Got news you need to get out before "Cry Wolf" shows you just how dangerous deception can be? These are the places to hit before spilling the beans, no matter how shocking the truth is.

"I'm pregnant."
Although you've just signed on for nine months of Perrier and herbal tea, he might need a brew or two when he gets this news. The open-air back patio at Bucktown Pub offers a low-smoke atmosphere and quiet corners where you can break it to him. Plus, there's plenty on tap at the bar if he needs help warming up to the idea of fatherhood.

Other spots to spill it:
Tell the grandparents-to-be over brunch at Bistro Campagne. The cozy atmosphere at this Lincoln Square spot makes sharing easy, and the generous brunch portions should satisfy anyone eating for two. Need to make it an extended-family affair? Plan a peaceful afternoon at the Garfield Park Conservatory. Future cousins can frolic in the children's garden, and the adults can take some time to smell the flowers before life becomes a blur of diapers and 2 a.m. feedings.

"I'm leaving."
Some conversations just go down easier with a beer. When you know it's over, get a table for two at Moody's Pub. The Edgewater institution is intimate enough for serious conversation--and dimly lit enough to conceal tears--but plenty casual if you're looking to pull off a breezy breakup.

Other spots to spill it:
Narcisse is great for dates, but those curtained booths aren't just for cuddling. And since no one will know what a heartbreaker you are, you might even have some luck catching a rebound at the bar later in the evening. If you'd rather do the deed outdoors, head to the rose garden in Grant Park (directly north and south of Buckingham Fountain). The hidden thicket offers just enough cover to tackle the thorny issue in relative seclusion.

"Marry me."
Some proposals involve elaborate scenarios, but this one's a walk in the park--literally. Take a stroll to the secluded Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park. This scenic sanctuary is just off the beaten path, so it's the perfect place to savor a private moment.

Other spots to spill it:
Maybe it's the leisurely pace at which the French enjoy their meals (or perhaps it's all that wine), but there's something undeniably romantic about French cuisine. You could spring for a posh proposal at one of the city's chi-chi eateries like Everest, but if you've already maxed out the credit card on the ring, get the same Parisian ambiance at a fraction of the price at Cafe Bernard.

"I'm gay."
Until you get the hang of it, some conversations are easier when shared with a good friend and a good bottle of wine. Joie de Vine is a great place to enjoy both, and it's not too buttoned-up or crowded during the week.

Other spots to spill it:
If you know you'll be dropping the news on someone who'll find it reason to revel, get things started over dinner at The Pepper Lounge. The Boystown-meets-Wrigleyville location is perfect for a mixed crowd, and the signature libations are just the thing for toasting your liberation.

Other spots to spill it:
Don't know how the 'rents will take the news? Decorum prevails at Andersonville's La Tache, where tables are so close together Mom and Dad have to behave.

"We're engaged."
Special occasions call for spectacular service and a memorable meal, and North Pond rarely disappoints on either account. The restaurant's known for a wine list brimming with bubbly, so you'll have no problem finding something to fill your glasses when it's time for a toast.

Other spots to spill it:
Get the gang together at Emilio's Tapas for the big announcement. Even if they're expecting this news, everyone will jump at the chance to toast the two of you with a round of sangria. After all, a crowd is the norm when it comes to tapas. If you'd rather share the good news in low-key surrounds, pick up the laidback vibe at BeviAmo. The vino bar is candlelit and intimate, and the wine list is affordable, so you can start saving your pennies for the big day.

M. Kathleen Pratt is a metromix special contributor.

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