Coffee & Treats in Illinois

Three- or Five-Day Juice Cleanse at Lupito's Juice Bar (50% Off)

Lupito's Juice Bar

Pilsen

$179 $89

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Combination of super green and super red juices help bolster immune systems and oust toxins

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Groupon

$20 $10

$69 for a Three-Day Juice Cleanse at Patel's Cafe ($140 Value)

Patel's Cafe

West Rogers Park

$140 $69

Indian juice bar blends fresh ingredients for juice cleanses that inspire overall wellbeing

$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

$89 for a Three-Day Juice Cleanse at Earth's Healing Cafe ($127.50 Value)

Earth's Healing Cafe

Earth's Healing Cafe

$127.50 $89

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Three-day cleanse incorporates raw, all-organic veggies and herbs aiming to detoxify major organs for a healthier body

Cookie Cake, Cookies, or Party Tray with Cookies or Brownies at Mrs. Fields (Up to 53% Off)

Mrs. Fields

Chicago

$43.99 $22.99

Freshly baked cookie cakes come decorated with icing; cookies in a variety of flavors and brownies make parties sweet

Carry-Out Deli Sandwiches, Salads, Coffee, Ice Cream, and Pie at Red Rover Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

Red Rover Cafe

Edgewater / Rogers Park

$10 $5

New York-style bagels, reuben sandwiches, cobb salads, fresh pie, ice cream, and Intelligentsia coffee

Three Mini Cheesecakes or $5.50 for $10 worth of German Pastries at Lutz Café & Pastry Shop

Lutz Café & Pastry Shop

Ravenswood

$10 $5.50

Legendary German pastry shop serves strudels, cakes, and Viennese-style coffee amid flowers and china place settings

Three Premium Samples of Loose-Leaf Tea, or $15 for $30 Worth of Tea at TeaGschwendner

TeaGschwendner

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Choose from more than 300 varieties of tea at this renowned shop, which was named one of the city's best tea shops by CBS Chicago

Three Premium Samples of Loose-Leaf Tea, or $15 for $30 Worth of Tea at TeaGschwendner

TeaGschwendner

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

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Choose from more than 300 varieties of tea at this renowned shop, which was named one of the city's best tea shops by CBS Chicago

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar ($30 Value)

CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar

Plainfield

$10 $5

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Frozen yogurt in flavors such as Cookie Monster, Birthday Bash, Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel, Chocoholic, and Orange Sorbet

$10 for $20 or $15 for $30 Worth of Homemade Baked Goods at Amen Affordable Bakery

Amen Affordable Bakery

Danville

$20 $10

Croissants, six types of muffins, six coffee-cake flavors, and fruit and specialty pies

$8 for $10 Toward Cafe Items and $5 to Use at the Newsstand at City Newsstand ($15 Value)

City Newsstand

Portage Park

$15 $8

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This sprawling newsstand is one of the city's largest with more than 200 magazine racks and thousands of titles, plus an on-site cafe

$5 for $10 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Forever Yogurt

Forever Yogurt

Forever Yogurt- The Glen

$10 $5

Fill a cup with any combination of a rotating selection of more than 50 low-fat and nonfat fro-yo flavors and dozens of toppings

$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

$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

$12 for $20 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at TCBY

TCBY

Oswego

$10 $6

Fro-yo flavors such as white chocolate mousse, and strawberry pair with toppings such as Heath pieces, mixed nuts, and blueberries

$12 for $20 Worth of Gourmet Bundt Cakes at Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Naperville

$20 $12

Bakers create moist bundt cakes in flavors such as red velvet, carrot, and pecan praline streusel from fresh eggs, butter, and cream cheese

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Before moving to Chicago, Dan Smith and Steve McDonagh began their culinary careers in New York as a way to support themselves while they looked for work as actors. It wasn’t their acting that brought the duo to stardom, however. Against odds of 10,000 to 1, they sent a tape into the Food Network and, to their surprise, became the first-ever winners of the Next Food Network Star contest, landing their own show on the cable channel. That success enabled them to grow their catering business’s small café into a full-fledged restaurant serving up brunch, lunch, and dinner.

"Our focus is on what we love, which is mid-century food and the American culture of dining, and that kind of collective memory we have . . . taking those recipes and updating them for a modern palate," Steve says. For example, they top sweet potatoes with black-thyme-pepper marshmallows and create corn dogs with rabbit sausage in red-velvet butter. Steve says that they love creating conversation at their tables, especially as guests reminisce about memories evoked by dishes such as tuna noodle casserole and their Hearty mac ‘n’ cheese. "For Dan and I, that's a major part of the dining experience," he says. "If we can get their heads moving as well as their mouths, we feel pretty successful." Their efforts have paid off. "The duo is making magic by keeping it simple," said Phil Vettel in a review on WGN. "There's at least one wow ingredient on every plate. A simple burger is brightened with triple-cream cambozola cheese, sugar-cured bacon, and garlic aioli. Bacon-wrapped shrimp arrives on a pile of wonderful white cheddar grits . . . It's fun and delicious."

Dan heads the kitchen, while Steve forges many of the signature cocktails, aiming to discourage the intimidation that often surrounds craft cocktails. He and Dan even authored a book whose 200+ drink recipes include every cocktail made at Hearty, proving that everyone can make the drinks at home. Steve's even been known to chat up tables in hopes of introducing them to a new drink. "It's amazing, the amount of people who don't think they drink gin—so I have to force them," Steve says. "Once you have a gin that is different than that gin that you drank in the 1980s that was so harsh and juniper-heavy, once you're having one of these new American gins along with just simple fresh citrus and the other spirits… you understand what the fuss is about." He's also curated an exclusively American wine list with bottles from unexpected sources—including Dr. Frank's Salmon Run rkatsiteli from the Finger Lakes in New York, which he calls "floral and highly acidic . . . Everybody loves it."

3819 N Broadway St
Chicago,
IL
US

Cuisine de Saigon's chefs remain true to Vietnam's culinary history, which itself draws inspiration from traditional French flavors and techniques. Pork- and shrimp-filled spring rolls, bowls of beef pho, and ginger-spiked rice all echo the restaurant's commitment to southeastern Asian cuisine, but the menu also incorporates western influences with its inclusion of silken crème brûlée and pan-fried Euros. More importantly, the chefs adhere to classical French guidelines when they plate entrees, creating artfully composed dishes with eye-catching patterns of diced herbs and drizzled sauces.

192 W Gartner Rd, Ste 124
Naperville,
IL
US

Business Basics

Most popular offering: Layered Red Velvet Cake

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Good for Kids: Yes

Established: 2013

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Pro Tip: Recent menu and associated prices is listed on my Facebook Page at sweetandsavorytastingsdesserts

26 Calendar Ct.
La Grange,
IL
US

In the bright spaces of Jamba Juice, mixers sprinkle mountains of all-natural, low-fat frozen yogurt with choices from seven toppings, such as almond and coconut. Dubbed Whirl'ns, cups filled with swirling, rivulet-etched peaks of frozen yogurt fuse the nutrition of real fruit and natural ingredients with the beneficial circuit training of active yogurt cultures.

1322 S Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
US

In the bright spaces of Jamba Juice, mixers sprinkle mountains of all-natural, low-fat frozen yogurt with choices from seven toppings, such as almond and coconut. Dubbed Whirl'ns, cups filled with swirling, rivulet-etched peaks of frozen yogurt fuse the nutrition of real fruit and natural ingredients with the beneficial circuit training of active yogurt cultures.

190 W Madison St
Chicago,
IL
US

Adversity gave way to accomplishment for Chef Chris Nugent, who overcame the loss of his parents at a young age to sharpen his knives and culinary skills at such acclaimed restaurants as The Vineyard in England, Park Avenue Café in New York, and Zealous in Chicago. “Cooking has always been what’s comforted me in difficult times,” he said. When it can time to open his own establishment, he jumped at the chance to create a new food concept: contemporary American cuisine served within a fine-dining yet BYOB atmosphere. Nugent fully realized this vision with Goosefoot, its seasonally fresh menu rife with expert French culinary techniques and ingredients sourced from small artisanal farms. In the "34-seat BYO named for an obscure plant family," as described by Chicago magazine, diners sit among locally crafted banquettes and modern china, which echo the attention-to-detail theme exuded by the meals themselves. A nine-course tasting menu, which has included such dishes as chestnut soup and crispy goat-milk cheese, tantalizes palates. Personally brought bottles of wine, beer, and bathtubs of homemade moonshine add to the trendy vibe rather than subtract from it, says Michael Nagrant in the Chicago Sun-Times.

2656 West Lawrence Avenue
Chicago,
IL
US

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