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Winter Date Night

Winter Date Night

The winter season is in full swing! Now that the holidays are over and we find ourselves with time to spare, why not spend it with that special someone? Let us break down some of the best ways to spend a winter date night in the Elgin area.


Take an Outdoor Adventure

Hit the Slopes

Located in Bartlett, is Villa Olivia. A perfect place to enjoy some of the most loved winter activities, like snowboarding, skiing, and tubing. Even if you and your beloved are have never gone to a ski lodge before, tubing is easy and great fun! However, if you’re feeling adventurous there are classes for 4 different experience levels on how to snowboard or ski.

Learn more about Villa Olivia

Step into Nature

Winter is a beautiful season to head out into nature and  try something new together. Many of the forest preserves in the Elgin area have paths that are meant for hiking. In the winter these trails remain open but when there’s snow, these paths become the perfect spot for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There’s also many spots for ice fishing in the Elgin area. Paul Wolff Campground is one of the preferred spots among locals. Grab some snacks and dress warm before walking over to the lake to set up your operations. We recommend calling (630-232-5980) in advance to make sure the lake is solid enough for ice fishing before arriving.

Learn more about cross country skiing and snowshoeing at Bowes Creek

Late Night Bike Rides

Elgin Community Bikes is a staple organization based in Elgin. Every month they organize safe group rides at night during the full moon. Surely this isn’t an ordinary date night, and that’s why it’s worth checking out! Visit the event calendar to see the ride schedule and keep an eye out for other themed rides. In the past Elgin Community Bikes has done a hot chocolate ride where they partner with a local café and after the ride everybody gets a discounted price to warm up with a hot chocolate!

See the Elgin Community Bikes Event Calendar

Warming Up

Arguably one of the best parts about venturing out into the cold for an afternoon is the sensation of a warm beverage in your hands. The Elgin area has no shortage of locally owned cafes with warm hot chocolate or coffee drinks.

Learn more about Elgin area’s Cafes

Have a Private, Romantic Dinner

There are many ways to enjoy a good meal. But if you’re out to impress, we’ve got you covered.

Enjoy a private dining experience at Mockingbird Bar + Garden inside one of their heated igloos called “nests”! This restaurant has incredible handcrafted cocktails and great food of course. These nests are in high demand so set up a reservation ASAP!

Learn more and make reservations here.


Private pods are becoming a new feature at many bars and restaurants. One of the newest places to book a private pod is Plank Road Tap Room. Their new lounge pod is packed full of features like Bluetooth, Alexa, a 40” flat screen TV and surround sound speakers to help set up some lovely ambiance. Also included in the rental is 2 drinks per person and you can bring in your own food to enjoy with your drinks, making this a great place to take your beer-loving date! Plank Road Tap Room also runs virtual tastings that make for a  great date night. We recommend following them on Facebook and checking out their events page to see what’s coming up next!

Learn more about the Plank Road Tap Room Lounge Pod

A Date Night Out

There are more options for spending a night out as many businesses and attractions have implemented new health and safety standards to keep guests safe. Have peace of mind while going out, having fun, and supporting the businesses in your community. Here are a few great stops for a night out.

Escapade 360

See why Elgin’s premier was named a 2020 Travelers’ Choice Winner by TripAdvisor. Discover rooms of varying difficulties and types of adventures! Health and safety practices are in place. Normally multiple groups would be placed in the same room, but now the only people permitted into a room is who is included in the reservation. Tackling an escape room challenge is a fun date night activity that the two of you will talk about long after your time is up.

Learn more about Escapade 360 & the new health and safety practices

Goat Yoga

Enjoy relaxing and fun exercise with the company of goats! This delightful activity is a unique way to spend time together and in the most interesting setting. Visit the Goat Yoga Chicago event calendar to see when classes are. Private classes are also available.

Visit the Goat Yoga Chicago event calendar

Try your Luck

After seeing COVID-19 metrics in the Elgin area improve, gaming areas in restaurant and the Grand Victoria Casino are open again! Spend an evening trying the slots or cards! The Grand Victoria Casino has continued their health and safety procedures here is some detailed information about what to expect:

Photo by @annamarkiewiczphotos on Instagram

Hours of operation: 8 AM – 11 PM

• Everyone is required to wear face masks.
• Frequent cleaning of gaming machines, doors, tables, restrooms, and other commonly touched surfaces.
• Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the property
• No inside dining or beverage service (bottled water available)
• Crave Deli is available for take-out from 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM daily.
Learn more about Grand Victoria Casino




Enjoy High Quality Drinks and Cocktails at Home

Having the option to go out an enjoy a dinner is nice but what if you just can’t get that reservation? Or maybe you’re simply not interested in going out. You can bring the magic of a night out home. For a list of restaurant to order pick up from, check out our full restaurant directory > HERE. Or if you would like to see what services restaurants have changed or added back in October check out our Support Local Business blog -October Edition- > HERE.

Drinks To Go

When surprising that special someone with take out form their favorite restaurant, really blow them away by also grabbing some cocktails or beer to go! Here’s a list of places that offer drinks to go:

The Martini Room, Elgin | Signature Handcrafted Martinis and Martini Flights

Plank Road Tap Room, Elgin | 32 oz. Howlers of On Tap Selections, Beer, Ciders, Wine, Spirits and Cocktails

Olde Towne Inn, Elgin | Beer, Hard Seltzer, Ciders, Most Custom Cocktails

Sammy’s Mexican Grill, Elgin | Beer, Margaritas, Mojitos, Sangria, and other Cocktails

The Village Squire, South Elgin & West Dundee | Mai Tais and Rum Barrels

Emmett’s Brewing Co., West Dundee | 64 oz. Growlers and 6-Packs of Emmett’s On Tap Selections

The Uncommon Palate, East Dundee | Bottles of Wine Available for Purchase

Mockingbird Bar + Garden, East Dundee | 64 oz. Growlers of Handcrafted Cocktails, Bottles of Wine, and Mix-Your-Own-Cocktails Kits

Black and Gray Brewing Co., East Dundee | 64 oz. Growlers of On Tap Selections, 24 oz. Crowler Cans, and 4-Packs

Share your Photos!

There are some beautiful and romantic spots in Elgin; whether it be the natural landscape or historical architecture. When on your next date, if you take photos you want to share use #ExploreElgin when you post them on social media. We would love to see your stunning photos and what you did for you winter date night!

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