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For much of the year, Chicago, Illinois has a chill in the air. So to keep warm out there, here is a list of spots where you can grab Chicago’s best hot chocolate while you’re on the go.
Visit celebrity chef Rick Bayless’ River North restaurant Xoco for the best authentic Mexican cuisine in downtown Chicago. The menu features tortas, caldos, cocktails, a guacamole bar, plus their famous bean-to-cup chocolate. Come for the five-star food but stay for the freshest chocolate you’ll find in the Midwest. Try the classic, which is plain, or the version spiced with chile or iced down with mint.
The Hershey’s Store in any city is bound to be a tourist trap, but it’s also an unforgettable experience. Try to visit at an off-peak time to avoid the crowds, but be sure to stop in with the little ones. They can be a ‘factory worker’ who helps fill their buckets with candy before picking out their favorite sweet merchandise. Don’t leave before visiting the sweet shop in the back where you can try everything from hot chocolate to fudge brownies.
Hershey’s Chocolate, 822 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 337 7711
The best hot beverage you can get in Logan Square comes from Katherine Anne Confections. The quaint shop is loaded with truffles, caramels, marshmallows, and candies of all kinds. They have 10 different flavors of hot chocolate alone, so it’s hard to run out of options here. You can even buy your own containers to enjoy at home on winter days so cold that you can’t bear to step outside.
Katherine Anne Confections, 2745 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 245 1630
Millennium Park is always an extraordinary place to celebrate the winter season as it’s typically packed full of activities. You can ice skate at the seasonal rink or down the Maggie Daley ice ribbon, take pictures with a snow-capped Bean, or listen to holiday carolers in the park. You can also enjoy a tasty meal at the Park Grill and warm up after a day of fun with their rich hot chocolate.
Park Grill, 11 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 521 7275
George’s has been a neighborhood favorite on the main drag of cutesy Andersonville since opening in 2009. You’re bound to find this parlor full of families on the weekends, with others walking their dogs past the window. The menu is huge and typical of a sweet shop, but they offer six different specialty hot chocolates year-round. Try the pumpkin cocoa for now and work your way up to Nutella and mint.
George’s Ice Cream and Sweets, 5306 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 271 7600
Julius Meinl has been a Vienna-based coffee roaster since 1862 and is a well-established name in central Europe when it comes to coffee beans. Expect a long list of Austrian pastries, a warm atmosphere, and plenty of cushy chairs to sink into while you enjoy your hot drink. From hot chocolates to teas and the best coffee in Austria, there’s plenty of hot beverages from which to choose. Visit one of their three North Side locations.