3 places for the best hot chocolate in Chicago

What’s a parent to do when it is so cold outside? For starters, know where to get the city’s best hot chocolate.

These three establishments are a delicious place to start:

Mindy’s Hot Chocolate

Mindy’s is a full-service restaurant in Chicago’s Wicker Park serving contemporary American cuisine–and some of the tastiest desserts and hot chocolate in the city. Hot chocolate, served in gigantic mugs with homemade marshmallows, comes in flavors such as the “black and tan,”which is one-third fudge and two-thirds hot chocolate or a spicy Mexican variety made with fresh cinnamon and cayenne.

Xoco

Leave it to Rick Bayless to do it all right, even hot chocolate. At his River North café, Xoco (pronounced SHO-ko meaning “little sister” in Aztec), customers enjoy ™bean to cup∫ hot chocolate, meaning they roast and grind the beans into large chocolate bars, which are mixed with steamed milk or water and organic sugar.

Ghiradelli

The perfect place to pop in during a family outing on Michigan Avenue. The shop’s sea salt caramel hot cocoa comes topped with whipped cream and squares of chocolate. If you really want to give the kids a sugar high, order the rich chocolate brownie.

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