In the Loop? Get your cupcake fix!

Like cupcakes? Between food trucks and traditional bakeries, Chicago has nearly fifty places that specialize in creating these tasty treats. If you’re in Chicago for a few days, it can be hard to track down the mobile versions or trek to the famous-to-locals spots. Fortunately there’s a concentration of outstanding cupcakes within Chicago’s Loop.

Fuzzy Navel Cupcake | Sugar Bliss | Photo Courtesy of Tammy Green

Fuzzy Navel Cupcake from Sugar Bliss

Sugar Bliss (115 North Wabash Avenue) is tucked away among the shops on Jeweler’s Row. If I saved my pennies I could probably afford diamonds from the neighboring stores, but I spend my money on sweets here! Sugar Bliss features a daily menu of five cupcake flavors as well as stand-by favorites that appear every day. My week goes something like: Monday’s = Strawberry Dream, Tuesday’s = Cinnamon Carrot, Wednesday’s = Lemon Drop…you get the idea. Go early in the day so you have the best selection!

Candy Cupcake | Crumbs | Photo Courtesy of Tammy Green

Candy Cupcake from Crumbs

Crumbs Bake Shop (303 West Madison) is a relative newcomer to the Chicago cupcake scene, and one of the first national chains to make an appearance. They offer a smörgåsbord of cupcake choices to customers. Since it can be hard to settle on one, I recommend the twelve-pack of mini-cupcakes that features their best-selling flavors. However, if one is all you can handle, then I say go for red raspberry!

Carrot Cake Cupcake | The Cupcake Counter | Photo Courtesy of Tammy Green

Carrot Cake Cupcake from The Cupcake Counter

The Cupcake Counter (229 West Madison) almost fades into the background along this stretch of Madison, but keep your eyes peeled for this tiny store. In the mornings this family-run store operates like a coffee shop, but don’t be fooled! They’re all about the frosting. In fact, if you can handle an infusion of sugar, buy a shot of the sweet stuff. They have typically offer around five flavors and only rotate one or two. I have fallen hard for their carrot cupcakes, though I’ve enjoyed them all.

This is only the frosted tip of sugary options available in the Loop. Keep an eye open for a cupcake truck or store-within-a-store cupcake spots to get your fix. Great cupcakes are not hard to find!

About Tammy Green, Chicago Bites

Tammy Green is the co-founder of restaurant review site, Chicago Bites, a local and independent collaboration of talented people interested in eating well. She’s been eating for years, but didn’t discover her professional fascination with food until she started talking about it every week. As a result of Chicago Bites, she has expanded her interest in food policy, gardening, canning, composting, organic issues, slow food, local producers and chefs and how these all impact the Chicago dining experience.
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4 Responses to In the Loop? Get your cupcake fix!

  1. Nikia says:

    It really is amazing how many cupcake places we have in Chicago. Although, I’m not complaining one bit! lol.

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  3. This entry just scratches the surface, Nikia. I’ve been to over 50 places within Chicago city limits that specialize or feature cupcakes. Sweet, sweet sugary madness!

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