50 Valentine's Day Date Ideas in Lake County 2022

By: Jonathan Jones 02/04/2022

Let’s be honest. When you’ve been cooped up in the house with your significant other for the better part of two years during the pandemic, 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.

Tremendously lousy love songs can always bring a smile to your significant other’s face (or they’ll provide you with the perpetual eye roll).

We’ve whipped up an idea or two for you lovebirds for the Hallmark holiday. Happy Valentine’s Day, Lake County. Here are 50 Valentine's Day date ideas in the land of lakes.

50 Valentine's Day Date Ideas in Lake County


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“Take it slow and Daddy-O.” Live your own Maria and Tony love story and see the innovative production and catalyst to so many current Broadway acts, "West Side Story" at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. (Feb. 2- Mar. 27) INFO»

"Don’t go breakin’ my heart"…or if you do, create a new one with colorful swirly goodness at Peter Patterson Glassworks make your own heart open house. (Feb. 5) INFO»

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»

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»

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


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Get your sweetheart a heart-shaped pizza from Bill's Pizza and Pub in Mundelein and Bill's Pub North in Third Lake. (Feb. 14) INFO»

Explore the fine artwork of Aruna Sarode as the Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside hosts her exhibition “All Things Beautiful.” (through late February) INFO»

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? (year-round) INFO»

Take the most important person in your life out for a delectable and romantic Peruvian-styled dinner at Park Street Restaurant and Craft Kitchen in Mundelein (Feb. 11-12) INFO»


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

Experience some bites and brews compliments of Phase Three Brewing Co. in Lake Zurich, with their Ace: A Culinary Experience, or indulge in their Valentine's Day Package. (Package starting Feb. 2 with pickups Feb. 11-12. Dinner Feb. 14) INFO»

Stroll hand-in-hand through the streets as you scour through a diverse array of art mediums at ArtWauk in Waukegan. (Feb. 19) INFO»

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»

"Chew on a piece of grass, while walking down the road," as you head to Genesee Theatre to see the band, America. (Feb. 12) INFO»

It's love, mystery and murder as the Improv Playhouse in Libertyville presents the production "Love You to Death. A Valentine's Murder Mystery" (Feb. 12) INFO»


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Start a flame of your own as you take your bae out to munch on the juicy steaks and divine spirits at Wildfire Restaurant in Lincolnshire. Check out their dinner for two prix fixe menu (Feb. 11-14) INFO»

See why "Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates, you'll never know what you're gonna get" with your loved one at Long Grove's Cocoa Crawl. (Feb. 5) INFO»

Love is in the Air during February. Show your love for local businesses and celebrate with these exclusive promotions from your favorite MainStreet Libertyville businesses (Feb. 10-14) INFO»

Valentine’s Day and a steak dinner is an instant classic. Fire up date night with a romantic meal at 129 Center Cut in Grayslake as they offer a special prix fixe menu for this special day. (through Feb. 16) INFO»

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


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Spend Valentine’s Day with someone who makes you hoppy at the Lake County Craft Beer Festival at the Lake County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Grayslake. (Feb. 26) INFO»

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

"Could be an organ donor the way I give up my heart." Be the sultan of swagger like André 3000's and plan a date night at Oaken Bistro and Bar's Valentine's Dinner and Dance Class inside the Forester in Lake Forest. Might as well plan an overnight stay while your at it (Feb. 12) INFO»

Visit the Dandelion Gallery two back-to-back weekends. First, head there to create a gift at the Blocks of Love Workshop. Then, take your lovely bohemian bae to the Mona J. Phiffer Art Show Case at the Waukegan gallery. (Feb. 5 & 12) INFO»


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"Why do stallions neigh so gay, and lovers await the break of day, why do they fall in love?" Learn about the relationship status of the elegant steeds at Tempel Farms in Old Mill Creek. (Feb. 5) INFO»

Get an incredible, edible and delectable Love Bug from Lovin' Oven Cakery in Antioch. (through Feb. 13) INFO»

You and your significant other pairs like sweets and beers by taking a stroll on the Lake County Libation Trail. February is Lake County Libation Trail Month/Check In Challenge. Indulge in these treats and libations. 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 brewery Buffalo Creek Brewing Co., part of the Lake County Libation Trail. (through Mar. 20) INFO»


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Who's hungry for a pop-up in a brick-and-mortar? Chrissoulas in Libertyville hosts West Side Ramen on Sundays. (Through Feb. 20) INFO»

Take a romantic hike as Ryerson Woods provides outdoor winter escapes with an up close and personal live-action Claude Monet portraits with their For the Love of Nature stroll. INFO»

Searching for a warm escape with your significant other? Indulge in SpringHill Suites Waukegan's romance package featuring a box of chocolate, a bottle of sparkling wine and late checkout at 2 p.m starting at $144 per night. (throughout 2022) INFO»


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Laugh the night away when 95 WIIL ROCK  hosts the annual Valentine’s Day Dinner and Comedy Show at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center Gurnee featuring comedians Nathan "Tricky" Allen and Kevin Kellum. (Feb. 12) INFO»

Make your significant other show that he’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” at the 80s-90s Prom at Ravinia Brewing Co. in Highland Park. Have “The Time of Your Life,” because you don’t want “No Scrubs”...(well that last one was the 90s, but you get the picture). (Feb. 12) INFO»

Who’s going to win “Best Picture” at The Academy Awards this year? Get a crash course of all the Oscar nominees with the S.O. at Marcus Theater inside Gurnee Mills (open year-round)INFO»

“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 with your youngster at an Enchanted Evening at the Gurnee Park District. (Feb. 12) INFO»

A Valentine for you and yours at Lindy's Landing, where you and your loved one can take 15% off dine in and carry off, also make it a date night at Wauconda Winterfest thrown by the aforementioned eatery. (Feb. 16-20) INFO»

Get your love bug a heart-shaped pizza from Giordano's Pizza in Gurnee. (through Feb. 14) INFO»


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“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. (year-round) INFO»

"I've been kissed by a rose on the grey." Plan a lovely evening for you and the snickerdoodle with rosé flights at Lynfred Winery in Wheeling. (Feb. 11-14) INFO»

Be wisked away as the father-son piano-duet, Ryan & Ryan is "Going Gershwin" tickling the ivories at the College of Lake County's James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts in Grayslake. (Mar. 2) INFO»


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“I'm like a child with a brand-new toy. And I get the sweetest feeling." Bump the Jackie Wilson while devouring a variety of candies, barks and other confections treats with your loved one at Uniquely Sweet in Grayslake. (open all year) INFO»

Take a trip back to 19-dickity-five and visit the Genesee Theatre as Collective Soul graces the storied Waukegan stage. (Feb. 20) INFO»

Create your very own “Lady and the Tramp” moment over some Shanghai noodles during a three-course meal at Big Bowl in Lincolnshire. (Feb. 11-14) INFO» 

Laissez Faire in Antioch as Lake County Libation Trail partner Vigneto del Bino hosts a Mardi Gras-themed dinner and vino pairing. (Feb. 12) INFO»

"And we'll walk right up to the bog, hand in hand." Visit the Ingleside Natural Landmark, as you take a guided tour on the lone quaking bog in the Land of Lincoln. (Sundays in February) 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»

Say Namaste and sing 99 bottles of brews on the wall with your partner in crime at Harbor Brewing Co. Lake Villa's Beer and Yoga. (Feb. 13) INFO»


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Tiptoe through the orchids as the famed flower show returns to the Glencoe sanctuary: Chicago Botanic Garden INFO»

Make your Valentine’s Day plans incredible when you take your special someone to see “Outside Mullinger” at the Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest. (Feb. 11-Mar. 13) INFO»

Relax with your special someone and relish in the "quad goals" orchestrated sounds of the Thalea String Quartet in Waukegan (Feb. 12) INFO»

Swivel over frozen terrain with your soulmate to your heart’s content at the Valentine’s Skate Night at Community Park Ice Rink. (Feb. 11) INFO»

For even more romantic evenings you can find besides the 50 Valentine's Day date ideas listed, continue here. To learn more about Lake County Libation Trail Month, click here.

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