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The Best Restaurants for Dessert in Chicago

Welcome to the Windy City, one of the coolest, most affordable, accessible and beautiful cities in America. This Midwestern destination has it all, from world-class museums and theaters to a stunning waterfront and, of course, out-of-this-world dining options. The food scene here has really kicked it up a notch in recent years and many of the city's best restaurants have a restored interest in dessert along with the classic offerings like Italian Ice and pastries. We've put together a list of where to find the best dessert in Chicago so you know where to head next time you have a sweet tooth. Grab a table at one of these foodie havens next time you're in town.

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8 Restaurants
Updated February 26, 2020
Restaurants:Little Goat, Swift & Sons, Maple & Ash
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:West Loop, Gold Coast / Streeterville
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Little Goat

$$$$
American
West Loop
4.8
5440 reviews
Little Goat is Stephanie Izard’s West Loop diner and a hot spot in town for it’s wide variety of entrees and it’s all-day dessert offerings. They don’t have any problems using crazy combinations of ingredients to concoct amazing desserts that you’ve never heard of before. Try a smoked pork and toffee crunch milshake as a dessert that stands in for a meal. The Choco Taco sundae is also a hit as is the Cheez-It sundae, made with Cheez-It and strawberry gelato, chocolate-covered Cheez-Its, milk chocolate, strawberry sauce and whipped cream. This is an absolute must for foodies with an adventurous streak.

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Swift & Sons

$$$$
Steakhouse
West Loop
4.8
3757 reviews
This charming, old-fashioned steakhouse with a modern twist is in a prime location in Fulton Market. Executive Chef Chris Pandel’s menu focuses on traditional concepts and then revised with his own modern ideas, making it one of the more unique steakhouses in the country. This is the kind of place you’ll want to visit on an evening you’re in no rush to be anywhere else. Order from the dinner menu and then take your time lingering over dessert. Pastry Chef Lauren Terrill prepares a chocolate trolley full of mini candy bars, pastries, macarons, eclairs, cakes and other sweets for guests to view and choose from. Inspired by Parisian pastry shops of the past, the presentation is lovely and also makes it hard to choose just one treat!

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Maple & Ash

$$$$
Steakhouse
Gold Coast / Streeterville
4.8
3964 reviews
Steakhouses always seem to come up with the most sensational dessert items. Maybe because they know their audience is showing up to enjoy a truly luxurious meal and they want to make sure every single course is on point. Maple & Ash is no exception. This stylish steakhouse at the corner of Maple and Ash has a lavish sundae service that even the most sophisticated diners will find impressive. Build the sundae of your dreams, with toppings like hot fudge, salted caramel, whipped cream, sprinkles, nuts, fruits and more. They also features delicious pastries like coconut cream pie and raspberry peach puff if sundaes aren’t enough to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Elske

$$$$
American
West Loop
4.7
713 reviews
Elske means love in Danish, which is a nod to both owner David Posey’s Danish mother and the fact that the couple got engaged in Copenhagen. Clearly influenced by their travels in Denmark, the restaurant has a fresh, minimalist appeal with soft lighting and a wide open kitchen. It is so tastefully Scandinavian you might feel like you’ve transported straight to Copenhagen. And, located on Restaurant Row, it is the perfect destination for dinner and dessert or to stop in for sweets after a night out in town. The dessert menu is short but there is always a winner - previous concoctions have included a frozen raspberry meringue, a meringue with smoked rhubarb, fresh rhubarb and whipped buttermilk and a sunflower seed parfait with sour honey, licorice and bee pollen.

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Formento's

$$$$
Italian
West Loop
4.5
2301 reviews
The West Loop is alive and well with awesome restaurants and Formento’s is right at the top of that list. They serve up traditional Italian specialities that taste like they are straight out of Nonna’s kitchen at this Randolph street location. But even grandma probably never made desserts this rich and delicious. The multi-layered chocolate cake on the menu is a a cocoa-lover’s dream come true. It features chocolate pudding and hazelnut praline woven together to form the base and then gets a topping of chocolate ganache. It’s definitely the winner here but don’t miss other specialities like the tiramisu cheesecake. Anyone with a taste for chocolate will be glad they stopped into this Italian eatery for dessert.

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Beatrix - River North

$$$$
American
River North (Chicago)
4.6
4549 reviews
Beatrix, located in the River North neighborhood, is a unique mix of healthy fare combined with comfort food. The place is super cheerful and will make you feel right at home and many of the dessert offerings strive for the healthy side of delicious, including the chia pudding with coconut milk and pomegranate. These definitely aren’t lacking when it comes to tastiness but if you want to splurge and go for a truly rich and indulgent treat, try the Oh My! Caramel Pie, a heaping portion of burnished caramel on top of a buttery shortbread crust. They also have a great selection of house-baked cookies available at the coffee counter.

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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$
American
Lincoln Park
4.7
6325 reviews
This Lincoln Park hipster joint is always packed with folks wanting to escape the Chicago weather and float into a Santa Monica dream for a few hours. Their food is awesome and so are their desserts, most notably their twist on the rice crispy treat. Forget the kind you make at home with a can of fluff and boxed cereal - this gigantic treat somehow packs in a nutty, buttery flavor with a touch of salt to keep it from being overly saccharine. They even offer variations, like the chocolate chip cookie with brown butter rice crispy treat chunks.

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Dusek's Tavern

$$$$
Contemporary American
Pilsen
4.7
380 reviews
Located in between Little Italy and the Lower West Side, Dusek’s is undoubtedly the place to go for some of the best dessert in Chicago. Come here for dinner and a live show - it is a beer hall-inspired restaurant that doubles as a music venue. They host some of the best live acts in town to stop in Dusek’s before a show to enjoy a drink and one of their famous sweets, like a chocolate pecan tart or tres leches panna cotta.

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