Subway: Blue to Jefferson Park(773) 545-7215 delightfulpastries.com41.967586 -87.775909 5927 W Lawrence Ave (between Mason and Marmora Aves) Jefferson Park, Chicago
Tue–Sat 7am–6pm; Sun 7am–2pmAverage baked good: $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.