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To Chocolate and Choo Choo's
Let the ride take you...

All aboard! Let Chocolate be your ticket this holiday season on the Chocolate and Choo’s tour of Lake County.

10 a.m. – Arrival at Long Grove Confectionery, Buffalo Grove, IL.
Experience the wonders of chocolate with this look into the world of Long Grove’s decadent chocolates. Learn about the origins of the Mangel family’s dream of pairing flowers and chocolate together and their history with Buffalo Grove. Watch the action of the production line and the processes that create the best chocolate around! And then visit their Outlet Store for season and past-season treats.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, IL
Choose from a boxed lunch, plated or hot buffet in a private room or lunch in the Café on your own.

2 p.m. – Chicago Botanic Garden’s Wonderland Express Tour and movie
Be dazzled by beautiful holiday trees and greenery at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and marvel at the detailed art work of the miniature train exhibit with a Chicago theme, made entirely of natural materials.

Learn the inside secrets on how this annual display is created in a documentary screening that’s part of your tour.

Want one last treat on your way home? Try a sweet and savory salted caramel ice cream sundae at Cadwell’s Grille in the Embassy Suites, Deerfield, IL. This unique sundae pairs up the world famous Garrett’s Popcorn with ice cream, and to top it all off, it’s sprinkled with bacon dust!

After an exciting day touring our chocolate factory, gardens and more, rest up from your holiday trip on the coach ride home. Or stay overnight at Embassy Suites and let them pamper you just before the holidays arrive. We can add a theatre show performance or an activity at the hotel. Whatever you choose, this trip is a fun way to celebrate this magical season. 


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No matter which route you take, all roads lead to fun in Lake County, Illinois, which is located halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Lake County is home to 170 lakes and rivers, 30,000 acres of lush forest preserves, miles of hiking and biking trails, Six Flags Great America, Naval Station Great Lakes, Ravinia Festival and sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's shoreline. Family adventure is around every turn and awaits you in Lake County.
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