Restaurants

Bakery in Wicker Park, Bucktown & Ukrainian Village

Stan's Donuts

In a field rich with contenders, Stan's may have Chicago's best doughnuts. Staff are always super nice, the retro vibe rocks, and the Biscoff pockets (that's cookie butter inside a frosted square doughnut) and lemon…
Bakery in Lincoln Park & Old Town

La Fournette

The chef hails from Alsace in France and he fills his narrow, rustic-wood bakery with bright-hued macarons (purple passionfruit, green pistachio, red raspberry-chocolate), cheese-infused breads, crust-crackling bagu…
Bakery in Gold Coast

Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter

Hiding in a nondescript apartment building, Hendrickx is a local secret. Push open the bright orange door and behold the waffles, white-chocolate bread and dark-chocolate croissants among the flaky, buttery, Belgian…
Bakery in Near North & Navy Pier

Doughnut Vault

This teensy, chandelier-clad shop is indeed in a vault – an old bank vault – with room for only a handful of people. The glazed doughnuts (vanilla or chestnut) are the beauties here, giant and fluffy as a pillow. Th…
Cafe in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Bourgeois Pig

An old-style cafe with big, creaking wooden tables and chairs, the Pig serves strong java and whopping sandwiches. It’s a convivial place to grab a bite while working through the newspaper or chatting with friends. …
Cafe in Andersonville & Uptown

First Slice

First Slice not only serves made-from-scratch soups, salads, quiches, sandwiches and eight different flaky-crusted pies daily, but proceeds help supply needy families with fresh, healthy meals. So you're doing good …
Cafe in Logan Square & Humboldt Park

C.C. Ferns

Owned by prolific Chicago restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, C.C. Ferns is a cozy coffee house in Humboldt Park appended to the back of a 1930s-era cocktail bar, California Clipper. (C.C., see?) The warmly lit, wood-pan…
Cafe in Hyde Park & South Side

Medici

The menu of thin-crust pizzas, sandwiches and salads draws U of C students to this colorful cafe and bakery. For breakfast, try the ‘eggs espresso,’ made by steaming eggs in an espresso machine. Heaps of gluten-free…
Cafe in Near West Side & Pilsen

Cafe Jumping Bean

This ramshackle cafe will make you feel like a regular as soon as you step through the door. It serves excellent hot focaccia sandwiches, baked goods and strong coffee to the 20- and 30-something crowd of local bohe…
Bakery in Lincoln Park & Old Town

Floriole Cafe

The chef got her start selling lemon tarts, twice-baked croissants and rum-tinged caneles (a pastry with a custard center and caramelized crust) at the Green Market. She now sells her French-influenced baked goods a…