Living in DuPage County means experiencing not only award-winning community amenities but some of the best food in the region. From Wheaton to Naperville, you’ll find culinary delights that offer something for everyone in the family. Take a family-friendly tour of some of the best food shops and markets in Chicago’s western suburbs. It’s the perfect way to get your children to experience the foodie culture up-close. Here are our top five picks.
#1: Naper Nuts and Sweets
10 West Jefferson Avenue, Naperville
Step into the candy shop of candy shops. From the smells that greet you at the door to the friendly people, your family will love every second of what this Naperville gem has to offer. Visiting Naper Nuts and Sweets is a memorable experience. Give them a call at 630-355-5330 for a tour. It’s a locally owned location with something for everyone including all of the candy you can imagine. Check out the fantastic décor, the interesting concoctions that change every few weeks, and of course the friendly staff. What’s more, they do weddings—ask about something special for your event.
#2: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Naperville Crossings at 2835 Showplace Drive, Naperville
Who doesn’t like something sweet to eat? The Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is a fantastic place to pick up a fine box of chocolates for that special person. However, it’s much more than that. Stop in for some fudge. Enjoy some ice cream while you’re here. You can get that special gift for someone special, but you may way to buy an extra box of candy for yourself, too.
#3: Naperville Farmer’s Market
5th Avenue Shopping Parking Lot at 200 East Fifth Avenue, Naperville
Open through October 28, this is a full-fledged farmer’s market with plenty to enjoy. You’ll find locally-grown produce (and lots of samples, too), but there’s much more on offer. More than 25 vendors selling everything from meat to flowers come together every Saturday between 7 AM and 12 PM to offer their products. The baked goods are not to be missed. Grab some coffee on a Saturday morning and shop locally grown products.
#4: The Baked Apple Pancake Company
1224 Ogden Avenue, Downer’s Grove
It’s time for something filling but unique. Visit The Baked Apple Pancake Company for a meal you’ll remember. Voted one of the best in the city, this is the place to come for tempting treats such as breakfasts like the banana waffle, fig breakfast sandwich, and the cream of asparagus soup. The kids will love the crepes and strawberry shortcake French toast (and you will, too).
#5: Kimmer’s Ice Cream
109 East Front Street, Wheaton
It’s never the wrong time of year for ice cream. Bring the kids to Kimmer’s Ice Cream for a homemade waffle bowl ice cream sundae. Or sample the famous sparkle cone or a pretzel cones. The only problem will be choosing from over 20 classic and gourmet flavors, including Aztec Hot Chocolate, Red Velvet Cake, and Caramel with Sea Salt. Why stick with vanilla when there’s Cinnamon Roll ice cream to try?