed up. I can understand, sometimes folks sign-up for something and blow it off. But, how often are folks blowing off events that result in less people than advertised.. I've also come across attendees in public situations that would share that report. False advertising turns people off.
Not only to this company but also attending singles events in general. I've been to a couple of their different events over a long span of time. There isn't any structure or "game" that's put in place to get people to be more vocal or in the mood to meet. They have moderators on hand that sit more than do anything. I've heard too many complaints from attendees. Women have been berated by men and in some instances stalked or harassed.
Stalked within the event by someone unable to take a hint. These are instances where moderators should corral daters or introduce them to other people, give helpful advice, etc. This company is listed on Yelp as matchmakers but really, they are event planners. They offer a room, charge a fee and let you do the rest. And it's passable though not greatly entertaining. These guys advertise through a couple different websites and via partnering with other groups on Meetup. Many of their events can be found via Eventbrite as well.
I saw they recently had an event where the men had to be over 6' and women had no requirements. They threatened to measure men at the door to prevent 'rounding up. If you said oh tall men and women, that would have been fine. How about this, have an event where women have to be less than lbs or a bmi of a thin woman. You say 'we'll weigh you at the door to prevent rounding teehee.
You see how sexist that would appear? The male equivalent happened here. Had some misgivings at first, like, how do you talk to 15 strangers in a row for 1. Every time the bell rang for the next "date" we found ourselves trying to squeeze in last minute information.
The girls all got together at the end and took selfies and compared notes- I even made some new friends! Went to one of their singles parties with a couple of my girlfriends at the Residence Inn downtown and met a lot of single professional men. Actually there were more men than women for the party so my friends and I were happy.
Time flies when you are having a good time and meeting new singles in the area so me and my friends will definitely do something like this again. I Found my Future Life Partner!!! I've been to several of their speed dating events. They're a lot of fun and a great way to meet a lot of women in a short time. If you're not into the bar scene, and don't like online dating, this is definitely the way to go. This was my first speed-dating experience ever. My friend really wanted to go, so I decided to tag along and see what it was all about.
It wasn't as weird as I thought it would be, but it could have been better. I'm not surprised by the bad reviews. The whole event seemed very unorganized, and the hostesses were not friendly or helpful at all. The entire time no one had any idea what was going on.
We didn't know when to start, stop, when it was over, what to do, nothing. We pretty much figured it out as we went. There were way more guys than girls, which the guys were not happy about. I ended up meeting about guys. By the last few I was just tired and ready for it to be over. I'm still not really sure what I paid for. I will say that from what I know, everyone was in the age range that was indicated and they were all professionals, so that's good. If I did this again, I wouldn't go with this company again for the fact that the staff was terrible and that is was so unorganized.
I love Chicago First Dates!!! Very Profesional and alot of singles to meet plus I've made alot of friends. John from support is great to talk too and helps you with any questions. I called customer service to swap out a friend who couldn't make it for another friend and they were really helpful.
We spoke for 20 mins on the phone and he even told me about other interesting events coming up. If the actual event is anything like that conversation I may find my boosnack at one. This company gives terrible customer service. More likely zero service.
I contacted them to switch my event to a different date and they did not call me or email me back. I contacted them for a refund given no contact and the guy finally answered, he was argumentative and telling me because I booked the wrong venue, I "should take the hit" No refunds ever. Do not use this service. After many emails and phone calls, the manager offered a refund and a final resolution to the problem as well as an apology on behalf of the rude employee who was quite frankly harassing me via phone.
I offered to edit my review in exchange, which is what I am doing. I cannot comment on whether the quality of the service is good or not i. My review is strictly based on the customer service I received when dealing with a rescheduling conflict. I've been to a few speeding dating events at different locations. For those who are Asians, don't expect many people from your country show up in fact there are very few. However, if you enjoy conversations with people and have the tenacity to seek the special one among different ethnicities, this is worth a try.
They are very organized, nice group of people out there who enjoy helping people to find their soul mates! I had a lot of fun every time I went to their events! The guys I met are high quality, serious who are ready to settle down. I also met a lot friends from going to their events. So cool that I can meet so many new faces on one night! The first speed dating event I attended wasn't well run, as it was too crowded, so CFD invited me to one of the singles parties and I had a better experience.
Still didn't meet anyone I realize I need to go to the niche events instead of the big ones to meet like-minded people. Paid for event just to have it canceled. Then attended a speed dating event that was a complete waste of time. Hardly anyone was there, and the people that were seemed desperate.
No wondering here whether that cute guy or girl is single. A great way to meet a multitude of professional singles at once! I used their speed dating service in SF after seeing a Living Social deal and attend with friends. My friends bailed so I went alone.