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The 13 most drool-inducing cookies in Chicago

Published On 05/20/2014 Published On 05/20/2014
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Kailley Lindman
Sean Cooley
Kailley Lindman
Kailley Lindman
Sean Cooley
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Sean Cooley
Sean Cooley
Eataly
Dinkel's
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Baker's Tale
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1. Insomnia Cookies 2260 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lincoln Park)

Insomnia Cookies has your late night munchies covered. This Lincoln Park cookie shop is open 'til 3am and offers 20+ desserts either frozen or baked (some frozen AND baked). Cookie flavors include triple chocolate chunk, s'mores, peanut butter, and more!

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2. County BBQ 1352 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 (West Loop)

If you want to explore the wide world of bacon and BBQ, look no further than County BBQ, which has got burnt ends, brisket, and a bacon parfait (!!!).

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3. Crossing 2548 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

A sprawling 6,000sqft sports joint outfitted with 50-plus plasmas and four individual bars -- including one dedicated to their enormous beer garden -- Crossing's the latest effort from the Benchmark folks, serving up Korean steak tacos as well as KU-inspi

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4. Lovely 1130 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (West Town)

This Charming West Town bake shop features coffee, espresso, tea, pastries, sandwiches, and soup, but they're best known for their coconut macaroons, which are best enjoyed via a dunk in a cup of Joe.

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5. Floriole Cafe & Bakery 1220 W Webster, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Floriole Café & Bakery’s beginnings were confined to a 10-by-10 tent at Green City Market, where the menu was limited to pastry alone. Today, from its two-story Lincoln Park-based brick and mortar, Floriole continues to sell its French pastries, en masse, but with an expanded inventory. Now, you can enjoy your pastry with coffee, quiche, breads, sandwiches, salads, and more. The levain, canelé, and other French delicacies may rival those actually made in France -- the baker cut her teeth at San Francisco’s acclaimed Tartine Bakery, after all -- and the quiche is served in shells that are like golden-brown butter sculptures, and are not to be missed.

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6. Eataly 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611 (River North)

Eataly Chicago is the newest hub from Mario Batali. Head to any of his food shops for authentic grub, or take some classes!

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7. Vanille Patisserie 2108 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

This authentic French patisserie in the heart of Chicago doles out a wide variety of French pastries, cookies, and other deletable treats. Pro tip: go for one (or seven) of their famous macarons.

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8. Dinkel's Bakery 3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Dinkel's is serving up some insanely delicious baked goods, but be sure to hone in on their donuts and specialized cakes.

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9. Leghorn Chicken 959 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Leghorn Chicken is one of the best fried-bird establishments in Chitown. Get their chicken-fried fries, or even some free condoms (seriously).

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10. Sweet Mandy B's 1208 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

With delicious confections like cakes that come in flavors that range from Pumpkin to lemon to Snickerdoodle, Mandy B's is your one-stop-shop for sweets in Lincoln Park. Don't miss their stand-out cookie, The Ranger, that's crammed with coconut, oats, and chocolate chips.

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11. Ferrara Bakery 2210 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612 (West Loop)

Ferrara Bakery is a bona fide Italian bakery with delicious cookies, pastries, and specialties like their cannoli cake (a layered cake soaked in rum, layered with fresh stawberries and Italian custard, plus their cannoli cream, and then iced with whipped cream).

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12. A Baker's Tale 2127 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

A Baker's Tale is a delectable Division bakery that's doling out some of the most seriously-insane cookies in the whole city. Wait in line for its iced cookie snaps, generously-iced cupcakes, or get a custom cake made for that special occasion you, uh, keep meaning to have an excuse to buy a cake for...?

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13. Mindy's Hot Chocolate 1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Wicker Park)

Pastry chef Mindy Segal's Bucktown restaurant is synonymous with comfort food from both the sweet and savory sides of the spectrum. Open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, Mindy's Hot Chocolate serves soul-warming dishes, like the Slagel Farm beef burger topped with a fried egg, creamy mac & cheese, and daily soups with crusty sourdough bread. Of course, a meal here isn't complete without dessert, which should include an order of the amazingly rich hot chocolate and a slice of the daily cake (or anything off the dessert menu -- it's all addictive).

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