Coffee & Treats in Crystal Lake

$13 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Coffee and Menu Items at Calibre Coffee ($25 Value)

Calibre Coffee

South Barrington

$5 $2.60

Intelligentsia and Metropolis coffee drinks pair with menu items such as breakfast sandwiches, muffins, and desserts

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Smoothies and Ice Cream at Dairy Queen (Up to Half Off)

Dairy Queen

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

Soft serve studded with candy, cookies, or fruit; frothy Julis Originals and thick, creamy fruit smoothies

Tea Health Class and Tasting for One or Four Plus Tea to Take Home at Prima Tea (Up to 73% Off)

Prima Tea

Wheeling

$57 $23

Loose-leaf experts offer lessons and patrons taste samples of gourmet teas from around the world

$15 for Three $10 Vouchers for Frozen Yogurt at BerrySimple Yogurt ($30 Value)

BerrySimple Yogurt

Gurnee

$10 $5

Frozen yogurt flavors such as nonfat pumpkin and low-fat orange creamsicle cradle fresh fruit, brownie dough bites, and caramel sauce

$9 for Three Groupons, Each Good for One Smoothie at FITfresh Cafe & Juicebar ($15.60 Value)

FITfresh Cafe & Juicebar

Glendale Heights

$5.20 $3

Build your own smoothie from fresh ingredients such as almond milk, whey protein, bananas, and strawberries for a healthy boost of energy

One or Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream at Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream (Up to 50% Off)

Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream

Highwood

$10 $5

Scoops of The Chocolate Shoppe ice cream are made with real Wisconsin cream and come in flavors such as Fat Elvis and Door County Cherry

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Baked Goods at Andresen's Bakery ($30 Total Value)

Andresen's Bakery

Bensenville

$10 $5

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Custom cakes, pies, cookies, sweet rolls, and chocolate-covered strawberries join fresh breads at a bakery with a 50+ year history

6 or 12 Specialty Cupcakes or $10 for $20 Toward a Custom Cake at Mrs. A Cupcakes @ The Pickwick

Mrs. A Cupcakes @ The Pickwick

Park Ridge

$19 $10

Mother and daughters bake specialty cupcakes, cookies, and donuts from scratch daily using fresh ingredients

Introduction to Loose-Leaf Tea Class and Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at TeaLula (Up to 60% Off)

TeaLula

Park Ridge

$50 $25

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A certified tea specialist teaches students about the history and preparation of loose-leaf teas, then shares four tea samples for tasting

Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Café Food and Drinks at C U Latte Cafe

C U Latte Cafe

Villa Park

$5 $2.50

Surrounded by local artwork and decorative reeds, café visitors enjoy a menu of coffee drinks, frozen lemonade, and sandwiches

$10 Off Your Bill at Häagen-Dazs & Popcorn Palace. Two Options Available.

Häagen-Dazs & Popcorn Palace

Multiple Locations

$10 $5

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Gourmet flavors of Häagen-Dazs ice cream and small-batch kernels of creatively flavored popcorn delight taste buds

Artisan Teas Tasting for Two or Four at Adagio Teas (Up to 57% Off)

Adagio Teas

Multiple Locations

$46 $21

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Groups sample a variety of flavorful teas and take home ceramic teapots

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Today, Colonial Cafe & Ice Cream may have seven full-service family-friendly restaurants, but when it started in 1901, it was only a single small ice cream and dairy store. Now guests can settle into breakfast, lunch, and dinner at each of the eateries –and still enjoy the ice cream that put them on the map. They have garnered particular attention for their signature dish, the Kitchen Sink Sundae, which features two whole bananas, six scoops of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry), whipped cream, chocolate, and chopped almonds with a cherry topper. It’s served in a large dish shaped like a kitchen sink with a S-pipe as the handle. And when diners finish it, they receive a bumper sticker that reads, “I Ate a Colonial Kitchen Sink.”

While ice cream reigns supreme, their breakfasts have also earned praise. They were voted “Best Breakfast” by the Elgin Courier News, Aurora Beacon News, and Naperville Sun. Favorites among the regulars include the stuffed very berry French toast and cinnamon roll French toast. Come dinnertime, they continue serving comfort foods including fresh baked meatloaf and a mac and cheese bacon melt, as well as sandwiches such as the pot roast French dip. The restaurant has also earned plaudits for its popularity with its littlest diners, grabbing the "Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant" designation in the Kane County Chronicle Reader's Choice awards.

6000 Northwest Hwy
Crystal Lake,
IL
US

With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company?s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.

This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.

For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and artesian flatbreads that pack only about 320?420 calories each.

6000 Northwest Hwy
Crystal Lake,
IL
US

When a restaurant makes eight different kinds of French toast, you know they take breakfast seriously. Such is the case at Brunch Café, a local, family-run chain that serves up breakfast and lunch every day. Pancakes share the menu with European crepes and egg and sausage breakfast sliders—which put a daytime spin on a late night snack. Lunch fare includes paninis, wraps, and burgers, along with classic cobb and chopped salads. Mimosas and bloody marys are perfect for sipping alongside these meals or for toasting the invention of the waffle iron.

935 Il Route 22
Fox River Grove,
IL
US

Who invented the caramel apple? While the ubiquitous treat's true creator may never be known, William Morkes, Sr. can make a case that his own hand-dipped caramel apples were among the country's very first. Morkes, who opened his confection shop on 26th and Trumbull in 1920, spent long nights testing out new recipes in his apartment above the store, yielding more than a few tasty innovations.

More than 90 years and one move to Palatine later, the staff at Morkes Chocolates still hand-dips its treats, from still-popular caramel apples and rum-ball truffles to chocolate-enrobed pretzels and strawberries. Confections are made from scratch with fresh ingredients such as pure butter, eggs freshly lain by rabbits, and store-specialty cream centers ranging from vanilla and maple to orange and raspberry.

Now guided by the steady dipping hand of Morkes Sr.'s granddaughter Rhonda, the shop’s staff keeps up the tinkering ways of their founder by constantly testing new treats. In addition to ready-to-purchase delights, they stand ready with hundreds of specialty molds to help customers add a personal touch to happy events from graduation to Christmas to baby's first sweet tooth.

2755 W Algonquin Rd
Algonquin,
IL
US

In French eclairs, German streudel, and Polish kolaczi, the bakers at Sugar Hills Bakery let their European inspiration show. Regardless of whether a recipe comes from across the Atlantic?the staff also makes cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, and wedding cakes?all of Sugar Hills? baked goods are all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

644 S Main St
Algonquin,
IL
US

While the food combinations aren’t truly endless at Bentley’s Bagels & Brews, there are than enough fluffy bagel and topping options to keep customers trying something new over a few years of breakfasts. At the top of the long list of options are 15 varieties of bagels, baked fresh every morning and topped with schmears of fruity or savory cream cheese or butter. During breakfast hours, the team layers bagels with ham, eggs, and bacon, and during the lunch hour they recreate classic options such as BLTs and lox sandwiches. Cups of piping hot coffee and fresh-squeezed orange juice are also there to help fuel and reenergize diners after long nights of doing sheep inventory.

124 S Randall Rd
Algonquin,
IL
US