5 places to warm up with hot chocolate

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Angel Food Bakery

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Regressing back to childhood is a very good thing when you’re doing it at this lively, lime-green café. Pastry chef Stephanie Samuels makes the kind of desserts you used to find in your lunch box:

  1. 1636 W Montrose Ave, (at Paulina St)
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XOCO

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Through no fault of his own, Rick Bayless was making my life difficult. It’s not that I didn’t want to eat at XOCO. I did. Really. A lot. But to do so was going to take a healthy chunk of time.

  1. 449 N Clark St, (at Illinois St)
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HotChocolate

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Mindy Segal rehabbed her Bucktown restaurant in the spring of 2012, making it sunnier and adding a huge garage door that opens to let in warm weather. Segal—first and foremost a pastry chef—also

  1. 1747 N Damen Ave, (at Willow St)
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Bittersweet Pastry Shop

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Stop by midday for chef Judy Contino’s acclaimed pastries and desserts, and chances are you’ll pull up a chair in the tiny, charming bakery café for lunch. You won’t go wrong with any of the

  1. 1114 W Belmont Ave, (between Seminary and Clifton Aves)
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Julius Meinl Café

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A café as lovely and sunny as this inspires lingering. But lingering requires cup upon cup of caffeine, and that could become hazardous. This European export has a solution for that, though: a full

  1. 4363 N Lincoln Ave, (at Montrose Ave)
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