Top 10 Sweet Treats in Chicagoland

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While the kids are out treat-or-treating, we’ve got the adults covered! We’re counting down the Top 10 Sweet Spots in Chicagoland according to you, our viewers!* Know another place to get your sugar fix? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or our app and don’t forget to tune in to Chicago’s Best every Sunday at 10pm on WGN-TV.

1. Taco In A Bag: You wouldn’t know it from the name, but this Lincoln Square hotspot does a mean donut. Fresh, homemade donut holes topped with Nutella and whipped cream makes for one of the most unique (and portable!) desserts in town. Location: 4603 N. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln Square
2. Roeser’s Bakery: Roeser’s Bakery in Humboldt Park first opened its doors back in 1911 and while times have changed, the fresh pastries and cakes remained the same. Roeser’s black forest torte hearkens back the family’s German roots and is loaded with enough cherries to make George Washington blush. Location: 3216 W. North Ave. in Humboldt Park
3. Doughs Guys Bakery: If you’re looking for the perfect combo of savory and sweet, Doughs Guys Bakery in Palos Heights has you covered. The maple bacon long john is a hand-rolled donut topped with maple-flavored icing and covered in freshly cooked, crispy bacon. In the words of Brittney Payton, “It’s sinfully good!” Location: 12248 S. Harlem Ave. in Palos Heights
4. Epic Deli: “Epic” is the perfect word to describe the desserts at this Johnsburg mainstay. From the Messy Cake to the fried candy bars, you’d best make sure you save room for dessert. The star of the show though is the ever-changing menu of outrageous cheesecakes. Trust us, it’s worth the drive. Location: 3312 N. Chapel Hill Rd. in Johnsburg
5. Crosby’s Kitchen: Never heard of monkey bread? You’re about to have some serious knowledge dropped on you. How does butter, cinnamon sugar, caramel, and icing sound? It’s a hit in a Lakeview and a hit in our stomachs! Location: 3455 N. Southport Ave. in Lakeview
6. Pancho’s Ice Cream: Paletas are a summer tradition and Pancho’s in Little Village is the mecca for these sweet treats. From mango de leche to hibiscus, Chicago’s first paleteria has enough different flavors to satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth. Location: 4055 W. 31st St. in Little Village
7. Hoosier Mama Pie Company: While it does do a killer savory pie, this Ukrainian Village call back is known for its Hoosier Sugar Cream. The official state pie of Indiana is a simple combo of sugar, cream, and vanilla and the ultimate caramel-lover’s dream. Location: 1618 W. Chicago Ave. in Ukrainian Village
8. Beaver’s Coffee and Donuts: If you crave sugar in the morning, Beaver’s Coffee and Donuts has some inventive ways for you to get your fix. In addition to the classic powdered donut, Beaver’s serves up a PB&J style and a s’mores donut topped with melted marshmallow, chocolate, and crushed graham crackers. If you can’t make it to the booth in The French Market on Clinton, make sure to keep your eye out for the Beaver’s food truck! Location: 131 N. Clinton St. in the West Loop
9. Swedish Bakery: Located in the heart of Chicago’s Swedish cultural epicenter, Andersonville, Swedish Bakery has been delighting sugar fanatics for nearly 100 years. While a few things have changed in that time- the almond cake, buttercream, and marzipan frogs remain a neighborhood staple for both young and old. Location: 5348 N. Clark St. in Andersonville
10. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits: This food truck turned Logan Square storefront spreads the home-cooked love with seasonal sweet and savory pies. Bang Bang isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, but rather do a few things really well, including the one that started it all: blueberry pie. Homemade crust, fresh blueberries, and just a bit of red wine make for an inventive and delicious take on the fruit pie. Location: 2051 N. California Ave. in Logan Square

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