34 Valentine's Day Ideas in Lake County

By: Jonathan Jones 01/29/2019

To start our list of 34 ideas for Valentine’s Day in Lake County 2019, let’s think of a few of our favorite corny love songs. 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).


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Start your day with off with a crescendoing “I Will Always Love You,” by Whitney Houston. After you’ve showered your beau in flowers, recite a passage from “Achy Breaky Heart.” After you two have finished lunch, exclaim the words from the genius Rick Astley because you are “Never Gonna Give You Up.” As night falls, you head to an eatery of their choice while humming “Can You Feel The Love Tonight.” by Elton John.

So before scrambling to find your plans for the day’s festivities, we’ve made your life a little more manageable as we list 34 ideas for Valentine’s Day in Lake County.

34 Valentine's Day Ideas in Lake County


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Get lost abroad in your lover's eyes only to find that you stayed local (in Mundelein) at the Carmel High School's annual Street Scenes festival that features live tunes, casinos, bites and so much more. INFO» (Feb. 8-9)

Maggianos Little Italy in Vernon Hills hosts three perfect date nights for Valentine's Day week: the Mondavi Wine Experience, their monthly "Funnier By the Lake Segment" and their adult cooking class. INFO» (Feb. 8, 11 and 13)

Your kiddies (and big kiddies yourself) can make the perfect V-Day gifts at Lambs Farm's Sweets for Sweetie. INFO» (Feb. 9)

A night with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins is the perfect way to spend your Valentine's Day. Watch "Million Dollar Quartet" at Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, because it's where "Fool's Fall in Love." INFO» (Now playing on select days through Mar. 16)



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Our first Valentine’s Day together❤️???

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Devour a delectable complement of seafood and steak with your partner in misdemeanors at Fleming's Steakhouse in Lincolnshire. INFO» (Feb. 8-17)

"Oh yes it's lady's night, Oh what a night!" The Chocolate Sanctuary hosts the Ultimate Girls Night Out featuring craft vendors, raffles for you and the sorority to enter and of course mouth-watering chocolates. INFO» (Feb. 13)

A little laughter, supper and interpretative dance ought to spruce up that relationship of yours.  Foxtrot your way to the Comedy Show, Dinner and Dance at Dress Up & Dance in Mundelein. INFO» (Feb. 14)

Dine with bae for a romantic evening at the Lake County Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce's Valentine's Day Dinner. INFO» (Feb. 9)



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Favorite tings ?? #orchidshow

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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»

"Drink up the wine and" get "to the talking" as Everclear and Fastball take the Genesee Theatre stage. The early 2000s bands come just in time for Valentine's Day to "Buy you a garden, where your flowers can bloom." INFO» (Feb. 16)

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» (Thursdays, Feb. 14-Mar. 24)

Get lost in each other's eyes as the ambiance of woodwind sounds of WindSync fill the environment at Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. INFO» (Feb. 16)


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Become a sleuth with Sherlock and Watson as you and your better half solve the "The Game's Afoot" mystery at PM&L Theatre. Remember, "it's elementary my dear." INFO» (Select Days from Feb. 8-24)

Stroll, view, and love as you scour through various different art mediums at ArtWauk in Waukegan. INFO» (Feb. 16)

The frog (aka dad) and princesses can do a jig with pops at the Shiloh Center in Zion's: The King & Princess Royal Ball. INFO» (Feb. 15)

Groove your lady or man to the liquid fire guitar blues riffs of Wayne Baker Brooks & Mississippi Head at the Round Lake Beach Cultural Civic Center. INFO» (Feb. 16)


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From Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, I enjoyed #WineAboutWinter in downtown #Libertyville today! #MainstreetLibertyville

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You and your significant other pairs like sweets and beers at Only Child Brewing Co. in Gurnee. Indulge in these treats and libations. INFO» (Feb. 14)

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." INFO» (Feb. 14)

Complain about the season's temperatures at Let's Wine About Winter on MainStreet Libertyville as you taste several vinos. INFO» (Feb. 16)

Your tooth must be sweet for Valentine's Day. That's why you and your corazón can munch on a collection of candy "tapas" at Uniquely Sweet in Grayslake. INFO»


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My 5th 5k ever back in 2016! Since last year it was cancelled due to snow we will be back this year ! First official race for 2019! #runner #run #5k #cupidLoveDash #carpediemraces

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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 bolt for freedom in time? INFO»

"Here in Hollywood, you can actually get a marriage license printed on an Etch-A-Sketch." Funnyman Dennis Miller returns to Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, which is the perfect date night for Valentine's Day. 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»

Ready. Set. Love dash. Conquer your 3.1-mile goals with boo in Highland Park at the North Shore Cupid's Love Dash 5K. INFO» (Feb. 10)


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Compare and contrast with your own roomie while watching Hawkeye characters Robyn and Sharon get accustomed to their new living situation in "The Roommate" at Citadel Theatre in Lake Forest. INFO» (Select Days from Feb. 1-Mar. 3)

The Improv Theater in Libertyville presents "Love You To Death" at Jimmy's Charhouse in the aforementioned village. Figure out whodunnit while chomping on a juicy steak. INFO» (Feb. 16)

You lovebirds can have a romantic getaway at the Chicago Marriott Lincolnshire 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. 14-16)

Don't have a date for the slopes ball? No problemo. Wilmot Mountain is your wingman (or lady) at Chairlift Speed Dating. INFO» (Feb. 10)


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Kick, back and "Take Five" as you jazz matazz your dance moves with Elisa Monte Dance at the James Lumber Center in Grayslake. The dance company will be joined by Chris Brubeck, talented son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck to accompany with some of his father's standards like "Blue Rondo," "Unsquared Dance" and "Take Five." INFO» (Feb. 16)

The Gorton Center in Lake Forest and North Shore Distillery in Green Oaks team up to explore, discuss, create and taste cocktails over the last 150 years. Drink through the decades for Valentine's Day. INFO» (Feb. 12)

Create your "Lady and the Tramp" moment with noodle sharing and a three-course meal at Big Bowl in Lincolnshire. INFO» (Feb. 13-17)

"Welcome to the Hotel," Lake County. Eagle-Mania allows audiences to "Take it Easy" with the spouse or adult friend and witness one of the best Eagles-inspired tribute bands at Genesee Theatre in Waukegan. INFO» (Feb. 14)

An evening of dinner, comedy and romance by Holiday Inn Convention Center's Valentine's Day celebration. The event also features radio personalities from 95 WIIL Rock. INFO» (Feb. 16)

"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 good ole fashioned game of bumper car lacrosse.  INFO» (Feb. 14)

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