Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick(312) 932-1128 thetwistedbaker.com41.910614 -87.634581 1543 N Wells St (between Schiller St and North Ave) Old Town, Chicago
Sun, Tue–Thu 8am–7pm; Fri, Sat 8am–8pm (closed Mon)Average baked good: $3
There’s nothing twisted or off-kilter about this second-story Old Town bakeshop. In fact, the tarts (banana cream, apple pie) and cupcakes (red velvet, carrot) are pure, straightforward, old-fashioned goodness. It’s the cookies, though, such as the rustic cornmeal rounds with a hint of lime and buttery shortbread, that are instant classics.