Winter can get brutally cold, making it the perfect time to warm up with a cup of hot chocolate! There are so many decadent options in the area, offering innovative flavored choices, spicy options, and tried and true favorites.
Enjoying a tantalizing cup of hot chocolate is a surefire way to beat those winter blues. Whether you want to grab a marshmallow-jammed cup or a more adventurous flavor, you can’t go wrong at any of these top spots. Keep reading for a list of the best hot chocolate in Chicago!
Led by acclaimed chef Mindy Segal, come enjoy any of the delicious hot chocolate blends (medium, dark, or Mexican along with inventive flavors like earl grey lavendar. Topped with giant marshmallows, the bakery has become known for pastries but we gotta say, the hot chocolate is definitely up there in our ranking.
Address: 1747 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
The Lincoln Park location is practically made for Instagram Stories, but the hot chocolate is what you’ll keep in mind once you leave. Thought to be the original marshmallow cafe, try any number of innovative marshmallow flavors in a cup of decadent, photo-worthy hot chocolates in town. We recommend the pistachio marshmallow or a s’mores hot chocolate.
Address: 6977 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626
Grab a hot chocolate bomb at this incredible spot in Pilsen! Brimming with South Asian-inspired desserts, you’ll have to try the hot sipping chocolates between bites of scrumptious chocolates! From a dark Belgian mix to a bittersweet option sourced from Mexico, to limited edition seasonal flavors, this lesser known shop should very well become a go-to spot.
Address: 1900 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60608
Katherine Anne Confections
This one is perfect for the adventurous pallet! Katherine Anne Confections has a dedicated following for a reason– offering a wide range of flavors, each mi is made from real chocolate of course. With options like salted caramel, peanut butter, chai, or cinnamon! Big ups on the homemade marshmallows as well. Gab a box of chocolates to go along with the incredible drink!
Address: 2745 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Cocoa + Co.
If you want to go fancy, go to Cocoa + Co! The Old Town spot is known for its decadent flavors (like pumpkin!). Here, it’s called drinking chocolate. You’ll want to grab a cookie or 12 as the bakery serves up unbelievable cookies and pastries.
Address: 1651 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614
If you’re a fan of Mexican hot chocolate, this place is perfect for you! With everything from peppermint to white chocolate, to pumpkin spice, spicy Mexican chocolate, and a Mayan mocha, Xurro tops each drink with a decadent churro of course! They also sell their famous Abuelita Hot Chocolate by the gallon so you can keep enjoying long after you leave the store.
If you’re a fan of Dark Matter Coffee, you’ve gotta try this offshoot cafe that specializing Mexican drinking chocolate! Find everything from sweet to spicy options, using chocolate from partners La Rifa Chocolatería, their Mexico City-based partners.
Address: 2901 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Filled with unique flavors, Bombo Bar has a gorgeous West Loop location. They’re known for their iconic ‘Hotter Chocolate’ a dark chocolate blend that includes fantastical toppings of choice (Just look at that photo above). Whether you go classic or opt for a S’mores version, odds are you’ll leave satisfied! Grab a donut as well for the optimal the sugar rush– and grab a pup cup for the pets in your life! We suggest the pawsibly sundae or the woof-cream!
Address: 832 W. Randolph St., Chicago