Beyond the many parks and summer festivals, Chicago happens to also be a major food city. Although known for its deep-dish pizza and hot dogs (no ketchup!), Chicago also has some pretty epic desserts that’ll you definitely want to save room for. What’s more, each neighborhood offers something tasty and unique, so no matter where you venture, you’ll stumble upon some deliciously, sweet eats. Still, we’ve rounded up a few notable picks. Here are 5 desserts you have to eat in Chicago.
Anything From Molly’s Cupcakes
Molly’s Cupcakes, with locations in Streeterville and Lincoln Park, makes a trip to Chicago well worth it. With several options to choose from, there’s a treat for any type of palate—whether you’re looking for something super sweet and rich, like the Peanut Butter Nutella, or something light and fruity, like the Peach Cobbler. You can even customize your own creation on the spot. Fun fact: Molly’s cupcakes won an episode of the TV show, “Cupcake Wars!”
Formento’s Chocolate Cake
This chocolate cake from Formento’s in Chicago is pretty unreal—a 10-layer cake consisting of chocolate pudding frosting, chocolate ganache, hazelnut praline, and more chocolate, it’ll take the meaning of chocolate cake to a whole new level. As it’s so moist and rich, it just melts in your mouth, without coming off as too heavy or chocolate “overkill.” Situated right in the heart of West Loop, it’s also a great area to explore after dinner—you’ll want to walk off that cake, anyway!
Carrot Cake Soufflé At the Albert
Although recently opened, the Albert restaurant in Streeterville is surely making a culinary splash. You might think Grand Marnier or chocolate when picturing a soufflé dessert, but here’s a unique approach: Carrot cake, and an exceptional one at that. Topped with walnuts, pineapple, caramel, and dusted gold fragments, it’s luxurious and decadent. And, the inside is gooey and warm, which is always a plus.
Cake Shake From Portillo’s
It wouldn’t be fair to not include Portillo’s epic chocolate cake shake on this list, as it’s a signature treat that all Chicagoans can agree on. Think: A slice of rich, chocolate cake spun into a shake—for moments when using a fork seem unbearable. What’s more, Chicago has terrific shakes all around. If you’re looking for something with extra garnish and spunk, head to Public House, where they offer chocolate and vanilla, as well as seasonal options for dessert. And, if you find the addition of cake to be a bit much, you can head to Mindy’s Hot Chocolate, for a chocolate concoction that’s pure, rich, and smooth on the tongue.
A pillow-like, sugar-encrusted Italian doughnut, a bomboloni is light and airy, making it a delicious way to enjoy something sweet without feeling stuffed. After taking a stroll down Randolph Street in Chicago (known as “Restaurant Row”), head to BomboBar a walk-up window around the corner of Bar Siena, for an array of treats to go. The fillings are all different—ranging from Salted Caramel and Maple Buttercream, to PB&J and Vanilla Bean Custard, among others.
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