Here it is, the first day of August already, and you're without a fling to show for it. No need to panic yet. There's still time to find some summer lovin'--just not very much. Desperate times call for drastic measures, and you'll need to act fast. Try your luck at one (or five) of these prime pickup points before the month is up.
Flex your options
Bikram Yoga Wicker Park class ($15 for a 90-minute course; $70 for a five-class package). Not only will it get your heart pumping, it'll give you a chance to find the most flexible folks in the room before making your next move. Romance that starts off this steamy can only get hotter. Also takes place at Bikram Yoga Lincoln Park.
Play the market
Take your search to the streets at the 24th annual Northalsted Market Days, where the only thing hotter than the summer sun is the boys basking in it. The city's largest street festival also happens to be the season's biggest meet market, stocked with everything you need to keep the conversations flowing: bands, beer and bodies. With a full six blocks cordoned off for cruising, you're sure to bump into someone who shares your goal.
Since you're putting it all on the line for a chance at romance, why not take a two-for-one shot at finding your fling and your 15 minutes? WB show "Beauty and the Geek 2" holds a casting call Tuesday for brainy lads and beautiful lasses ages 21-33. Even if the execs don't notice you, maybe a fellow reality TV wannabe will. 10 a.m. Free. Appointment required. Claire Simon Casting.
Pour on the charm
Ready to throw in the towel on the bar scene? Uncork your more sophisticated side at Feast. The Bucktown restaurant hosts a wine-tasting event the third Wednesday of every month ($15 per person). August's lineup features labels from Napa, so it's the perfect time to work your Sandra Oh-like knowledge of California cabs. Even if "Sideways" didn't make a vino virtuoso out of you, there's still a shot for romance; after a few glasses of wine, everyone should be swooning, anyway. 7 p.m. Aug. 17.
This month isn't only your last chance to find somebody special. It's also your last chance to see some special bodies--at the Museum of Science and Industry's "Body Worlds" exhibit, that is. The anatomically correct exhibit of preserved human bodies moves on after Labor Day, so there's not much time left to practice your pickup lines on that corpse in the corner. Once you've got your lines down cold, you can put them to the test on a more animated audience--like that cutie contemplating the cadavers. Just remember, beauty's only skin deep. 9:30 a.m. daily through Sept. 5
Move in for the kill
When it's getting late and you're feeling truly desperate, there's only one surefire solution: Organize an expedition to Rush and Division Streets, and set your sights on The Hunt Club. It's a jungle out there on the dance floor, but you'll be in good company with the other Gold Coast swingers. Not to worry: There are more than enough players on the prowl to go around.
M. Kathleen Pratt is a metromix special contributor.
Originally published Aug. 1.