ChicagoLAND of Sweets - 2024 Guide to Sweets & Treats on the Northside

January 5, 2024

To this day, a concert, a recital, an awards ceremony, or report card day, go hand-in-hand with a sugary celebration for me. Growing up on the east coast, Friendly's and Carvel were our go-tos. A sweet treat is a relatively inexpensive way to kick off the holidays or summer break. It's also proven helpful in brightening a bad day or comforting a broken heart. 

Of course, no one needs a reason to indulge every once in awhile. We find it extra special to try new places each time, however we can't count the number of times we have been craving something sweet to eat and are stumped by where to go. Places that specialize in desserts are not as common as we might hope. Thus we've put together a list of local favorites for you to enjoy.


Bartleby's Homemade Ice Cream serves delicious hand-crafted scoops, sundaes, shakes, and more in a fun and friendly space.
Visit them at 1943 W Byron Street or Learn more 


Candyality, a candy store in the Lakeview neighborhood, has been beloved by Chicagoans for the past 16 years. Our store has a variety of offerings to match anyone's sweet tooth and also provides candy buffets and candy favors for corporate events, parties, and weddings!
Visit them at 3737 N Southport Avenue or Learn more 


Bringing family and friends together over a box of the best cookies in the world!
Visit them at 3340 N Western Avenue or Learn more 


Fresh frozen custard made throughout the day so it's always rich and creamy.
  Each Kids' Meal comes with a certificate for a free scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard 
Visit them at 1111 W. Addison St. (Wrigleyville) and 1819 W. Montrose Ave. (Ravenswood) or Learn more 

Vintage candy in a charming 1920’s shop with old timey prices!
 Visit them at 2155 W Irving Park Road or Learn more 


At Lickity Split Frozen Custard and Sweets, we believe everyday is a candy day, frozen custard day, pastry day, and that everything tastes better with a bottle of retro soda!
 Visit them at 6056 N. Broadway Ave or Learn more 


Offering a wide selection of cake, decorations, and retail items. Nothing Bundt Cakes is the perfect one-stop celebration shop!
 Visit them at 4918 N. Clark Street or Learn more