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Chicagoans know the importance of a great cup of cocoa.
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Where to Drink Chicago’s Most Heartwarming Hot Chocolates

Melt away the pandemic winter blues

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Chicagoans know the importance of a great cup of cocoa.
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Chicagoans can whine about the cold weather or they can be proactive and warm up with a tantalizing cup of hot chocolate. There's a variety to select from as Chicago is a city that takes its cocoa seriously. From spicy to colorful to full of marshmallows, the following options are nearly guaranteed to bring a little joy to chilly customers.

As of January 23, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 25 percent maximum capacity per room, or 25 people — whichever is fewer. At the same time, despite winter weather, a number of Chicago restaurants continue to offer outdoor seating. Regardless, the state requires reservations for indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns. For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. XO Marshmallow

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6977 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60626
(312) 224-2732
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A palace for Instagram bait, XO Marshmallow is allegedly the world’s first marshmallow cafe and features some of the prettiest hot chocolates in town. Current offerings include a steaming cup of lavender white chocolate cocoa with matching lavender honey marshmallows.

2. Cookies & Carnitas

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5940 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 769-2900
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Longtime Green City Market favorite Cookies & Carnitas offers a whole lot more than its name indicates, including a Mexican hot chocolate with Nestle Abuelita and oat milk. It’s inspired by Edgewater community that has supported the businesses for years.

3. Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe

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1114 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 929-1100
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Rich and decadent, Bittersweet’s French-style hot chocolate is served with a scoop of whipped cream but isn't too sweet. This treat is a dessert unto itself, so it’s best to come prepared with a relatively empty stomach.

4. Caravanserai

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2901 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 293-6425
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Local roaster Dark Matter veers off the coffee path with Caravanserai, a cafe that specializes in Mexican drinking chocolate. Patrons can expect sweet, hot concoctions like Mayan Mochas (La Rifa Mexico City chocolate, Dark Matter cinnamon blend, cayenne) made with pre-colonial recipes and chocolate from Mexico City-based partner La Rifa Chocolatería.

5. Chiqueolatte Chicago

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2643 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 846-6839
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This Logan Square cafe opened in 2020, the first U.S. location for the mini chain from Europe. The cafe is cute with sandwiches, and while there are tons of espresso drinks, the variety of hot chocolates — vanilla, dark, white, and hazelnut — all made with high quality ingredients, make it a great spot for those who want choices. If hot chocolate isn’t wanted, there’s plenty or frozen hot chocolates for Instagram cred.

6. Katherine Anne Confections

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2745 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 245-1630
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Much has been written about the drinking chocolate at Katherine Anne Confections, and just a few sips will explain why. Patrons can choose from 10 varieties including chai, salted caramel, peanut butter, and more, and top off their mug with house marshmallows or Kilgus Farm whipped cream. Order for carryout in 7 or 13 ounces.

7. Mindy’s Bakery

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1747 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-1747
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Acclaimed chef Mindy Segal has closed her restaurant, Hot Chocolate, but fans can still find cups of her famous cocoa at her new bakery in the same location. Patrons can also buy her hot chocolate blends (medium, dark, or Mexican) by the bag, along with giant marshmallows that would make Stay Puft™ envious. A location inside Revival Food Hall in the Loop is also open.

8. Cocoa + Co.

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1651 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 624-8540
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Old Town's palace of upscale chocolate features some of the most decadent drinks in the city. Try the pumpkin drinking chocolate, made with real pumpkin puree.

9. Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

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1620 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 770-3444
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Local cafe mini-chain Fairgrounds has teamed up with luxury brand Vosages Haut-Chocolat on a delectable cup of liquid love. Each comes with a black salt coconut caramel marshmallow. 

Fairgrounds features a collaborative cocoa.
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10. Stan's Donuts & Coffee

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1560 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 360-7386
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Stan’s is a well-known entity in Chicago for its doughnuts, but the familiar brand serves up a surprise with its photogenic pink hot chocolate, adding a pop of color to the brand’s white hot chocolate option. There’s also a new hot chocolate malt featuring chocolate malt balls.

11. Veruca Chocolates

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1332 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 624-8414
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This indie “chocolate lab” began as a wholesale operation before blossoming into a chocolate retail wonderland in Lincoln Park. Belly-warming options include a slightly spicy Mexican hot chocolate.

12. L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

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609 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 635-8975
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Gourmet chocolatier L.A. Burdick is well known for its precious chocolate mice and penguins, but the drinking chocolate at its cozy State Street cafe shouldn’t be overlooked. Staff expertly blend shavings of single-source chocolate into steaming milk for a truly rich cup.

13. Xoco

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449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 661-1434
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Rick Bayless’s hot chocolates are just as famous as his tortas in River North. Choose from five concoctions, alongside an additional three that are mixed with coffee. If guests want a spicy kick, order the Aztec with chile and allspice.

14. JoJo's Shake Bar

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23 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-8963
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Jojo’s usually garners attention for its colorful Instagram-friendly milkshakes, but when the weather turns cold its sweet-toothed staff feature a selection of sugary hot chocolates. Diners can try a classic cup, or amp up the occasion with a double chocolate or salted caramel variation (salted caramel-infused milk, giant marshmallow, chocolate-covered pretzel). Add some Bailey’s for $6. There’s also a location inside Water Tower Place.

15. BomboBar

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832 W Randolph Street Chicago, IL, 60607
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 492-7775
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BomboBar knows how to stand out from the cocoa crowd, and its new salted caramel hot chocolate bombs are a top-notch contribution to a nationwide trend. Other "hotter" chocolates include the popular “Funfetti” (hot chocolate, white chocolate-dipped Rice Krispies treat, berry Pop-Tart, rainbow sour belt, blue and pink drizzle, rainbow sprinkle rim) and “Chocoholic” (hot chocolate, brownie, chocolate whoopie pie, chocolate and caramel drizzle, salted caramel crispy sprinkles, cherry Haribo gummy, chocolate sprinkle rim). It’s all available in West Loop and at a pop-up at Clark and Kinzie in River North.

16. Cafe Jumping Bean

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1439 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 455-0019

Beat the winter blues by hunkering down at this colorful Pilsen coffee shop and sipping on a cup of Mexican hot chocolate. The drink is made with Chocolate Abuelita and is also available as a choco-espresso blend for an extra boost.

17. Chocolat Uzma

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(312) 674-6984
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Come for the shop’s fine cocoa collection but don’t miss the luxurious collection of sipping chocolate and hot chocolate bombs. Unique options include Original Sin (signature classic dark), Kashmiri Chili (Saigon cinnamon, cayenne), Espresso, and Golden Spice (turmeric, ginger, cardamom). Coffee giant Starbucks selected owner Uzma Sharif as the official chocolatier of its world’s-largest location, and offers her South Asian-flavored chocolates in store.

18. Xurro

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2214 S Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 772-9525
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“The Abuelita” (Spanish for "granny") is a popular choice, but don't be bashful. Make sure to order a churro to accompany that tasty beverage, available by the cup or gallon. After all, this is the Churro Factory.

19. Back of the Yards Coffeehouse

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2059 W 47th St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 475-6381
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Neighborhood landmark Back of the Yards Coffee infuses their hot chocolate with a healthy dose of caffeine. Try the “Xocolatte” with creamy espresso, house-made chocolate ganache, cinnamon, and chile ancho.

20. Piccolo Mondo

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1642 E 56th St
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 643-1106
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This cozy Hyde Park cafe connected to Piccolo Mondo specializes in Argentinean pastries, baked goods, and beverages. Try the traditional submarino from the espresso bar for a DIY hot chocolate. It consists of steamed milk served with a dark chocolate bar that drinkers stir into the glass themselves.

1. XO Marshmallow

6977 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626

A palace for Instagram bait, XO Marshmallow is allegedly the world’s first marshmallow cafe and features some of the prettiest hot chocolates in town. Current offerings include a steaming cup of lavender white chocolate cocoa with matching lavender honey marshmallows.

6977 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60626

2. Cookies & Carnitas

5940 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660

Longtime Green City Market favorite Cookies & Carnitas offers a whole lot more than its name indicates, including a Mexican hot chocolate with Nestle Abuelita and oat milk. It’s inspired by Edgewater community that has supported the businesses for years.

5940 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660

3. Bittersweet Pastry Shop & Cafe

1114 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Rich and decadent, Bittersweet’s French-style hot chocolate is served with a scoop of whipped cream but isn't too sweet. This treat is a dessert unto itself, so it’s best to come prepared with a relatively empty stomach.

1114 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Caravanserai

2901 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Local roaster Dark Matter veers off the coffee path with Caravanserai, a cafe that specializes in Mexican drinking chocolate. Patrons can expect sweet, hot concoctions like Mayan Mochas (La Rifa Mexico City chocolate, Dark Matter cinnamon blend, cayenne) made with pre-colonial recipes and chocolate from Mexico City-based partner La Rifa Chocolatería.

2901 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

5. Chiqueolatte Chicago

2643 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

This Logan Square cafe opened in 2020, the first U.S. location for the mini chain from Europe. The cafe is cute with sandwiches, and while there are tons of espresso drinks, the variety of hot chocolates — vanilla, dark, white, and hazelnut — all made with high quality ingredients, make it a great spot for those who want choices. If hot chocolate isn’t wanted, there’s plenty or frozen hot chocolates for Instagram cred.

2643 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Katherine Anne Confections

2745 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Much has been written about the drinking chocolate at Katherine Anne Confections, and just a few sips will explain why. Patrons can choose from 10 varieties including chai, salted caramel, peanut butter, and more, and top off their mug with house marshmallows or Kilgus Farm whipped cream. Order for carryout in 7 or 13 ounces.

2745 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Mindy’s Bakery

1747 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647

Acclaimed chef Mindy Segal has closed her restaurant, Hot Chocolate, but fans can still find cups of her famous cocoa at her new bakery in the same location. Patrons can also buy her hot chocolate blends (medium, dark, or Mexican) by the bag, along with giant marshmallows that would make Stay Puft™ envious. A location inside Revival Food Hall in the Loop is also open.

1747 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647

8. Cocoa + Co.

1651 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614

Old Town's palace of upscale chocolate features some of the most decadent drinks in the city. Try the pumpkin drinking chocolate, made with real pumpkin puree.

1651 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

1620 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Fairgrounds features a collaborative cocoa.
Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea [Official Photo]

Local cafe mini-chain Fairgrounds has teamed up with luxury brand Vosages Haut-Chocolat on a delectable cup of liquid love. Each comes with a black salt coconut caramel marshmallow. 

1620 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Stan's Donuts & Coffee

1560 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Stan’s is a well-known entity in Chicago for its doughnuts, but the familiar brand serves up a surprise with its photogenic pink hot chocolate, adding a pop of color to the brand’s white hot chocolate option. There’s also a new hot chocolate malt featuring chocolate malt balls.

1560 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Veruca Chocolates

1332 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60642

This indie “chocolate lab” began as a wholesale operation before blossoming into a chocolate retail wonderland in Lincoln Park. Belly-warming options include a slightly spicy Mexican hot chocolate.

1332 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60642

12. L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

609 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Gourmet chocolatier L.A. Burdick is well known for its precious chocolate mice and penguins, but the drinking chocolate at its cozy State Street cafe shouldn’t be overlooked. Staff expertly blend shavings of single-source chocolate into steaming milk for a truly rich cup.

609 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Xoco

449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Rick Bayless’s hot chocolates are just as famous as his tortas in River North. Choose from five concoctions, alongside an additional three that are mixed with coffee. If guests want a spicy kick, order the Aztec with chile and allspice.

449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. JoJo's Shake Bar

23 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Jojo’s usually garners attention for its colorful Instagram-friendly milkshakes, but when the weather turns cold its sweet-toothed staff feature a selection of sugary hot chocolates. Diners can try a classic cup, or amp up the occasion with a double chocolate or salted caramel variation (salted caramel-infused milk, giant marshmallow, chocolate-covered pretzel). Add some Bailey’s for $6. There’s also a location inside Water Tower Place.

23 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

15. BomboBar

832 W Randolph Street Chicago, IL, 60607, Chicago, IL 60607

BomboBar knows how to stand out from the cocoa crowd, and its new salted caramel hot chocolate bombs are a top-notch contribution to a nationwide trend. Other "hotter" chocolates include the popular “Funfetti” (hot chocolate, white chocolate-dipped Rice Krispies treat, berry Pop-Tart, rainbow sour belt, blue and pink drizzle, rainbow sprinkle rim) and “Chocoholic” (hot chocolate, brownie, chocolate whoopie pie, chocolate and caramel drizzle, salted caramel crispy sprinkles, cherry Haribo gummy, chocolate sprinkle rim). It’s all available in West Loop and at a pop-up at Clark and Kinzie in River North.

832 W Randolph Street Chicago, IL, 60607
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. Cafe Jumping Bean

1439 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Beat the winter blues by hunkering down at this colorful Pilsen coffee shop and sipping on a cup of Mexican hot chocolate. The drink is made with Chocolate Abuelita and is also available as a choco-espresso blend for an extra boost.

1439 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

17. Chocolat Uzma

1900 S. Halsted Street

Come for the shop’s fine cocoa collection but don’t miss the luxurious collection of sipping chocolate and hot chocolate bombs. Unique options include Original Sin (signature classic dark), Kashmiri Chili (Saigon cinnamon, cayenne), Espresso, and Golden Spice (turmeric, ginger, cardamom). Coffee giant Starbucks selected owner Uzma Sharif as the official chocolatier of its world’s-largest location, and offers her South Asian-flavored chocolates in store.

18. Xurro

2214 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

“The Abuelita” (Spanish for "granny") is a popular choice, but don't be bashful. Make sure to order a churro to accompany that tasty beverage, available by the cup or gallon. After all, this is the Churro Factory.

2214 S Wolcott Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

19. Back of the Yards Coffeehouse

2059 W 47th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Neighborhood landmark Back of the Yards Coffee infuses their hot chocolate with a healthy dose of caffeine. Try the “Xocolatte” with creamy espresso, house-made chocolate ganache, cinnamon, and chile ancho.

2059 W 47th St
Chicago, IL 60609

20. Piccolo Mondo

1642 E 56th St, Chicago, IL 60637

This cozy Hyde Park cafe connected to Piccolo Mondo specializes in Argentinean pastries, baked goods, and beverages. Try the traditional submarino from the espresso bar for a DIY hot chocolate. It consists of steamed milk served with a dark chocolate bar that drinkers stir into the glass themselves.

1642 E 56th St
Chicago, IL 60637

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