4 Must-Try Locally Owned Bakeries in Chicago

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit of a bakery fanatic. Ever since I can remember, I’ve sought out locally owned spots to meet friends for coffee, knock out some computer work, or just indulge whatever daily pastry craving presents itself. Luckily for me and all of you fellow sweets enthusiasts out there, […]

New in Town: Vanille Patisserie Opening in Lakeview

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes the opening of Vanille Patisserie Lakeview, the third and newest outpost of owner Sophie Evanoff’s beloved artisanal bakery. Lincoln Park and the Chicago French Market locations remain open — and busy. If you’re a macaron fan, Vanille is a go-to bakery already; the Lakeview location, which officially opens Feb. […]

New in Town: Beth's Little Bake Shop

As if the tiny new corner bakery on Evanston’s Central Street, just east of the Metra tracks, wasn’t adorable enough, it turns out that owner/baker Beth Welch and manager Kate Noble share more than a love of sugar—they’re sisters! They first learned to bake and cook from their beloved grandmother as they grew up fourth-generation […]

How Sweet It Is: Best Bakeries in Chicagoland

Chicagoans are carb loaders, and damn proud of it. Weather got you down? Eat some pie. Celebrating a win? Have a cupcake. Having drinks with the gal pals? Grab some macarons. You get the picture, right? So if there’s a public service to be performed here, it’s to narrow down the crowded field. But every […]