Coffee & Treats in Minooka

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

Adagio Teas

Multiple Locations

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

$46 $21

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$10 for One Pound of Fresh Fudge at Kilwins Chocolate & Ice Cream ($17.95 Value)

Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream

Geneva

The specialty candy and ice-cream shop induces cravings with housemade confections, including truffles and saltwater-taffy chews

$17.95 $10

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Four Portable Cakes in Jars or $20 Worth of Baked Goods at Angelica's Bakery (Up to 42% Off)

Angelica's Bakery

Multiple Locations

Enjoy cakes in flavors such as red velvet, German chocolate, pineapple coconut, or caramel, served in single-portion eight-ounce mason jars

$24 $14

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

FITfresh Cafe & Juicebar

Glendale Heights

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

$5.20 $3

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Specialty Drinks and Artisan Foods at Argo Tea (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Argo Tea Café

Multiple Locations

Sip specialty tea drinks such as Teappucino and Carolina Honey while snacking on brie-and-cherry paninis and cranberry cinnamon muffin

$25 $15

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One or Two Dozen Cupcakes or General Baked Goods at FAABE Cupcakes (Up to 47% Off)

FAABE Cupcakes

South Holland

Banana pudding, cookies and cream, and sweet potato cupcakes made from family recipes and innovative new twists

$20 $12

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$13 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Coffee, Pastries, Tea, and Hot Chocolate at Bungalow Joe's Coffee

Bungalow Joe's Coffee

Berwyn

Coffee made fresh hourly, espresso, hot chocolate, tea, and pastries

$5 $2.60

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10-Day Juice Cleanse/Juice Fast at ReNew (49% Off)

ReNew Juice Bar

Melrose Park

Total of 70 juices ingested over 10 days

$295 $149

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Since 1981, TCBY has been synonymous with frozen yogurt and has become one of the industry's innovators. The company spearheaded the guiltless consumption of low-fat, chilled dairy treats with iconic flavors such as white chocolate mousse topped with fresh fruit and candy. Today, TCBY yogurt shops across the country continue the tradition with classic and specialty flavors such as cookies and cream, dairy-free chocolate almond silk, and sugar- and fat-free salted caramel.

930 Brook Forest Ave.
Shorewood,
IL
US

From behind a frozen granite slab, the staff of Cold Stone Creamery uses twin spatulas to blend custom servings of ice cream and creative mix-ins to fit customers’ exact specifications. Founded by Donald and Susan Sutherland in 1988, Cold Stone began under the hot Arizona sun, eventually spreading its frosty fingers to encompass more than 1,400 locations worldwide. Despite the size of the company, each location’s staff keeps up the handcrafted quality, making ice cream onsite every day and using those signature spatulas to create delicious pointillist art against the freezer wall.

1153 Brook Forest Avenue
Shorewood,
IL
US

In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.

When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.

3340 Mall Loop Dr
Joliet,
IL
US

When Debbi Fields opened the first Mrs. Fields in 1977, it wasn’t all sunshine and cookies. Between her lack of business experience and the unorthodox business model—selling only cookies—not many people believed in her. More than 30 years and a global franchise later, it’s safe to say the doubters are eating their words, at least when they're not busy stuffing their faces with one of Debbi's signature semisweet chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin and walnut cookies.

The wild popularity of Mrs. Fields's cookies can be attributed to the richness of their basic ingredients: real butter, whole eggs, and special blends of chocolate. Classic flavors include chewy fudge, peanut butter, and white chocolate macadamia, and seasonal flavors complement the lineup throughout the year. Select varieties can also be made into cookie cakes of various sizes and shapes that add a delicious twist to any celebration or milk-truck spill.

3340 Mall Loop Dr.
Joliet,
IL
US

If a visit to one of Southern Belle's restaurants feels a lot like coming home, it might have something to do with the hearty family traditions behind the kitchen's down-home breakfast and lunch dishes. “My father was in pancake houses all his life,” says owner Steve Fotos. Today, many of the same recipes used by Steve's father help populate a menu of hearty comfort foods that includes a poached-egg and sausage benedict smothered in country gravy and french toast stuffed with cinnamon apples, strawberries and pecans, or blueberries and bananas. But while the country-fried-steak or smoked-sausage skillets are tempting, the expansive menu offers options for diets of all kind, pairing fluffy egg whites with strawberries, granola, and multigrain toast and swapping out regular maple syrup for bottles that are low-calorie, sugar-free, or simply sealed shut. Photos of farms and pastoral images smile down upon diners as they dig in and gently remind them to inquire about the restaurant's seasonal specials, which range from summertime salads with sun-ripened veggies to bowls of homemade wintertime chili.

1819 Knapp Rd
Crest Hill,
IL
US

Inside the historic, 145-year-old building, dozens of teapots and accessories collected by current owner Mary Ann Waldorf line curtain-swathed shelves. Whether joining friends for a luncheon, purchasing some specialty foods and gift baskets, or savoring high tea in the Angel Room, visitors of the tin-ceilinged teahouse find themselves transported to what seems like another time and place. Teapots, purchasable jewelry, and seasonal tea blends may not be the only Gourmet Junction dwellers; local mediums say the ghosts of Plainfield's first inhabitants tread the hardwood floors.

24030 W Lockport St
Plainfield,
IL
US