Chocolate Fest

RAIN OR SHINE – ALWAYS SUNNY IN LONG GROVE!

Historic Downtown Long Grove proudly presents another weekend dedicated to two of life’s sweetest pleasures – Chocolate Festival May 17, 18 & 19!  

Historic Downtown Long Grove’s quintessential festival kicks off the season each year with three days dedicated to old-world charms, family frills and delicious chocolate.  Only at Chocolate Fest do life’s most delectable cravings come together with live music to conjure up a time bygone.  It’s where children roam the village in search of chocolate treasures (during the Chocolate Scavenger Hunt) while parents zig zag after them in and out of boutiques hunting for their own hidden gems.  It’s where local vendors dot cobble-stone streets wheeling out chocolate-infused creations, everything from chocolate pudding pie pops to burgers with chocolate sauce.

Dates/ Hours of Operation:
Friday, May 17:  12pm- 11pm
Saturday, May 18:  10am – 11pm
Sunday, May 19:  10am – 6pm

Admission:
$5 per person per day, kids 12 and under get in free. They may be purchased at the gate or ahead of time by clicking HERE.
$5 per day for anyone over 12
3 Day Pass $10 ($15 dollar value!)  – available online ONLY

Parking is FREE at all public lots, but is limited and fills up quickly.
We HIGHLY RECOMMEND using a ride-share service:
We are offering 2 for 1 admission for up to 2 people when using rideshare (uber/ lyft) and being dropped off at the Archer & Robert Parker Coffin Gate when you show your receipt at the gate. 

(Limit 2 per group, subject to change – check Facebook for updates)

Stempel Municipal Lot – 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 60047
Archer Lot – 343 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047
Kildeer Countryside Elementary School – 3100 Old McHenry Road, Long Grove, IL 60047 (after 7pm on Friday)

Street parking on Old McHenry Road and on residential streets is prohibited and vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense.

Some of the Amazing Chocolate Speciality Items include:

Restaurant Row:

  • Funnel Cakes with Chocolate Sauce
  • Chocolate Chip cookies
  • Chocolate Ice Cream Varieties and Bars
  • Chocolate Blintz
  • ChocoFlan
  • Chocolate Covered Bananas and Strawberries
  • Chocolate BBQ Sauce
  • Chocolate Bacon
  • Chocolate Covered Cheesecake

Merchants selling:

Merchants/vendors around town and those on North Robert Parker Road, Fountain Square, and Towner Green usually close around 6pm, depending on crowds and weather.  

  • Chocolate Popcorn
  • Chocolate Cotton Candy
  • Chocolate covered pretzels, candies, and caramels
  • Truffles
  • Chocolate Granola
  • Chocolate Fudge Assortments
  • Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate FIlled Croissants
  • Zucchini Chocolate Chip breads

And Many more…

CHOCOLATE VENDORS:

Puna Chocolate
Long Grove Confectionery  here year round!
  • Chocolate Kabobs
  • Frozen Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • Amazing Chocolate creations inside the store
  • Music on the Patio
  • Chocolate Drenched Donuts/ aka Johnny Pops & More!
Morkes here year round!
   Outside: 
  • hot, fresh cider spice cinnamon /sugar donuts
  • yellow cake with chocolate fudge
    Inside:
  • chocolate dipped strawberries
  • a variety of other hand-made chocolates
  • large chocolate bars
Gourmet Goodies
Mellie’s
Strawberry Patch
Chocolate Experience Tent:
  • Kiki’s Cotton Candy
  • Miss B. Bakes
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes

NEW!!

Chocolate Carver  sponsored by Ryan Messner, State Farm
Sunday May 19th from noon – 4pm
he will be carving a chocolate tallow dragon 

Luke’s Hot Dog Eating Contest
Main Stage, Sunday, 5/19/19
3:30-4pm

PIE EATING CONTESTS:
Towner Green – Kids Area
Sign up at the Red Long Grove Confectionery Tent
Saturday:  2:30pm & 4pm
Sunday: 2:30pm & 4pm

Carnival- located in the Archer Lot 

Carnival Hours                             Ride Specials
Friday           11AM – 9 PM*     $20 Unlimited rides** (11AM – 4PM) & 5PM – 9PM
Saturday      11AM – 9 PM*      $20 Unlimited rides** (11AM – 4PM) 
Sunday         11AM – 6 PM*      $20 Unlimited rides** (11AM – 4PM)

**Subject to Change with weather.

Rides scheduled:  Tilt A Whirl, Ferris Wheel, Bumper Car, Kite Flyer, Mini Disco, Dragon Wagon, Slide, Motorcycle, Spin the Berry,  Sizzler +1

Street Food Vendors near Main Stage:

Evening (6pm +) the Main Stage is open with food vendors and merchants through 11pm.  Serving until 11pm on Friday & Saturday, 6pm on Sunday –  food and beverage with tickets

Zacarellis Pizza
Luke’s of Mundelein
Brothers BBQ
La Cebollita Grill
Smokin’ T’s bar-b-que
Quang Noodle
Home Bakery/ Dumpling House
Covered Bridge Creamery/Signature Popcorn  here year round!
Strawberry Patch
Zacarelli’s Pizza Slice (cheese, sausage or pepperoni) 4 tickets
Funnel cakes (chocolate, whip cream & powder sugar) 8 tickets
Chicken fingers with BBQ sauce 7 tickets
Lemon shake-ups 6 tickets
Luke’s of Mundelein Luke’s Italian Beef (includes Cheese or Peppers) 8 tickets
Vienna Hot Dog 4 tickets
1/3 lb. Hamburger/Cheeseburger 5/6 tickets
Large French Fries/Cheese Fries 4/5 tickets
Funnel Cake Fries w/ Chocolate Sauce 5 tickets
Brothers BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich 8 tickets
Boneless Rib Sandwich 6 tickets
Smothered Fries/Cheese Fries/Fries 8/5/4 tickets
Cheddar Cheese Curds 6 tickets
Roasted Corn on the Cob 3 tickets
Chocolate Chip Cookie 1 ticket
La Cebollita Grill 2 Tacos: Steak, Chicken, Chorizo, or Al Pastor 5 tickets
4 Enchiladas: Chicken or Cheese 8 tickets
1 Pambazo: Chicken, Steak, Chorizo, Al Pastor 8 tickets
3 Flautas: Chicken 5 tickets
1 Burrito: Chicken, Steak, Al Pastor, Chorizo, Veggie 8 tickets
ChocoFlan 3 tickets
Quang Noodle Vanilla Milk Chocolate Ice Cream Bar 3 tickets
Lo Mein 10 tickets
Menu 1 Chicken Teriyaki w/ Fried Rice 11 tickets
Corn Dog w/ Fries 8 tickets
Orange Chicken w/ Fried Rice 11 tickets
Egg Rolls (2) 6 tickets
Quang Noodle Lemonade (Original, Strawberry, Peach, Raspberry) 5 Tickets
Menu 2 Sweet & Sour Chicken w/ Fried Rice 11 Tickets
Pad Thai 10 Tickets
Chicken Tenders w/ Fries 10 Tickets
Crab Rangoons ( 3 ) 6 Tickets
Home Bakery/ Dumpling House Pierogis – 6 or 10 pcs (Potato, Cheese, Sauerkraut or Meat) 9/12 tickets
Potato Pancakes – 2pcs 8 tickets
Chocolate Blintz 4 tickets
Polish Sausage 10 tickets
BBQ Ribs w/ Sauerkraut & Potato Pancake (Half or Quarter slab) 14/8 tickets
Shish Kebab w/ Sauerkraut & Rye Bread 8 tickets
Strawberry Patch 1 Strawberry lemonade 5 tickets
Blue Raspberry lemonade 5 tickets
lemonade 5 tickets
water 2 tickets
Strawberry Patch 2 Chocolate covered Strawberry kabobs 8 tickets
Chocolate covered Cheesecake 7 tickets
Chocolate covered Banana 5 tickets
Choc covered Bacon 5 tickets
Hot Chocolate with whipped cream 5 tickets
Smokin’ T’s BBQ coming soon

Beverages offered at Beer Tents:

5 Tickets: 
Bud Light
Mich Ultra
Rita’s/Seltzers/Cider
6 Tickets:
Stella
Goose Island 312
7 Tickets:
Moody Tongue Chocolate

 

Souvenir Mug available for purchase for 10 tickets including beverage while supplies last! refills at prices listed above.  Cups available at the visitors center for $5 cash.
#recycle #reuse
Shuttle Times: (tentative times- subject to change)
Friday: 5pm- 11:15pm
Saturday: 11:15 am – 11:15pm
Sunday: 11:15am – 6:15 pm
Park: 
at the Dominick’s Lot – Chase Plaza
113 Arlington Heights Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Shuttle Drop off/ Pick up:
On Archer Road
We are a dog-friendly community – if your dogs are well-behaved, good with crowds and on a leash. A water bowl, treats, and waste bags are located outside the visitor’s center – 308 Old McHenry Road.

Main Stage

FRIDAY
Sixteen Candles 9pm – 11pm
Red Carpet Riot 6:30pm – 8:20pm
Dennis Caravello Trio 4:30pm – 6pm
Owen Stevenson Trio 2:30pm – 4pm
the Axxidentals 12pm – 2pm
SATURDAY
7th Heaven 9pm – 11pm
Karma Committee 7pm – 8:20pm
Serendipity 5pm – 6:30pm
Hoodoo Brown 3pm-4:30pm
Kevin Presbrey Duo 1:30pm – 2:30pm
School of Rock Arlington Heights 12pm – 1pm
SUNDAY
Midnight Rider – Allman Brothers Tribute 4pm – 6pm
Anderlik, Otto & Church – Waco 2pm – 3:30pm
The Shades 12pm – 1:30pm

Fountain Square

FRIDAY
Pino Farina 4:00pm – 6:00pm
SATURDAY
Murph cancelled
Brian Allison 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Mackenzie John 12:00pm – 1:30pm
SUNDAY
Robbie Celestin Band 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Valentine Bennett 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Chase Walsh 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Music on the Patio at Long Grove Coffee Co.:

May 18 – Saturday
Heroes & Legends 12pm
Erin Blanchette with Kevin Satoh 2pm
Acme Music 4pm
May 19 – Sunday
Isabel Osorio 12pm
Prairie Sky Trio 2pm

So Much Chocolate, So Little Time – The Chocolate Fest musical
Covered Bridge Creamery gazebo presented by the Long Grove Players
Saturday, May 18 at 4:30  & Sunday, May 19 at 3:30.

The Players are a troupe of local middle and high school actors, singers and musicians.  The free, family-friendly, fun show is based upon the light-hearted rivalry between 19th-century store owners Charles Stempel and Christoph Sauer. Their General Stores were the heart of a growing Long Grove community, and their buildings still stand today in the downtown at the crossroads on the corners just up the road from where the Long Grove Players will be performing.

The story takes place in late spring, “1870 something.” Charles Stempel and Christoph Sauer both own General Merchandise stores on opposite corners of the downtown crossroads in the thriving village of Long Grove. They are amiable competitors… most of the time. In this fabricated story based upon their historic rivalry, each is claiming that his store sells the finest chocolate. Stempel and Sauer, along with their friends and family, use music, song, jokes, puns and poems, to chronicle the attributes of chocolate, while each store owner makes his case for becoming “Purveyor of Long Grove’s Finest Chocolate.” Punctuated by the periodic puppet musings of Ma and Pa Gridley, twenty-five minutes pass and the friendly competition is lightheartedly resolved.

Gazebo by Covered Bridge Creamery:
FRI:
12-2 Mark Theo
2:30-4 Jack Kennedy
4:30-5 Long Grove Play
SAT:
11-1 Gospel Choir
3:30-4 Long Grove Play

Primrose School of Long Grove Kid’s Zone

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