Date Night Destinations: Wilmette
Take a break from the bustle of the holiday season with a romantic night out.
Gilson's has steadily grown in popularity since opening in 2007, drawing in couples for organic American bistro fare. Depending on the tone of your date, you can have a casual meal of bison burger and mahi mahi tacos in the wine bar, or reserve a seat in the dining room for a meal of lobster ravioli or braised lamb shank. Either way, you'll want to take advantage of their impressive wine list by sharing a bottle with that special someone.
Located in a historic train depot, Depot Nuevo was named one of the top 25 tequila bars in America by MediaPlanet. The cheerfully decorated restaurant offers Latin-inspired cuisine paired with margaritas mixed with fresh juices and your choice of dozens of tequilas. It's a perfect place to warm up on a chilly December night.
Open since 2008, this contemporary sushi spot offers quirky selections combining raw and cooked fish with strawberries, pineapple and jalapenos. If you or your date is leery of maki, there are plenty of cooked dishes, including shrimp tempura and teriyaki steak.
If your plan is dinner and a movie, check out this 90-year-old classic, which was renovated in 2006. Along with offering first run films at prices lower than you'll find at a local multiplex, the theater also hosts live concerts and comedy shows.