Just when you thought summer couldn’t get any sweeter, four new drool-worthy dessert spots have opened. Your littles will be lured like Hansel and Gretel to inventive homemade treats ranging from Horchata cupcakes to chocolate-chunk pretzel brownies to peach-blueberry scones. The hardest part will be getting them to try just one.
A sunny haven with pastel pink accents, this new Bucktown addition looks good enough to eat. Still, you’ll want to focus on the sweets: The bakery section up front is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (the café area closes at 3 p.m.) and displays a variety of Parisian-inspired treats like macaroons, croissants and fruit tarts. You can also grab a loaf of freshly made French bread or a baguette. They’ll even introduce a play on the trendy “cronut” (croissant-donut) called the Crognet, combining a croissant and beignet. The café menu is super kid friendly with soups, sandwiches and brunch fare, and the chef is willing to alter most items to suit picky kids (there’s a full kids’ menu as well).
1721 N. Damen Ave.
GBD Cakes and Sweets
The mother-daughter duo behind GBD (short for “golden brown delicious”) embraces the tagline “feed your inner child.” We’ll take that as a good sign for actual children. They have been making elaborate cakes for years but recently opened shop on the Bucktown/Logan Square border. Based on some of their designs, we think this could be the new hotspot for kiddie birthday cakes. GBD also whips up a variety of cupcakes like chunky monkey and salted dulce de leche, as well as treats with Mexican flair. The Mexican hot chocolate cookies and tres leches cupcakes in particular are sure to be a hit with the whole family.
2039 N. Western Ave.
Flirty Cupcakes Garage
Formerly just a dessert truck, Flirty has found a permanent place to park. Now in a Lincoln Square “garage,” they’ve also expanded their offerings. Although you’ll still catch them wheeling around town, you’ll want to visit this industrial-chic bakery where there is room to stay awhile. In addition to yummy cupcakes in flavors like “For the Love of Nutella” and “Me Want Cookie Dough,” it offers milk shots for kids (or kids at heart) and coffee for Mom and Dad. The space also lures with classes for little ones, including cookie decorating, and will soon host mother/son and daddy/daughter nights. Rent it out for birthday parties and other events.
4631 N. Lincoln Ave.
Cacao Sweets & Treats
This ultra-adorable bakery is a confectionery dream that’s filled pretty pastels, eclectic furniture, and delicious baked goods and fresh breads. Sample peanut butter bars, chocolate whoopee pies and slices of red velvet layer cake, along with a variety of seasonal selections. The bakery also hosts a number of fun family events like movie night (complete with popcorn and a dessert bar) and cupcake baking or decorating parties. You can rent out the space for birthday bashes.
122 Center St.
600 N. Sheridan Rd.
What is your favorite spot for desserts? Let us know in the Comments!
— Samantha Lande