12 Most Instagrammable Eateries at Lake County Restaurant Week

Foodies! The time has come to devour cuisines like every day’s a Fat Tuesday.

Over 75 eateries are ready to serve plates upon plates of fare for ten days to savor.

Lake Countians are willing and ready to do it for the gram. Whether the meticulous decor is your fancy, the exceptionally prepared dish in front of you or the lovely libation you’re ready to clink with the cronies, there is an abundance of Instagrammable eateries in the land of lakes.

Whatever it may be, the impressive aesthetic is always there for these 12 eateries for the gram.

Here are the 12 most Instagrammable eateries of Lake County Restaurant Week as we dive headfirst two weeks before the start of our favorite ten days to savor.

The Vine Wine and Martini Bar in Grayslake

The Grayslake martini and wine bar creates clever libation concoctions but doesn’t skimp on the suds. The Vine offers an array of items and specializes in tapas.  The bar/restaurant also features live music acts regularly ranging over a wide variety of genres. The downtown Grayslake mainstay oozes cool vibes.

The Vine Martini and Wine Bar, 1010 Center St., Grayslake.

The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee


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Donut wall in full effect! Come check out our brunch from 10-2p on Sunday’s

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It’s like living in cocoa heaven. The Chocolate Sanctuary makes most of their dishes with the magical cocoa bean. Whether you are munching on their cocoa infused barbecue sauce on their lollipop chicken pops, snacking on beef satay skewers with cocoa peanut chili sauce, chomping on the sanctuary’s chopped salad with chocolate vinaigrette or chewing on a chocolate dessert, expect big things with everyone’s favorite sweet treat somehow infused.

The Chocolate Sanctuary, 5101 Washington St., Gurnee.

Tony Cannoli Specialty Pastries in Mundelein


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stuff your turkey, and your cannoli this #thanksgiving! #cannoli #giantcannoli #thanksgivingdessert #tonycannoli

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Holy moly! If you can only check out this cannoli from Tony! The Mundelein confectioner creates traditional and unconventional cannolis for customers to indulge their sweet tooth. Tony Cannoli Specialty Pastries also conducts classes to teach visitors how to make the sweet Italian treat.

Tony Cannoli Specialty Pastries, 460 N. Lake St., Mundelein.

Ravinia Brewing Co. in Highland Park


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The workweek is officially half over!!!!…..Infusion Wednesday time kids!!!!….Fresh off the inaugural “Steep Ravine Infusion Fest”, today’s lovely concoction was a huge hit last Saturday….Our Flight of the Rooster Saison infused with fresh Pineapple and Habanero Peppers….Aye-Chi-WaWa!!!!… Now, exactly how much Habanero is enough 🤷🏻‍♂️?!?!….We’ll figure that out together 🤠…. It’s marinating and we’re open!!!….Speaking of being open for lunch….We’re proud to introduce our new $8 Lunch Combo….Two Individual Tacos and your choice of a side of rice and beans OR chips and pico…..Steal of a deal!!!!….See you soon!!! #raviniabrewing #happyhumpday🐪🐫 #almosttheweekend #infusionwednesday #craftbeer #illinoiscraftbeer #drinklocal #beerrandall #beerandfoodpairing #highlandpark #ravinia #chicagonorthshore #visitlakecountyil #flightoftheroostersaison #habaneroisspicy #brewery #chicagobrewery #beersofinstagram #interwebs #yummy #instagood #thisshouldbespicy #steepravineinfusionfest #lunchcombo #independentbrewery

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The Highland Park, Lake County Libation Trail participant, has existed for a mere two years, but it has become a staple in the land of lakes city. The brewhouse features a variety of suds in addition to delicious Mexican-inspired cuisine. The menu features tacos, burritos, salads and more. The brewpub was also recently recognized for its beer garden, which is perfect during the summertime to hear the sounds of the live performances at the country’s oldest outdoor concert venue, Ravinia Festival.

Ravinia Brewing Co., 582 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park.

28 Mile Distillery in Highwood

The Highwood facility is the north shore’s premier distillery and lounge. The Lake County Libation Trail participant is donned in art décor (you’ll feel like you’re in a 1920s speakeasy) and has a large garden for live performances. Twenty-eight Mile Vodka also offers space for private parties and tours of the distillery. The Highwood drinkery has an unbelievable backstory of how these crafters came up with the name and logo of their distillery. The Debonair (the woman on their logo) was a real-life queen during the Prohibition Era.

28 Mile Vodka and Distillery, 454, Sheridan Rd., Highwood.

El Puerto Mexican Restaurant in Fox Lake

This Authentic Mexican Restaurant has a beautiful scenic view and is located on Nippersink Lake connected to the Chain O’Lakes. Watch a beautiful sunset on the Chain while enjoying the best Margarita in Lake County. The menu includes Enchiladas, Chimichangas, sizzling fajitas, tacos, steak, seafood, burritos, combination platters and a variety of drinks and desserts. The restaurant offers three indoor dining rooms, a seasonal outdoor patio and a full bar jam-packed with unique homemade drinks.

El Puerto Mexican Restaurant, 200 N. Forest Ave., Fox Lake.

Main Street Social in Libertyville

Main Street Social, located in downtown Libertyville is a restaurant and bar that puts a twist on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu features housemade pastas, fresh seafood, bountiful salads, meat and cheese boards, delectable desserts and more. Besides the innovative dishes made from scratch, the MainStreet Libertyville eatery provides fine wines and craft libations.

Main Street Social, 608 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.

Three Embers Restaurant in Lincolnshire

Three Embers is a fine dining establishment located in Lincolnshire. Housed in Lincolnshire Marriott Resort next to the theatre, Three Embers is simply sumptuous. Order a delectable dish for breakfast and dinner from their wood-fired grill. The resort property features two acres of land devoted to raising farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs featured in chef-styled plates throughout the Lincolnshire restaurant.

Three Embers inside Lincolnshire Marriott Resort, 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.

Slyce Coal Fired Pizza in Wauconda and Highwood


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🍕 The best way to spend the last weekend of 2018: Eating your favorite Pizza at @slycecoalfired!

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Slyce Coal Fired Pizza is located in Wauconda and Highwood, IL. The menu is steeped in age-old traditions, cooking methods, as well as the best quality ingredients possible. Their passion for food, coupled with recipes made from scratch daily, offers their guests a truly unique dining experience each and every time. Slyce invites you to sit back, relax and experience the true authentic taste of coal-fired za.

Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Company, 127 N. Main St., Wauconda. INFO»
Slyce Coal Fired Pizza Company, 254 Green Bay Rd., Highwood. INFO»

The Shanty Restaurant in Wadsworth


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Shanty Charcuterie! #catering #events #wadsworth

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The Shanty has been featured on two Food Network shows “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” featuring Guy Fieri and “Triple D Nation.” The Wadsworth restaurant just recently expanded by quadrupling the size of its facility. The Lake County Restaurant Week participant is highlighted by their whiskey shrimp, tequila and orange grilled salmon, premium hand-cut aged steaks, organic goat cheese wontons and an array of other delectable dishes. Visit the eatery during restaurant week in late February/early March or any day of the week to pamper your taste buds. Take a walk in the past with restaurateur and owner Dimitri Kallianis.

The Shanty Restaurant, 38985 N. Route 41, Wadsworth.

Kuma’s Corner in Vernon Hills

The tradition that began in 2005 in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood now is being served in Vernon Hills. The heavy metal-themed bar and restaurant features burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, salads and a rotating craft beer tap. Kuma’s Corner also is highlighted by live music.

Kuma’s Corner, 925 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills.

Disotto Italian Restaurant in Highwood

It’s like being ‘transported to another place and time in Highwood. This restaurant, reminiscent of vintage Italy, has a menu that includes pizza fruit dishes, salads, pasta, Piatti, contorni and a slew of other delectable items. The scent of these delicious dishes permeates throughout the walls of this rustic and vintage Italian establishment. You must visit Disotto for their divine brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.

To learn more about more Instagrammable eateries, continue here. To read more about Lake County Restaurant Week: Ten Days to Savor, click here.


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