A few weeks ago my husband and I celebrated 20 years together. When I write that it reminds me of a time about 10 years ago when I was getting my hair done before our anniversary. After I was complaining to the hairdresser about how badly I needed my hair done, with a 9 and 7 year old keeping me busy at the time, and our upcoming anniversary, she said:
"How long have you been married?"
"WOW! ...But you live in Morris, right? It always seems that people down south stay married a lot longer."
I was in Naperville.
Like I always say...south of the Mason Dixon. I wonder what she would say now after 20? We could probably get an award or something. So for our award winning anniversary we went downtown in Wheaton to Ivy.
Ivy is located on North Hale Street. The building was built in 1928 as a chapel. It wasn't until 1982 that it was recognized as a Wheaton Landmark. In the meantime, it had been used as a retail store selling stationary. In 2009, the building was converted to a restaurant and Ivy opened its' doors with the original stained glass windows and also utilizing the historic architecture and cathedral ceiling.
The Christmas decorations were up while we were there so it was really beautiful and the lighting was low. (Sorry about the fuzzy photo, but it was a hard shot to get from the balcony in the darkened evening.) I went back a few weeks later with a friend for lunch and my camera was much happier.
The food was delicious both times. On our anniversary date, for an appetizer, we shared warm brie with fruit and crusty bread. My husband had Beef Tournedoes topped three ways. (with Parmesan crust, with a whole shrimp, and with hollandaise) I had the Crab Encrusted Tilapia. Both were outstanding. When I went back for lunch, my friend and I split Wild Mushroom and Chicken Risotto and Butternut Squash Ravioli. I love doing that so you can taste both. The kitchen even split it for us so we didn't have to make a big mess of the beautiful presentation.
If you are wanting a unique atmosphere for a romantic dinner or just want a restaurant that serves great food. I recommend Ivy. It is just a short walk from the Wheaton Metra Station.