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Warm Up With These 14 Artisan Hot Chocolates

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Nowadays, one never exactly knows what they'll taste inside their chocolately drink. From spiced ingredients to boozy flavors, restaurants all around Chicago have put their spin on the classic warm and frothy beverage. Check out the map to see where you can "warm up" (or even "cool off," if you dare) on a chocolate sipper.


Eater Chicago intern Aimee Gasior contributed this story.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mindy's Hot Chocolate

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1747 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 489-1747
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Home of the 2012 James Beard "outstanding pastry chef" winner, this urban café produces numerous flavors of hot chocolate topped with giant house-made marshmallows.

2. Mercadito

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108 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-9555
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Served hot or cold, the "chocomole" is flavored with the same warm, rustic ingredients as the restaurants traditional mole.

3. Katherine Anne Confections

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2745 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 245-1630
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Topped with two of their house-made marshmallows or house-whipped cream, this Logan Square confectionary destination is serving up ten types of ridiculously rich hot chocolates.

4. XOCO

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449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 661-1434
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One of the only restaurants in the country to produce their own chocolate in house, Xoco offers five meticulously constructed chocolate beverages. Pro tip: Use the house-created churros as a dipping vessel.

5. George's Ice Cream & Sweets

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5306 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-7600
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Nestled up north in Andersonville, this psudeo-ice cream parlor serves everything from standard confections to whimsical desserts, including their specialty hot and cold chocolate creations.

6. Allium

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120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 799-4900
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Hidden inside the Four Seasons Hotel, Allium offers not one, not two, but three choices of spiked or sans-spiked specialty chocolate beverages.

7. Cafe Spiaggia

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980 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-2750
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Just as its sibling Bar Toma does, Cafe Spiaggia delivers a rich-yet-delicate hot chocolate. The “cioccolato” is available with or without peppermint schnapps.

8. Xocoatl

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2241 S Wolcott
Chicago, IL

Emerging from a passionate world of churros, this enclave is also known for its original Mayan hot beverages. Five lavish-yet-uncomplicated hot chocolates are up for grabs.

9. Cafe Jumping Bean

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1439 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 455-0019
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Served in a tall glass, this spiced hot chocolate is a local favorite that is filled with an array of blended chocolates and steamed milk to create a smooth pick-me-up.

10. Bar Toma

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110 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-3110
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Want to escape the tourists on Michigan Avenue? Head to Tony Mantuano’s neighborhood pizzeria and espresso bar to warm up with a Venetian-style cup of cocoa.

11. Las Palmas

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1835 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 289-4991
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This family-run Mexican spot is serving up two specialty beverages. A neighborhood favorite is the "chorriado," which includes hot milk with raw cane sugar, cinnamon, and tequila.

12. NoMI

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800 N Michigan Ave, Fl 7
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 239-4030
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Starting with a blank cup of Valhrona chocolate, the possibilities are endless at this fully-stocked hot chocolate bar. House-made marshmallows, candy canes, sugary candies, and even liquor are just some options in this lavish spread.

13. Balsan

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11 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 646-1400
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Inside the Waldorf Astoria restaurant, four chocolate beverages created by bartender Michael Knox are all made using a base of house-made chocolate syrup and steamed whole milk. Additional holiday coffee and liqueur enhancements can be added to any of the cocoa creations.

14. Cassava

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3338 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3039
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This cafe named for the cassava plant offers a traditional hot dark chocolate beverage or a spicy alternative, topped with cayenne pepper, chili powder, and cinnamon.

1. Mindy's Hot Chocolate

1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Home of the 2012 James Beard "outstanding pastry chef" winner, this urban café produces numerous flavors of hot chocolate topped with giant house-made marshmallows.

1747 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

2. Mercadito

108 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Served hot or cold, the "chocomole" is flavored with the same warm, rustic ingredients as the restaurants traditional mole.

108 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

3. Katherine Anne Confections

2745 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647

Topped with two of their house-made marshmallows or house-whipped cream, this Logan Square confectionary destination is serving up ten types of ridiculously rich hot chocolates.

2745 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647

4. XOCO

449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

One of the only restaurants in the country to produce their own chocolate in house, Xoco offers five meticulously constructed chocolate beverages. Pro tip: Use the house-created churros as a dipping vessel.

449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. George's Ice Cream & Sweets

5306 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Nestled up north in Andersonville, this psudeo-ice cream parlor serves everything from standard confections to whimsical desserts, including their specialty hot and cold chocolate creations.

5306 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Allium

120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

Hidden inside the Four Seasons Hotel, Allium offers not one, not two, but three choices of spiked or sans-spiked specialty chocolate beverages.

120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

7. Cafe Spiaggia

980 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Just as its sibling Bar Toma does, Cafe Spiaggia delivers a rich-yet-delicate hot chocolate. The “cioccolato” is available with or without peppermint schnapps.

980 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Xocoatl

2241 S Wolcott, Chicago, IL

Emerging from a passionate world of churros, this enclave is also known for its original Mayan hot beverages. Five lavish-yet-uncomplicated hot chocolates are up for grabs.

2241 S Wolcott
Chicago, IL

9. Cafe Jumping Bean

1439 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Served in a tall glass, this spiced hot chocolate is a local favorite that is filled with an array of blended chocolates and steamed milk to create a smooth pick-me-up.

1439 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

10. Bar Toma

110 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611

Want to escape the tourists on Michigan Avenue? Head to Tony Mantuano’s neighborhood pizzeria and espresso bar to warm up with a Venetian-style cup of cocoa.

110 E Pearson St
Chicago, IL 60611

11. Las Palmas

1835 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

This family-run Mexican spot is serving up two specialty beverages. A neighborhood favorite is the "chorriado," which includes hot milk with raw cane sugar, cinnamon, and tequila.

1835 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

12. NoMI

800 N Michigan Ave, Fl 7, Chicago, IL 60611

Starting with a blank cup of Valhrona chocolate, the possibilities are endless at this fully-stocked hot chocolate bar. House-made marshmallows, candy canes, sugary candies, and even liquor are just some options in this lavish spread.

800 N Michigan Ave, Fl 7
Chicago, IL 60611

13. Balsan

11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

Inside the Waldorf Astoria restaurant, four chocolate beverages created by bartender Michael Knox are all made using a base of house-made chocolate syrup and steamed whole milk. Additional holiday coffee and liqueur enhancements can be added to any of the cocoa creations.

11 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611

14. Cassava

3338 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

This cafe named for the cassava plant offers a traditional hot dark chocolate beverage or a spicy alternative, topped with cayenne pepper, chili powder, and cinnamon.

3338 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

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