I had not been to Richmond, IL since the 1990’s, but thanks to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, I decided to drive up to explore and meet friends for lunch. Richmond is 55 miles northwest of Chicago in McHenry County and 44 miles southwest of Milwaukee. First settled in 1837, it has a population of approximately 1,900. Its downtown has some great historic buildings along with some grand and beautiful homes that date back 150 years.
For many years it was a destination for antiquing. Today there are a few antique stores, but you will find a growing number of gift shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops opened by younger entrepreneurs.
I enjoyed my recent finds which include:
Anderson’s Candy Shop: Since 1919 in Chicago and 1926 in Richmond, four generations of the Anderson family have been making homemade fudges, caramels, truffles and chocolate candies. I loved the toffee and the coconut candy dipped in dark chocolate. 10301 N. Main.
Main Street Coffee Co. Cafe and Ice Cream Shoppe has closed. It was replaced in October, 2020, by the Richmond Café for coffee as well as for breakfast and lunch dishes. 10321 N. Main St. I am anxious to try it on my next trip to the area.
Paisano’s: At 5614 Broadway, this large, upscale Italian steakhouse features traditional Italian fare in a rustic, Tuscan inspired setting.
Before or after dinner you might try a cocktail at the Olive Black Lounge, across the street, at 5607 Broadway.
Seaside Prime by Paisano’s: Just down from Paisano’s, the owners opened Seaside Prime (formerly Panino’s Seafood House), a casual fine-dining spot for seafood and steaks. They recently opened a larger bar and dining room in the back. I loved the lobster roll and highly recommend that you try it. I was glad that I could join friends there for lunch. 5628 Broadway.
There are a few antiques stores remaining downtown, despite some closing recently.
Finery & Finishes: At 10315 N. Main, this is a small, attractive boutique offering women’s clothing and accessories.