The consistent chill of Chicago's weather means that hot chocolate can be enjoyed from October to May but especially now, as we battle the last of the winter season. Every resto and diner serves up the obligatory cup of hot cocoa but we're not talking about drinks that come from pre-mixed packets. This list supplies places that serve old school hot chocolate, created from actual chocolate pieces and other good stuff.
Here are four chocolatey reasons to savor Chicago's frosty air:
This classic Chicago candy and ice cream shop opened in 1921 and has been inspiring sugary smiles ever since. Sit back in one of Margie's booths and sip hot chocolate garnished with a cookie, whipped cream and enough richness to rival the chocolates that line the shelves. Margie's Candies has two locations but the original on Western is the place for hot chocolate.
1960 N. Western Avenue | margiesfinecandies.com
Located near the Mag Mile's flashy shops on Chicago Ave. Leonida's is often overlooked for more familiar names but this Belgian chocolate shop serves up a creamy hot chocolate not to be missed. Leonida's blends hot chocolate with the same precision as their candy. Choose from decadent flavors like extreme dark chocolate,butterscotch, dulche de leche and java vanilla.
59 E. Chicago Avenue | leonidas-usa.com
You'll see dozens of eager fans dig into the ice cream at this Michigan Ave. shop but don't get distracted. Ghiradelli supplies sea salt caramel hot chocolate and decadent drinking chocolate that will haunt your dreams. There's also another location in the Wrigley Building.
830 N. Michigan Avenue | 400 N. Michigan Avenue | ghirardelli.com
Mindy's Hot Chocolate
This legendary top chef restaurant is always a given on any chocolate or dessert list. Just like the name suggest, Hot Chocolate delivers gourmet hot chocolate in a sophisticated array of varieties including peppermint, chai and the hot fudge and chocolate mix of black & tan.
1747 N. Damen Avenue | hotchocolatechicago.com
Photo courtesy of Mindy's Hot Chocolate - credit Anthony Tahlier, Genevieve Burruss