North Shore Bakery Tour
Chicago’s North Shore bakeries offer an impressive range of savory and sweet goodies. Gourmet donuts, savory breads, custom cakes, and pastries of all shapes and flavors, some filled with … you-name-it. Map out your route for a bakery tour that legends are made of.
Kneads & Wants Artisan Bakery, Skokie
Kneads & Wants Artisan Bakery
8042 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
When the house specialty is Sticky Buns, you know you’re in the right place for top-notch pastries, sweet treats, and brunch goodies. This small batch bakery and café not only gets high marks for their fresh-baked scones, croissants, cookies, and cakes, but for full brunch and lunch options with quiches, salads, and sandwiches — on bread made fresh daily, too — like You Had Me at Bacon on honey wheat or Eat Your Veggies on a demi baguette. (Sandwich lunchbox includes chips, a jumbo cookie, and drink.)
1733 Central St., Evanston
Hewn Bread, Evanston
Hewn takes its “hand-forged artisan bread” seriously. Every 100% organic bread is hand-mixed, hand-shaped, and naturally fermented fresh daily with grains, produce, and diary ingredients sourced from local farmers. The daily selection consists of a country loaf, blonde country loaf, and four or more rotating specialty loaves, like Caramelized Onion Rye or Polenta, Pumpkin Seed, and Rosemary. Their selection of pastries and lunch items will dazzle your tongue, too. That gorgeous Morning Bun is a must!
Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
Joe Donut, Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie
What’s better than a donut mid shopping to perk you up for another go ‘round the mall? Joe Donut at Westfield Old Orchard has you covered. You really can’t go wrong with whichever donut you choose, but we highly recommend giving the Vanilla Bean Glazed, S’more and the Lemon Fluff. Try one or get a dozen to share!
Misericordia Sweet Shoppe
"Misericordia Sweet Shoppe, Glenview
989 Waukegan Rd, Glenview
We all love a delicious treat, but a delicious treat with a side of supporting a great cause, well, that’s just the icing on the cake! Stop in Tuesday through Saturday from 9am-4pm to pick up tasty indulgences such like their Cinnamon Sour Cream Bread, XL Chocolate Chip cookies, Raspberry Brownie Bites and Lemon Bars to name a few. Trust us, you’ll be coming back for seconds.
Great Harvest Bread
2126 Central St., Evanston
Great Harvest Bread, Evanston
Next stop? Bread heaven. Crafted from scratch every day using carefully selected wheat grown in Montana's Golden Triangle, the wheat is freshly milled onsite. Their signature Honey Whole Wheat is a perfect blend of five pure ingredients — freshly-ground 100% whole wheat flour, pure honey, filtered water, salt, and yeast. The 100% whole grain Superfood is made with simple and nutritious quinoa, freshly-ground whole wheat flour, flax, oat bran, hemp seeds, extra virgin olive oil, honey, salt, yeast, and water. Sweets and breakfast/lunch sandwiches use the same tasty and wholesome approach.
4905 Dempster St., Skokie
Kaufman's Deli, Skokie
You could be forgiven for getting distracted by the legendary sandwiches at Kaufman’s Deli. But the bakery section is pure gold. Named a top 10 bakery by USA Today and best bagel by AOL’s Kitchen’s Best, those bagels require a generous spread of Chive, Lox, or Vegetable, or the yummy Strawberry or Cinnamon Raisin cream cheeses (all made fresh). Only the finest ingredients (pure diary, real vanilla, whole grains) make the grade for specialty Eastern European breads—dense ryes and pumpernickels with a wonderfully fermented flavor; traditional bagels boiled and hearth-baked for a great crust and chewy interior. Save room for more from their sweet shop!
Lawrence Deans Bake Shop
637 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette
Lawrence Deans Bake Shop, Wilmette
Baked daily, one batch at a time, with the finest ingredients and no additives or preservatives. That’s the recipe for scrumptious baked goods at Lawrence Deans Bake Shop. Start your day with warm Pumpkin Walnut Muffin or a perfectly frosted Cinnamon Roll on the weekends. Grab one of their many flavors of Biscotti for a midday treat like the Almond Cherry, Chocolate Hazelnut or Maple Pecan or pick up Hand-Decorated Butter Cookies in creative designs that are sure to delight. Looking for a fun activity? Order one of their Cookie Decorating Sets to test your skills at home.
Beth’s Little Bake Shop
1814 Central St., Evanston
Beth's Little Bake Shop, Evanston
Made from scratch, locally-sourced, fresh every day, the European-inspired pastries, intricately-decorated cakes, and famous French Macarons await you in the heart of Evanston’s Central Street. Grab a cup of Intelligentsia coffee with your morning Danish, muffin, or Babe Sandwich (thick-cut bacon, soft-fried egg, white and sharp cheddar cheese on a butter croissant). You can also create your perfect cake combination of flavors, fillings, and design for a wedding, birthday, and other events.
Max & Benny’s Restaurant, Deli and Bakery
461 Waukegan Rd., Northbrook
Max & Benny's Restaurant, Deli and Bakery, Northbrook
A family restaurant serving up classic favorites (matzo ball soup and Ruben sandwiches) and full custom catering, the adjacent deli at Max & Benny’s lets you take the boiled and baked daily bagels, fresh rye bread, or Challah bread home. Custom cookie creations are one of their specialties with sports teams, superheroes, and seasonal themes. Their DYI Emoji Cookie Kit is a hit for your kids to decorate their own sugary creations. Kits include four cookies dipped in yellow icing and red, white, and black pre-filled icing bags.
1704 Central St., Evanston
DB3 Donuts, Evanston
Who knew such a simple ring of sweet fried dough could rise to such heights? DB3 fashions donuts into indulgent gourmet bliss. Ranked in the 10 Best Donut Shops in Chicago by Make It Better, this small batch bakery nails the basic Chocolate Glazed, Vanilla Sprinkle, and their cousins. Ramp things up with their “Fancy” options like Fruity Pebbles, The “Dude” Goo (maple and BACON!), or gluten-sensitive and vegan options. New, rotating flavors every month make them a destination (Irish Coffee Filled? Red Velvet? Nutella Chocolate Mousse?). Or spell out a message with DB3 Custom Donut Letters!
Three Tarts Bakery & Cafe
301 N Happ Rd., Northfield
Three Tarts Bakery & Cafe, Northfield
This charming Northfield bakery has all your fresh baked needs covered. Delight in fresh baked scones (think chocolate, apricot & cinnamon to name a few), tasty tea breads, rich cinnamon rolls and other delicous assorted pastries for breakfast, with specials offered on weekends. Looking for lighter fair? Stop in for lunch and grab one of the filling salads, sandwiches, quiches and more. Don't miss out on the mouth watering desserts fit for a crowd or grab one of the more single serve sized treats for yourself.
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