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Forget the flour, and the sugar, and the baking powder...you've got some serious shopping and holiday revelry to do. No matter how great it is to lick the batter off the spatula, haste makes waste at this stage in the game. But hello, we're not Scrooges, either. We're just being mindful of your busy schedule and our inability to make those festive treats as incredible as some of our fave bakeries in town.
Seriously, it's a win-win. You spend less time fussing over executing the perfect gingerbread man and everyone lucky enough to gobble up your sweet sensations is as jolly as Old Saint Nick. Ahead, five of our favorite Chicago bakeries worth the splurge — and the time save.
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To see and recognize that bold, golden arrow on the side of a sunglasses means you’re part of the Karen Walker club. Her specs have long ago become cult products, and the only thing that might inspire a bigger wave of fanaticism than the sunglasses themselves are the clever lookbooks she puts forth each season. read
At every bar or bat mitzvah party I attended in my youth, the DJ would use the moment when everyone's energy had flagged to "take things down to Club Med." This usually consisted of a conga line set to "Feeling Hot, Hot Hot," followed by a limbo competition to "Going Loco Down in Acapulco," and a rousing group dance read