A recent survey has shown that 9 out of 10 people like chocolate. (Most likely, the 10th lied.) I suspect that â€ślikeâ€? is putting it mildly; Iâ€™m willing to bet that when it comes to chocolate, itâ€™s a matter of love.
Which brings me to ethelâ€™s chocolate lounge, a place where chocolate lovers can linger over a cup of steaming hot chocolate, dip into a creamy chocolate fondue or sample a selection of decadently delicious truffles. The inviting pink and brown interior is furnished with leather couches and comfy chairsâ€¦ perfect for a little chocolate and chat.
Ethelâ€™s premium chocolates are the creations of their award-winning chocolatier, Chef Jin, who loves to â€śplay with wonderful ingredientsâ€? to come up with intriguing flavor combinations. Try the eggnog, mojito or peanut butter and jelly â€” itâ€™s nothing like the pb&j you found in your school lunchbox.
Right now there are nine ethelâ€™s chocolate lounges in the Chicago area and one in Las Vegas at the Fashion Show Mall, with more to come in other parts of the country. But if you canâ€™t make it to Chicago or Vegas in the near future, donâ€™t despair. You can replicate the experience at home (well, sort of) by ordering your faves from www.ethelschocolate.com.
ethelâ€™s chocolate lounge locations:
â€˘ 2 North Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL
â€˘ Westfield North Bridge Mall, 520 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
â€˘ 900 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL
â€˘ 819 West Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL
â€˘ Deer Park Town Center, Deer Park, IL
â€˘ 527 Davis St., Evanston, IL
â€˘ 45 S. Washington, Hinsdale, IL
â€˘ 28 West Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL
â€˘ Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, IL
â€˘ Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas, NV