Get your dessert fix in sweet home Chicago with these decadent dessert treats.

Sure, we all love an old-school ice cream cone or traditional slice of apple pie. But why not kick it up a notch? These delicious desserts show why Chicago's sweet treats are anything but basic. 


INSTEAD OF: The latest donut trend

Try the Pistachio Old-Fashioned, so simultaneously flavorful and airy that it will send your taste buds into a tizzy... The Doughnut Vault in River North (secondary location in West Loop)

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INSTEAD OF: The standard pie slice

Try a slice of Fat Elvis, a sweet tooth-tempting mix of chocolate, peanut butter and fresh bananas layered atop a graham cracker-peanut pretzel crust... Hoosier Mama Pie Shop in Ukrainian Village

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INSTEAD OF: A hum drum candy bar

Try a decadent, butter crusted Just Like Snickers®  bar layered with caramel, peanut butter and chocolate and topped with peanut butter and chopped peanuts from Beatrix in River North (multiple locations citywide)

Just Like Snickers® from Beatrix in ChicagoOther best bets:


INSTEAD OF: The unassuming slice of cake

Try a rich Torta Barozzi, an Italian flourless chocolate cake, with orange scented almonds and fresh cream... Mindy's HotChocolate in Bucktown

Mindy's HotChocolate in ChicagoOther best bets:


INSTEAD OF: A plain ol' scoop

Try the famous 5-layer cone that piles high a stack of Orange Sherbert, Pistachio, Palmer House, Strawberry and Chocolate from Original Rainbow Cone at Navy Pier (original location in Beverly)

Original Rainbow Cone ChicagoOther best bets:


INSTEAD OF: Ordinary cookies

Try the Rice Krispy Chocolate Chip Cookie studded with mini marshmallow treats from The Market at Summer House in Lincoln Park

Rice Krispy Chocolate Chip Cookie from The Market at Summer HouseOther best bets:


INSTEAD OF: An old fashioned cupcake

Try a Salted Caramel Apple Pie cupcake, made with light and fluffy vanilla cake with a cinnamon streusel crust, filled with apple compote, and capped with caramel butter cream, crushed pie dough flakes sprinkle and caramel drizzle from Swirlz Cupcakes in Lincoln Park

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INSTEAD OF: An everyday cheesecake

Try a luscious Banana Nutella Cheesecake topped with hazelnuts from Sweet Mandy B's in Lincoln Park

Chicago bakery Sweet Mandy B'sOther best bets:


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