Coffee & Treats in Maywood

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

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

Frozen Yogurt and Smoothies at Yogen Früz (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Yogen Früz

State Street

$10 $6

Creamy probiotic-rich frozen yogurt available in nonfat, no-sugar-added & lactose-free varieties & piled with fresh-fruit mix-ins & toppings

$62 for a Three-Day Juice Cleanse at Patel's Cafe ($140 Value)

Patel's Cafe

West Rogers Park

$140 $62

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

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

$10 for Pound of Fudge at Kilwins ($20 Value)

Kilwins

Hyde Park

$20 $10

Decadent fudge comes in myriad flavors from double dark chocolate to maple walnut

$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

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

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

Three or Five Organic Juices or Superfood Smoothies at Element Wellness (Half Off)

Element Wellness

Near North Side

$10 $5

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Alternative medical clinic serves fresh-pressed juices and smoothies that promote wellness with ingredients such as carrot, ginger, and kale

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

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

$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

$10 for One Dozen Cake Pops at Sugar Hills Bakery ($19.08 Value)

Sugar Hills Bakery

Multiple Locations

$19.08 $10

Easy-to-eat cake pops come in vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet with white- or dark-chocolate frosting

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

$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

$10 for a 12-Inch Cookie Cake with Writing at Great American Cookies ($22 Value)

Great American Cookies

Schiller Park

$22 $10

Chefs at the Entrepreneur magazine–lauded bakery craft cookie cakes from a generations-old recipe and decorate them by hand

Ice Cream Cupcakes with Unlimited Toppings at Cupcakeologist (47% Off). Two Options Available.

Cupcakeologist

Bolingbrook

$38 $20

Choose from more than 15 flavors of ice cream, such as cookie dough, coffee, and strawberry cheesecake, paired with unlimited toppings

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

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

Select Local Merchants

Athena Uslander used to be a structural engineer, but today she's a baker. If you asked Athena what the two professions have in common, she'd likely say attention to detail. If you asked her customers at Athena’s Silverland Desserts, however, they'd be too busy chewing a mouthful of cookie, rice treat, or brownie to answer. Since 1983, Athena has helmed the ovens at her bakery in Elmwood Park. Her signature brownie recipe has garnered her some national attention, including an appearance on Oprah and The Today Show. Now, customers nationwide call in or hire a banner plane to put in their orders for the confections that Athena and her staff make from all-natural ingredients—free of trans fats, additives, and preservatives.

439 Des Plaines Ave
Forest Park,
IL
US

Organic and small-batch wines fill swirling glasses beneath the soaring ceilings of House Red Vinoteca. At a rustic, reclaimed-wood bar, discerning staff members subject new elixirs to tastings and credit checks, and the chef makes changes to a rotating menu of vino-enhancing fare made from scratch. Plates bearing crispy flatbreads and desserts inspired by international culinary traditions glide back and forth between duos chattering beneath exposed-brick walls. The warm sway of live jazz rolls across wine-tasting events and bottle-laden shelves, and patrons sipping through tasting flights from Croatia, Lebanon, Morocco, Serbia, and Slovenia add delicate treble notes with clinking glasses.

7403 Madison St
Forest Park,
IL
US

Designated the Forest Park/Oak Park area’s best local coffee shop by Chicago magazine in 2007, Blue Max Coffee treats farmers and taste buds with equal consideration, serving a menu of fair-trade joe and café eats. The shop’s baristas freshly roast and taste test brews, allowing only the most esteemed coffees to kiss locals' lips. The primo potables are complemented by homemade fare such as the breakfast panini with applewood-smoked bacon, spinach, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese ($8.50). Organic steel-cut oats, granola, blueberries, bananas, vanilla soy protein powder, and steamed milk conspire to create just-right bowls of breakfast porridge ($6.75) ideal for taunting bears of all sizes.

26 Lathrop Ave
Forest Park,
IL
US

Every morning, the dough masters at Aracely's Bakery rise before dawn to craft house-made cupcakes, pastries, and sandwiches to bejewel their display cases. Confectionary artists transform dreams into fondant-covered reality by crafting custom cakes for birthdays, baby showers, and Eat a Portrait of Your Boss day. Meanwhile, traditional Mexican recipes lend sweetness to cakes and spice to 11 kinds of sandwiches, whose ingredients include avocado, chihuahua cheese, and secret sauce, and pack flavor into handheld meals.

144 N 19th Ave
Melrose Park,
IL
US

It starts with homemade mango ice cream. Slices of fresh mango thicken the mixture, and splashes of lime, salt, and chamoy—a sauce known for being sweet, sour, and spicy all at once—settle in, ready to surprise taste buds with their complex mix of flavors. The resulting drink, a Chamango, is one of many specialty blends at La Dulce Vida Neveria, a cafè that stirs up Mexican-style sweets and snacks. Baristas mix chocolate abuelitas and cafe con leche, and they blend pineapple, cucumber, or melon to create fruit smoothies. Fresh fruit resurfaces in the selection of desserts: bananas and papaya line bionic fruit sundaes, and strawberry triangles encircle shortcake à la mode to keep it from running off and joining the circus as “the crumbly lady.” In addition to sweets, customers dig into savory snacks such as nachos, chicharrones, and Cheetos con queso.

2015 Rice St
Melrose Park,
IL
US

Karen Gruber founded The Perfect Dinner to confront the dilemma she saw facing “working, commuting, chauffeuring moms”: either burn out trying to cook after long days, or grab fast food and end up feeling guilty. The Perfect Dinner aims to break the cycle with crowd-pleasing family dinners made fresh each day and available for pickup or delivery.

Convenient containers can go straight into the oven, microwave, or refrigerator, with three size options ensuring that there's enough for all family members and any dishwashers demanding sustenance. Each day's menu is marked to clarify which items accommodate special diets, including gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and nut-free choices.

The Perfect Dinner also caters feasts with platters, plated dinners, casual party fare, and other options tailored for each event, whether hosts need assorted quiches for a brunch event or 20 flank-steak sliders to fuel cheers during badminton matches.

809 South Blvd
Oak Park,
IL
US

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