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Whether you're craving an adorably decorated cupcake, an Austrian pastry, a piece of Greek baklava, buttery cookies or good ol' American apple pie, you'll find it in Chicago's bakeries.
There are old-school bakeries, like Roeser's, which have been around for a century and have mastered the classic cookies and cakes.
The newer, more modern bakeries, like Baker Miller, experiment with more ingredients to create creative, beautiful and delicious desserts. More treats can be found at the ethnic bakeries across the city, including Atropolis and Cafe Vienna, where they have glass display cases filled with delicacies from their native lands.
If you need a good excuse to bust the diet, you can dine at First Slice, which uses its proceeds (and leftovers) to help feed the city's homeless as well as help other needy families in the community. Their pies are some of the best in Chicago. So are the decadent pies at Bang Bang Pie Shop, another popular bakery.
Regardless of where you go, your sweet tooth will be satisfied.