Its Just Lunch

The IJL Story

We believe the best way to get to know someone is face-to-face.

The premise of It’s Just Lunch is simple: a lunch date or drink after work is the ideal first date. It’s a no pressure, relaxed setting where you can actually talk face-to-face. Combine that with a hand-selected match by a professional matchmaker and you have improved your chances at dating success.

Meet some of our matchmaking team.

It’s Just Lunch matchmakers have matched hundreds of thousands of single professionals and arranged over 2 million first dates resulting in tens of thousands of marriages, engagements and long term relationships. It all begins with our Chicago matchmakers getting to know you and shooting for fireworks with every hand-selected match we make.

Sara Darling

Sara Darling

CEO, IJL Midwest
Matchmaking since 2006

Sara knew she had found her perfect match with It’s Just Lunch more than a decade ago. She believes that being strategic and taking calculated risk is the key to success both in dating, and in life. “The reality for Singles, is that good things rarely come to those who wait. But great things come to those who take a chance and do something different. If nothing changes…nothing changes!” There is nothing Sara loves more than helping people achieve their goals and dreams. Her commitment to success for her clients and her team is second to none.

stephanie kluver

Stephanie Kluver

Stephanie, a self-described ‘hopeless romantic’ and veteran matchmaker, has been responsible for many relationships and marriages over her years in the dating industry. Her experience, outgoing personality and passion for her work make her clients feel comfortable and confident working with her. Stephanie’s favorite part of her job is working to get her clients in front of people they wouldn’t normally cross paths with.

erika kybartas

Erika Kybartas

Erika has been a matchmaker and dating expert for years. If you ask her, she will tell you she grew up matchmaking! She is responsible for countless first dates that have led to long-term relationships, engagements, and marriages. Her compassionate and confident attitude, along with her intuition and passion for people make her very successful in the matchmaking industry. She truly cares about each of her clients and loves to learn what makes them unique, and ultimately, who will be a great match for them.

erica pizzuti

Erica Pizzuti

Erica is a veteran matchmaker and is responsible for many relationships and marriages. Her hardworking attitude partnered with her caring and kind heart makes her stand out in the dating industry. She genuinely cares about each client, saying she loves hearing success stories, but equally enjoys hearing good feedback. Her favorite part about being a matchmaker is, “talking to amazing people every day. They tell me their life story-it’s incredible!”

Stacy Stellmacher

Stacy Stellmacher

Stacy has been in the business of bringing two people together for nearly a decade. She has a simple vision: to connect two people who would never have the opportunity to meet on their own. Stacy understand that working in such a key, trusted position is a responsibility and she takes it very seriously. “Never settle when it comes to matters of the heart” and when it comes to our clients, she never does.

nora hardin

Nora Hardin

Nora has a positive and bubbly personality, making her very approachable and great at making connections. Described as a ‘hopeless romantic’, she is very passionate about what she does and that shines through in the enthusiasm she shows for each of her clients. Her favorite part about being a matchmaker is receiving positive date feedback and she truly believes that love conquers all.

We Believe:

  • » The best way to get to know someone is face to face.
  • » Chemistry can only be determined in-person.
  • » People need face to face connections.

We love the thrill of the first date. The joy in helping singles make real connections.

It’s our professional matchmaking team that makes the difference. We’re not a hook up hub. We're not a parade of endless online profiles. We’re not a set of secret, tag-sorting algorithms. We are experts at helping real people who want real relationships meet each other in the most effective way possible: face to face.

Call us.

Or we'll call you.