Coffee & Treats in Plainfield

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

Cupcakeologist

Bolingbrook

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

$38 $20

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

Great American Cookies

Schiller Park

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

$22 $10

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

Häagen-Dazs & Popcorn Palace

Multiple Locations

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

$10 $5

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Artisan Teas Tasting for Two or Four at Adagio Teas (Up to 61% Off)

Adagio Teas

Multiple Locations

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

$46 $19

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$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for Two Like-It Sized Treats at Cold Stone Creamery ($16 Value)

Cold Stone Creamery

Orland Park

Blend mix-ins such as blueberries or brownies into a choice of ice cream flavors, including seasonal options such as pumpkin or candy cane

$8 $5

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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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Frozen Yogurt at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Sweet Frog

Frankfort

75 frozen-yogurt flavor combinations, such as salty caramel, cookies ‘n’ cream, and cake batter

$20 $11

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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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Ice Cream and Popcorn at Zoo City Treats (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Zoo City Treats

Brookfield

Gourmet popcorn and ice cream await sweet teeth with classic and creative flavors including bacon-and-cheese popcorn

$10 $5

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

Andresen's Bakery

Bensenville

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

$10 $5

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$10 for Two Groupons, Each Good for Two Like It Sizes at Cold Stone Creamery ($16 Value)

Cold Stone Creamery

Homewood

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

$8 $5

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$18 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food at City Life Bakery ($30 Total Value)

City Life Bakery

Century Oaks

Bakery serves cakes in a variety of designs next to cupcakes, pastries, gourmet deli sandwiches, coffee and teas

$10 $6

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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

There are thousands of ways to enjoy the customizable frozen yogurt at CherryBerry Self-Serve Yogurt Bar. That's because the shop features some 50 rotating flavors such as snickerdoodle cookie dough, crushed candy, and sprinkles. They can cater to fruit-loving, healthier taste buds with honey vanilla greek frozen yogurt or dairy-free pink lemonade sorbets, topped with chunks of fresh fruit and granola. The customizations can accommodate most food allergies, and thus ensure everyone can have their favorite dessert without just eating a printed-out picture of it.

12736 S. IL Route 59
Plainfield,
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

The team at NuVibe Juice & Java fills vacant cups with free-trade, air-roasted coffee drinks and more than 30 flavors of smoothies. As they blend pieces of nutritious fresh fruit, 100% juice, and creamy yogurt or sherbet, staffers eschew the use of high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and forced smiles. Power smoothies contain 25 grams of whey protein to fuel working muscles, and the menu caters to low-carb and kid-sized diets.

The shop procures its coffee from The Roasterie, a nationally renowned company that uses a convection-air method to roast beans purchased from small specialty farmers. The smooth-tasting results comprise concoctions such as creamy caramel lattes and chocolate peanut-butter blended ice coffees, and both pair well with free WiFi and a hot pretzel or muffin.

16105 S Farrell Rd
Lockport,
IL
US

Cold Stone's ice cream, made fresh in stores every day, inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture. The ice cream lovingly embraces dozens of toppings in its velvety arms, from treats as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts to quirky delights such as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from a variety of silky flavors, such as irish cream and cake batter, and then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling ($4.84/Love It signature creation, $2.29/kids' creation). Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl, or blended into a tongue-pleasing shake ($4.89/Gotta Have It).

16527 W 159th St
Lockport,
IL
US

Shortly after the grand opening of Calla Lily Cafe, Natalie Stevens of the Oswego Patch sat down with Pedro and Dee Lopez—the husband-and-wife team behind Oswego’s newest eatery—to find out what made their business tick. The pair mused about their family’s string of restaurants and bars out in California, citing how they’ve always dreamed of doing the same. However, Calla Lily—named after the Lopez’s favorite flower—isn’t a bar; it’s a cozy and comfortable breakfast spot. Platefuls of multigrain pancakes, thick-cut french toast, and belgian waffles share menu space with hearty egg skillets, omelets, and biscuits and gravy. Customers not in the mood for breakfast can opt for lunch items such as triple-decker club sandwiches, half a dozen kinds of burgers, and fresh salads, before thinking long and hard about why they weren’t in the mood for breakfast.

1055 Station Dr
Oswego,
IL
US