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Chocolate, Wine & spirits Expo

If you believe the old saw, “When it comes to chocolate resistance is futile,” then come to the Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Expo at the Stephen M. Baily Auditorium in Chicago March 9-10, and stay at the nearby and affordable Chicago Lake Shore Hotel in historic Hyde Park!

The Chocolate, Wine & Spirits Expo features over forty vendors offering samples of chocolate specialties from cupcakes to gourmet spreads, guest speakers, and even wine and olive oil tasting!

Partial roster of vendors: Somrus Nectar of the Gods; Austin Cocktails; Kyoto Black; Belvedere Vodka; JCB Wines, California; Darkside Chocolate; Patricia’s Chocolate, Michigan; Mayana Chocolate; Polli Wogs, Wisconsin; Grownup Kid Stuff; The Paleo Cookie Company; The Mighty Truffle, Washington; Kakao Chocolate, Missouri; Flat Bottom Pretzels; Completely Nuts; and many more!

Artisanal foods: The Popcorn Cart; OMG Olive Oils, Seattle; Gigi’s Cupcakes; Rebeccah’s Hand Made Toffee; Glazed and Infused; Cake; Lemaster Family Kitchen; Sparkling Ice; Alliance Patisserie and Alliance Bakery; Art of Teal, Los Angeles; and many more!

The Stephen M. Baily Auditorium is located in Plumber’s Hall, 1340 West Washington Boulevard, in Chicago. For tickets and a list of presenters, go online to and follow the prompts. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Free parking. Wine tasting, a charity event, requires separate admission. Free on- site parking.

Make your Chicago Chocolate, Wine & Spirits experience more enjoyable by staying at the Chicago Lake Shore Hotel in Hyde Park. Chicago Lake Shore offers free shuttle bus service to and from the Loop area and is close to bus and train services. The Lake Shore Café offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. AND Jazz and seafood buffet (non-seafood items available) Friday nights.