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Breads, Cakes and Pastries in Chicago: Where to Find the Best

19 spots for terrific baked goods in the Windy City

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A selection of baked goods at Lost Larson in Andersonville
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Cookies, pies, pastries, breads — oh my. Chicago has no shortage of sweet sweet baked goods, so eaters with a carb tooth, this map's for you. From old-school shops to newer cheffy trendy spots with cafes, from North Side to South Side, the city is full of places that combine sugar, butter, flour, and other ingredients to make eaters oh so happy.

For the 2018 edition, new additions include Lost Larson in Andersonville, Chiu Quon Bakery in Chinatown, The Bakery at Fat Rice, and South Side stalwarts Kristoffer’s Cafe and Brown Sugar Bakery. Swedish Bakery and Oak Mill Bakery and Cafe are among the removals following their shutters.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hewn

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810 Dempster Street
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 869-4396
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Located in Evanston, this rustic shop makes its products from scratch using organic flour and grains. Hewn’s bread selection rotates daily and ranges from challah, which is available every Friday, to beer bread baked with local brews. Get there early in the day for the most options; there are limited quantities available and the bakery’s pastries and most popular items sell out quickly.

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2. Tel-Aviv Kosher Bakery

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2944 W Devon Ave, Chicago
IL, 60659
(773) 764-8877
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From challah and sweet rolls to rugelach and babka, this far North Side kosher spot has everything for the Jewish holidays or for anyone who appreciates delicious breads and pastries.

3. Lost Larson

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5318 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 944-0587
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Lost Larson is helmed by Bobby Schaffer, a pastry chef who’s worked at acclaimed restaurants including Grace and Blue Hill at Stone Farms in N.Y. This bakery-cafe sports some of Chicago’s best breads, sweets, and sandwiches. Among the highlights in Andersonville is a cardamom bun. It’s one of the best bites in the city.

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4. Middle East Bakery & Grocery

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1512 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 561-2224
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Andersonville is a hotspot for bakeries, and though the neighborhood’s traditionally been known as Swedish, Middle East Bakery supplies flavors from elsewhere around the globe. The bakery’s known for its selection of savory pies, and the spinach and feta is the most popular.

5. Delightful Pastries

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5927 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago
IL, 60630
(773) 545-7215
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Delightful Pastries makes some of the finest paczki in town but the other baked goods are not to be missed either. And around the holidays, a special seasonal selection of items such as stollen, gingerbread and eggnog will be available.

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6. Baker Miller

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4655 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 654-3610
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This highly-regarded spot on the North Side has quickly become one of Chicago’s best bakeries with pies, cinnamon rolls, and savory breakfast and lunch dishes to die for. It recently moved to this new location on Lincoln Avenue.

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7. Dinkel's Bakery

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3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
IL, 60657
(773) 281-7300
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When a bakery’s been around for nearly a century, it’s doing something right. That’s the case at Dinkel’s, where a delectable array of fruit cakes, powdered sugar stollen, and pfeffernuesse in addition to its popular doughnuts and breads, have been for nearly 100 years in Lakeview. They can also be shipped as a gift to anywhere in the U.S.

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8. Cellar Door Provisions

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3025 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-8337
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This hip Logan Square bakery and eatery serves a perpetually-changing menu of baked goods and treats made with a fine-dining sensibility from all in-house and local ingredients. Eaters never know what they'll find here on any given visit, but expect exceptional canneles, infused croissants, scones, breads, and more, plus BYO dinner service on weekends.

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9. The Bakery at Fat Rice

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2951 2951 W. Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-9544
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Eater 38 Macanese stalwart Fat Rice opened a bakery expansion in 2016 and its since become one of the city’s hotbeds for an array of creative sweet and savory baked goods with influences from Asia, Europe, and even Chicago. The Chicago-style hot dog buns are one of the most sought-after items in the city, followed closely by the addictive Portuguese egg tarts. Seasonal selections depend on the day and could include Macanese-inspired Rice Krispies treats, Mai Tai cocktail buns, and more.

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10. Floriole Cafe & Bakery

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1220 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 883-1313
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What began as a stand in the Green City Market is now one of the most acclaimed destinations for baked goods in Chicago. Stop into Floriole for chef-owner Sandra Holl's array of sweets and breads, notably the kouign amann (caramelized layered croissant dough), her outstanding passion fruit tart, and the savory cafe dishes.

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11. Sweet Mandy B's

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1208 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 244-1174
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This Lincoln Park shop is sure to charm anyone with a cupcake tooth. The adorable old-fashioned charmer sells pies, cookies, and other sweet baked treats, but the cupcakes and cakes are perhaps the best in Chicago, coming in traditional flavors and creative seasonal varieties worthy of regular visits.

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12. Bang Bang Pie Shop

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2051 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-8888
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One of the highest-regarded sweets purveyors in Chicago, Bang Bang is obviously renowned for its pies: the key lime is perhaps the best in the city, and the chocolate coffee chess and seasonal specials are not to miss. Also don't miss the savory items, including the biscuit sandwiches and pot pies. There's also a new location in Ravenswood in addition to the original in Logan Square.

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13. Roeser's Bakery

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3216 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-6900
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One of Chicago's oldest food purveyors, venerable Roeser's Bakery has been in business in Humboldt Park for more than 100 years. Beautiful custom cakes and tortes are a specialty, but don't miss the cookies and holiday items at this long-running local institution.

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14. Alliance Bakery

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1736 W Division St, Chicago
IL, 60622
(773) 278-0366
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It should come as no surprise that Alliance Bakery is serious business when it comes to cakes. The shop proudly displays its elegant creations in the window and they taste as good as they look. In addition, there are also plenty of other French delicacies for sale such as macarons, croissants, eclairs, bombes, and tarts, plus a newer location downtown in River North.

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15. Kristoffer's Cafe & Bakery

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1733 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 829-4150

A landmark in Pilsen, Kristoffer’s Cafe & Bakery has been serving coffee and Mexican desserts for years. Though the original owners have gone on to open a cafe in McKinley Park, the customers continue to flock for the bakery’s famous tres leches cakes. They’re a favorite among chefs, including Rick Bayless.

Tres leches from Kristoffer’s Cafe & Bakery.
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16. Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum

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2253 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-6608
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The oldest bakery in Chinatown has been at it for more than three decades. Peruse the cases to discover rows and rows of Chinese pastries that include barbecue pork buns, egg custard tarts, and butterfly cookies. The affordable price points — most items are a dollar or less — mean folks are able to fill up a whole box with goodies for just a few bucks. And the extensive variety can satisfy as either a snack or a full meal.

17. Fabiana's Bakery

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1658 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615
(773) 658-9842
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Creative Brazilian-style cakes and treats are baked at Fabiana’s Bakery, a cute space on 53rd Street in Hyde Park. Chocolate cakes and banana cream pies are highlights. Fabiana Carter also provides booze-infused desserts down the street at Bibliophile, the gastropub/cafe she and her husband run down the street.

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18. Weber's Bakery

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7055 W Archer Ave, Chicago
IL, 60638
(773) 586-1234
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A Southwest Side staple, Weber’s Bakery has been pleasing Chicagoans for decades. Eaters might have to wait in line but it’s worth it for a taste of the European-inspired breads, cakes and pastries. To celebrate the holiday season, customers can choose specialty goods like gingerbread houses, Christmas cookies, fruit cakes and more. It's also a great spot for paczki, the popular Polish doughnuts.

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19. Brown Sugar Bakery

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328 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619
(773) 224-6262
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Baker Stephanie Hart has Brown Sugar Bakery locations in Chatham, Austin, and Navy Pier. The desserts are Southern style with standout cakes like caramel and German chocolate.

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1. Hewn

810 Dempster Street, Evanston, IL 60202
Hewn/Facebook

Located in Evanston, this rustic shop makes its products from scratch using organic flour and grains. Hewn’s bread selection rotates daily and ranges from challah, which is available every Friday, to beer bread baked with local brews. Get there early in the day for the most options; there are limited quantities available and the bakery’s pastries and most popular items sell out quickly.

810 Dempster Street
Evanston, IL 60202

2. Tel-Aviv Kosher Bakery

2944 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL, 60659

From challah and sweet rolls to rugelach and babka, this far North Side kosher spot has everything for the Jewish holidays or for anyone who appreciates delicious breads and pastries.

2944 W Devon Ave, Chicago
IL, 60659

3. Lost Larson

5318 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Lost Larson/Facebook

Lost Larson is helmed by Bobby Schaffer, a pastry chef who’s worked at acclaimed restaurants including Grace and Blue Hill at Stone Farms in N.Y. This bakery-cafe sports some of Chicago’s best breads, sweets, and sandwiches. Among the highlights in Andersonville is a cardamom bun. It’s one of the best bites in the city.

5318 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Middle East Bakery & Grocery

1512 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Andersonville is a hotspot for bakeries, and though the neighborhood’s traditionally been known as Swedish, Middle East Bakery supplies flavors from elsewhere around the globe. The bakery’s known for its selection of savory pies, and the spinach and feta is the most popular.

1512 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

5. Delightful Pastries

5927 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL, 60630
Delightful Pastries/Facebook

Delightful Pastries makes some of the finest paczki in town but the other baked goods are not to be missed either. And around the holidays, a special seasonal selection of items such as stollen, gingerbread and eggnog will be available.

5927 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago
IL, 60630

6. Baker Miller

4655 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Baker Miller/Facebook

This highly-regarded spot on the North Side has quickly become one of Chicago’s best bakeries with pies, cinnamon rolls, and savory breakfast and lunch dishes to die for. It recently moved to this new location on Lincoln Avenue.

4655 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

7. Dinkel's Bakery

3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL, 60657
Dinkel’s Bakery [Official Photo]

When a bakery’s been around for nearly a century, it’s doing something right. That’s the case at Dinkel’s, where a delectable array of fruit cakes, powdered sugar stollen, and pfeffernuesse in addition to its popular doughnuts and breads, have been for nearly 100 years in Lakeview. They can also be shipped as a gift to anywhere in the U.S.

3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
IL, 60657

8. Cellar Door Provisions

3025 W Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Cellar Door Provisions/Facebook

This hip Logan Square bakery and eatery serves a perpetually-changing menu of baked goods and treats made with a fine-dining sensibility from all in-house and local ingredients. Eaters never know what they'll find here on any given visit, but expect exceptional canneles, infused croissants, scones, breads, and more, plus BYO dinner service on weekends.

3025 W Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. The Bakery at Fat Rice

2951 2951 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
The Bakery at Fat Rice/Facebook

Eater 38 Macanese stalwart Fat Rice opened a bakery expansion in 2016 and its since become one of the city’s hotbeds for an array of creative sweet and savory baked goods with influences from Asia, Europe, and even Chicago. The Chicago-style hot dog buns are one of the most sought-after items in the city, followed closely by the addictive Portuguese egg tarts. Seasonal selections depend on the day and could include Macanese-inspired Rice Krispies treats, Mai Tai cocktail buns, and more.

2951 2951 W. Diversey Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Floriole Cafe & Bakery

1220 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Floriole Cafe & Bakery/Facebook

What began as a stand in the Green City Market is now one of the most acclaimed destinations for baked goods in Chicago. Stop into Floriole for chef-owner Sandra Holl's array of sweets and breads, notably the kouign amann (caramelized layered croissant dough), her outstanding passion fruit tart, and the savory cafe dishes.

1220 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

11. Sweet Mandy B's

1208 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Sweet Mandy B’s/Facebook

This Lincoln Park shop is sure to charm anyone with a cupcake tooth. The adorable old-fashioned charmer sells pies, cookies, and other sweet baked treats, but the cupcakes and cakes are perhaps the best in Chicago, coming in traditional flavors and creative seasonal varieties worthy of regular visits.

1208 W Webster Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

12. Bang Bang Pie Shop

2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Bang Bang Pie Shop/Facebook

One of the highest-regarded sweets purveyors in Chicago, Bang Bang is obviously renowned for its pies: the key lime is perhaps the best in the city, and the chocolate coffee chess and seasonal specials are not to miss. Also don't miss the savory items, including the biscuit sandwiches and pot pies. There's also a new location in Ravenswood in addition to the original in Logan Square.

2051 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

13. Roeser's Bakery

3216 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Roeser’s Bakery/Facebook

One of Chicago's oldest food purveyors, venerable Roeser's Bakery has been in business in Humboldt Park for more than 100 years. Beautiful custom cakes and tortes are a specialty, but don't miss the cookies and holiday items at this long-running local institution.

3216 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

14. Alliance Bakery

1736 W Division St, Chicago, IL, 60622
Alliance Bakery/Facebook

It should come as no surprise that Alliance Bakery is serious business when it comes to cakes. The shop proudly displays its elegant creations in the window and they taste as good as they look. In addition, there are also plenty of other French delicacies for sale such as macarons, croissants, eclairs, bombes, and tarts, plus a newer location downtown in River North.

1736 W Division St, Chicago
IL, 60622

15. Kristoffer's Cafe & Bakery

1733 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60608
Tres leches from Kristoffer’s Cafe & Bakery.
Kristoffers Cafe & Bakery/Yelp

A landmark in Pilsen, Kristoffer’s Cafe & Bakery has been serving coffee and Mexican desserts for years. Though the original owners have gone on to open a cafe in McKinley Park, the customers continue to flock for the bakery’s famous tres leches cakes. They’re a favorite among chefs, including Rick Bayless.

1733 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60608

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16. Chiu Quon Bakery & Dim Sum

2253 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

The oldest bakery in Chinatown has been at it for more than three decades. Peruse the cases to discover rows and rows of Chinese pastries that include barbecue pork buns, egg custard tarts, and butterfly cookies. The affordable price points — most items are a dollar or less — mean folks are able to fill up a whole box with goodies for just a few bucks. And the extensive variety can satisfy as either a snack or a full meal.

2253 S Wentworth Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

17. Fabiana's Bakery

1658 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
Fabiana’s Bakery/Facebook

Creative Brazilian-style cakes and treats are baked at Fabiana’s Bakery, a cute space on 53rd Street in Hyde Park. Chocolate cakes and banana cream pies are highlights. Fabiana Carter also provides booze-infused desserts down the street at Bibliophile, the gastropub/cafe she and her husband run down the street.

1658 E 53rd St
Chicago, IL 60615

18. Weber's Bakery

7055 W Archer Ave, Chicago, IL, 60638
Weber’s Bakery/Facebook

A Southwest Side staple, Weber’s Bakery has been pleasing Chicagoans for decades. Eaters might have to wait in line but it’s worth it for a taste of the European-inspired breads, cakes and pastries. To celebrate the holiday season, customers can choose specialty goods like gingerbread houses, Christmas cookies, fruit cakes and more. It's also a great spot for paczki, the popular Polish doughnuts.

7055 W Archer Ave, Chicago
IL, 60638

19. Brown Sugar Bakery

328 E 75th St, Chicago, IL 60619
Brown Sugar Bakery/Facebook

Baker Stephanie Hart has Brown Sugar Bakery locations in Chatham, Austin, and Navy Pier. The desserts are Southern style with standout cakes like caramel and German chocolate.

328 E 75th St
Chicago, IL 60619

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