Here's an updated desserts map to show you more places to indulge that sweet tooth, as it's vital to end a good meal on a high note with a satisfying treat. That's why the following spots have exactly what you need—some of the finest desserts in town that are worth the calories.Read More
14 Satisfying Desserts to Cap Off Your Meal
The West Loop restaurant has brought old-school Italian into the 21st century with modern takes on classics as well as one spectacular dessert. The 9-layer chocolate cake is a towering gut-buster of rich chocolate pudding and hazelnut praline that’s guaranteed to put you into a food coma.
If there was a “must-try” list of Chicago desserts, The Bristol’s Basque cake would be near the top. The signature item features golden-brown exterior and a moist, pillowy inside topped with candied almonds and served with raspberry jam and vanilla bourbon ice cream. One bite and you’ll understand why it’s a mainstay on the menu.
Desserts are serious business at Fabio Viviani’s Bar Siena. They’re so important that a portion of the venue, called BomboBar, specializes solely on sweets such as bombolini, gelato, cannoli and Nutella calzones. Making things more convenient is a walk-up window that lets guests easily get their snacks while on-the-go.
Mindy's Hot Chocolate
James Beard Award winner Mindy Segal’s popular restaurant is always a perfect spot for dinner and dessert. Her “og” brioche doughnuts remain a staple on the menu along with other pastries, milkshakes and hot chocolate, of course.
You don’t have to be royalty to dine at RPM Steak but the extravagant 14K chocolate cake will have you feeling like a king. Milk and dark chocolate cake is specked with gold flakes and almost looks too good to eat. Almost.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
The artesian ice cream shop from Ohio has taken Chicago by storm with its assortment of bold flavors. Sure, the city has plenty of good ice creameries but which ones have choices like bourbon salted pecan, salty caramel and wildberry lavender? Scoop them into freshly-made waffle cones and make it the dessert of your dreams.
Bang Bang Pie Shop
A nice slice of pie is one of the great joys in life and Bang Bang Pie’s offerings are some of the best around. The selection changes seasonally to highlight the freshest ingredients and some of the current options include blueberry peach, chocolate chess and Key lime.
What do you get when you reinvent a childhood campfire treat with an Italian twist? In Bar Toma’s case, a decadent s’mores pizza that piles marshmallows, cinnamon sugar, Nutella and graham cracker crumbles onto a great, crispy crust. It’s an adult sugar rush in the best possible way.
Bill Kim’s delectable Asian barbecue dishes aren’t the only reason to visit his West Loop eatery. The soft serve ice cream is just as good and the best way to cap off a meal. The selections are always changing but the PB&J is always a tasty treat, topped with peanut butter crunch and jam.
Black Dog Gelato
Jessica Oloroso’s beloved gelato café has been exciting Chicagoans for years with intriguing flavors like Mexican hot chocolate, goat cheese cashew caramel and sesame fig chocolate chip. Even better is the Whiskey Gelato Bar, which features whiskey gelato dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in candied bacon.
Hoosier Mama Pie Co.
There are lots of good pies in Chicago but none with a flaky, buttery crust this good. The selection changes on a daily basis according to availability, but you can expect to see varieties including apple, chocolate cream, pumpkin, coconut custard, maple pecan and more. They’re available by the slice or whole, which should help endear you to everyone at family gatherings this holiday season.
No dessert list would be complete without one of Molly’s creations. The always-popular Lincoln Park bakery has perfected the art of the cupcake: they’re stuffed with flavorful fillings and sprinkled with a number of toppings and frostings. Peanut butter lovers will love the Ron Bennington—chocolate cake with peanut butter filling, chocolate ganache and crushed butterscotch topping—or you can build one to your heart’s desires.
David Burke's Primehouse
Not content with just serving some of the finest cuts of steak in town, David Burke’s also offers a more-than-satisfying conclusion to the meal with its signature Cake in a Can. Rich, decadent red velvet cake is baked in a tin can and served tableside with cream cheese frosting. To whet your appetite, they’ll even let you lick the batter off the beaters before the cake arrives. If the steaks weren’t enough to put you into a food coma, this will definitely do the trick.
Rick Bayless’ tortas might be the main attraction but the churros aren’t far behind. They’re hot, golden, crunchy strips of fried dough sprinkled with sugar and can be ordered with a shot of chocolate for dipping or with soft-serve ice cream. If that’s not enough, they also come glazed in choice of pistachio, hazelnut or chocolate-peanut.