2016 Readers’ Choice Daily Herald Top Picks of Lake County

The Daily Herald recently released their annual Readers’ Choice Top Picks, and Lake County is represented well. Many different restaurants, venues, trails and a slew of other categories received accolades in this edition.

Some of the big winners included Village Tavern in Long Grove, Austin’s in Libertyville, Primo in Gurnee and the Village of Wauconda receiving several awards.

If you haven’t been to any of these Lake County spots, it’s high time you do so now. Here are your 2016 Readers’ Choice Daily Herald Top Picks of Lake County.

Austin’s Saloon & EateryAustin's Saloon & Eatery - Click to Enlarge Best Appetizers, Best Place to Dance (Bar), Best
Family Value, Best Ribs, Best Live Music Venue, Best Comfort Food, Best Entertainment Venue, Best Bar/Lounge, Best Outdoor Eatery, Best Beer Garden, Best Bachelor/Bachelorette Party, Best Place for a Unique Salad

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Village Tavern in Long Grove

Village Tavern – Best Dive/Neighborhood Place, Best Appetizer, Best Family Value Restaurant, Best Comfort Food, Best Caterer, Best Sports Bar & Grill, Best Chicken Place, Best Chili, best unique place for a unique salad

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Primo Italian American Cuisine dish


Primo Italian American Cuisine – Best Italian food, Best Steak House, Best Romantic Restaurant, Best
Martini, Best New Restaurant, Best Place for a Unique Salad, Best Vegetarian Cuisine, Best Bachelor/Bachelorette Party Place, Best Place to Dance (Bar)

Beelow’s Steakhouse in Highland Park and Lake Zurich – Best Steakhouse

Libertyville Sports Complex – Best Camp, Best Driving Range, Best Indoor Playground, Best Family Value, Best Sports Venue, best golf store

Deer Park Town Center – Best Neighborhood Shopping Center

Libertyville MainStreet – Best Neighborhood shopping center, Best Downtown

Sports Authority (Gurnee Mills) – Best Sporting Goods Store

KeyLime Cove – Best Indoor Waterpark

Lake County Forest Preserves – Best Outdoor Site

Independence Grove – Best Place for a Independence Grove Forest Preserve - Click to EnlargePicnic/Reunion, Best Local Place to get Married, Best Wedding Reception Venue, Best Outdoor Site

Adler Park – Best Outdoor Site

Wilmot Mountain – Best Place to Ski, Best Flea Market/Swap Meet

Norton’s USA – Best General Merchandise Store

Grayslake Antique Market Zurko promotions – Best Flea Market/Swap Meet

Volo Antiques – Best Antique Shop

Des Plaines River Trail – Best Bike Path

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Lake County Discovery Museum

Lake County Discovery – Best Museum (suburbs)

Lakewood Forest Preserve – Best Place for a Picnic/Reunion

Marriott Lincolnshire – Best Live Theatre, Best Hotel (National/Chain)

Hampton Inn Gurnee & Libertyville– Best Hotel (National/Chain)

Comfort Inn and Suites (Grayslake) – Best Hotel (National/Chain)

ZaZa’s Tavola Italiana – Best Romantic Restaurant (Continue here to see our What are you doing next Weekend Webisode)

Lindy’s Landing – Best Outdoor Eatery, Best Marina

Waukegan Marina – Best Marina

Giordano’s Gurnee & Buffalo Grove – Best Deep Dish

Wildberry Café – Best Brunch

Clucker’s Charcoal Chicken Libertyville & Highwood – Best Chicken Place

Copper Fiddle Distillery – Best Distillery

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North Shore Distillery

North Shore Distillery – Best Distillery

Village of Wauconda – Best City/Town to Live, Best Downtown Atmosphere, Best Parade

Illinois Beach Resort – Best Resort/Destination

Libertyville – Best Downtown Atmosphere

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Rainforest Cafe in Gurnee Mills

Doubletree by Hilton hotel Libertyville Mundelein – Best Hotel

College of Lake County – Best Community College

Dover Straits – Best Seafood

Rainforest Cafe – Best Theme Restaurant

Holiday Inn & Conference Center Gurnee’s
Spice Grill
– Best Indian Food



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