A celebration of all things chocolate, this bright, candy-colored cafe has a distinctly feminine vibe; I have yet to see a group of guys huddling on one of the hot-pink couches. But what better way to catch up with a girlfriend than over a selection of gourmet truffles or a pot of hot chocolate? The chocolates are a tad pricy -- more than a dollar per piece -- but they run the range from espresso-flavored truffles to the "Etheltini" (a dark chocolate square spiked with vodka and dry vermouth). Ethel's also has locations inside the 900 N. Michigan Avenue mall (tel. 312/440-9747) and along the Armitage Avenue shopping strip, 819 W. Armitage Ave. (tel. 773/281-0029).
- © Frommer's 2013