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

Next of Kin Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Evanston
562 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended
Fit for Foodies in North Suburbs

Little Goat

$$$$·American·
West Loop
4,722 reviews
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
  • Comfort Food
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
92% recommended
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Swift & Sons

$$$$·Steakhouse·
West Loop
2,625 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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
86% recommended

RPM Steak

$$$$·Steak·
Chicago
5,123 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
92% recommended
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The Bristol

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Bucktown / Wicker Park
1,704 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
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
94% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

Maple & Ash

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Gold Coast / Streeterville
3,448 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
96% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
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Elske

$$$$·American·
West Loop
260 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
91% recommended
Best Ambiance in Chicago / Illinois
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Formento's

$$$$·Italian·
West Loop
1,580 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
88% recommended
Most Booked 1000-Point Tables in Chicago / Illinois

Beatrix - River North

$$$$·American·
River North (Chicago)
3,700 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • 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
95% recommended
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Green Street Local

$$$$·American·
West Loop
190 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Fun
  • 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
93% recommended
Great for Lunch in Chicago / Illinois
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Summer House Santa Monica

$$$$·American·
Lincoln Park
4,315 reviews
  • Great for Brunch
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
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
90% 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
4,476 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)
2,234 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
6,083 reviews
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
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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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La Sardine

$$$$·French·
West Loop
1,040 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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
92% recommended
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