If there is one thing Chicago does well, it is food. And what's the most important food group? Dessert of course!
Whether you are looking for something light and airy or a decadent chocolate you want to dive through like Scrooge McDuck through gold coins, we've got you covered. Here are the best dessert destinations in the Streeterville and Magnificent Mile areas.
Molly's has been making their award-winning cupcakes from scratch from the very beginning. Named after the owner's 3rd grade teacher, Molly's is sure to have something you will love. They have vegan options and even a flourless chocolate molten cupcake for those with gluten sensitivities. Their red velvet was also rated the best in the city by Chicago Magazine. Try one of the famous filled cupcakes, which drip with frosting in every scrumptious bite.
Although it is a couple blocks off of Magnificent Mile, this European style bakery is worth the short trek. Alliance Patisserie creates some of the most beautiful desserts you will find in Chicago. It is almost a shame to eat these works of art. But you'll manage somehow. Alliance is the product of Chef Peter Rios, a multiple award-winning modern day Willy Wonka. Chef Rios was the Executive Pastry Chef at the Art Institute of Chicago for 6 years, which is clear just by looking at his sweet creations. Stop in and savor the classic French style macarons, an Alliance specialty. Bon chance finding a better one outside of Paris.
Let's really get down to business and discuss the most essential element of any great dessert: chocolate! And for the smoothest, creamiest chocolate around, check out Royce'. When you think of great chocolate, you may think of Switzerland or Belgium. But now add Japan to that list. Royce specializes in "nama" or fresh chocolate. These pieces of heaven are soft and melty, and often incorporate another flavor like champagne or almond to create a flavor that will blow you away. Drop in and try a piece and say domo arigato to Royce'.
Pierrot Gourmet in the Peninsula Hotel is the easiest way to take a European vacation without leaving Chicago. At this popular breakfast spot, you can dig into a light egg-white frittata or waffle with fresh berry compote. But the main event is, of course, the French style dessert delicacies. Revel in a fresh vanilla pecan eclair or a perfectly caramelized creme brulee. Top it off with a salted caramel mocha and picture yourself on a Parisian patio on the banks of the Seine.
Go on. Give in. Find your sweet tooth and show it some love! These 4 places promise a dessert experience you will want to come back for again and again. Check one out and find your new favorite hideaway. And if you have another favorite dessert destination, let us know on Facebook or Instagram!