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.

The OpenTable Team
Restaurants:Little Goat, Swift & Sons, The Bristol
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:American, Steakhouse, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:West Loop, Bucktown / Wicker Park
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
5,036 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • 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 crazy combinations of in...

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Great for Brunch in Chicago / Illinois
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Swift & Sons

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
3,112 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies

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 mo...

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The Bristol

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
1,861 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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 handmade pasta, charcu...

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Maple & Ash

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,590 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Cozy

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...

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Hot Spot in Chicago / Illinois
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Elske

$$$$·American·
West Loop
359 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu

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 restaur...

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Best Ambiance in Chicago
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Formento's

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,934 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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’...

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Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

Beatrix - River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
4,009 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies

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 o...

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Green Street Local

$$$$·American·
West Loop
230 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Bar Seating
  • Casual

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 dessert consisting of ...

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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
5,157 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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, ...

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Most Booked in Chicago / Illinois

Dusek's Tavern

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Pilsen
113 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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-inspir...

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Contemporary American in Chicago / Illinois