Lincoln Square’s best-kept secret: Crepes in the Park

Unless you frequent Welles Park in the summer, you might not know about one of the north side’s best-kept secrets: Crepes in the Park, a charming food stand open from April-October that serves made-to-order crepes.

Welles Park

2333 W. Sunnyside, Chicago

Located on the north side of the park near Lincoln and Sunnyside, the stand offers either sweet or savory varieties. For the sweet crepes, customers create their own recipe with a choice of three ingredients such as fruit, nuts and chocolate. It is then topped with a huge helping of whipped cream and doused with powdered sugar. Fresh strawberries, sweet cream cheese, caramel, peanut butter, bananas and almonds are just a few of more than two dozen options.

The savory menu is essentially a meal, with menu items including chicken fajita with sun-dried tomatoes; ham and cheese; chicken pesto with parmesan; and spinach and ricotta. We’ve found kids can often split a savory crepe, leaving room for a sweet one for dessert.

Kids love watching the crepes being made while parents appreciate the price–$4 for a sweet crepe and $6 for a savory one. Crepes in the Park is open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. It can get crowded on weekends, especially when there is a baseball game going on at the park. But hop right in line: this tres bon taste of Paris is worth the wait.

The owner can also arrange for a crepe stand at parties and street fairs.

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