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Head out to the small enclave of Long Grove, a small community hidden about an hour northwest of the city. You will find more there than chocolate-shops and tourists.
Check out Village Tavern (135 Old McHenry Rd. 847-634-3117) for a post-shopping brew and some homestyle fare. Need some guidance? Visit Merrily, a psychic who reads Tarot cards at the tavern several days a week.