The Streeterville location of Molly's Cupcakes enjoyed a stealth opening on Wednesday and takes several cues from the original in Lincoln Park. However, visitors will have to wait about a month before they enjoy alcoholic drinks, as the city has yet to approve the bakery's liquor license.
Meanwhile, patrons can stop by the 40-seat spot near Illinois Street and McClurg Court and enjoy the same cupcakes Molly's fans are accustomed to. The kitschy interior includes four playground swings and communal tables. There's also two shelves of vintage metal lunch boxes above a row of middle school lockers.
The cocktails were a twist for Molly's, and created quite a stir in December when they were announced. When Molly's Streeterville obtains its liquor license, they'll begin with wine and champagne before making their way to specialty cocktails. Store owner Bindu Illuri said the Lincoln Park location is also looking at selling alcoholic drinks. Illuri added that they're considering staying open until midnight on Wednesdays to serve Navy Pier patrons over the summer who are leaving the tourist attraction after watching the weekly fireworks displays.
Check out the photos below. The hours will likely match the Lincoln Park location. This is the fourth Molly's Cupcakes location, as there's others in New York and Iowa with a second Iowa spot opening soon.
Molly's Cupcakes, 419 E. Illinois St., hours not posted.