Desserts » Chicago, IL

Dessert in Chicago, IL

Chicago may be best known for hot dogs and Italian beef, but you would be hard pressed to find a street in the city without a bakery or candy shop. Chicagoans love their sweets in a big way -- try these top ten picks.
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Vosges Haut-Chocolat

We're not sure how Vosges Haut-Chocolat came up with the idea to combine chocolate and bacon (and we're sure they're not the first) - but for the record, we're sure glad they did. Located in the heart of Lincoln Park, Vosges Haut-Chocolat is home to exotic and gourmet truffles and chocolates. With treats like these , you can't help but feel indulgent with each luxurious nibble. As a tip, take the train to visit Vosges Haut-Chocolat, they're located mere steps from the Armitage Brown Line stop. Keep your eyes peeled too, Vosges often sets out pieces of their most popular chocolate bars for guests to sample.

Garrett Gourmet Popcorn

When you smell hints of carmel goodness and salty cheddar in the air, you know you're not far from a Garrett Gourmet Popcorn Shop. Garrett Gourmet Popcorn has been a fixture in the Windy City for over 60 years, and with good reason. Chosen as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2010, Garrett's sweet-and-savory popcorn is positively finger-licking good. You're guaranteed to eat every last kernel in your bag when you try the popular "Chicago Mix", a blend of the CaramelCrisp and CheeseCorn varieties. It's just the right balance of salty and sweet.

The Doughnut Vault

Doughnuts are so hot right now, pun intended, and this kitschy haunt capitalizes on the doughnuts resurgence in popularity. The Doughnut Vault  is a charming walk-up style shop that only serves two items: doughnuts and coffee. The simplicity works for this River North spot, plus it's in a perfect location for busy commuters and early birds. As a tip, get there as soon as you can - once this place sells out of doughnuts, they close up shop. 

Sweet Mandy B's

Kiss your diet goodbye when you walk into Sweet Mandy B's, for you're guaranteed to leave with an armful of impossible-to-resist, freshly-baked goodies. Consider yourself warned! This iconic Lincoln Park bakery's signature buttercream frosting is fluffy, light, and decadently sweet -- the perfect compliment to their famous cupcakes. You can't go wrong with any of their heavenly desserts, from the Whoopie Pies to the Marshmallow Dream Brownies. Visit Sweet Mandy B's equipped with a good dose of patience, this charming bakery is one of Chicago's favorites and there are typically long lines for their savory sweets. Just remember it's well worth the wait!

Bobtail Ice Cream

It's simple - Bobtail Ice Cream is synonmous with summertime! This beloved Chicago ice cream shop has several locations throughout the city and features mouthwatering seasonal and special edition flavors like Cubby Crunch (a mix of vanillia ice cream, Oreos, sprinkles, and toffee - YUM). Enjoy your scoop over a good old-fashioned boardgame, each store has a stash of all the classics you grew up playing: Monopoly, Guess Who?, and Connect Four among others. Not sure which flavor to choose? Employees at Bobtail are notoriously friendly and helpful, they encourage you to taste test until you find the flavor you love best.