Subway: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Sedgwick(312) 255-0724 delightfulpastries.com41.913329 -87.634932 1710 N Wells St (between Eugenie St and St Paul Ave) Old Town, Chicago
Mon–Thu 8am–6pm; Sun 9am-5pmAverage pastry: $3
Mother-daughter team Dobra Bielinski and Stasia Hawyrszczuk opened this Jefferson Park bakery in 1998 and have established it as the preferred stop for those seeking Polish pastries (or other European sweets for that matter). Polish specialties like angel’s wings cookies and kolachki are always popular, but come Paczki Day (Fat Tuesday in the Big Easy), this place sells thousands of the lard-fried, cream-filled doughnuts, including one specific to the holiday filled with boozy custard. Coffee cake, muffins and breads have universal appeal year-round.