That's sweet! Chicago bakeries, both old and new, create drool-worthy desserts

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.



Tucked within the Lill Street Art Center, a popular arts studio that offers classes, gallery and a gift shop, is one of several First Slice Pie Cafe outposts. Each pie and all of the baked goods are made from scratch and while they're all...  Read More



Artopolis prides itself on producing fresh-baked breads and authentic Greek desserts, all made it their own kitchen. The bakery's name comes from a combination of the words "artos" and "polis" (bread and town, respectively). It's also a cafe,...  Read More



Homemade pies and biscuits are the name of the game at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits in Logan Square. They also have a second location in Ravenswood, on 4947 N. Damen Ave. The food here is not only beautiful to look at, but delicious. Pie...  Read More

Lincoln Park


If European desserts are what you crave, this is the place to go. The Austrian bakery, which is also a full restaurant, serves items like homemade Black Forest Cake, apple strudel, and Belgian waffles. Some specialties include the Bienenstich, a...  Read More

Lincoln Park
Swirlz Cupcakes


Their motto is "Cupcakes make people happy." And they would be correct. Swirlz Cupcake Boutique, located in Lincoln Park near DePaul University, bakes 'haute couture' cupcakes. The cupcakes are pricey ($42 for a dozen), but they're worth it for...  Read More

Humbolt Park


An institution in Chicago for more than 100 years, Roeser's is a classic - and beloved - old-school bakery. Even the neon vintage sign is a landmark in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. Opened by German immigrants, members of the Roeser family...  Read More

Lincoln Park


Old fashioned desserts, like homemade chocolate chip cookies, apple pie, and lemon bars, are served in this small, adorable and popular Lincoln Park bakery, near the DePaul University campus. Regulars rave about their award-winning cupcakes...  Read More



Restaurants and bars line Division Street and nestled between them is Alliance Bakery, beckoning passerby to stop and appreciate the spectacular artistic cakes on display in their front window. Walk inside the small space to a colorful dessert...  Read More



Some of Chicago's best pies, cinnamon rolls and savory sandwiches on buttery breads are served in this highly regarded bakery. Among its accolades are two nominations for the prestigious James Beard Awards. They also have a take-out location in...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.