Illinois Itinerary: A Chocolate Lovers Trail in Lake County

Illinois Itinerary: A Chocolate Lovers Trail in Lake County

The Itinerary at a Glance

A Chocolate Lovers Trail through Lake County, Illinois, this tasty tour is fun for couples, girlfriend groups and anyone who loves chocolate. Unique local venues such as The Chocolate Sanctuary and Long Grove Confectionery Co. await your taste buds. A factory tour, hands-on activity, shopping opportunities and plenty of chocolate will satisfy everyone.

5 Unique Experiences on This Trip

  • Long Grove Confectionery Chocolate Tour
  • Lambs Farm
  • The Chocolate Sanctuary
  • Sweet Pete’s Candy
  • Rainforest Cafe

Duration: 2 Days/1 Night

Available: Year-round

This Itinerary is Ideal For: All

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Start getting your taste buds ready with a stop at the Long Grove Confectionery Co. for its Chocolate Tour. The quality of its candy and the ability for visitors to view production at the 25,000-sq.-ft. facility creates a new respect for superior chocolate makers. Make sure you save time to shop in their retail store to purchase full-price and bulk-priced candy products.

Visit Lambs Farm, here all the food products for sale are made right on-site. Lambs Farm has been serving the developmentally disabled for over 50 years, so shopping with a purpose in mind makes for a feel-good stop.  Everyone receives a bag of their famous butter cookies to take home – the chocolate flavor, of course.

Escape from the ordinary and experience the extraordinary at The Chocolate Sanctuary.  Chef Ahmed’s menu celebrates the cocoa bean in its many forms; your clients will find a variety of beautifully plated main courses, appetizers and desserts that incorporate the restaurant’s namesake ingredient.

Your next stop will be an experience in sweet science at Sweet Pete’s Candy.  Candy-making classes include chocolate bar your way, truffle, Grand Marnier cherry cordial or chocolate pizza.  Should you want to break away from the chocolate theme, there are also hand-pulled lollipop and candy cane classes.

Check into your chocolate lovers’ hotel – Holiday Inn Gurnee.  Upon check-in you will receive their homemade chocolate chip cookies followed by a wonderful wine reception with appetizers featuring an imported Dutch chocovine wine in their restaurant, Spice.  Your group can unpack and stay in for dinner with a specialized menu picked out for you along with your favorite chocolate dessert.

We can assist you with evening entertainment options nearby such as the Genesee Theatre, Ravinia Festival, Marriott Theatre and several local theaters such as PM&L Theatre and Citadel Theatre.

Day 2Rainforest Cafe

After an amazing breakfast including chocolate chip pancakes, walk off your chocolate coma by going across the street and shopping at Gurnee Mills. Should you
need some more chocolate yumminess to take home, there are the fabulous Frangos® at Macy’s. Your group can meet at Rainforest Cafe for a specialized lunch menu and end with a chocolate Volcano!

This delicious itinerary will leave your group in a happy place as they head back home.


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