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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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UPDATE: Feeling the stay-inside vibe this weekend? This is all you need to pass the weekend by in a glorious TV trance. This story was originally published on January 12, 2013 (but we've added some new must-watch entries!).
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Hold on to your oil-absorbing wipes, folks: It's about to get real hot and sticky up in here. This time of the year, our cold-weather-related dry-skin woes seem like a distant memory as our foreheads turn into oil slicks and our skin reddens in the rising UV index. And, don't even get us started about our summertime foot read