Got a hankering for something sweet? Whether you’re in the mood for a banana split or a cupcake, you’ll find pure bliss at any one of these six Chicago dessert spots! With recommendations from Gino Williams of Chicago Alphabet Soup, Jeff Pearl of Jeff Eats Chicago, and Amanda Topper of The Ghost Guest, your sweet-tooth cravings will be satisfied — well, until they kick in again. Enjoy!
Sugar Fixé Patisserie – 119 North Marion Street
“Chicago may be top contender for cupcake houses that always have red velvet cupcakes on display. But Sugar Fixe Patisserie at 19 N. Marion Street in Oak Park, Illinois, has fresh baked goods that will make you think twice about indulging the mill of cupcakeries. Pick from tarts, cookies, slices of cake, and specialty mousses, you will find that they all are worth the escape to Oak Park. And it would be so very, very wrong to not marry any one of their desserts with a cup of coffee or loose-leaf tea.” –Gino
Margie’s Candies – 1960 N Western and 1813 Montrose
“Some of the oldest and best ice cream in the city is what makes this place so great. Order a side of hot fudge and you will not be sorry. It all comes in these porcelain clam-shaped dishes. The banana splits are no joke either.” –Jeff
“Margie’s Candies is hands-down the best place to grab dessert in the city. Since 1921, Margie’s has been serving up delicious ice cream fountain treats topped with the most outrageous hot fudge. Where else can you feel like a kid eating a sundae out of a giant clamshell? Margie’s is a great place to treat yourself to an indulgent ice cream concoction!” –Amanda
Julius Meinl – 3601 N Southport Ave, 4363 N. Lincoln Ave., and 4115 N. Ravenswood Ave.
“Although not a dessert shop per se, Julius Meinl is still one of the best spots in Chicago proper for a variety of fresh desserts, coffee, and tea. With locations at 4363 N. Lincoln Avenue, 3601 N. Southport Avenue, and 4115 N. Ravenswood Avenue, you are assured to clap with bliss from a dobos, chocolate molten cake, esterhazy, or any other sweet for the palate. The coffee and tea options are absolute tops. And most weekends, you can enjoy your dessert, coffee, and/or tea while listening to some live music. Sweet!” –Gino
Sweet Mandy B’s – 1208 W Webster Ave
“Sweet Mandy B’s is a retro bakery shop in the heart of Lincoln Park featuring tempting cakes, cupcakes, pastries, cookies and more! Personally, I think it makes the best cake I’ve ever had. Normally, one would order a Sweet Mandy B’s cake for a special occasion, but, for me, any day is the perfect day to grab a slice of the heavenly cake. The frosting has the perfect combination of a pillowy soft texture and not-too-sweet flavor.” –Amanda
Kilwins – 5226 South Harper Avenue
“Chicago’s Hyde Park is in the midst of a renaissance and a new entry on the Hyde Park landscape is Kilwins at 5226 S. Harper Avenue. Albeit a candy store with chocolate as its main product, you can also delight yourself with a cup or cone of a variety of ice cream flavors. If that isn’t enough, you can have coffee along with your frozen treat. With the picture show next door, it’s an ideal spot for stopping for a quick dessert before heading home.” –Gino
Miko’s Italian Ice – 1846 N Damen Ave
“There’s no better way to beat the heat than with some Italian Ice. Miko’s has the whole street side window setup. The banana chocolate chip is my favorite flavor, but the mango ain’t too bad either.” –Jeff
Marisa Miyasaki loves to mix and match different cuisines and believes Korean Tacos are just about the coolest thing ever invented. She is a devout foodhist and has a borderline-crazy obsession with taking pictures of nearly everything she eats. As Menuism's Community Manager, Marisa hopes to share her passion for food with the world- one hungry foodie at a time.