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The 100 best dishes in Chicago 2015: desserts

The 15 best desserts of 2015 offer something for every palate, whether it's rich s'mores pie or refreshing lime paletas

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
The coconut financier at the Blanchard.

2015 was a very sweet year indeed, at least when we're talking about the best desserts we ate at restaurants, bakeries and even cava bars. The year's top treats included tiny French macarons, refreshing paletas and beautiful (and delicious) desserts at one of the city's best French restaurants. They all ensure that your meal ends on a perfect note. 

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Panna Cotta at Osteria Langhe

The exceptional pasta dishes here are filling, but save room for Chicago’s creamiest panna cotta, accented with seasonal toppings like candied hazelnuts and raspberries. Or, make a return trip. $8–$9.

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Logan Square

Cheesecake at Bom Bolla

This remarkably fluffy cheesecake is the perfect way to cap off a night spent at the ultracool Wicker Park cava bar. Pair the dessert with a glass of oloroso sherry. $8. 

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Wicker Park

Carrot cake at Sweet Mandy B's

This carrot cake isn’t reinventing anything, other than that it's an absolutely spot-on rendition, with super-moist cake and light, sweet cream cheese frosting. $18 and up.

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Lincoln Park

Breakfast “cereal” bowl at Seven Lions

The first bite of Seven Lions’ “cereal” bowl, with toffee corn puffs dressed up with vanilla panna cotta, raspberries and caramelized bananas, evokes feelings of nostalgia for the Corn Pops you ate as a kid. The second bite confirms that this dish is better. No longer available.

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Black cherry chip ice cream at Graeter’s Ice Cream

Is there something in the water in Ohio? The state turns out ridiculously good ice cream, like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, which landed here in 2013. Cincinnati-based Graeter’s arrived this year, bringing its indulgent chocolate-swirled ice creams, like the sweet black cherry chip. Dish $4.25, Pint $5.49. 

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