Feel like you always do the same old thing for date night (or rarely schedule one at all)? Fortunately, Chicago’s North Shore is filled with great date night options. Whether you’re looking for a fun experience or a new restaurant to try, here are some of the best spots for romance.
And parents, if you need someone to look after your kiddos for the night, check out College Nannies and Tutors
. This company, which has locations in Glenview and Evanston, will help you find the perfect sitter, plus tutors and part-time or full-time nannies if you’re looking for someone to help your child with test prep or need more frequent assistance at home.
40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston
Spend time together exploring everything this museum has to offer, whether with a docent-led tour or on your own. The museum’s permanent collection feature almost 5,000 pieces of art from Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, Sarah Sze and more. You can also check out the museum’s list of upcoming events and films
for date night inspiration.
1016 Davis St., Evanston
You might think of this studio as the perfect place to host a bachelorette party or spend girls’ night out, but it’s also a great date night spot. Bottle & Bottega Evanston frequently hosts BFFs & Couples (Singles Too!) events that are designed for pairs.
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe
Enjoy a gorgeous day outside, strolling around the grounds of Chicago Botanic Garden hand-in-hand. Make plans to attend an upcoming event
, go birding
, take a class
, and much more.
583 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling
What’s date night without a delicious meal? Start with Crispy Crab Beignets or Blackened Ahi Tuna before moving on to Pistachio-Crusted Grouper or Ginger Soy Glazed Center Cut NY Stip. End the evening with Lemon Ice Wine Cheesecake or Caramel Banana Bread Sundae. And don’t forget to stop by the Tasting Room to sample a variety of wines.
9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts hosts a variety of shows and concerts, so you’ll always be able to find an event both of you will enjoy. The center is also home to Northlight Theatre, which produces five mainstage shows every year
505 Main St., Evanston
If you’re craving seafood, there’s no better place to go on the North Shore than Oceanique. As Chef Mark Grosz writes on the restaurant’s website, “We cook seasonally, source locally and organically as much as possible,” so make your reservations now to try delicious seasonal dishes or take advantage of the Chef’s 7 Course Tasting.
200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park
No matter who’s performing or what’s showing, you can’t go wrong with a date night at Ravinia. Pack a picnic or take advantage of one of the many dining options at the park and head out for concerts by some of the biggest names in the music industry.
1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston
This is another great date night option for music fans, whether you’re familiar with the artist or not. And with some tickets as low as $10, it’s a great cheap date night option too.
300 Church St., Evanston
Turn your date night into a mini staycation at this “luxury B & B experience.” Amenities include full use of the grounds, which feature a Bluestone patio and 15-foot stone fireplace, gourmet breakfast with views of Lake Michigan, organic mattresses, heated bathroom floors and more. Check out the equally stunning sister property, Stone Terrace
. Stone Terrace also has a long list of luxury amenities including a media theater, billiard room, gourmet breakfast and more.
629 W. Howard St., Evanston
Enjoy a large selection of cocktails, wine, local beer and more in an intimate setting perfect for a romantic evening.
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