Make It Better Guide to Bakeries

There is something for everyone at a bakery.

Maybe you’re a cupcake kind of gal. Your husband prefers a marble rye. And the kids? It’s all about the sprinkled doughnuts. Whatever the craving, Chicago’s northern suburbs boast some of the best bakeries around.

Here’s a guide that includes features on local bakeries, information on where to find them and even a few books if you want to keep the baking in your kitchen:

Make It Better Articles

Cupcake Expose: Finding the Biggest and the Best on the North Shore

Fraîche Bakery Cafe

5 Best Bakeries on the North Shore

Find Delightful Spring Desserts at Bent Fork Bakery

Fresh: Hometown Sweets

Fresh: Bake Necessities

Misericordia’s Hearts & Flour Bakery Supports People With Developmental Disabilities

The Food Allergy Mama’s Allergen-Free Baked Goods Taste Like the Real Thing

Make It Better Resources

Bagel Bin


Bennison’s Bakery

The Bent Fork

Deerfields Bakery


Great Harvest Bread Co.

Heavenly Earth Bread Co.

Il Mulino

Once Upon a Bagel
Highland Park

Rose’s Wheat-Free Bakery

For a comprehensive list of north suburban bakeries, visit our Better List.


The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book
Kelly Rudnicki

Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make
Karen Tack, Alan Richardson

Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day: 100 New Recipes Featuring Whole Grains, Fruits, Vegetables, and Gluten-Free Ingredients
Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., Zoe Francois

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