The cool weather starts to descend, the leaves start changing color and suddenly there’s pumpkin treats galore available at restaurants around the city. But with these savory and sweet treats available on a limited basis, just as they always are, how is one to decide where to go first? With this list of the best pumpkin treats in the city, of course. Whether you want to warm your belly with a sticky bun, cool off with some ice cream or just enjoy a traditional slice of pie, these restaurants have some of the most delectable pumpkin treats in town.
Floriole (Pumpkin Sticky Buns)
1220 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
While the Lincoln Park cafe has expanded in recent years to include everything from pizzas to sandwiches, the heart and soul of this shop continues to be its pastries. Based on the popularity of its pumpkin sticky buns last year, this sweet treat will be back this year and just as good as ever. Owner Sandra Holl and her staff make the delectable pastry by adding pumpkin puree to their usual sticky bun recipe, and then top it with cream cheese frosting. Other pumpkin treats may be available as well, depending on how the pastry chefs are inspired once the pumpkins and squash start rolling in.
Hoosier Mama Pie Company (Pumpkin Pie)
1618 1/2 Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Take the traditional – but no less delicious – route with a homemade pumpkin pie from this Ukrainian Village bakery. All of the pies are made by hand, and most are seasonal, and the pumpkin pie is no exception. What makes this handmade pie even better is the perfect flakiness of the homemade crust. Keep an eye on the ever-updated menu too, as it has been known to offer autumn specials, like ginger pumpkin cheesecake.
Scooter’s Frozen Custard (Pumpkin Concrete Ice Cream)
1658 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Who says autumn is only for warm and toasty treats? Scooter’s once again proves that its thick and creamy concretes are the perfect tasty vessel, and that goes for its pumpkin concrete too. The fixings are simple: the Lakeview ice cream shop combines a flavorful piece of pumpkin pie right into its custard ice cream.
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Sapori Trattoria (Pumpkin Ravioli)
2701 N. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Pumpkin and ravioli is a marriage made in heaven, something this Lincoln Park restaurant has long recognized. After all, you can savor its Cappellacci di Zucca, which won “Best in Chicago” accolades by Chicago magazine, all year round. Naturally, it’s also considered one of the restaurant’s signature dishes. You’ll be dipping every last bite of this $19.95 ravioli into the burnt butter sage sauce, as well as devouring it with its accompaniments: pine nuts, sage and butternut squash.
Chilam Balam (Pumpkin Tres Leches)
3023 N. Broadway St.
Chicago, IL 60657
Tres leches is already a decadent, creamy dessert, but it’s even better when it includes pumpkin, something you can discover for yourself at Chilam Balam (and its sister restaurant Shaman) this October. The milky dessert is even topped with toasted pumpkin seed ice cream, all for a reasonable $8. Now that’s a reason to save some room for dessert at this popular BYOB Mexican restaurant in Lakeview.
Nightwood (Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream)
2119 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608
This Pilsen neighborhood restaurant is known for its dedication to seasonal dishes, and its desserts are no exception. Pastry Chef Sarah Mispagel has a new pumpkin spice ice cream in the works for the menu this fall, and like so many things on the menu here, it will be made with local ingredients, as she’ll source French heirloom pumpkins from Klug Farms. Depending on what she finds at the market too, another pumpkin-centric dessert will also be available.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.