Bus: 9, 74(773) 868-4574 vanillepatisserie.com41.922361 -87.664908 2229 N Clybourn Ave (between Greenview and Webster Aves) Lincoln Park, Chicago
Mon–Thu 8am–6pm; Fri–Sat 8am–7pm; Sun 8am–4pmAverage pastry: $6
Macarons from heaven. Fleur de sel caramels from someplace even better than heaven. Pastry chef Sophie Evanoff cranks out dozens of types of gorgeous French pastries daily. The Manjari entremet, a chocolate biscuit topped with chocolate cream and chocolate mousse, is our current favorite, but it’s hard to choose. These confections make a great gift, but the packaging is so mod and sexy, you’ll want to keep it.