Tip: when you inevitably run into an old friend or coworker (you know you will), take the opportunity to hang out with their group.
The more people you meet, the better your chances of meeting other singles.
"Every time I would go online, she'd have a hissy fit, and say I wasn't safe, and yadda yadda," says Potter, a nursing instructor from Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
"There's creepy people out there," says April, a medical coder from Lena, Illinois.
You know that old coworker who’s always asking you to meet up for drinks? While it’s way easier to stay in with your friends Grub Hub and Netflix -- particularly after a long week -- it’s a bad habit to get into.
Whether you participate in the host committee for an upcoming fundraising event, volunteer a few times a month at a local nonprofit or for an event like the Chicago Marathon, volunteering will provide you with plenty of opportunities to meet like-minded people.
Best part: if you don’t meet the man/woman of your dreams, you’ll still walk away feeling good.
Start off small: ask a doorman how his day is going, chat with your waitress, or make polite conversation with someone in the elevator.
Over time, you’ll get more comfortable with talking to strangers, making it easier for you to chat up potential mates.