The Chocolate Lover's Guide To Chicago

Spring is in the air (sort of, kind of). The birds have started chirping, and some of us have been lucky enough to catch our first glimpses of green — and we don’t mean the St. Paddy’s Day revelers in Wrigleyville. Best of all, this time of year calls for candy and chocolate. While some sacrifice treats in preparation for Easter or Passover, others can’t help but indulge their chocolate cravings all season long.

That's why we’ve scoured Chicago's restaurants, bakeries, and candy shops to uncover some of the most delicious, beautiful, and chocolate-laden sweets around town — from chocolate-marshmallow eggs to unique cupcakes, rich chocolate cakes, and even chocolate doughnuts. Ahead, see the best places to indulge your sweet tooth. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Vosges Haut-Chocolat.
If you can’t resist a Cadbury egg…
Try Vosges' milk-chocolate, salted, peanut-butter eggs infused with local wildflower honey. The Armitage shop also offers bittersweet chocolate eggs (pictured here) with a homemade, pillowy vanilla-bean marshmallow filling that uses organic sugar and more local honey — NO corn syrup! It’s the real deal.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat, 951 West Armitage Avenue (between Sheffield and Bissell streets); 773-296-9866.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sprinkles Cupcakes.
If you’d rather have your “marshmallow egg” in cupcake form…
Head to Sprinkles for its seasonal s’more cupcake. Lined with a graham-cracker “crust,” the fluffy, Belgian dark-chocolate cake comes with a super-rich, bittersweet chocolate filling and toasted marshmallow frosting for gooey goodness without the need for a campfire. The company is also offering its popular cupcakes — dark chocolate, red velvet, brown-sugar praline, and carrot — adorned with pink and green bunnies to liven up an Easter brunch party or gift basket.

Sprinkles Cupcakes, 50 East Walton Street (between Rush Street and Michigan Avenue); 312-573-1600.
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Photo: Courtesy of Scone City.
If you want a chocolate-laden scone with your coffee…
Try the indulgent, triple-chocolate scone from the brand-new Scone City in Wicker Park. Pastry chef Laurie McNamara starts with a buttermilk base infused with Callebaut semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk-chocolate discs, and white chocolate. Wash it down with a specialty brew or espresso shot by HalfWit Coffee Roasters.

Scone City, 1632 West Division Street (between Marshfield Avenue and Paulina Street); 401-429-9304.
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Photo: Courtesy of Formento's.
If you just want a stupidly rich piece of chocolate cake…
Head to Formento’s for pastry chef Sarah Koechling’s four-layer version, made with a light and creamy chocolate pudding and crunchy hazelnut praline for added texture and taste. You will definitely need a glass of milk with this one.

Formento’s, 925 West Randolph Street (between Sangamon and Peoria streets); 312-690-7295.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Bedford.
Or, if you want a little raspberry with your chocolate cake…
Fresh raspberries and a bright raspberry sauce lighten up The Bedford’s chocolate cake, which is infused with rich ganache. A dusting of powdered sugar and toasted meringue makes for a perfect finish.

The Bedford, 1612 West Division Street (between Marshfield and Ashland avenues) 773-235-8800.
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Photo: Courtesy of River Roast.
If you can’t resist chocolate and peanut butter…
There’s a reason Hoosier Mama Pie has a cult following. The folks at River Roast figured this out, offering the popular pie shop’s Fat Elvis treat, a chocolate-peanut butter bomb with a crushed-peanut, graham-cracker, and pretzel crust topped with dried banana and more pretzel for a salty-sweet combo.

River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle Street (between Kinzie Street and the Chicago River); 312-822-0100.
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Photo: Courtesy of GT Fish & Oyster.
If you love white chocolate…
GT Fish & Oyster’s pastry chef Andrea Bonitatibus lightens things up with a killer white-chocolate trifle layered with white-chocolate meringue, pistachio cake, and a blood-orange granite that’s topped with crunchy sesame brittle and candied pistachios and kumquats.

GT Fish & Oyster, 531 North Wells Street (between Ohio Street and Grand Avenue); 312-929-3501.
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Photo: Courtesy of Boka.
If you want a little box of chocolates…
Head to Boka to find acclaimed pastry chef Meg Galus’ candy-like creations, including a mixture of passion-fruit and chocolate truffles, salted-caramel bonbons, and pistachio-hazelnut chocolate bars. If life really is like a box of chocolates, then it's pretty good.

Boka, 1729 North Halsted Street (between Willow Street and North Avenue); 312-337-6070.
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Photo: Courtesy of Glazed & Infused.
If you can’t resist a chocolate doughnut…
Hit up Glazed & Infused for its chocolate-maraschino cherry version. This traditional yeast doughnut comes coated in a bright-red cherry glaze — made with sour-cherry puree — and topped with semi-hardened chocolate-fudge swirls that melt in your mouth. Admit it, you would have stopped in anyway.

Glazed & Infused, 201 East Delaware Place (between Mies van der Rohe Way and Dewitt Place); 312-226-5556.
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Photo: Courtesy of Paris Club Bistro & Bar.
If you’re looking for something chocolaty and creamy…
Nothing beats a French pastry — especially a chocolate-laden one. Paris Club Bar & Bistro’s chef Doug Psaltis whips up a creamy custard filling for his soft and chewy, classic éclair that’s artfully decorated with a layer of chocolate ganache, crispy and dried raspberry pieces, and little chocolate "pearls" for an extra pop of the dark stuff.

Paris Club Bistro & Bar, 59 West Hubbard Street (between Clark and Dearborn streets); 312-595-0800.

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