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One of Chicago’s best bakeries debuts a new location in Wicker Park

Lost Larson brings princess cake and cardamom buns to Division Street.

Morgan Olsen

Here's hoping that your New Year's resolution has nothing to do with giving up sweets or carbs. Lost Larson, one of Chicago's best bakeries, kicked off 2021 with a brand-new location at 2140 W Division Street in Wicker Park. Owner Bobby Schaffer launched the business in Andersonville in 2018 before expanding to our very own Time Out Market Chicago last year.

The latest outpost takes over the space formerly occupied by Purple Llama, a coffee shop and record store that closed permanently in April 2020. It's situated next door to Enoteca Roma and across the street from Queen Mary Tavern. Before you rush out the door to get your croissant fix, know that both Andersonville and Wicker Park locations are closed for quick winter break through Friday, December 8 (Time Out Market Chicago is also temporarily shuttered for the winter). Come Saturday, December 9, the new Wicker Park shop will resume its regular hours: Wednesday and Thursday from 8am to 3pm and Friday through Sunday from 8am to 4pm.

With indoor dining still on pause, customers are invited to visit the bakery's walk-up window or place their order through Lost Larson's website. Choose from staples like lingonberry almond cake, cheddar-kale scones and banana bread or spring for a slice of princess cake, which boasts layers of vanilla sponge, raspberry preserves, almond crunch and green marzipan. Schaffer usually has a nice selection of breads on offer, too, including honey oat, seeded spelt and sunflower rye. His sister and general manager, Bree, oversees the beverage program, which comprises drip coffee and lattes as well as teas and other specialty drinks.

Stop in for a sweet fix when Lost Larson reopens on Saturday, December 9 at 2140 W Division Street in Wicker Park.

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