Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park, home to many a Chicago nightspot
for the local college students who populate the area, now boasts a
new, kid-friendly place called Cookie Bar. It's the ideal spot for
an after-school, after-theater or after-zoo pick-me-up.
Cookie Bar, the newest sweet-treat specialty
shop in the heart of Lincoln Park, is perfect for a zoo
Grab a glass or a shot of milk and cozy up to the bar
overlooking the busy street scene in this corner cookie store. Tap
to the beat of '70s tunes as you indulge in more than 15 different
types of cookies, baked fresh daily, including standard favorites
(think Chocolate Chip, Old School Sugar, Peanut Butter) and a
series of rotating specials for the more adventuresome cookie
lovers (Ginger Caramel, Black Sesame, Cardamom Crunch and more). I
tried the Adult Chocolate Chip, which boasts 61 percent Callebaut
dark chocolate and a hint of coconut (from the coconut oil used in
place of dairy to give a chewy texture) and I was in chocolate
heaven. My 9-year-old son adored the Butterfinger, the perfect
combination of his favorite candy bar and cookie (sugar).
Of course, cookies will never be low-cal, but at least here they
are made with zero trans-fats and best quality ingredients. "We
think it's really important to stay away from additives," explains
co-owner Jeff Steinberg. "We also use Callebaut for our chocolate,
offer organic milk and feature Alterra organic fair trade
Your kids won't even notice that many of the cookies are
gluten-free and/or vegan friendly. "A lot of gluten-free baked
goods are heavy because they rely on potato starch and white rice
flour, which we don't use," Steinberg says. "We use teff, mesquite,
coconut, amaranth and quinoa." Gluten-free Super Chocolate and
classic Chocolate Chip are always on the daily menu, as well as
vegan/dairy-free cookies from Chocolate Chip to more exotic
options, including Orange Blossom Cardamom and Oatmeal Chile Mango
To make a day of it, Lincoln Park Zoo is a five-minute ride
away; the Biograph and Emerald City theaters are within a short
walking distance down Lincoln Avenue.
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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