Forth Chicago Favorites: Sweets & Treats / by Clare Johnson

The sun is shining in Chicago and we've officially made it to the last Friday in February. Celebrate with a sweet treat from one of our Forth Chicago community recommended locations.

1. First Slice Pie Cafe - 5357 North Ashland Ave. Chicago 60640

Forth Approved by Johanna Winter Harper

First Slice serves over 4,000 meals a month to Chicago's hungry. Delicious treats with a heart; there are few things sweeter than that. Stop in for one of Johanna's recommendations - the quiche and the pie!

2. Nhu Lans Bakery - 2612 West Lawrence Ave. Chicago, IL 60625

Forth Approved by Anne Truppe

3. Baker and Nosh - 1303 West Wilson Ave. Chicago 60640

Forth Approved by Angela Bryant 

When Angela first answers our 4xForth questions, she categorized Baker and Nosh as a weekly favorite: "Every Tuesday I would embark on the 10 min walk from my apartment, arrive at 10 am and leave at 5 pm.  Staking my claim on the long large island of a table right next to the bakery, my mornings usually started with coffee and a vegetable frittata. Their turkey sandwich with jalapeño cranberry compote is still the best turkey sandwich I’ve ever eaten."

4. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams - 3404 North Southport Ave. Chicago 60657

Forth Approved by Alison Kuczwara

Originally from Ohio, this Southport Avenue outpost is very welcomed. Alison recommends their salted caramel ice cream to every earth inhabitant.

5. Sweet Mandy B's - 1208 West Webster Ave. Chicago 60614

Forth Approved by Kelly Allison

Sweet Mandy B's old fashioned desserts keep patrons coming again and again. Kelly Alison claims that their cupcakes are "easily worth a thousand words."

6. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits - 2051 North California Ave. Chicago 60647

Forth Approved by Lisa Henderson (+ many more!)

Direct words from Lisa: "BEST PIE EVER…Oh and they also sell the pie crust scraps for the obsessed like me." Pie crusts for sale? Now *that's* some valuable information.

7. Elaine's Coffee Call - 1816 N. Clark St. Chicago 60614

Forth Approved by Linsey Burritt

According to Linsey, the sea salt chocolate chip cookies are well worth the trip. "Eating this cookie for the first time spurred me into a frenzy to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. It’s that good."

8. La Fournette - 1547 North Wells St. Chicago 60610

Forth Approved by Lisa Henderson

In the mood for a quaint, French bakery? Look no further! "Cute, approachable, authentic French bakery in Old Town. I dream about the mushroom soup on a weekly basis." - Lisa

9. Black Dog Gelato - 859 North Damen Ave. Chicago 60622

Forth Approved by Brenda Bergen

We don't feel this spot needs any more explanation but just in case you're overwhelmed with all the amazing gelato choice, Brenda highly recommends the salted caramel gelato. Another salted caramel dessert, for the win!

10. Hoosier Mama Pie Company - 1618 West Chicago Ave. Chicago 60622

Forth Approved by Anne Truppe

"We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie." ~David Mamet

11. Glazed and Infused - 813 West Fulton Market, Chicago 60607

Forth Approved by Sarah Drake

Glazed and Infused is currently featuring a Chocolate Maraschino Cherry Donut! We rest our case.

12. Joy Yee - 2139 South China Place, Chicago, IL 60616

Forth Approved by Alison Kuczwara

If you find yourself in Chinatown, bypass all other signs for bubble tea, and go here. Just imagine mounds of fresh fruit, even more fruit toppings, and tapioca balls for days. Oh Joy!

Map created by Forth Chicago intern, Clare Johnson