Best Wineries in the Chicago Area

Take a break from the hustle and bustle and head to wine country, where upscale meets relaxation. You only have to venture an hour or two outside of Chicago to find the best wineries the area has to offer. Enjoy the sprawling vineyards, sip some of the finest wine, and unwind.

Round Barn Winery

via Flickr user Rachel Kramer

via Flickr user Rachel Kramer

With a gorgeous winery, a distillery, and a resident restaurant, Round Barn has it all. There are also tons of events, especially in the fall, with everything from tastings to live performances. They even have a Winemaking Experience where you’ll make your own bottle of wine from picking the grapes to pressing them.

Black Star Farms

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via Flickr user lpwines

This place is one of the most gorgeous spots in Michigan, with sprawling vineyards and pastures. If you want to get away for more than one day, stay at the Inn at Black Star Farms, where you’ll find various dining options, a sauna, and even skiing! You can’t beat the six-course Harvest Dinners that are served every Wednesday.

Lynfred Winery

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via Flickr user DiscoverDuPage

Lynfred is one of the oldest Illinois wineries, going strong for over 35 years. The founder, known as the “Father of the Illinois Wine Industry,” comes from a long lineage of winemakers. There are always fun, unique events, like Murder Mysteries, and tastings are inexpensive. When you stay at the B&B you’ll receive either two bottles of wine or a free tasting, a private tour, and a wine and cheese platter.

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