Try Out Some Delicious Chicago Pastries at These Top Bakeries

June 22, 2020
jason wolfe
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Indulge Your Sweet Tooth and Have Some Chicago Pastries

Who doesn’t crave something sweet every now and then? Whether you are off to the office or you just need a midday pick-me-up, a muffin or croissant may be just what you need. Chicago is home to so many wonderful bakeries, it can be hard to pick just one. Maybe you want a bakery near work so you won’t have to stray far from the office. Or perhaps you want to find the go-to bakery shop for each Chicago neighborhood. Either way, you are in the right place. Check out these top bakeries where you can find the best Chicago pastries.

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810 Dempster St. Evanston, 

IL 60202 |

A Rustic Shop That Serves Pastries from Scratch Using Organic Ingredients

The little rustic bakery’s interior. Image courtesy of Hewn

Hewn is a small, independently-owned and operated bakery in Evanston. All products are made from scratch using organic flour and grain. The breads are all hand-mixed, hand-shaped, and naturally fermented. Hewn also collaborates with local farms to source their grains, produce, and dairy. The bread selections rotate daily. Each day, the menu consists of the store’s country loaf, blonde country loaf, and four or more rotating specialty loaves. Everything from challah to caramelized onion rye has been featured. 

Many of the interior furnishings were salvaged and repurposed from old material in order to create a genuine, rustic atmosphere for customers. The owner’s eye for design has allowed the store’s interior to accurately reflect the warm, rustic nature of their bread.

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“The vibe/ambiance is honestly just a cherry on top compared to how fantastic all their baked goods are. Their breads are fantastic. Their croissants are so good they make me want to yell random words when I'm eating them.” - Yelp Review 

Delightful Pastries

5927 W Lawrence Ave. 

Portage Park |

Famous for Their Paczki, This Chicago Bakery Also Serves a Full Seasonal Menu

Their Polish doughnuts come in three different flavors: plum jelly, raspberry jelly, and custard. Image courtesy of Delightful Pastries.

Start your morning right with some savory Chicago pastries. Since 1998, this quaint bakery has served authentic mouth-watering European pastries to its fanatic customers. The mother-daughter duo who founded the bakery wanted to use natural ingredients for their pastries that did not end up completely covered with sugar. Instead, they wanted the natural flavors of the pastry to shine through. Most of their pastries are made with low-sugar. None of them contain any chemicals or preservatives. 

Their menu contains a variety of items, including: 

Keep in mind that the items listed are just a few of the items featured on the bakery’s extensive menu. 

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“Croissants absolutely out of this world. Melts in your mouth! Everything completely made all-natural, they even have a huge refrigerator with premade soups, pierogies, cakes and breads. Many of their items are vegan which is awesome! I will never buy my bread anywhere else.” - Yelp Review 

Baker Miller

4655 N Lincoln Ave. Ravenswood, 

Lincoln Square |

Savor Made from Scratch Baked Goods and Creative Comfort Food at This Chicago Bakery

Take a seat at one of the wooden tables as you wait for your pastry. Image courtesy of Yelp

Need a fresh-baked pastry to start your day? Maybe you also want something less sweet and more savory to help you stay full until lunch. Either way, you have come to the right place. Baker Miller offers a full breakfast menu that appeals to all taste buds. Along with its bakery kitchen, Baker Miller also has a full savory kitchen for serving breakfast and lunch. 

The Bakery offers a variety of pastries, breads, and pies. The pastry types rotate per whim and season, but there are some pastries that they usually offer no matter the time or the season. These include their Blueberry Oat Muffins, Bacon Cheddar Hand Pies, Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls, Biscuits, and Key Lime Pie.   

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“I had the Fisherman's Biscuit which is really tasty. Smoked salmon and pickled onions with some aioli. Served with a fresh side of greens with a little dressing. The coffee was good too. Will return!” - Yelp Review

Cellar Door Provisions

3025 W Diversey Ave. 

Logan Square |

A Small Logan Square Bakery That Serves Delectable Pastries

Enjoy warm bread and butter for the morning. Image courtesy of Yelp

Cellar Door Provisions is a daytime cafe and nighttime bistro in Logan Square that serves cooking sourced from the Midwest. The menu changes weekly according to seasonal demands. For pastries, they serve Canneles, Scones, Croissants, and Kouign Amanns. They also offer a comprehensive breakfast menu comprised of savory items such as the Quiche, Spanish Tortilla, and the Sourdough Flatbread. 

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“I'm so impressed. This place is tiny but the giant windows and minimalist design really make the small dining room much larger than it is. They are really putting out quality and technical pastries. We got the brioche and the quiche. They change the spread on the brioche toast but this time it was some sort of sweet potato jam and frangipane. It was so tasty and not overly sweet.” - Yelp Review

Dinkel’s Bakery

3329 N Lincoln Ave. 

Lakeview |

For Almost 100 Years, Dinkel’s Bakery Has Satisfied Every Sweet Tooth in the Lakeview Area

Try the Maple Walnut donut with a cup of coffee. Image courtesy of Yelp

Dine-in or order delivery at one of Chicago’s most popular bakeries. In the mood for something sweet? Dinkel’s serves a variety of sweets baked daily at the store. Donuts, Fritters, Coffee Cakes, Danishes, Cinnamon Buns, Caramel Pecan Rolls and more are served fresh every day. For something more savory, try the Stuffed Croissants or the Quiche. 

Just don’t forget to try the bakery’s World Famous Stollen. Pure butter yeast is raised before being filled with almonds, cashews, pineapple, and golden raisins that were soaked overnight in rum and brandy. After being baked, the bread is glazed in butter and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. 

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“I've never had anything here I didn't love. Cakes, pastries, cookies, brownies- all delicious. I recently tried their carrot cake for the first time and it might be my new favorite.” - Yelp Review 

Weber’s Bakery

7055 W Archer Ave. 

Garfield Ridge |

Family-Owned Bakery That Sells the Most Delicious Chicago Pastries

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Pick up a chocolate-covered donut while you are there. Image courtesy of Facebook

Weber’s Bakery is one of Chicago’s oldest and finest bakeries. Since 1930, Weber’s has served a large variety of high-quality breads, pastries, and cakes to happy customers. Each item is baked from scratch every morning. For new customers, we recommend picking something from the Signature Items menu. Chocolate Cake Donuts, Kolacky, and Buttermilk Poundcake are just a few delectable items featured on it. 

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“If you don't already know, this is THE Chicago bakery. For those who are uninformed, this Southside establishment does it all. From their quality products to their busy shop at all hours of the day, make sure you order ahead of time!” - Yelp Review

Little Goat Diner

820 W Randolph St. West Loop,

Near West Side |

Chicago Diner Known for its Extensive Menu and Creative Take on Comfort Food

Craving something savory? Order the Boneless Fried Chicken Thighs. Image courtesy of Yelp

Little Goat Diner houses a bakery that serves fresh-baked bread every morning. Customers can watch the baker and his team feed starters, make doughs, and scale out rolls every morning. White, quinoa sourdough, rye, and bacon gouda bread are served every day. Guests can also stop by for coffee cake, croissants, bagels, cupcakes, cookies, and more. 

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“I love how many sweet and savory options they have- I ended up getting the Bull's Eye French Toast for myself and it was even better than I thought. There is a sunny side egg in the French Toast. The fried chicken was flavorful and crispy which added a nice contrast in texture and there was a sweet and light syrup on top that really pulled the whole dish together.” - Yelp Review

Cookies, croissants, pies, loaves of bread, and all the pastries you could ever want await you at these popular Chicago bakeries. Thank goodness Chicago has no shortage of these delicious treats. From the North Side to the South Side, the city is full of exciting bakeries and pastry shops to indulge your sweet tooth in. What’s your go-to pastry? Tell us in the comments!


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