Best Hot Chocolate You Can Only Find in Chicagoland

Go ahead and indulge in a cup of hot cocoa!

On a winter day in Chicago, those at-home Swiss Miss packets just won’t do when you’re jonesing for a cup of hot chocolate to awaken your senses.

Whether the warm drink is simple or over-the-top, we’ve found the best places for hot chocolate that you can only get in Chicago and the suburbs.

Note: We’re updating our website as quickly as we can, but changes may occur due to COVID-19. Please double check before heading out for the most updated information on safety precautions, vaccine requirements and any last-minute cancellations.

Bombo Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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There’s no filter needed for these epic, Instagrammable cups of Hotter Chocolate — brimming with color, a dark chocolate taste and lots of toppings! You can get creative by building your own hot chocolate and choose your own toppings, or you can opt for their signature drinks like S’mores or Cookie Crumble.

Chocolat Uzma

This chocolate shop in Pilsen brings in South Asian-inspired treats including sipping made from dark Belgian chocolates and bittersweet single Origin chocolates from Mexico. We also suggest trying one of their hot chocolate bombs for winter fun.

Cocoa & Co.

The drinking chocolate from this prime chocolate shop in Old Town was featured on FoodNetwork.com as one of the best hot chocolates in the country. In addition to sipping on the hot cocoa from Cocoa & Co., you can also sign up for intimate tasting classes or treat your friends and extended family to a virtual tasting event now.

Emeche Cakery & Cafe

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This Bronzeville bakery is known for its cakes, cookies and cupcakes, but add whipped coffee and perfect hot chocolate to that list. You’ll swoon over the house hot cocoa, but step up to try the s’mores hot chocolate, a delectable offering that hits every note to warm up winter.

Firecakes

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Address: Multiple window locations in Chicago and Oak Park

Made with Valrhona chocolate drops, steamed milk and vanilla extract, the Belgian Hot Chocolate at Firecakes is decadent and smooth. Top it off with a house-made, Tahitian vanilla bean marshmallow, and pair it with any small batch donut that Firecakes is known for (our favorites are Honey Glazed, Apple Fritter and Old Fashioned Buttermilk).

Glenview Grind

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Brewed fresh daily, this local coffee shop is known for its “Glen Cocoa” with a “Lil’ Glen Cocoa” perfect for kiddos. Choose from dark, milk or white chocolate and topped with a healthy dose of whipped cream, you’ll want to order four.

Hometown Coffee & Juice

Fresh from the Espresso bar, this creamy hot chocolate comes iced or piping hot and served to your liking. For the littlest in your family, it is available in four sizes, including as small as eight ounces. With Hometown Houses that can be reserved for families as big as six, you can also enjoy a lunchtime S’mores bar with your hot cocoa.

JoJo’s Shake Bar

 

 
 
 
 
 
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JoJo’s Shake Bar is known for their extreme milkshakes, but in the winter, they offer crazy milkshakes, too. Each variety is topped with whipped cream and special toppings like jumbo marshmallows, covered pretzels and cinnamon buns. Make it adult-style by adding Baileys.

Katherine Anne Confections

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sometimes, simplicity shines. This is true for the luxurious drinking chocolate at Katherine Anne’s Confections. The signature item on the menu, Katherine Anne’s uses real chocolate, a touch of sea salt and a mixture of high-quality milk and cream. Throw a fluffy, house made marshmallow in there (flavors include salted caramel, cinnamon and vanilla black pepper) and watch it dissipate into pure heaven in a cup.

Kilwin’s

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Address: Locations in Chicago (Hyde Park, Loop, Navy Pier, Wrigleyville), Elmhurst, Arlington Heights, Evanston, Naperville and Wheaton

This shop might be known best for its ice cream, but thanks to its history of chocolate making it also tops the list of some of the best hot chocolate in the city. When you buy it by the bag to make the hot chocolate at home, there’s no powder here. You’ll be adding piping hot milk to sweet shaved chocolate!

Le Chocolat du Bouchard

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This gourmet chocolatier serves up hot cups in eight flavors, making the trip to the Western Suburbs worth the calories. Included on the menu is Mexicocoa, mint chocolate, toasted marshmallow and a hot chocolate cherry. Even the “classic” is made from a blend of Belgain and Swiss cocoas, proving that classic doesn’t mean basic.

Leonidas Chocolate Cafe

This Belgian hot chocolate is the kind that will have your kids – and your taste buds – begging to go back for more. Made with Belgian chocolate callets (better than a chocolate chip because it’s created for melting rather than baking), this decadent drink comes in seven flavors ranging from Mexican chocolate to triple chocolate to extreme dark. Kids will love the lollipop hot chocolate, which is the original hot chocolate bomb.

Mindy’s Bakery

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While we miss Mindy’s Hot Chocolate restaurant and dessert bar, you can still enjoy the popular hot chocolate at the newer Wicker Park bakery. Purchase hot chocolate blends with the following flavors available Mexican Hot Chocolate, Medium Hot Chocolate and Dark Hot Chocolate.

Xoco

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Xoco is the only restaurant in Chicago with its own bean-to-cup chocolate program. We will spare you the technical details, but just know that the beans (which are imported from Mexico) are given lots of TLC (they’re roasted, grinded and cooled) before they hit your cup. The end result is five authentic options of hot chocolate, which can be mixed with streamy milk, water and organic sugar, depending on personal preference. Due to the pandemic, all transactions at the restaurant are cashless and orders can be made to pick up the signature chocolate curbside.

XO Marshmallow

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Chicago’s first marshmallow cafe, XO Marshmallow, may be known for its ooey gooey marshmallows, but we’ll let you in on a secret … the gourmet hot chocolate is the star on the menu. The whimsical shop serves up ever-changing flavors like lavender, white peppermint, and salted caramel, and even has an online shop that sells the mixes for delivery or pickup.

Xurro

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Address: Various locations in city

This Mexican hot chocolate is nothing short of amazing to warm you up for winter. Flavors include white chocolate, spice Mexican chocolate, peppermint, Mayan mocha and Abuelita Hot Chocolate. You can even pick up Abuelita Hot Chocolate by the gallon to treat the whole family at home.


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