It’s no secret that Chicago is a foodie city.
Before the digital revolution, you’d know the best places to eat through word of mouth because taste was the primary criteria for drawing crowds. But in the age of social media, both taste and looks matter, because savvy restaurateurs know that the quickest way to draw crowds is through Instagram.
Although Chi-town has no shortage of Instagrammable food, this list focuses on the sweet treats.
Here are some of the most Instagrammable desserts in Chicago:
729 S Dearborn St
Anything DIY or personalized makes a good Instagram post, and Gordo’s Homemade Ice Cream Bars knows that. Although they offer many pre-set flavors (The Dark Knight with the Heath bar crunch topping is a witty play on words!), their DIY ice cream bars are the most popular option.
Choose from any of the 10 homemade ice cream bar flavors (or paleta, a non-dairy option), pick a dip, choose your toppings, and then snap a photo!
6977 N Sheridan St
“Sweet dreams are made of this” can’t even begin to describe Xo Marshmallow, the world’s first marshmallow cafe.
The cafe, albeit tiny, is every bit as Instagram-worthy as their desserts. Some of the most photographed desserts include Oh Dough You Didn't, an edible cookie dough topped with vanilla marshmallows, dipped in chocolate, and the famous Dat Cone Dough, an edible chocolate chip cookie dough stuffed in a cone, then topped with vanilla marshmallow and coated in chocolate.
832 W Randolph St
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Named after the bombolini, or the Italian holeless donut which they are famous for, Bombo Bar is always ahead of the curve when it comes to tasty-looking treats.
Their Cooler Chocolate shakes, topped with whipped cream, cookies, and bombolinis are an Instagram favorite. Their latest release, the Bombo Gelato sandwich — a scoop of gelato in between bombolinis, dipped in sprinkles — is sure to be an Instagram favorite, as well.
400 N State St
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Choosing what to get for dessert can be difficult, but Public House makes it easy with their cake shakes.
These cake shakes are a boozy blend of ice cream, craft beer, and sprinkles, with cake on top! In addition to their regular menu, look out for seasonal flavors, like this 4th of July-themed shake. They're almost too pretty to eat!
108 N. Green St
You may know Parlor Chicago primarily as a pizza place, but you should also give their desserts a chance. Try the tacolato, a waffle cone taco shell paired with your favorite ice cream, finished with fun toppings such as sprinkles, gummies, and marshmallows. The Unicorn Dreams is a crowd favorite!
23 W Hubbard St
Jojo’s Milk Bar is dessert heaven!
Referring to themselves as a “next-generation milk bar”, they are known for their over-the-top milkshakes. But if you have room, you should also try their other innovative desserts which include jumbo cookie flights, designer pop tarts and frozen milk bars.
Did I miss your favorite picks for the most Instragrammable desserts in Chicago? Let me know in the comments!