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SWEETS SATISFY YOUR CRAVINGS Indulge in delicious pastries from some of the city’s hip dessert spots.

BY IYA BAKARE

CAFFÉ GELATO

FIRST SLICE PIE CAFÉ

JAAFER SWEETS

Cool off this summer with fresh, authentic gelato. Delight in the parlor’s ingredients imported from Italy. Enjoy the fresh and blended flavors made from Italian equipment and have a cup of cappuccino to top off the experience.

The café is a nonprofit establishment located in the Lillstreet Art Center in Ravenswood. The low-key restaurant’s chef-director uses organic ingredients for its delicious delicacies. One of the faves from the dessert menu is the chocolate-peanut butter pie, which will make you crawl back for more.

If you’re searching for some baklava to melt in your mouth, zip over to Jaafer Sweets in Albany Park. This Middle Eastern bakery is known for this dessert, in addition to its breads and other pastry treats.

2034 W. Division St., Chicago 773 227 7333 caffegelatochicago.com

4825 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago 773 463 3933

4401 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago 773 506 7380 firstslice.org

SWEET CAKES BAKERY

SWIRLZ CUPCAKES

SWEET MANDY B’S

Stop by Ukrainian Village for some vegan pastry options of pastries at Sweet Cakes Bakery. Owned by a father and daughter team, this bakery has tasty cinnamon rolls, along with an assortment of muffins and other desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth first thing in the morning or to complete your meal during the day.

This Lincoln Park gem offers something for every diet. Swirlz’s scrumptious gourmet cupcakes are available in gluten-free and vegan gluten-free (made with rice flour) as well as the traditional. The moist, tasty pastries are offered in an assortment of flavors and can be customized according to your personal preference.

Looking for some tasty treats? Grab some homemade pastries from Sweet Mandy B’s in Lincoln Park. If you’re health conscious, you can always enjoy some homemade granola and a fruit salad for a hearty breakfast or for your choice as a dessert. If you choose to indulge, try a slice of pie or cake.

901 N. Damen Ave., Chicago 773 772 5771 sweetcakeschicago.com

705 W. Belden Ave., Chicago 773 404 CAKE (2253) swirlzcupcakes.com

1208 W. Webster Ave., Chicago 773 244 1174

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