“Second City”, “City of the Big Shoulders”, “Windy City”, Chicago is an all-encompassing and all-embracing fusion of the commercial, industrial, and cultural. America’s heartland and a major metropolitan city, the vibe of the city exudes warmth, imagination, and confidence in every aspect. Considered as a city in a garden – or, “Urbs in Horto” – the dreamy landscape of Chicago, bordered by the vast Lake Michigan on one side and high-rising skyscrapers on the other, attracts all who set their foot to discover the city, but eventually end up falling in love with it. So, while you’re in the city, add a note of sweet sin by indulging in some heavenly desserts in Chicago. Scroll below for the best sweets and dessert spots in Chicago, Illinois.
1. Alliance Patisserie
Here’s one place you’ll enter feeling lovestruck and exit feeling frustrated simply because you couldn’t try everything from their selection. Their light, airy, and puffy macarons available in many flavours are simply to-die-for. Key lime pastry, S'more tart, Macadamia pastry, Dominique pastry are a very few from a vast range of yummies they have available. The prices are slightly on the higher end, but their delicate flavours will make you want to shell out all that money with a goofy smile on your face. Along with their sweet selections, they also offer beverages like tea and coffee, so pair your choice of pastry with a warm, frothy coffee and kick start that party inside your mouth.
Address: 615 N State St Chicago, IL 60654
Website: Alliance Patisserie
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday 9am-8pm; Friday-Saturday 9am-10pm
2. Sweet Mandy B's
Touted as a ‘bakery heaven’ by many of its regulars, is Sweet Mandy B’s, one of the best confectionery stores offering delicious desserts in Chicago. The toasty aroma of baked sweetmeats, tantalizing smell of coffee, airy atmosphere of sugary joy, and picturesque interiors – Sweet Mandy B’s hits all the right spots. The servers here actively try making suggestions based on your preferences and are hardly ever met with a thumbs down. Due to its central location, you might find trouble finding parking nearby, so be prepared to walk a little bit. After all that sinning, we’re sure you won’t be complaining about that! Peanut butter rice krispy treats, flourless chocolate cake, toffee cake, sugar cookies are a few of their items we recommend you try.
Sweet Mandy B's
Address: 1208 W Webster Ave Chicago, IL 60614
Website: Sweet Mandy B’s
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday 8am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 8am-10pm
3. Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
What screams awesome better than a hot cup of chocolatey goodness accompanied by your favourite book/movie? Head straight to this quaint cafe for a mug of decadent hot chocolate available in several flavours. “Old Fashioned” medium hot chocolate, milk chocolate cocoa with whipped ganache, topped with marshmallow in a cup – is among our top choices. You can even pair it with a shot of a spirit you prefer. We’d suggest cognac though, but you can select any other. Mmmm, we’re already losing ourselves in delirium. Aren’t you? Although the name suggests that they’re all about hot chocolates, it’s not so. There’s a host of savoury and other sweet items available too. The savoury dishes too are a wonderful surprise, so do try.
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
Address: 1747 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60647
Website: Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 11:30am-2pm & 5:30pm-10pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-2pm & 5.30pm-12am
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4. Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Blueberry, apple, raspberry, peach, strawberry, pumpkin, sour cherry, pecan, chocolate – there’s no flavour of pies these guys don’t excel in making. The crusts of their pies are buttery and flaky, and the filling is hearty till its very core. Not just sweet, their savoury pies are brilliant too. Don’t believe us? Try their pork apple sage pie – it’s fantastic! Wash down those lovely pies with a selection of beverages – coffees and drinks they have available. They have a pretty large seating area, so you can enjoy your treats there itself or even get them packed for takeout. For all those of you who’d like to try a hand at baking one of their incredible pies, they keep putting out baking tutorials on their website, so hit up the link below.
Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Address: 1618 ½ Chicago Ave Chicago, IL 60622
Website: Hoosier Mama Pie Company
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 8am-7pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm
5. Firecakes Donuts
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Nothing says classic like a cuppa coffee paired with a simple doughnut. Head to this fairly inexpensive place if you find yourself in a doughnut fix while in Chicago. They offer normal as well as mini-sized doughnuts, so you can have your fill without feeling sick. Their icing is simply delightful, the glaze is shiny and smooth, and doughnuts do not at all feel greasy or oily. They run out of most of their signature items pretty quickly, so go there while it’s not too late. Also, there’s very limited seating space, so it’s best you pick up your order for takeout.
Address: 68 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654
Website: Firecakes Donuts
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday, Sunday 6:30am-10pm; Friday-Saturday 6:30am-12am
6. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
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Pop into this tiny, popup spot serving some of the best biscuits and pies in Chicago. Some of their most famous savoury specialities are the chicken pot pie, ham biscuit, bacon pie, biscuit sandwich with pimento cheese and ham, sausage gravy; and key lime pie, coconut banana cream pie, pecan bourbon, peach raspberry pie in sweets. Their indoor per square seating area may be small, but the variety and taste are inordinate. You can grab one of the many tables placed outdoors or even picnic tables if you’re there with your young ones, and enjoy the wholesome food.
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Address: 2051 N California Ave Chicago, IL 60647
Website: Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
Opening hours: Monday-Friday 7am-7pm;-Saturday-Sunday 9am-4pm
7. Magnolia Bakery
If you’re passing by this neighbourhood, a stop at Magnolia Bakery is strongly recommended for their much-talked-about banana pudding. It has been deemed ‘all things divine’ by several customers, so why miss out? You might find it priced slightly on the higher side, but the taste ensures all value for the money spent. You can even get it packed to-go and surprise folks back home with a dessert in Chicago that’ll please every sweet bone in their bodies. Apart from the pudding, their brownies are also quite highly praised. It is located at a walking distance from the Millennium Park and you’ll see many patrons devouring its scrumptious fare.
Address: 108 N State St Chicago, IL 60602
Website: Magnolia Bakery
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm; Friday 7:30am-11pm; Saturday 8am-11pm; Sunday 9am-8pm
8. Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Is that sweet tooth of yours still aching? Find your way to this cute cafe and you’ll be forced to leave all your cravings at bay. Order their Concord grape and salty brown butter walnut tarts, honey pie, coffee cake, almond croissant, or even pecan roll, and you’ll find your senses thanking you for such a lovely reward. The cafe is well lit, and the environment is clean and chic, service too, is friendly and quick. There’s enough seating across the ground and first floor and even on the patio out front, so gather your group and head here to catch up on some gossip while indulging in some sweet sinning.
Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Address: 1220 W Webster Ave Chicago, IL 60614
Website: Floriole Cafe & Bakery
Opening hours: Monday, Saturday, Sunday 8am-5:30pm; Tuesday-Friday 7am-5:30pm
9. Scooter's Frozen Custard
Located right off the Paulina stop on the brown line in Roscoe Village is Scooter’s, pleasing their customers with great, off-beat desserts in Chicago. They specialise in making frozen custard right in front of you. We recommend you try their flavour of the month or one of their concretes to be completely blown away. There’s usually a queue of enthusiastic custard-lovers, so be prepared to wait for a bit when you come here. Their creamy, smooth, and thick concretes and custards are a great alternative to the usual ice creams your kid might be hankering for.
Scooter's Frozen Custard
Address: 1658 W Belmont Ave Chicago, IL 60657
Website: Scooter’s Frozen Custard
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 2pm-10pm; Saturday 1pm-10pm; Sunday 1pm-9pm
10. George's Ice Cream & Sweets
A tub of ice cream is a fail-safe friend. You can rely on it to lift your spirits, calm your sweet urge, and refresh you. George’s Ice Cream & Sweets is one such source of our favourite companion. Offering a wide variety of flavours, they not only sell ice creams but also some amazing milkshakes, rice krispy treats, cookies, and cakes. Try their Exhausted Parent or pomegranate ice cream, and Chocolate Explosion or Peanut Butter Paradise sundae. They also have soy and vegan options available! Aren’t they just the best? Come on now, guys. Hustle and get along to George’s!
George's Ice Cream & Sweets
Address: 5306 N Clark St Chicago, IL 60640
Website: George’s Ice Cream & Sweets
Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 12pm-10pm; Friday-Sunday 11am-11pm
Kick the calories
Did you indulge your sweet cravings at these delicious eateries in Chicago? Do let us know and don’t forget to burn all those pesky calories after the heavenly desserts and walk through the various fantastic places in this city.
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