5 spots for sweet treats in Chicago

1) Same Day Cafe

This all-day cafe is humble about its sweeter side, but it’s so good. Flavorful syrups made in-house mean you can order a Chocolate, Wild Cherry, or Lemon Lavender Phosphate with your brunch, or skip straight to dessert with homemade ice creams, egg creams, and a half-dozen freshly baked cookies. The candied ginger molasses? Chef’s kiss.

people enjoying food and drinks at Same Day Cafe

2651 N Kedzie Avenue, Logan Square

+1 773 342 7040


2) Sweet Mandy B's

Sometimes, all you need is a really, really good cupcake. Sweet Mandy B’s has been perfecting its cupcakes for more than 20 years, methodically topping them with a dreamy dollop of frosting presented just so. Perfectly symmetrical bars and cookies fill out the cases.

cake counter at Sweet Mandy B's in Chicago

1208 West Webster Avenue, Sheffield Neighbors

+1 773 244 1174


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3) Bang Bang Pies & Biscuits

Pie doesn’t seem like a destination treat…until you’ve tried Bang Bang. This unintentionally pie-shaped storefront lures customers to its wonderfully aromatic space with its perfectly thick, brown, flaky crusts filled with delicious ingredients.

cake display with cookies and pies at Bang Bang Pies

Giovanni Simeone

2051 N California Avenue, Logan Square

+1 773 276 8888


4) Aji Ichiban

Grab a basket as soon as you walk through the door of this Chinatown candy shop neatly arranged with bin after bin of colorful candy. Hard and soft, ginger and sour, chewy and crunchy – they’re all on display and beg to be scooped by the pound. On the shelves are an assortment of hard-to-find packaged cookies and candy bars.

store front of Aji Ichiban candy store

2117 South China Place, Chinatown

+1 312 804 8686

5) Spinning J

Situated in a cute corner storefront dating to the 1930s, this throwback soda fountain and bake shop is a delightful destination. Every single detail is handled with care – from design choices like the hand-stenciled walls and vintage light fixtures, to the thick and crispy knuckle-pressed crust on the Key Lime Hibiscus Pie.

cosy interior of Spinning J in Chicago

1000 N California Avenue, West Town

+1 872 829 2793


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