Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and it has us thinking ROMANCE over here– moms and dads especially need a little romance in our lives! It can be hard to take a step out of the usual routine, so we’ve asked our writers to share their favorite romantic spots with you!
Romantic nights out proved to be too hard for us to do on a regular basis, so instead we do a weekly date at Cacao Sweets & Treats while the kids are in school. Less time commitment and less expense than a big night out, which we used to schedule once a month and always ended up putting off because something would come up. But a weekly pastry and coffee are easy to stick to and we get to converse without the kids and don’t need to hire a sitter. –Loralie
Cacao Sweets & Treats
122 Center Street, Grayslake | (847) 223-2253
Chicago Botanic Garden is a beautiful spot; we like to go for the carillon concerts in the summer –Melissa
Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | (847) 835-5440
Romantic… I think summer; like a beach picnic at Lake Michigan or Ravinia (with wine of course). Otherwise a cooking class at David’s Bistro or a dinner and wine pairing event at Ad-Lib Geocafe. Any new fancy restaurant like Shakou, The Chocolate Sanctuary, or Inovasi is always nice. –Jennifer B.
883 Main St., Antioch | (847) 603-1196
625 N. Milwaukee, Libertyville | (224) 433-6675
The Chocolate Sanctuary
5101 Washington St., Gurnee | (224) 944-0808
28 E. Center St., Lake Bluff | (847) 295-1000
A shared Chef’s Tasting at Ad-Lib Geocafe! –Jessica G.
475 S. Route 45, Lindenhurst | (847) 245-7328
I always think of Italian as the quintessential romantic meal. Paisano’s on Broadway in Richmond is just the place. With ornate Italian decor, excellent food and wine, and romantic ambiance, this is the perfect destination. Just across the street is Olive Black Lounge, a very cool martini bar with full food menu that often features live music. Olive Black Lounge is a great stop for drinks before or after dinner–maybe fondue for dessert? This combination is perfect for Valentine’s Day or to celebrate a special occasion.
Paisano’s on Broadway
5614 Broadway, Richmond | (815) 678-4500
Olive Black Lounge
5607 Broadway, Richmond | (815) 678-7370
Visit your favorite park or scenic spot at sunset–preferably with some ice cream from your favorite local shop! –Genevieve
Catch a game at a local watering hole! –Cheryl
My husband and I like to go try new restaurants, especially those that focus on farm-to-table menus and locally-sourced ingredients. After dinner we try and hit up a local brewery or bar that features local craft beer. For us, it’s not about the specific destination, but more about exploring new places, food, and beer. Ad-Lib Geocafe is a favorite restaurant, and a visit to Tighthead Brewing Company is always fun, too. –Holly
Tighthead Brewing Company
161 N. Archer Avenue, Mundelein | 847-970-9174
What’s your favorite go-to romantic spot? Tell us in the comments section.