If your meal isn't complete without a sweet bite at the end, you'll want to make a beeline for these spots, which range from a casual pizza place to a high-end Italian restaurant to a cocktail bar. But they all have one thing in common: They know how to turn out excellent desserts. Whether you want a perfect scoop of gelato or a St. Louis cake a chef learned to make from his mom, don't miss these best desserts of the year.
RECOMMENDED: The 100 best dishes and drinks in Chicago
The best desserts
JP Doiron’s food menu at CH Distillery skews toward Northern and Eastern European flavors, but the St. Louis–born chef looks to home for his gooey butter cake. The dense cake (from Doiron’s mother’s recipe) has the texture of a brownie and tastes like toffee. $6.
We will drink Fernet Branca anywhere, anytime, so picking up Publican pastry chef Anna Shovers’s ice cream version, threaded with fudge, was a must. No longer available.