40+ Valentine's Day Date Ideas in Lake County 2021

By: Jonathan Jones 02/12/2021

Let's be honest. When you've been cooped up in the house with your significant other for all of these months, Valentine's Day may not be as impressive as it normally is.


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However, with a little imagination, sweets and the spark that made you fall for your person in the first place could be just the trick to make this a Valentine's Day to remember.

We've whipped up an idea or two for you lovebirds for the Hallmark holiday. Happy Valentine's Day, Lake County.


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Find the kid in you and share a sled with your significant other on one of the top 13 Lake County sledding/tubing hills. INFO»

You and your significant other pairs like sweets and beers by taking a stroll on the Lake County Libation Trail. Indulge in these treats and libations. INFO» 

Treat your lovebird to the art of dance in the comfort of your home, compliments of Alats Dance hosted by the Waukegan Arts Council. INFO»


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Recreate your "Lady and the Tramp" moment and dine in the igloos while surrounded by a land of lakes winter wonderland hosted by Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. INFO»

All month you and your significant other can celebrate Black History Month and see the wonderful portraits featured on Arts at Dark at the Jack Benny Center for the Arts. INFO»

Love knows no boundaries, especially when you're tasting a few cocktails created by Lake County Libation Trail partner Side Lot Brewery in Wauconda. INFO»

Indulge your sweetheart’s sugar obsessions by picking up sweets from the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery at Lambs Farm. INFO» 

“Sweet things are made of these.” Who are we to disagree? Bump the Eurythmics while devouring a variety of candies, barks and other sweet treats with your loved one at the Long Grove Confectionery Co. INFO»


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You and your funny valentine may not understand the science behind building a structure, but we can point out cool Lake County architectural gems. Take a journey around the land of lakes and check out the inspiring buildings erected in the county. INFO»

Take a romantic hike as Lake County Forest Preserves provides outdoor escapes from the shelter in place with an up close and personal live-action Claude Monet portraits. INFO»

Looking to shake things up not stirred this Valentine’s Day? North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks is conducting a virtual cocktail class for you and your significant other to explore on the annual lover’s holiday. INFO»

Chocolate and strawberries scream Valentine's Day. Brushwood Center at Ryerson Conservation Area invites you to treat your lovely to a live program via Zoom featuring award-winning Chef Gale Gand and the Riverwoods center's Director of Music Vladimir Kulenovic INFO»

"My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years, and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never." Celebrate the lover's holiday and Jack Benny's born day in Waukegan. INFO»


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Treat that special someone to a dinner of utter decadence from Long Grove's eldest restaurant and bar, Village Tavern and experience a live performance by the Moonlighters. INFO»

Rest your TENDERLOINS and dine at home like you're a CLUB member on the NY STRIP with a Beef Wellington Kit from Wildfire Steaks, Chops and Seafood in Lincolnshire. INFO»

Make the holiday magical by perusing for a unique present and supporting a local artisan at the fourth annual Valentine's Craft Show at Gurnee Mills. INFO» 

Create an edible arrangement as life-changing as a prick from that holiday pixie's arrow at the Waukegan Park District by making a Cupid Fruit Flower Kit. INFO»

Sing K-CI & Jojo's looney bin song while serenading your loved one and sipping on Buffalo Creek Brewing Co. in Long Grove's Wee Crazy Valentine's Day small batch release. INFO»


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Show off your angling skills to your bae at the Chain O"Lakes Fishing Derby and Winter Festival in Antioch to prove you catch bigger fish in the sea. INFO»

Partake in a Valentine's Day Virtual Game Night hosted by the Lake County Chamber of Commerce. You could win a V-Day gift for bae! INFO»

A little love and a liddle fiddle at Lake County Libation Trail partner Copper Fiddle Distillery in Lake Zurich as you can taste their fine spirits over the toe-tapping tunes of the L&M Experience. INFO»

Nothing's more romantic than a prepared dinner, live tunes and brews meticulously created by Harbor Brewing Co. in Winthrop Harbor. INFO»


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“We were sailing along on Moonlight Bay. We could hear the voices ringing; they seem to say, you have stolen my heart.” Bust out the vino, light a candle to set the mood ambiance, nudge closer to your significant other and experience a virtual Moonlight Serenade of Love Songs concert compliments of the Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington INFO»

Concoct a running pact for 2021 and challenge your love in Deerfield Park District's Community Race to Lake Michigan. INFO»

Explore the fine artwork of Arica Hilton as the Brushwood Center in Riverwoods hosts her exhibition "Tides: A Prelude" through late April. INFO»

Twirl, twizzle and triple lutz with your ice dancing partner in crime over the land of lakes frozen waters. INFO»

"Oh yes, it's ladies' night, and the feeling's right. Oh yes, it's ladies night, oh what a night." Assemble the squad and hoof Historic Downtown Long Grove's streets for their Galentine's Day - Hearts & Heartbreakers Edition. INFO»


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Bump Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" as you waltz with that special someone through Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside on their stroll and search for V-Day avians. INFO»

"Giddy-up, giddy-up, giddy-up, let's go," Lake County. Those trusty steeds will clip-clop around to provide a lovely, romantic ride through Historic Downtown Long Grove via carriage. INFO»

Tiptoe through where the tulips will be in spring as you take a self-guided walk, hand in hand, through the Glencoe sanctuary: Chicago Botanic Garden. INFO»


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Send messages like "You quack me up," "You moooove me" and "Ri Rove Roo" to all of our favorite farmyard friends at Lambs Farm in Libertyville. INFO»

It's a Long Grove Ski Party...without the skiing....and the skis. But it's definitely an Apres Ski Party with live music and beers in the historic downtown's brewery Buffalo Creek Brewing Co., part of the Lake County Libation Trail. INFO»

Here the smooth sounds with the Mrs or Mr. as the Allegro Quartet perform their brand of classical gas with the viola, violin and cello at The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee over a delicious dinner and cocoa-inspired treats to follow. INFO»


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Whether it’s a mural sketched on our favorite store or installations popping up all around town, the knack for art is fluent in the land of lakes. Set your sweetheart's sights to stun while scouring the street art and murals of Lake County. INFO»

Take your person out on a day date and learn a historic nugget or two as the Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County reopens its doors for timed visits. INFO»

Book an overnight stay and howl down slick waterslides at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois in Gurnee INFO»


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Stay home and savor the cuisine throughout the weekend of Lake County's chefs by ordering take out. INFO»

See a flick at Gurnee Mills, Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills or Deer Park Town Center's big screen as the land of lakes cinemas have reopened. INFO»

Spread the love as you learn how to blow glass with your partner in misdemeanors at Peter Patterson Glassworks in Mundelein. INFO»



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Book a romantic evening and overnight stay in one of Lake County's lavish hotel spotlights of the month or other luxurious accommodations. INFO»

Have a little tom-foolery in the snow as you scoot via cross country skiing your way through a winter wonderland with your dearly beloved. INFO»

Show off your best Lindsey Vonn impression as you carve the slopes of Wilmot Mountain just over the Lake County border. INFO»

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