Sweet home Chicago is exactly right. The city is
filled with treats sure to wow chocolate lovers. Make it family fun
by creating a rich tour de chocolat for Valentine's Day-or any
other day for that matter.
Start your sweet adventure at the House of Fine Chocolates
in Lakeview where you'll find everything chocolate, including
éclairs, truffles, non-pareils, tartes, tortes, Bundt cakes,
cookies and pies. Your children will be in awe of the beautiful
display cases loaded with the best treats in the city. Saturday and
Sunday mornings are the perfect time to stop in for fresh pastries
and doughnuts. Specially shaped chocolates-from dark chocolate
Santas to creamy white chocolate Snowmen-are on hand during the
The Vosges Haut Chocolat boutique in Lincoln Park (near
the Armitage brown line CTA stop) is your go-to place for
out-of-the-ordinary, interesting chocolate combinations. Vosges'
exotic chocolate candy bars-in flavors ranging from gingerbread
toffee to marzipan-make excellent holiday gifts and stocking
stuffers. Kids and adults alike will revel in peanut butter
bonbons, caramel chocolate marshmallows, fanciful truffles and
bombalinas, traditional roasted nuts paired with chocolate and
other unique flavors.
Vanille Patisserie is a fine French pastry shop in the
heart of the city. Using a traditional recipe from Montellimar
(where nougat originated) the pastry chefs at Vanille create three
varieties of delectable Nougat: Natural, chocolate and pistachio.
Delight in an array of artisan chocolates in flavors such as Coffee
Caramel, Strawberry Lemongrass, Earl Grey Tea, Creamy Banana,
Salted Caramel and Praline. Discover your favorite by asking for a
sample. Stay awhile and warm up to a pain au chocolat
(chocolate-filled croissant) and a hot cocoa topped with freshly
End your tour by learning more about nature's treats at
the Garfield Park Conservatory's
annual Sweet Saturdays celebration. On the first two Saturdays of
February, you'll enjoy crafts, sample candies and chocolate, and
learn more about the nature behind chocolate through demonstrations
and colorful, interactive displays.
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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