Best Local: Bakeries

Find fresh baked goods at these Chicago and suburban bakeries!

Savor fresh breads, croissants, cookies and cake all around Chicagoland! Artisan bakeries and bread-makers provide an array of flavors, textures and bakery goods to the Windy City. Enjoy breakfast on-the-go or order something special to pair with your holiday dinners at these Chicago and suburban locations!  

Enjoy artisan, Belgian bread-making and baking at the Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter. Bringing his baking craft from apprenticeships in Belgium, Hendrickx is known for their perfected fluffy and crisp croissants, with flavors like speculoos, Amarena cherry and traditional Belgian chocolate. Stop by on the weekends for their weekend-only brunch menu, just a 6 minute walk from State & Chestnut.

Have dessert first at Goddess and the Baker! The trendy gourmet bakery prides itself on dessert with sweet treats such as cakes, brownies, granola bars and light morning buns  — and each can be topped with a scoop of creamy gelato. For a limited time, order your Thanksgiving desserts with Goddess and the Baker, with selections like pumpkin walnut cake, salted caramel ganache tart or traditional apple pie. Only a 7 minute walk from Marquee at Block 37 or 73 East Lake!

Eat simple  — but delicious  — meals and breads at Le Pain Quotidien. The bakery uses all organic ingredients to create delicious breads, danishes, croissants and scones, all served with their homemade jam. For more savory baked goods check out their dessert menu, featuring fresh tarts, donuts and cakes. Only a 4 minute walk from Presidential Towers or an 8 minute walk from 215 West Apartments.

Stop by the family-owned Leonard’s Bakery, known for their coffeecakes and cookies! The Jewish bakery has been open since 1908, serving old-fashioned favorites like challah, raisin rugelach and mondel breads. Their coffeecake creations include flavors like s’mores, turtle, kitchen sink and chocolate banana. Pick up a loaf for the holidays or simply for breakfast, only a 5 minute drive from NorthShore 770!