Bakeries

10 Bake for Me! Bakery & Cafe
Bake for Me! offers breakfast items such as bagels, scones, muffins and cinnamon rolls; during lunch hour there are fresh homemade soups, seasonal fruit salads, meat and pasta salads, sandwiches and more. Owner Joe Kapacinskas, who also owns the Racine Bakery in the Garfield Ridge neighborhood, says pastries, cookies and cakes are popular here. "We don't take ourselves too seriously," he adds. It's a cute place with a wooden floor and humorous wall art, including the "Periodic Table of the Desserts." (312-644-7750)

9 Swedish Bakery
What do you know about Swedish cuisine? I'll start: fantastic cakes, butter cookies and marzipan treats. The list of sugary creations goes on. (773-561-8919)

8 The Meatloaf Bakery
I couldn't believe when I spotted this place. Not just for meatloaf-loving taste buds, but everyone. Eight-plus varieties of meatloaf are shaped into baked goods such as cupcakes, pies and tarts. Fellow menu items include the Omega-3 salmon and Herby Turkey. The bakery is carryout with limited seating. (773-698-6667)

7 The Twisted Baker
The Twisted Baker is part of Old Town's strip of one-of-a-kind restaurants. Only 100% butter touches their creations; no preservatives and cupcakes are freshly frosted to order. ((312) 932-1128)

6 Austrian Bakery
Been to Austria? They've master the art of baked goods. Chicago's Austrian Bakery creations come out warm and go fast. Lincoln Park's unique deli/bakery serves an authentic, sugar and meat-clad Austrian menu. Fresh items disappear fast from the bakery, cakes especially. Come in for the wireless internet and red velvet cookies. Borders are crossed for the delicious Chicago favorite, the Paczki. The website links you to ex-pats in Chicago. Linking fellow Austrians and those who share taste for long, patient dining. (773-244-9922, 866-61-CAKES)

5 Angel Food Bakery
It's the smallest places that surprise you. I give the Best Cupcake award to Angel Food Bakery. In addition to custom-made cakes and sweets the kitchen serves breakfast, soups, sandwiches. The bakery is decorated with the chef Samuel's personal collection of Easy Bake Ovens. She puts a spin on childhood favorites. ((773) 728-1512)

4 Swirlz Cupcake Boutique
Chicago visitors must pass this little gem all the time without knowing just what they're missing. Swirlz Cupcake Boutique is glad to serve Chicago residents the 'haute couture' of cupcakes. Their small staff (and smaller store) create a more intimate setting, making the comfort food even more comfortable. Since one of the founders is a nutritionist, they are also proud to tell you that their reduced-sugar cupcakes equal only five points according to Weight Watchers' point system. It's guaranteed that these friendly neighborhood bakers are happy to treat you well. (773-404-2253)

3 Sweet Mandy B's
If your sweet tooth needs a little TLC, head to this bright favorite for a beyond-tempting spread of home-baked desserts, pies, cakes, and cookies. Regulars rave about vanilla and chocolate cupcakes slathered in vividly-colored buttercream frosting and scattered with candy sprinkles. Grab one of the inviting booths and dig into a miniature cheesecake with blueberries or a signature whoopie pie — indulgent vanilla frosting sandwiched between two chocolate cookies. (773-244-1174)

2 Artopolis Bakery & Cafe
Artopolis prides itself on producing fresh-baked goods in its own kitchen. The place's name comes from a combination of the words "artos" and "polis" (bread and town, respectively), and the menu features a variety of breads, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and classic Greek dishes. The dessert menu includes specialty coffees and organic teas. (312-559-9000, 877-502-7867)

1 Rose's Wheat Free Bakery & Cafe
Rose's Wheat Free Bakery & Cafe ((847) 859-2723)


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Bake for Me! Bakery & Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: River North
COST: $
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Swedish Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, Scandinavian
COST: $
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The Meatloaf Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
COST: $$
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The Twisted Baker 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery
Neighborhood: Old Town
COST: $
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Austrian Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Austrian, Bakery, European
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Family Friendly, Pastry Chef, Take Out
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
COST: $
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Angel Food Bakery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery
Neighborhood: Uptown
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Swirlz Cupcake Boutique 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery
Dining Options: Delivery, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: LINCOLN PARK
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Sweet Mandy B's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Bakery
Dining Options: Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: LINCOLN PARK
COST: $
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Artopolis Bakery & Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Bakery, European, Greek, Mediterranean
Dining Options: Catering, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Take Out
COST: $
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Rose's Wheat Free Bakery & Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Neighborhood: Evanston