Illinois Valentine's Day Guide: Northern Illinois

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We asked our friends to the north what they would recommend to people spending the romantic weekend in their region. Here are a few suggestions:

Stairway at Tinker Swiss Cottage, Photo by Steve Pitkin

Tired of just plain dinner and roses for Valentine’s Day? Head to Northern Ill. for unique, quirky experiences to spice up your romantic weekend getaway! Have a brew and a pizza at Carlyle Brewing Company before checking out an IceHogs hockey game or a Rampage indoor soccer game at the MetroCentre. Enjoy a meal in one of the high quality restaurants (Josef of Barbados, Brio Restaurant & Wine Bar, Kuma’s Asian Bistro) before taking in a show or an art exhibition. Or really change things up and check out some history-themed events at Tinker Swiss Cottage or Midway Village Museum.

Looking for a place to stay in Northern Illinois? Ravenstone Castle B&B, Harvard is a Medieval-style castle featuring four themed sleeping rooms set among fields and woods just outside of Harvard.  Before checking in make a stop at Anderson’s Candy Shop in Richmond and enjoy the finest hand-dipped chocolates since 1919.  Afterwards, check out the charming antique district of Richmond and its eclectic collection of shops.  For a romantic dinner in the area, head over to Port Edward Restaurant along the banks of the Fox River in Algonquin. Recently featured on Check Please! Port Ed has been local favorite for more than 40 years.  Hint: Try to reserve a table in the Porpoise sailboat floating on the indoor lagoon or the windmill table or the secret room inspired by the House of Seven Gables.

Crystal Lake’s historic Raue Center for the Performing Arts is offering a special Valentine Day Cabaret on February 13th.  This intimate concert puts the audience on the stage with the performers in a traditional cabaret setting.  The special night includes dancing, chocolates and a champagne toast.

Want to surprise your date with a little something extra? Check out Wilson’s Floral, Country Orchids and Chocolat by Daniel.

What else would you recommend doing in Northern Illinois to make this Valentine’s Day weekend special?

– Katie

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  1. Valentine’s Day Open House at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens, the home of former Rockford Mayor and Rockford Park District Founder, Robert Hall Tinker on Saturday, February 13 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Tours of the Cottage are free and Docents will be available to talk about the Victorian “Language of Flowers.” Make a valentine card for a loved one in the Tinker Community Room.

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