42+ Valentine's Day Ideas in Lake County 2020

By: Alexander Faerber 02/06/2020

What did the Volcano say to their valentine? "I lava you very much!" Love is in the air in Lake County as we are now in February, and with it comes cheesy jokes and the stress that comes with planning the perfect Valentine's Day. Leave the planning to us and get ready to spend some koala-ty time with your sweetheart.

Don't scramble to plan a day of festivities. Here are 42+ ideas for Valentine's Day in Lake County 2020.

42+ Valentine’s Day Ideas in Lake County 2020


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Sip and swoon over your each other while savoring the flavors of a glass of suds, vino or spirits at one of the many locations on the Libation Trail. INFO»

Take your lovely significant other to watch the innovative juke moves of Lula Washington Dance Theatre at the James Lumber Center. INFO» (Feb. 16)

Dine with that special someone in the eldest restaurant in the land of Lincoln, The Village Tavern of Long Grove, while tapping your toes to the tunes of the Moonlighters. INFO» (Feb. 15)

"I can show you the world. Shining, shimmering splendid, tell me, princess when was the last time you let your heart decide." Party like a royal figure at an Enchanted Evening at the Gurnee Park District. INFO» (Feb. 15)

Kickoff your Valentine's Day weekend, by showing your beau all that Jazz at the History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff's An Evening with Singer/Songwriter Maggie Brown. INFO» (Feb. 13)

Go on a secret mission with your special someone at Carmel Catholic High School and sneak through the halls during their annual Street Scenes festival that features live tunes, casinos, bites, drinks and much more. INFO» (Feb. 7-8)

Cook up some memories at Maggiano's Little Italy in Vernon Hills with their Valentine's Day couples cooking class. Also, the little ones can whip up some treats of their own with their kids cooking class. INFO» (Feb. 9 & 13)

Dine at The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee and be sure to save room for some chocolate goodies to cap off the meal. INFO» (Feb. 14)

Make it a Delhi Date Night at Chicago Botanic Garden's Hands-on Cooking Class, where you create a romantic meal and dine all coupley. INFO» (Feb. 14) 

Do you love zipping down snow-covered slopes? Use that talking point to see if love is in the mountain air with Chairlift Speed Dating at Wilmot Mountain just over the Lake County border. INFO» (Feb. 9)


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What's your favorite spot at The #OrchidShow? The #orchid arbor in the Tropical Greenhouse is a strong contender for most photogenic. #CBGOrchidShow

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Roses are red, violets are blue. Orchids range from gray, purple, pink and red, and the Chicago Botanic Garden is hosting a show of it, too. See the diverse array of Orchidaceae after hours on Valentine’s Day with your amor. INFO» (Feb. 13-14)

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

Call up the girls and celebrate Galentine's Day the right way. Roam the streets of Historic Downtown Long Grove and visit participating businesses for fun activities and snacks. INFO» (Feb. 13)

Fall in love again with a romantic getaway featuring your better half at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort. The offer includes a deluxe guest room for one night, a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries and a three-course prix fixe meal for two at the resort’s eatery, Three Embers Restaurant. INFO» (Feb. 13-15)

Whether you have a "Lonely Heart" or not, get ready to rock out when legendary English rock band UFO lands at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. INFO» (Feb. 14)


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The Fantasticks opens NEXT WEEK! Don’t miss this adorable love story, with moments of true hilarity! Get your tickets today! Link in bio! #citadeltheatre #thefantasticks

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Make your Valentine's Day plans incredible when you take your special someone to see "The Fantasticks" at the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest. The show runs through March 8. INFO»(Feb. 14-16)

Spend the Valentine's Day with someone who makes you hoppy at Half Day Brewing Company. Fill up on their special menu while sipping sipping on some suds. INFO» (Feb. 13-15)

Create your very own “Lady and the Tramp” moment over some Shanghai noodles during a three-course meal at Big Bowl in Lincolnshire. INFO» (Feb. 13-16)

Learn to create a beautiful glass jar terrarium from start to finish at the Chicago Botanic Garden INFO» (Feb. 14)

Indulge yourself with their special Valentine's Day menu featuring complimentary champagne with your meal at Park Street Restaurant - Craft Kitchen and Bar in Mundelein. INFO» (Feb. 14)

"Oh yes it's ladies' night, oh what a night." We've heard through the grapevine that The Vine Martini & Wine Bar in Grayslake is hosting Ultimate Girls Night Out highlighted by craft libation vendors. INFO» (Feb. 13)

"Lovin' you, is easy cause we're at" Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville. Dine on the brewhouse's terrific eats and succulent suds while listening to live music performed by jam band, The Gravity of Youth INFO»  (Feb. 14)


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Save the arcade at #60toEscape in Gurnee Mills! ⌛

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Test your teamwork at 60 to Escape at Gurnee Mills where you’ll have an hour to discover codes, solve puzzles, open locks and find secret entrances to complete your mission and escape the room. Can you make it out in time? INFO»

Your valentine will be "Crazy on You" while you both jam out with iconic rock band Heart by Heart as they rock the James Lumber Center stage in Grayslake. INFO» (Feb. 14)

“Love is a battlefield.” Especially when you got couples involved in a melee at Whirlyball Vernon Hills. Duke it out with your buddies and significant others in a game of bumper car lacrosse.  INFO»

Don your Sunday best and boogie on over to Dress Up & Dance in Mundelein for a one of a kind Valentine's Day date night. INFO» (Feb. 14)

Wine and Dine your Valentine at Bonta Pizzeria & Restaurant in Lincolnshire. Treat someone special to a delicious prix fixe Menu and all you can drink wine. INFO» (Feb. 14)

Stroll hand-in-hand through the streets as you scour through a diverse array of art mediums at ArtWauk in Waukegan. INFO» (Feb. 15)

Who's going to win "Best Picture" at The Academy Awards this year? Get a crash course of all the Oscar nominees with the misses or mister. INFO» (Feb. 8)


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Are you ready to experience the energetic and electric musical comedy tribute to the age of rock 'n roll?! What are you waiting for! Join in on the fun of the hilarious antics of Rydell High's class of '59 and rock to songs like “Summer Nights,” "Beauty School Dropout" and "Greased Lightning." Come back with us to a time when having a malted made everything so much better. Now playing through March 15th. #Grease #Chicago #ChicagoTheatre #MusicalTheatre #NowPlaying

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Throw on your leather jackets and strut your way over to the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire to see the beloved musical comedy "Grease." The show runs through March 15. INFO» (Feb. 14-16)

Don your finest attire and enjoy an enchanted evening at the Viking Park Dance Hall in Gurnee. Dance the night away before being served dinner with your favorite prince and princesses. INFO» (Feb. 15)

Relive your childhood and share a sled with your significant other on one of the  many sledding/tubing hills found in Lake County INFO»

Relax with your special someone and relish in the woodwind sounds of Wind Sync Bennett Gordon Hall inside the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. INFO» (Feb. 15)

Spend Valentine's Day at Kuma's Corner in Vernon Hills with someone you love or loathe? Celebrate the day your way with their special Bloodbath burger. INFO» (Feb. 14)

Take your loved one out for a night at the theater and be enthralled by the talented Antioch cast of comedic, mystery "The 39 Steps" at the PM&L Theatre. INFO» (Feb. 14-16)

Searching fore Valentine's Day plans? Visit Bonnie Brook Golf Course for a tasty dinner and live tunes performed by cover band, Actual Size. INFO» (Feb. 14)


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We got you. Shop in store or online at: uniquelysweet.com . . #grayslake #lakecounty #uniquelysweet #valentinesday #chocolates

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"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 Uniquely Sweet in Grayslake. INFO»

Chill out with your bae by the frozen lake and share a tasty 4-course meal with a glass of vino at Lindy's Landing Restaurant & Marina. INFO» (Feb. 14-16)

Laugh the night away when 95 WILL ROCK  hosts the annual Valentine's Day Dinner and Comedy Show at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Gurnee featuring comedians Bob Jay and Peter Lipsey. INFO» (Feb. 15)

Lace up your skates and chill out with your loved ones during the Valentine's Skate Night at Centennial Ice Arena in Highland Park. INFO» (Feb. 14)

Set sail to see Improv Playhouse present: "Love Overboard: A Love Boat Mystery Dinner" at Jimmy's Charhouse in Libertyville. Chow down on a juicy steak while trying to solve this romantic whodunnit. INFO» (Feb. 15)

Luck Be a Lady (and/or laddy) at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino as you and your Valentine try to win the jackpot and boost your bank account funds. INFO»


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We call this the “love martini” ❣️❣️

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O'toole's Libertyville, Timothy O'Toole's in Gurnee and Lake Villa are serving up special menu items this Valentine's Day while dining with your significant other. Timothy O'Toole's Gurnee: INFO», Timothy O'Toole's Lake Villa:INFO», O'Toole's Libertyville: INFO» (Feb. 14) 

Valentine's Day and a steak dinner is an instant classic. Fire up date night with a romantic meal at Beelow's Steakhouse in Lake Zurich as they offer a special prix fixe menu for this special day. INFO» (Feb. 14)

Learn to fly with your co-pilot and take flight as you explore the wonders of the world all without leaving Lake County at Extreme Flight Simulator in Gurnee. INFO»

There is a chance you may be struck by Cupid's Arrow at The Lodge of Antioch at the Red, Pink and White Party.  INFO» (Feb. 14)

Treat you and your special someone to a classic Italian pastry (or two) when you visit Tony Cannoli in Mundelein. INFO»

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