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Chicago’s pastry fans would do well to explore West Town and Wicker Park.
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Where to Find Delectable Pastries in Wicker Park and West Town

Sink those teeth into flaky croissants, crispy conchas, and fruit-filled tarts

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Chicago’s pastry fans would do well to explore West Town and Wicker Park.
| Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

Pastry competition is fierce in Wicker Park and West Town, two neighborhoods that are both home to expert bakers and chefs who grace Chicago with their beautiful and delicious baked treats. Passionate fans can even arrange a crawl from one charming bakery to the next, indulging in sticky, sugary works of art along the way. Explore all that these 14 neighborhood pastry wizards have to offer from Milwaukee Avenue to Fulton Street.

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1. Artemio Bakery

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1443 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-0757
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This longtime Mexican favorite brings out the kid inside every patron, regardless of age. Stock up on crispy conchas, moist tres leches cake, pan dulce, and other colorful treats. There’s another outpost in Rogers Park.

2. La Borra Cafe / Division

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1700 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-8195
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The first Chicago outpost from a massive Mexican cafe chain, La Borra’s Divison Street cafe features a selection of pastries such as orejitas and conchas, plus laminated options like croissants. The carb-y delights pair perfectly with cups of coffee, frappes, and Mexican hot chocolate.

3. Tous Les Jours

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1726 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-8227
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Korean mega-chain Tous Les Jours has established itself as a destination in the city for expertly laminated French pastries, stunning macaron, and elaborate, fruit-topped cakes. The company operates seven Chicago-area locations.

A tray filled with different pastries.
The ever-changing menu is full of delightful bites.
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4. Alliance Bakery

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1736 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-0366
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Classical French bakery Alliance, widely regarded as one of the most serious contenders in Chicago’s stacked pastry scene, balances high quality with elegant aesthetics at locations in Wicker Park and River North. Passersby can often be seen peering through the storefront windows to catch a glimpse of gorgeous tiered cakes. Venture inside to find a host of other favorites like eclairs, tarts, croissants, macarons, and bombes.

5. Letizia's Natural Bakery

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2144 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-1011
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Letizia’s has served Wicker Park pastry aficionados for more than two decades. Locals love its Italian baci di dama, almond croissants, and glazed scones. There’s also a large back patio and sidewalk seating on Division Street.

6. Lost Larson (Wicker Park)

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2140 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 770-9015
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Lost Larson, the modern Swedish bakery and cafe that quickly became a smash hit in Andersonville, recently expanded into Wicker Park — much to the delight of pastry fiends in the area. Pedigreed pastry chef Bobby Schaffer (Grace) and his team put out some of the most sought-after cinnamon rolls in the city, along with perfectly-spiced cardamom buns, sweet and savory croissants, and more.

7. Kasama

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1001 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 697-3790
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The opening of Kasama, a contemporary Filipino restaurant and bakery from wife-and-husband team Genie Kwon and Tim Flores, was among the few bright spots of Chicago’s pandemic ordeal. Both spouses are acclaimed in their own right, and Kwon in particular has developed a fiercely loyal following for her creative and immaculate pastry selection. Hits include an eclair-shaped danish topped with Serrano ham or salmon, an ube and huckleberry basque cake, and a truffle croissant finished with Perigord summer truffles and honey.

A plate of cookies, croissants, cakes, and more.
The team behind Kasama didn’t let a pandemic stop them.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

8. AmazCakes

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937 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 799-8262
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AmazCakes owner Iesha Williams is a self-taught decorating wiz putting out some of the tastiest and eye-catching cakes around, from best selling cupcakes in flavors like banana pudding, peach cobbler, and sweet potato pie, to towering fondant-covered creations. She relocated to Ashland from the South Side three years ago and is now eyeing future expansion plans.

9. Junebug Cafe West Town

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851 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 624-9423
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Junebug Cafe owners Jacqueline Mancias and Chris Murphy have dedicated themselves to crafting the perfect beignet —New Orleans’ famous, fluffy fried treats generously dusted in powdered sugar. The pair say it took about a year to perfect their recipe and now Chicagoans beat a path to their cafes in West Town and Six Corners to savor the fruits of their labor. Patrons can also find meat pies and great gumbo.

A round white plate that holds three beignets covered in powered sugar.
Beignets get top billing at Junebug.
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10. Hoosier Mama Pie Company

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1618 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 243-4846
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West Town stalwart Hoosier Mama is best known for its top-notch pies, but customers should be sure not to overlook the pastry selection. Stop by for joy-inducing cherry turnovers, corn muffins with honey, and chewy iced oatmeal cookies. There’s another location in suburban Evanston.

11. West Town Bakery & Diner

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1916 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-1414
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Fifty/50 Restaurant Group’s bakery and diner bursts with energetic vibes along Chicago Avenue. Fans flock to locations in West Town and Wrigleyville for colorful, candy-coated cakeballs and doughnuts. Customers will also find dynamite pan au chocolate, animal cracker Funfetti cheesecake, and more.

12. Aya Pastry

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1332 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 846-6186
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Pastry chef Aya Fukai is another local sweets whiz who has managed to accrue a devoted fanbase during the pandemic. She’s handled restrictions beautifully with take-home kits and a drive-thru window, but the heartbeat of the business is Fukai’s quirky, creative items like supersized cake-versions of Girl Scout Samoas and coconut buns, or coconut cream-filled milk rolls crowed with royal icing and toasted coconut flakes.

13. D'Amato's Bakery

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1124 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 733-5456
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Since 1970, this fabled Italian bakery has garnered a reputation for its bread, a sore subject between D’Amato’s and neighboring deli Bari (A rivalry between the sibling owners of the two businesses has led D’Amato’s to pull their bread from Bari’s famous sandwiches. Nonetheless, for a true taste of the old world, D’Amato’s perseveres with Italian classics including cannolis, cookies, and tiramisu.

14. Brite Donuts and Baked Goods (Metric Coffee)

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2021 W Fulton St suite k-101b
Chicago, IL 60612
(312)-772-6536
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Ex-Publican chefs Erika Chan and Sieger Bayer have teamed up with local coffee brand Metric to sling Brite’s often-changing menu packed with fun and unusual flavors out of the Fulton Street cafe. Patrons can find novel croissants in flavors like jalapeno popper, candied cocoa nib, and matcha almond kumquat.

Six doughnuts are laid out in two rows of three on a pink background
Brite’s menu is full of surprises.
Anthony Barlich/Brite

1. Artemio Bakery

1443 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This longtime Mexican favorite brings out the kid inside every patron, regardless of age. Stock up on crispy conchas, moist tres leches cake, pan dulce, and other colorful treats. There’s another outpost in Rogers Park.

1443 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

2. La Borra Cafe / Division

1700 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

The first Chicago outpost from a massive Mexican cafe chain, La Borra’s Divison Street cafe features a selection of pastries such as orejitas and conchas, plus laminated options like croissants. The carb-y delights pair perfectly with cups of coffee, frappes, and Mexican hot chocolate.

1700 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

3. Tous Les Jours

1726 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
A tray filled with different pastries.
The ever-changing menu is full of delightful bites.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Korean mega-chain Tous Les Jours has established itself as a destination in the city for expertly laminated French pastries, stunning macaron, and elaborate, fruit-topped cakes. The company operates seven Chicago-area locations.

1726 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Alliance Bakery

1736 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Classical French bakery Alliance, widely regarded as one of the most serious contenders in Chicago’s stacked pastry scene, balances high quality with elegant aesthetics at locations in Wicker Park and River North. Passersby can often be seen peering through the storefront windows to catch a glimpse of gorgeous tiered cakes. Venture inside to find a host of other favorites like eclairs, tarts, croissants, macarons, and bombes.

1736 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Letizia's Natural Bakery

2144 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Letizia’s has served Wicker Park pastry aficionados for more than two decades. Locals love its Italian baci di dama, almond croissants, and glazed scones. There’s also a large back patio and sidewalk seating on Division Street.

2144 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

6. Lost Larson (Wicker Park)

2140 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Lost Larson, the modern Swedish bakery and cafe that quickly became a smash hit in Andersonville, recently expanded into Wicker Park — much to the delight of pastry fiends in the area. Pedigreed pastry chef Bobby Schaffer (Grace) and his team put out some of the most sought-after cinnamon rolls in the city, along with perfectly-spiced cardamom buns, sweet and savory croissants, and more.

2140 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Kasama

1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A plate of cookies, croissants, cakes, and more.
The team behind Kasama didn’t let a pandemic stop them.
Garrett Sweet/Eater Chicago

The opening of Kasama, a contemporary Filipino restaurant and bakery from wife-and-husband team Genie Kwon and Tim Flores, was among the few bright spots of Chicago’s pandemic ordeal. Both spouses are acclaimed in their own right, and Kwon in particular has developed a fiercely loyal following for her creative and immaculate pastry selection. Hits include an eclair-shaped danish topped with Serrano ham or salmon, an ube and huckleberry basque cake, and a truffle croissant finished with Perigord summer truffles and honey.

1001 N Winchester Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

8. AmazCakes

937 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

AmazCakes owner Iesha Williams is a self-taught decorating wiz putting out some of the tastiest and eye-catching cakes around, from best selling cupcakes in flavors like banana pudding, peach cobbler, and sweet potato pie, to towering fondant-covered creations. She relocated to Ashland from the South Side three years ago and is now eyeing future expansion plans.

937 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

9. Junebug Cafe West Town

851 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
A round white plate that holds three beignets covered in powered sugar.
Beignets get top billing at Junebug.
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Junebug Cafe owners Jacqueline Mancias and Chris Murphy have dedicated themselves to crafting the perfect beignet —New Orleans’ famous, fluffy fried treats generously dusted in powdered sugar. The pair say it took about a year to perfect their recipe and now Chicagoans beat a path to their cafes in West Town and Six Corners to savor the fruits of their labor. Patrons can also find meat pies and great gumbo.

851 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Hoosier Mama Pie Company

1618 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

West Town stalwart Hoosier Mama is best known for its top-notch pies, but customers should be sure not to overlook the pastry selection. Stop by for joy-inducing cherry turnovers, corn muffins with honey, and chewy iced oatmeal cookies. There’s another location in suburban Evanston.

1618 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. West Town Bakery & Diner

1916 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Fifty/50 Restaurant Group’s bakery and diner bursts with energetic vibes along Chicago Avenue. Fans flock to locations in West Town and Wrigleyville for colorful, candy-coated cakeballs and doughnuts. Customers will also find dynamite pan au chocolate, animal cracker Funfetti cheesecake, and more.

1916 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Aya Pastry

1332 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Pastry chef Aya Fukai is another local sweets whiz who has managed to accrue a devoted fanbase during the pandemic. She’s handled restrictions beautifully with take-home kits and a drive-thru window, but the heartbeat of the business is Fukai’s quirky, creative items like supersized cake-versions of Girl Scout Samoas and coconut buns, or coconut cream-filled milk rolls crowed with royal icing and toasted coconut flakes.

1332 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

13. D'Amato's Bakery

1124 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Since 1970, this fabled Italian bakery has garnered a reputation for its bread, a sore subject between D’Amato’s and neighboring deli Bari (A rivalry between the sibling owners of the two businesses has led D’Amato’s to pull their bread from Bari’s famous sandwiches. Nonetheless, for a true taste of the old world, D’Amato’s perseveres with Italian classics including cannolis, cookies, and tiramisu.

1124 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

14. Brite Donuts and Baked Goods (Metric Coffee)

2021 W Fulton St suite k-101b, Chicago, IL 60612
Six doughnuts are laid out in two rows of three on a pink background
Brite’s menu is full of surprises.
Anthony Barlich/Brite

Ex-Publican chefs Erika Chan and Sieger Bayer have teamed up with local coffee brand Metric to sling Brite’s often-changing menu packed with fun and unusual flavors out of the Fulton Street cafe. Patrons can find novel croissants in flavors like jalapeno popper, candied cocoa nib, and matcha almond kumquat.

2021 W Fulton St suite k-101b
Chicago, IL 60612

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