Chicago’s top sweet shops to satisfy your sweet tooth

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth (or a bunch of teeny-tiny ones)? These Chicago bakeries are indulgent, kid-friendly and sure to give you a sugar rush when you’re craving a sweet treat.


Don’t forget about:

More Cupcakes, Sprinkles Cupcakes and Molly’s Cupcakes for (no surprise here!) cupcakes.

Floriole Cafe and Bakery for delicate French pastries and hearty breads sourced from local ingredients.

Hoosier Mama Pie Company and Bang Bang Pie for homemade pies in a rotating array of flavors.


Summer House for the most delicious chocolate chip cookie you’ll ever taste.


Southport Grocery for the best gluten-free cupcakes in the city.

Kingsbury Cafe for oversized meringues, iced sugar cookies and muffins almost too pretty to eat.

Roeser’s Bakery for yummy baked goods including doughnuts worthy of five stars.

Vanille Patisserie for beautiful French pastries and other goodies that will transport you straight to Europe.


Credit: Cafe Selmarie


3329 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Talk about nostalgia! Dinkel’s in Lakeview has been serving up delectable baked goods since 1922. Rows upon rows of beautifully frosted cookies in shapes like butterflies, dinosaurs and cars will grab the attention of your kiddos. The old-fashioned doughnuts have acquired a cult following and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee for the grown-ups.

Sweet Mandy B’s

1208 W. Webster Ave., Chicago

A sugar-infused dream for any child (or parent!), this retro bakery is a can’t-miss Lincoln Park hotspot for sweet cupcakes in a variety of flavors, as well as throwback confections like a gooey s’more or classic banana pudding. If your child enjoys baking or has shown a flair for it, Sweet Mandy B’s hosts cupcake-making workshops for littles.

Café Selmarie

4729 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Although this Lincoln Square cafe is a popular brunch spot, cakes, tortes, pies, cookies and pastries take center stage in the bakery. Your kids will probably veer toward the decadent cinnamon buns or fruit tarts. Parents will appreciate the plethora of patio seating during the nice days we have left, as well as the flakiest croissants and scones you’ve ever bitten into.

Cookie Bar

1746 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago

With the abundance of adults and children who can’t tolerate gluten, Cookie Bar reigns supreme. This gluten-free bakery serves up mouth-watering cookies, brownies, bars, cupcakes, doughnuts and more, in addition to many gluten-free vegan options. If your child prefers cookies, the giant cookie pizza makes the perfect special occasion treat and was even featured on The Food Network.

Alliance Bakery

1736 W. Division St., Chicago

Beautiful French macarons (consistently named the best in Chicago), savory and sweet croissants, cake pops and cupcakes are just a sampling of what you’ll find at this charming bakery in Wicker Park. The impressive 3-D cakes (in the shape of a beloved book or Disney character, for example) are also worth mentioning for an extra-special birthday cake.

Fabiana’s Bakery

5655 S. University Ave., Chicago

This gem in Hyde Park is located inside the University Church on the University of Chicago campus. You’ll see many students and university staff enjoying lattes and pastries, but kids are welcome and there’s ample seating. Kids will love the banana pudding and cupcakes while grown-ups should try the delicious breads or a slice of the vegan coconut cake.

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