Despite the misery of Chicago's icy winters, there is a steady flow of holiday cheer amid all the holiday markets and seasonal decor. The city's coldest months are the perfect time to sample some of Chicago's 100 best dishes or embrace the winter freeze with December's best things to do. It's also an opportune time to warm up with a steaming mug of hot chocolate—check out some of our favorites.
Best hot chocolate in Chicago
Mindy's Hot Chocolate takes this beverage very seriously. If you're dreaming of wrapping your hands around a warm mug of decadent chocolate with homemade marshmellows, this is where you need to be. While you can definitely share a cup, we suggest keeping the perfectly sweet and slightly spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate all to yourself.
Here you'll find a cup of hot chocolate that's a little more in line with Mexican tradition. Rick Bayless' XOCO makes its hot chocolate simply, using ground chocolate and water—a little less decadent than it's creamy, sugary American counterpart, it is just as satisfying. Other options include the Almendrado, made with almond milk, and the Mexico City Thick, which is a traditional drink served around the holidays.
Get a taste of Italian hot chocolate made with Pernigotti cocoa, milk and sugar. This rich, indulgent beverage topped with heaps of whipped cream is a cozy break worth taking on a frigid day.
High-quality haut chocolatier Vosges has a few shops where you can buy dreamy chocolate items like drinking chocolate mixes or bars of chocolate with coconut ash and banana. Stop in for a perfect cup of Peppermint Candy Cane Drinking Chocolate or, if you prefer, grab a few mixes and sip them under your favorite blanket at home.