Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs), Red to Fullerton(773) 883-7220 mollyscupcakes.com41.928975 -87.642530 2536 N Clark St (between Deming Pl and Wrightwood Ave) Lincoln Park, Chicago
Mon noon–10pm; Tue–Thu 8am–10pm; Fri, Sat 8am–midnight; Sun 9am–10pmAverage cupcake: $2
Owner John Nicolaides named this cute cupcake shop after his favorite grade-school teacher, who baked cupcakes for students’ birthdays. In two of our favorites, bits of bright carrot mesh with cream-cheese buttercream, and tangy dollops of lemon curd cut a rich vanilla cake. Reenact your own grade-school days by having a cupcake at the swing-style chairs flanking the counter.