Like many cities where diverse cultures have long met and melded, Chicago has a bakery scene that’s sizeable and varied. The best bakeries in Chicago serve sugary confections from cultures close to home and far, far away. Whether you're looking for the ultimate chocolate chip cookie or a custardy egg tart that transports you to Portugal, sweet seekers can find some of the best desserts in Chicago in these humble storefronts. As an added bonus, some of the most beloved bakeries in Chicago double as the finest coffee shops Chicago has to offer, pouring piping-hot lattes and cappuccinos to accompany fresh-baked pastries, pies and cakes. Heck, we'd argue that these bakehouses are some of the best attractions in Chicago—but maybe that's the sugar talking. Give your sweet tooth what it wants at the 21 best bakeries in Chicago.
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