Six Hot Spots to Host Your Holiday Party in Downtown Libertyville
Planning a holiday party? Whether your preference is a chic, city vibe or a casual, laid-back atmosphere for your guests, or even something in-between, look no further than downtown Libertyville. With restaurants that offer an array of dedicated venues, and a variety of menus and price ranges, you’ll find exactly what you are looking for here. But best of all, you’ll be relieved to spend your time enjoying the holidays locally.
Mickey Finn’s Brewery
Delight your guests in The Amber Room at Lake County’s first brewpub and Libertyville institution, Mickey Finn’s Brewery (345 N. Milwaukee Avenue; (847) 362-6688). The Amber Room is a versatile party space that can comfortably seat 185 people, and features a full-service bar. The room and menu can be tailored for large formal gatherings or a cozy, urban soiree. Pair the fabulous hearty American fare here with Mickey Finn’s own award-winning microbrews, and your gathering will surely be the talk of the town.
You’ll want every day of the week to be taco Tuesday once you’ve sampled the sumptuous offerings at Milwalky Taco (605 N. Milwaukee Avenue; (224) 513-5766). Set up a taco bar for your guests, and select from the vast list of handcrafted cocktails and spirits from the bar menu, and you are guaranteed to have a party paradise on your hands. The private room here seats up to 24 people comfortably. Milwaukee Taco shares an event room with its next-door namesake, Milwalky Trace.
Modern American cuisine shines at Milwalky Trace (603 N. Milwaukee Avenue; (847) 530-7172). The menu here is refined, but doesn’t disappoint. Seasonal flavor and quality are front and center at this eatery. The list of accompanying and expertly crafted libations is impressive, and the atmosphere is always cozy and congenial.
With two private spaces, your party—large or small—has a place at O’Toole’s Libertyville (412 N. Milwaukee Avenue, (847) 984-2599). Enjoy seasonally-inspired chef creations in The Royal Room, located on the main level, that seats up to 30 guests, or book the second-level 412 Lounge which features a full-service bar and accommodates up to 150 people. Peruse the expansive private event menu to find the perfect mix for your event, including brunch parties with a specialty cocktail bar.
Don’t let the casual façade of Pizzeria DeVille (404 N. Milwaukee Avenue; (847) 367-4992) fool you—this isn’t your typical pizza joint. Enjoy gourmet, wood-fired pizza, pasta dishes and more in a rustic, casual atmosphere. The downstairs Cellar Room can hold up to 48 guests, and features a bar. Menus can be tailored to your party needs and range from pizza and salad to formal courses with wine flights.
Dazzle your guests with the sophisticated décor and modern Asian cuisine at Shakou Libertyville (625 N. Milwaukee Avenue; (224) 433-6675). You’ll find a fabulous, big-city ambiance here without the commute or parking hassles. Shakou Libertyville can accommodate parties with up to 75 guests in its lounge area overlooking the restaurant’s mezzanine; or gatherings for up to 30 people in the private Sake Room.
Don’t miss your chance to book a private space in downtown Libertyville this holiday season. Call now to plan your business function, book club gathering or family party. Most restaurants offer customizable menus and dedicated planners to tailor every detail to your liking. Take advantage of the local hometown hospitality that downtown Libertyville offers. You’ll be glad you did.
Jennifer Johnson is a Libertyville resident who also writes for LittleLakeCounty.com.