Chicago is filled with eateries all across the city taking much pride for their deep-dish pizza and hot dogs. However, Chicago is flying under the radar for its fantastic array of sweets and need the exposure they deserve. Every single item on this list will leave you licking your fingers and chewing on the crumbs.
Here's a list of bakeries that make every calorie worthwhile!
1. Floriole Cafe & Bakery, 1220 W Webster Ave
We heard great things about Floriole Bakery, so obviously we added it to our itinerary. After a beautiful walk in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, we took a sweet break at Floriole. We ordered a pot au caramel and an all-time favourite pastry of ours, the Kouign Amann. They both did not disappoint. This local bakery has a very European feel with incredible crafted pastries. Even if it’s a little off the beaten path, make this bakery a priority when you visit Chicago.
Sweettravelers Tip: Don’t forget to take a walk before or after visiting this bakery in the charming Lincoln Park neighborhood, as it was one of the favourite parts of our trip.
2. Sweet Mandy B’s, 1208 W Webster Ave
Situated right next door to Floriole Bakery is Sweet Mandy B, a charming bakery filled with pastel colors and adorable wall decorations. The bakery carries a nice selection of pastries and assortment of cupcakes. Although seating is limited, you can easily pick up a few pastries for the road.
Sweettravelers Tip: These two bakeries are located beside each other and it’s almost impossible to enjoy both at the same time. We would suggest picking up a few pastries for later just as we did. Our sweet tooth couldn't let us resist! To be fair, these two bakeries should both be enjoyed equally.
3. Bang Bang Pie Shop, 2051 N California Ave
Located near Logan Square is the small Bang Bang Pie Shop. They serve the most delicious creamy pies and fresh baked breakfast biscuits. Remember to finish off your visit with a Bang Bang pie.
Sweettravelers Tip: Leave room for hot chocolate from Katherine Anne Confections situated very close by.
4. Katherine Anne Confections, 2745 W Armitage Ave
Recommended for all who love hot chocolate, Katherine Anne Confections is a must especially during those cold winter months. This dainty little chocolate shop is quite small but so charming. There are many chocolate flavors to choose from and it's topped off with an enormous homemade marshmallow. It was one of the most decadent hot chocolates we have ever tried and it was served by our very friendly barista.
Sweettravelers tip: Also try the spicy Mexican hot cocoa that we also highly recommend.
5. Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter, 100 E Walton St #105
This Belgian bakery is nestled in the quiet corner of Gold Coast. It’s a small bakery with limited space, but provides the best croissants in the city. Fresh buttery croissants and excellent pastries are available every day. We unfortunately missed the Belgian waffles by a few minutes and were a little disappointed since they're apparently to die for. Nevertheless, we really enjoyed the croissant and pastry that we selected. We invite you to leave us your review in the comments section if you get your hands on those waffles.
Sweettravelers tip: If you're planning to visit the 360 Chicago Observation Deck, you can definitely come and enjoy a quick bite here since it’s merely a few minutes away.
THE DONUT SHOPS
1. The Doughnut Vault, 401 N Franklin St
This donut shop is as simple as can be. It’s literally a hole in the wall. They sell plain and simple donuts until they run out. Plan to wait in line as it can get very busy. Only a few choices on the board and for that reason, order one of each if you can. The old fashion donut is a Chicago favourite.
2. Glazed & Infused, various locations
With a few locations scattered around the city, Glazed and Infused is a perfect place to satisfy your donut craving. Their donuts are flavorful and filling. You will be tempted to try many of their unique offerings just as we did. In fact, we’re still thinking about them.
3. Bombobar, 158 N Green St
Situated in the River North neighborhood, Bombobar is a small walk-up window right next to Bar Siena that is well-known for its Bombolone. For those who are not familiar with this pastry, it’s simply an Italian filled doughnut. You start by selecting your flavor of choice and it's prepared right before your eyes. Be patient as these donuts are warm, soft and delicious when being served. As an added bonus, they serve the flavor of your choice in a bottle in which you squeeze yourself into your Bombolone. Please note there is no sit-down, unless you go to Bar Siena. We really enjoyed this unique concept and the Bombolone was cooked to perfection.
4. Firecakes Donut, various locations
While spending an afternoon shopping at the Magnificent Mile, we visited Firecakes Donuts found nearby. This cute little shop can’t hold more than 4 people, so taking the time to decide on your selection of donuts would definitely not be the best of ideas. Nevertheless, they offered an wide array of creative options to choose from. Our sweet craving was satisfied and back to shopping we went.
LEAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT
1. Churros at Xoco, 449 N Clark St
Xoco serves great authentic Mexican food with a pleasant and unique service. We stopped here for dinner, but stayed mainly for the dessert. Just so you know, we had the Cubano Torta with Guacamole and topped off our meal with their famous Churros and homemade chocolate sauce. The food was great, but the Churros were simply outstanding! Xoco is definitely a restaurant to look out for when visiting Chicago.
2. Baker Miller, 4610 N Western Ave
Make you way to Lincoln Square for Baker Miller’s famous oatmeal and make sure to leave space for dessert. Baker Miller was our very first stop on our recent trip to Chicago, which only meant that our trip began awfully well. It’s a great place for breakfast or brunch. However, don’t neglect their homemade baked goods, especially the doughboy. They are light, dangerously good and come in many different flavors.
3. Cinnamon Roll at Ann Sather, various locations
If you’re looking for an unpretentious breakfast with nothing too complicated, then Ann Sather is a great choice. They offer a solid breakfast but their homemade cinnamon rolls are literally out of this world good! You can order them as a side dish to your breakfast while visiting Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. They are huge, fluffy and gooey while served with hot and fresh frosting. These are not to be missed.
Sweetravelers tip: One side dish includes two large cinnamon rolls and can easily be shared.
There you have it folks, hopefully these are enough sweet choices to cover your next visit to Chicago. Check out the map below for their locations: