The 6 Best Chocolate Shops in Northern Illinois

The 6 Best Chocolate Shops in Northern Illinois
When you think of Illinois cuisine, Chicago delicacies tend to get all the love and attention. Granted, there’s a ton of choices and plenty of talented people creating delicious food in the city. However, there are great things happening throughout the Chicago tri-state area.

Today, we’re focusing on the sweeter side of things. Our list includes chocolatiers residing in the suburbs—discover six of our favorite chocolate shops in northern Illinois.

Ethereal Confections

113 S. Benton St. Woodstock, IL (in the historic Square)


Ethereal Confections
Upon visiting Ethereal Confections, yousample their delicious pastries, chocolates, and unique beverages—all made from scratch. They don’t cut any corners here, especially when it comes to their own unique creations such as melting chocolate and mixing it with cream to make a wonderful “drinking chocolate.”

Riverside Chocolate Factory

2102 W. IL 120 McHenry, IL


Riverside Chocolate Factory
Shaped like the top of a medieval castle, this shop is located across from what used to be a drive-in movie theater. This environment feeds into the familiar throwback vibe of the candy shop that many recognize it for. Customers from far and wide visit the factory—they’ll even get special creations, such as the chocolate covered bacon, shipped to them.

Anderson’s Candy Shop

10301 N. Main St. Richmond, IL


Anderson’s Candy Shop
For over 100 years, the Anderson family has made the best candies and chocolates around. Four generations have taken up the family trade in order to keep the tradition alive. They have a wide range of chocolate treats; however, if they don’t make what you want, they will! All you have to do is ask.

The Confectionary

149 N. 2nd St. DeKalb, IL


The Confectionary
Started in 1982, this family-owned shop is known for its small-batch creations. Every piece of candy is handmade and hand-dipped to perfection. Their chocolate covered Oreos and pretzel rods are especially decadent. Plus, they’re planning on opening an online shop in the future, so everyone can indulge in their creations.

Belgian Chocolatier Piron

509-A Main St. Evanston, IL


Belgian Chocolatier Piron
In the 1980s, Bob Piron traveled to Antwerp, Belgium, to learn about chocolate at the hands of a master. When he returned to Illinois, he and his brother Fred decided to open a shop. Each impeccable treat is handmade and hand-wrapped in their signature gold ballotin boxes and finished with hand-tied ribbons.

Long Grove Confectionary

220 Robert Parker Coffin Rd. Long Grove, IL


Long Grove Confectionary
The Long Grove Confectionary’s chocolate creations began taking shape in 1975 in a small red schoolhouse. This location was special because it allowed customers to see the process that goes into making their treats. Although the shop expanded over the years, people can still purchase their famous candy, such as Pecan Myrtle, at the tiny red schoolhouse.
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