Calling all chocolate lovers! Get away to Illinois and treat your taste buds to chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate. From decadent morsels of chocolaty goodness to creamy fudge, rich shakes and flowing chocolate fountains, the following trip ideas are dedicated to one of America’s favorite delicacy.
The Northwest Chocolate Trail
The Northwest Chocolate Trail will ensure chocoholics get their fix. The self-guided trail runs through four counties, including Carroll, Lee, Ogle and Whiteside. Visitors can stop at stores selling chocolate “everything,” participate in a gourmet chocolate cooking class and experience a chocolate themed English High Tea. While in the area, make a pit stop at the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour and stroll through John Deere’s restored home and grounds. B&B’s, hotels and cabin rentals are located near the trail for visitors to unwind after a chocolate adventure.
Chocolate, Champagne & Candlelight in Galena
Spend an evening dedicated to chocolate at the Chocolate, Champagne & Candlelight event in historic Galena on Saturday, November 3. Visitors can enjoy a chocolate buffet and fountain paired with bubbly champagne. The special night takes place at one of Galena’s finest destinations, the famous DeSoto House Hotel. Explore the quaint riverside town while shopping at boutiques, art galleries and specialty shops on Galena’s Historic Main Street. After you’ve gotten your chocolate and shopping fix for the weekend, taste some of Illinois’ finest cuisine at the town’s abundant restaurant destinations.
Chicago Fine Chocolate Show
Taste artisanal chocolate creations from around the world at the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show from November 16 – 18 at Navy Pier. Over 125 vendors will showcase chocolate masterpieces and offer samples for visitors, including truffles, pralines, bars, caramels, brownies, cookies, cupcakes and more. While in the city, explore Chicago’s cultural and historic attractions, dine at award-winning restaurants and enjoy a stay at world renowned hotels.
To plan your chocolate getaway in Illinois, visit EnjoyIllinois.com.
–The Illinois Office of Tourism