October is the month of indulgence! With Sweetest Day around the corner (third Saturday in October) and Halloween looming before us, shopping local is the best way to spread the love. If you need sweets for your sweet or want a deluxe trick-or-treat, check out these independently-owned businesses for high-quality chocolates and confections.
Lake County Chocolate Shops
891 Main Street, Antioch | (877) 643-8343
Their philosophy is simple — if you are going to eat chocolate, eat good chocolate! Chocolate is an indulgence – a gift you give to yourself and a gift you give to others. Their goal is to leave a great taste in your mouth.
888 E Belvidere Rd #106, Grayslake | (847) 548-0001
For handmade specialties like toffee, turtles, and chocolate-covered anything, head to Uniquely Sweet. You can also find their confections at Somethings Brewing, with two locations in Grayslake. Loralie tells you all about their Chocolatier Parties in Uniquely Sweet Birthday Parties.
The Chocolate Sanctuary
5101 Washington Street, Gurnee | (244) 944-0808
The Chocolate Sanctuary in Gurnee pays proper homage to the sacred cacao bean and the many delicacies it has given to humanity. While dinner and cocktails are the best way to experience this new restaurant, you can take home their artisan chocolates to share with your loved ones (or hoard for yourself, I don’t judge.) Jennifer J. tells you how she found her new sweet spot in her review of The Chocolate Sanctuary.
652 Central Avenue, Highland Park | (847) 432-0652
Pleasing customers in the Chicagoland area with our delicious goodies since 1989. Unique gifts with a lasting impression!
Long Grove Confectionery Co
220 Robert Parker Coffin Road, Long Grove | (847) 634-0080
331 Lexington Drive, Buffalo Grove | (847) 459-0269
Long before I moved to Illinois, when anyone mentioned Long Grove, my first thought was the famed Long Grove Confectionery Co. Indeed, no visit to Long Grove is complete without walking the brick-lined paths for a peek into their flagship store. For a behind-the-scenes experience, visit their facility in Buffalo Grove for a factory tour.
Did we miss your favorite candy shop? Tell us about it in the comments!
When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home.
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