I have a confession to make: I'm a closeted dessert eater. When I'm out, I often cave to peer pressure, and say, "Oh, I'm too full for dessert." But when I'm alone or with my trusted inner-circle of dessert-eating friends... it's totally on!
I have loads and loads of rationalizations and excuses for my sweet obsession. For example, when I travel: when better to let your sweet-tooth have it's way than when out-of-town for work or play? Traveling is exhausting, and you never know if you'll be in that town again, so it'd almost be a crime not to sample the local fare while you have the chance. YOLO!
Continuing in the spirit of full disclosure, here's my short list of desserts I'd like to sample while in Chicago for the 2015 SEGD Conference: Experience Chicago:
Early morning: Doughnuts
The Doughnut Vault | 401 1/2 N. Franklin Street, Chicago IL 60654
Opens at 8 am on weekdays and 9:30 am on weekends, closes when the doughnuts sell out. Expect a line.
Mid-morning Snack: Cupcakes
Molly's Cupcakes | 2536 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60614
Make your own cupcake, or try the red velvet- it was just crowned the "Best in Chicago" by Chicago Magazine.
Lunchtime Treat: Macarons
Vanille Patisserie | 2 Locations in Chicago
Classic French desserts like macarons and entremets. Ooh lala!
Midday Slump: Candy
Vosges Chocolates | 2 Locations in Chicago
Also available in Terminals 1, 3 & 5 of O'Hare International Airport, at least one of which is next to a wine bar!
After Dinner: Pie
BangBang Pie Shop | 2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
BangBang has savory options, as well as some terrific looking seasonal pies, like strawberry basil. Closes at 7, so pick up early.
Midnight Snack: Cookies
Baked | 2246 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
Normal-sized and giant cookies, muffins, scones, and an ever-changing menu. Closes early.
While Chicago's desserts are very, very enticing, the main event really is the 2015 SEGD Conference: Experience Chicago, the 42nd annual gathering of the experiential graphic design community, June 4-6. Register now!