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I had not been to Richmond, IL since the 1990’s, but thanks to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, I decided to drive up to explore and meet friends for lunch. Richmond is 55 miles northwest of Chicago in McHenry County and 44 miles southwest of Milwaukee. First settled in 1837, it has a population of approximately 1,900. Its downtown has some great historic buildings along with some grand and beautiful homes that date back 150 years.

For many years it was a destination for antiquing. Today there are a few antique stores, but you will find a growing number of gift shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops opened by younger entrepreneurs.

I enjoyed my recent finds which include:

Anderson’s Candy Shop: Since 1919 in Chicago and 1926 in Richmond, four generations of the Anderson family have been making homemade fudges, caramels, truffles and chocolate candies. I loved the toffee and the coconut candy dipped in dark chocolate. 10301 N. Main.

Main Street Coffee Co. Cafe and Ice Cream Shoppe: This new addition to downtown Richmond in 2015, features Colectivo Coffee from Milwaukee along with baked goods, ice cream, salads, soups, bagels, sandwiches and paninis. It is a fun spot to enjoy great coffee. They have a full coffee menu as well as teas, smoothies and frappes. 10321 N. Main.

Paisano’s: At Broadway, this large, upscale Italian steakhouse features traditional Italian fare in a rustic, Tuscan inspired setting. 

Before or after dinner you might try the Olive Black Martini and Wine Lounge, across the street, at 5607 Broadway.

Panino’s: Just down from Paisano’s, the owners opened Panino’s which, a casual Italian sandwich shop and crab shack. They recently opened a larger bar and dining room in the back. I loved the lobster roll and highly recommend that you try it. I was glad that I could join friends there for lunch. 5628 Broadway.

Next door to Panino’s, at 5626 Broadway, is Sweet Angeline’s Bake Shop & Gourmet Cafe. Located in an old farmhouse, this charming cafe offers gourmet cupcakes, pound cake, brownies and more. They also feature breakfast and lunch menus with items such as biscuits and gravy, quiche, chicken salad and panini sandwiches. 

There are a few antiques stores remaining downtown. Make sure to visit Antiques on Broadway at 10309 N. Main and Fox and Finch Antiques at 5611 Broadway.

Finery & Finishes: At 10315 N. Main, this is a small, attractive boutique offering women’s clothing and accessories.

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