Summer body, schmummer boday…it’s time to treat ourselves! In the heat of this summer season, cool off with some of our favorite desserts in the city right now. Everyone has a sweet tooth (don’t lie, we know you do), so get ready to dig in Chicago! Here are the top five treats you won’t want to miss right now…
Macarons from Vol. 39 at The Kimpton Gray Hotel
The seasonal Pineapple Guava Macarons from Vol. 39. Pastry Sous Chef Melissa Cozzi take cute fruit to the next level! Each one is filled with a hand made pineapple gel center,then surrounded by a guava buttercream. Sandwiched between two meringue halves, the cookie is then finished off with a petite pipette of pineapple gel. Squeeze a little, squeeze a lot, you’re in charge of your own sugary destiny! Past flavors of macarons include Earl “Gray” (above) to go along with the hotel theme, but you can always pick up a little bit of sweetness from their nightly sweet cart!
Churro Doughnut from Dos Urban Cantina
The only thing better than a churro or a doughnut…is a Churro Doughnut. This is filled with your choice of three different fillings, including: vanilla cream infused with Mexican vanilla bean, strawberry cream made with fresh strawberries, or chocolate cream made from melted Mexican chocolate. It’s only available at Sunday brunch, so it’s a delicious treat that is worth a special trip!
However, be sure to come back for happy hour during the week, because their margaritas are also deadly in the best way (and you could technically count them as dessert!)
Oloroso Sherry Ice Cream at Income Tax
Dessert and alcohol all in one? Sign us up! The house-made boozy Oloroso Sherry Ice Cream is the perfect balance of sweetness. The candied orange peel and almond garnish helps round out the dessert as a summertime option that “sherry-freaks” and sweet treat lovers will both enjoy. Plus, Income Tax is a great local spot that’s new to the Edgewater neighborhood, so you can be the first of your friends to try it out!
Sugar Factory (literally anything)
Sweets lovers will be like an actual kid in a candy shop at Sugar Factory’s downtown or Rosemont locations, and that’s the way it should be! With walls lined with confections and a menu that boats everything from a Passion Punch Goblet to a Mudslide Ice Cream Sandwich to the Tie Dye Milkshake above, it’s a sugar tooth paradise. The spot also offers boozy-sweet cocktails and a whole menu of savory items as well.
Everything-in-the-Jar Ice Cream Sundae at West Town Bakery & Diner
As the name suggests, this baby comes with everything you need for dessert (no special sauce or fancy extras needed). For those who loves mason jar Instagrams, this one comes with a warmed triple chocolate cake ball, plus a fudge brownie, chocolate chip cookie, and ice cream topped with caramel sauce…and whipped cream…and a piece of chocolate covered bacon. If you can’t find something to love in there then we give up on you!