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The Best Restaurants for Dessert in Chicago

The OpenTable Team

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.

Restaurants:Next of Kin Restaurant, Little Goat, Swift & Sons
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, American, Steakhouse
Neighborhoods:Evanston, West Loop
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Next of Kin Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Evanston
443 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Next of Kin Restaurant, formerly known as Kinship, is an all-day cafe located in the northern suburb of Evanston. They focus on artful American cuisine from the hearth, combining sRead more
91% recommended
Great for Brunch in North Suburbs

Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,397 reviews
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
  • Fit for Foodies
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 crazRead more
89% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Swift & Sons

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
2,250 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
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 revRead more
91% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago

RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
River North (Chicago)
4,774 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Head straight to the heart of River North to indulge in some of the city’s finest, most extravagant desserts at RPM Steak. This famed restaurant by Lettuce Entertain You features eRead more
94% recommended
Steak in Chicago / Illinois
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The Bristol

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
1,568 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
The Bristol is an American Restaurant in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago that draws in locals and visiting foodies who are on the hunt for a great meal. Their menu features haRead more
90% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

Maple & Ash

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,207 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Romantic
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 maRead more
97% recommended
Steakhouse in Chicago / Illinois
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Elske

$$$$·American·
West Loop
131 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
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 Read more
93% recommended
Notable Wine List in Chicago / Illinois

Formento's

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,346 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
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 stRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

La Sardine

$$$$·French·
West Loop
910 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Notable Wine List
Located near the Fulton Market, La Sardine is famous for its timeless French classics. Open for almost two decades in this same location, it is one of the most tried and true localRead more
94% recommended
French in Chicago

Beatrix - River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
3,487 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Brunch
  • Healthy
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 mRead more
92% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Green Street Local

$$$$·American·
West Loop
171 reviews
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
Located in the West Loop, Green Street Local is a fantastic place to hit up for their infamous Skillet Cookie. For those unfamiliar, a skillet cookie is a perfect hot-meets-cold deRead more

Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
3,743 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Fun
  • Great for Brunch
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 Read more
89% recommended
Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Dusek's

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pilsen
421 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot
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 iRead more
91% recommended
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Blackbird

$$$$·Contemporary American·
West Loop
4,473 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Hot Spot
This Chicago staple continues to withstand the test of time. It’s rare for a restaurant to maintain “trendiness” for two years in a row, let alone two decades, but Blackbird seems Read more
91% recommended
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Gilt Bar

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
River North (Chicago)
2,233 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Hot Spot
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
Located in River North, Gilt Bar is right next door to Bavette’s, a restaurant from the same owners. It has a very warm, dimly-lit speakeasy atmosphere that makes it the perfect plRead more
95% recommended
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The Publican

$$$$·American·
West Loop
6,071 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
The Publican, located in Fulton Market in the West Loop, is mostly known for pork and beer, which diners should absolutely try when the mood strikes. But their dessert is tops, andRead more
91% recommended
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Dos Urban Cantina

$$$$·Mexican·
Logan Square
559 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
This Mexican Eatery in Logan Square features all of the quintessential items you want to find on a Mexican menu - plus a dessert list that will wow any restaurant aficionado. JenniRead more
94% recommended
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Hot Chocolate

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
946 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Hot Chocolate is a fantastic place to check out for the best dessert in Chicago. Mindy Segal is the mastermind behind the sweet creations here and she still reigns as the pastry quRead more
94% recommended
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Lowcountry

$$$$·Comfort Food·
River North (Chicago)
This Lakeview local favorite is ooozing with Southern charm, from the rustic ambience to the deliciously greasy menu offerings. The best thing to order here are the deep fried OreoRead more
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