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12 Pumpkin Spiced Foods and Drinks to Try Now in Chicago

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Joe’s Seafood’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie
| Anjali Pinto

Starbucks introduced the pumpkin spice latte, or PSL, in 2003. Over the last 16 years, the seasonal sipper has become the coffee giant’s most successfully-marketed beverage to date. Since then, major food brands jumped on the PSL-flavored bandwagon, from Cheerios to Oreo to KitKat. And looking to capitalize on its own PSL fame, this year Starbucks introduce its second-ever pumpkin beverage: pumpkin cream cold brew.

But putting aside fame and fortune, there is absolutely no denying that the flavors of pumpkin, plus warming brown spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove, jive perfectly, while signaling the onset of a new season and cooler weather.

Unsurprisingly, a number of Chicago restaurants and bars are playfully embracing pumpkin and spice. Whether an ode to fall, or a whimsical riff off the cultish Starbucks drink, below, 12 places around the city that are getting into the pumpkin and spice spirit.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Whistler

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2421 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3530
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Logan Square’s creative cocktail bar and music venue the Whistler is giving a tiki twist to classic pumpkin pie. For her pumpkin orange-hued Buck Hunter cocktail ($12), bartender Marina Holter infuses toasted corn meal into Scotch to replace pie crust. She then adds fat-washed buttered velvet falernum, plus an allspice dram to stand in for the pie filling that likewise calls for burnt sugar and pumpkin syrup. She finishes the libation with lemon, a layer of spiced Angostura, and a cinnamon stick. 

An orange cocktail in a tall narrow glass.
The Whistler’s Buck Hunter
The Whistler [Official Photo]

2. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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60 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 379-5637
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Over at downtown seafood haunt Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, chef Justin Diglia has just added a new pumpkin-laced dessert to the menu. Think pumpkin-chiffon pie ($9.95), with pumpkin chiffon and a layer of homemade whipped cream sitting in a graham cracker crust, topped with maple syrup and spiced walnuts.

A slice of pumpkin chiffon pie.
Joe’s Seafood’s pumpkin chiffon pie
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3. Beatrix

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519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-1377
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Hit up any Beatrix location for partner John Economos’ next-level PSL, the pumpkin cream nitro coffee ($4.85). The caffeinated creation blends nitro coffee with homemade pumpkin and vanilla whipped cream, plus cinnamon and raw sugar.

A small glass is filled with a nitro coffee drink.
Beatrix’s pumpkin cream nitro coffee
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4. Mastro's Steakhouse

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520 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 521-5100
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Mastro’s Steakhouse in River North is celebrating fall with a new pumpkin butter cake ($18). Executive chef Matt Bedell explains that the sweet is a seasonal variation on the steakhouse’s most popular dessert, gooey warm butter cake. This version calls for his butter cake recipe blended with fresh pumpkin and warm spices. He tops the raw batter with pumpkin pie-spiced cream cheese then bakes the cake. Once it’s out of the oven, he adds a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzles caramel on top.

A golden round pumpkin butter cake with whipped cream and strawberries.
Mastro’s Steakhouse’s pumpkin butter cake
Mastro’s Steakhouse [Official Photo]

5. Marshall's Landing

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222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-8050
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River North’s daytime hangout Marshall’s Landing is offering a fall spin on one of the world’s most popular classic cocktails. Bar manager Cristian Roman’s savory pumpkin Old Fashioned calls for bourbon, pumpkin and squash purée, Angostura bitters, and maple-demerara syrup. Drop in during happy hour when the drink is $9 a pop.

An orange cocktail in a glass with rosemary.
Marshall’s Landing’s savory pumpkin Old Fashioned
Marshall’s Landing [Official Photo]

6. Joe's Imports

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813 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 736-1750
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Bar manager Marilia Pieretti at Fulton Market wine bar Joe’s Imports is celebrating pumpkin and spice with her “white girl wasted” ($15) cocktail. Her bourbon-based intoxicant calls for orange juice, maple syrup, and pumpkin spice syrup.

A peachy-orange colored cocktail in a thin glass.
Joe’s Imports’ “white girl wasted”
Joe’s Imports [Official Photo]

7. Publican Quality Meats

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825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 445-8977
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Lauded meat market Publican Quality Meats is celebrating fall flavors with pumpkin spice Rice Krispies treats ($3). Executive pastry chef Erika Chan’s dessert gives the old-school treat a seasonal upgrade, with caramelized white chocolate and spices such as cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg.

Two thick Rice Krispies treats on a blue and white plate.
PQM’s pumpkin spice Rice Krispies treats
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8. Eden Chicago

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1748 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 366-2294
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Barman Alex Rydzewski at West Side’s Michelin-recommended Eden is behind the new American restaurant’s cocktail ode to pumpkin spice. “Back to basics” ($14) calls for bourbon, Kahlúa, egg white, half-and-half, mole bitters, pumpkin seeds, and a spiced pumpkin syrup. “I wanted to capture the classic fall flavors that everyone knows and associates with the pumpkin spice latte, and turn it into a great cocktail to enjoy as the cooler weather approaches,” Rydzewski said.

A brown cocktail in a martini glass.
Eden’s “back to basics” cocktail
Eden [Official Photo]

9. Yūgen Restaurant

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652 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 265-1008
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Inspired by beloved Japanese animated film “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” head bartender Stella Miller at Yūgen is offering “a pumpkin and herrie pie,” ($17) cocktail which riffs off the classic PSL. Her drink combines aged cachaça with Japanese pumpkin syrup, cherry heering, lemon, and nutmeg. She garnishes the cocktail with brûléed Japanese pumpkin and a Luxardo cherry.

An orange cocktail in a rocks glass.
Yūgen’s “a pumpkin and herrie pie”
Yūgen [Official Photo]

10. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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908 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(708) 540-6124
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While it might not be full-on ice cream season, that’s not stopping Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams from diving into the pumpkin fun. Drop into any location for a scoop of newly-launched pumpkin cake roll: heirloom pumpkin ice cream swirled with five-spiced cheese and cake.

11. Revival Food Hall

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125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603
(773) 999-9411
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Last month, downtown dining market Revival Food Hall debuted its autumnal spiced pumpkin latte ($4.75 to $6.25). Made from a blend of house-made pumpkin butter, vanilla, turbinado sugar, and spices, this SPL is a welcome introduction to fall.

A pumpkin latte in a white ceramic coffee cup.
Revival Food Hall’s Spiced Pumpkin Latte
Revival Food Hall [Official Photo]

12. Ema

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74 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 527-5586
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Popular River North mediterranean spot Ema is offering a fall riff on its famous frozen Greek yogurt dessert. The spiced, seasonal iteration ($7.95) calls for Ema’s signature froyo base plus candied pumpkin seeds. The dessert is also on offer at quick-serve cousin, Rotisserie Ema.

A small copper bowl containing swirled frozen yogurt, topped with pumpkin seeds.
Ema’s fall frozen yogurt.
Christina Slaton

1. The Whistler

2421 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
An orange cocktail in a tall narrow glass.
The Whistler’s Buck Hunter
The Whistler [Official Photo]

Logan Square’s creative cocktail bar and music venue the Whistler is giving a tiki twist to classic pumpkin pie. For her pumpkin orange-hued Buck Hunter cocktail ($12), bartender Marina Holter infuses toasted corn meal into Scotch to replace pie crust. She then adds fat-washed buttered velvet falernum, plus an allspice dram to stand in for the pie filling that likewise calls for burnt sugar and pumpkin syrup. She finishes the libation with lemon, a layer of spiced Angostura, and a cinnamon stick. 

2421 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

2. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

60 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
A slice of pumpkin chiffon pie.
Joe’s Seafood’s pumpkin chiffon pie
Anjali Pinto

Over at downtown seafood haunt Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab, chef Justin Diglia has just added a new pumpkin-laced dessert to the menu. Think pumpkin-chiffon pie ($9.95), with pumpkin chiffon and a layer of homemade whipped cream sitting in a graham cracker crust, topped with maple syrup and spiced walnuts.

60 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Beatrix

519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
A small glass is filled with a nitro coffee drink.
Beatrix’s pumpkin cream nitro coffee
Anjali Pinto

Hit up any Beatrix location for partner John Economos’ next-level PSL, the pumpkin cream nitro coffee ($4.85). The caffeinated creation blends nitro coffee with homemade pumpkin and vanilla whipped cream, plus cinnamon and raw sugar.

519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

4. Mastro's Steakhouse

520 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
A golden round pumpkin butter cake with whipped cream and strawberries.
Mastro’s Steakhouse’s pumpkin butter cake
Mastro’s Steakhouse [Official Photo]

Mastro’s Steakhouse in River North is celebrating fall with a new pumpkin butter cake ($18). Executive chef Matt Bedell explains that the sweet is a seasonal variation on the steakhouse’s most popular dessert, gooey warm butter cake. This version calls for his butter cake recipe blended with fresh pumpkin and warm spices. He tops the raw batter with pumpkin pie-spiced cream cheese then bakes the cake. Once it’s out of the oven, he adds a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzles caramel on top.

520 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. Marshall's Landing

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
An orange cocktail in a glass with rosemary.
Marshall’s Landing’s savory pumpkin Old Fashioned
Marshall’s Landing [Official Photo]

River North’s daytime hangout Marshall’s Landing is offering a fall spin on one of the world’s most popular classic cocktails. Bar manager Cristian Roman’s savory pumpkin Old Fashioned calls for bourbon, pumpkin and squash purée, Angostura bitters, and maple-demerara syrup. Drop in during happy hour when the drink is $9 a pop.

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Joe's Imports

813 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
A peachy-orange colored cocktail in a thin glass.
Joe’s Imports’ “white girl wasted”
Joe’s Imports [Official Photo]

Bar manager Marilia Pieretti at Fulton Market wine bar Joe’s Imports is celebrating pumpkin and spice with her “white girl wasted” ($15) cocktail. Her bourbon-based intoxicant calls for orange juice, maple syrup, and pumpkin spice syrup.

813 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

7. Publican Quality Meats

825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Two thick Rice Krispies treats on a blue and white plate.
PQM’s pumpkin spice Rice Krispies treats
Isabelle Langheim/One Off Hospitality

Lauded meat market Publican Quality Meats is celebrating fall flavors with pumpkin spice Rice Krispies treats ($3). Executive pastry chef Erika Chan’s dessert gives the old-school treat a seasonal upgrade, with caramelized white chocolate and spices such as cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg.

825 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

8. Eden Chicago

1748 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60612
A brown cocktail in a martini glass.
Eden’s “back to basics” cocktail
Eden [Official Photo]

Barman Alex Rydzewski at West Side’s Michelin-recommended Eden is behind the new American restaurant’s cocktail ode to pumpkin spice. “Back to basics” ($14) calls for bourbon, Kahlúa, egg white, half-and-half, mole bitters, pumpkin seeds, and a spiced pumpkin syrup. “I wanted to capture the classic fall flavors that everyone knows and associates with the pumpkin spice latte, and turn it into a great cocktail to enjoy as the cooler weather approaches,” Rydzewski said.

1748 W Lake St
Chicago, IL 60612

9. Yūgen Restaurant

652 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
An orange cocktail in a rocks glass.
Yūgen’s “a pumpkin and herrie pie”
Yūgen [Official Photo]

Inspired by beloved Japanese animated film “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” head bartender Stella Miller at Yūgen is offering “a pumpkin and herrie pie,” ($17) cocktail which riffs off the classic PSL. Her drink combines aged cachaça with Japanese pumpkin syrup, cherry heering, lemon, and nutmeg. She garnishes the cocktail with brûléed Japanese pumpkin and a Luxardo cherry.

652 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

10. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

908 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

While it might not be full-on ice cream season, that’s not stopping Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams from diving into the pumpkin fun. Drop into any location for a scoop of newly-launched pumpkin cake roll: heirloom pumpkin ice cream swirled with five-spiced cheese and cake.

908 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

11. Revival Food Hall

125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603
A pumpkin latte in a white ceramic coffee cup.
Revival Food Hall’s Spiced Pumpkin Latte
Revival Food Hall [Official Photo]

Last month, downtown dining market Revival Food Hall debuted its autumnal spiced pumpkin latte ($4.75 to $6.25). Made from a blend of house-made pumpkin butter, vanilla, turbinado sugar, and spices, this SPL is a welcome introduction to fall.

125 S Clark St
Chicago, IL 60603

12. Ema

74 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
A small copper bowl containing swirled frozen yogurt, topped with pumpkin seeds.
Ema’s fall frozen yogurt.
Christina Slaton

Popular River North mediterranean spot Ema is offering a fall riff on its famous frozen Greek yogurt dessert. The spiced, seasonal iteration ($7.95) calls for Ema’s signature froyo base plus candied pumpkin seeds. The dessert is also on offer at quick-serve cousin, Rotisserie Ema.

74 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

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