This, combined with the surprisingly deep number of bars and restaurants in nearby Highwood, is enough to put this town (or towns) into the top 15.Or, you could always tell your friends you got lost on the way and just get weird eating wiener schnitzel in the chalet-style Mack’s Golden Pheasant. Libertyville sneaks onto the list with a surprisingly deep arsenal of local go-tos like Austin’s and Trattoria Pomigliano, plus more upscale joints like Shakou.
A sneaky entry to this list, Long Grove is the foodie festival capital of the greater Chicago area. Check out Long Grove’s Chocolate Festival this year from May 15-17. Check out the Annual Strawberry Festival for strawberry-infused smoothies, drinks, ice cream, donuts, and more.Long Grove is even host to the Annual Apple Festival each fall.These are large groupings of adjacent metropolitan areas identified by the Census Bureau based on social and economic ties.Here at Thrillist Chicago, we like to rank things, whether they be strip clubs, or bowls of ramen, or strip clubs, or steakhouses, or... But today we undertake one of our most ambitious rankings to date: 19 cities in Illinois, ranked by their food and drink. By employing several metrics -- including bars/restaurants per capita, restaurant growth data from Nielsen, number of bars/restaurants included on past Thrillist best-of Illinois lists, number of awards won by bars/restaurants in each city, and walkability of downtown areas with high bar/restaurant concentrations, weighing all local joints more heavily than chains. suburban wasteland, it redeems itself with Ballydoyle Irish Pub, Hopvine Brewing Co., and Two Brothers Roundhouse, plus one of the best restos in the state (Basil’s Greek Dining) and best bars (The Foundry).Technically these include both Census Designated Places (CDP) and Census County Divisions (CCD) which are defined by the Census Bureau along with local authorities.
(For more information, see: Census Designated Place or "CDP") and Census County Division "CCD".) For comparison purposes, the US and state value are provided as well as in some areas a "Combined Statistical Area" or CSA.