In the early spring of this past year I attended a singles event at Navy Pier with some friends. The event was marketed as a singles cruise which included appetizers and an opportunity to mingle for only $25. The boat, however, didn't leave the pier, and the appetizers were faux white castle sliders. Once on the boat, we walked past the empty dance floor and into the bar. Eyes followed us without subtlety; eyes followed everyone. Small groups of men gradually merged with small groups of women, they introduced themselves, exchanged numbers, and then moved on to the next group. During one of these mergences, an engaged friend was reprimanded. Apparently her attendance was the equivalence of false advertising. As the attendees were hastily making each others' acquaintance, it seemed as though they were racing against a clock. I found the experience unsettling and am hoping the singles safari in Brookfield is better. . .

- Beth Novy