Favorite Romantic Spots in Lake County

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 Spots in Lake County

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. Photo credit: K.Q. Anderson
Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo credit: K.Q. Anderson

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

Ad-Lib Geocafe, Lindenhurst
Photo Source: Ad-Lib Geocafe on Facebook

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.

David’s Bistro
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.

Ad-Lib Geocafe
475 S. Route 45, Lindenhurst | (847) 245-7328

Olive Black Lounge, Richmond
Photo Source: Olive Black Lounge on Facebook

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

Paisano's on Broadway, Richmond
Photo Source: Paisano’s on Broadway website

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

Tighthead Brewing Company, Mundelein
Photo Source: Tighthead Brewing Company website

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.

About Holly Garvey 78 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.


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