Chicagoland’s northwest communities offer all kinds of fun, relaxing and romantic settings for the quintessential date night. If you’ve been scouring the Web for some enjoyable date night locales, keep the following places in mind as you navigate the northwestern Chicagoland dating scene.
1. Downtown Arlington Heights Entertainment District (Arlington Heights)
There’s a whole lot of fun packed into this relatively small patch of real estate in Downtown Arlington Heights. With an impressive bevy of restaurants, lounges, theaters, and live events, you’ll have plenty of excellent dining and entertainment options to choose from as you stroll through this bustling hub of activity. A local favorite is the Star Cinema Grill, a dine-in theater concept that features an extensive menu, full-service bar, and a relaxing look at first-run film releases.
2. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament (Schaumburg)
Enjoy viewing “epic battles of steel and steed” as you’re served a four-course meal that’s truly fit for medieval royalty. Located at the Chicago Castle in Schaumburg, the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament will take you and your date on an unforgettable, visually stunning adventure.
3. Elk Grove Bowl (Elk Grove Village)
What dating repertoire would be complete without bowling? A fixture in the Elk Grove Village community for more than 52 years, Elk Grove Bowl is the ideal location for those times when you want to hit the lanes for some classic bowling fun. Whenever you need to give your strike-bowling arm a break, play some video games in the arcade or hit the billiards table–but always remember to let your date win.
4. IMPROV Comedy Showcase and Restaurant (Schaumburg)
Enjoy a night of lighthearted laughs and delicious food at the world-famous IMPROV Comedy Showcase and Restaurant in Schaumburg. Practically all of the country’s top headliners have graced the stage of this iconic comedy club at one time or another, and it’s also a prime spot to get a first look at up-and-coming comics.
5. Level 257 (Schaumburg)
This unique combination of dining and elevated play will provide plenty of food, fun, and entertainment for you and your date. Pac-Man-inspired Level 257 features a from-scratch kitchen that serves delicious fare made from locally-sourced ingredients, as well as ping-pong tables, board games, more than 80 vintage and modern video games, and 16 lanes of boutique bowling. There’s plenty of fun, lighthearted entertainment options that will provide a great backdrop for conversation, and even a little friendly competition.
6. Lynfred Winery (Roselle)
Wine and romance tend to go hand-in-hand, so why not take your date on a relaxing tour of an elegant winery? Lynfred Winery is the oldest operational winery in the state of Illinois, producing more than 50 different varietals and more than 25,000 cases of wine every year. Enjoy your date’s company as both of you experience samples of fine vintages and gourmet cuisine in their iconic tasting room.
7. Downtown Itasca (Itasca)
With picturesque scenery that can’t be beat, Downtown Itasca can provide a relaxing change of pace for a more casual, easygoing date night. After you enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants lining the downtown area, take a relaxing stroll with your date down the scenic Itasca Riverwalk.
As you can see, there are plenty of great date night options in the northwest Chicago suburbs. Keep the above places in mind when planning your next date night, and have a blast! More things to do in Chicago Northwest can be found on our play, shop, dine or calendar pages.