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For $5, you get $15 worth of tasty goodies at the Chicago baked-goods landmark: Dinkel’s Bakery, located at 3329 N. Lincoln Ave. If you use your Groupon Monday–Thursday, you’ll get three free bonus danishes, which taste 3% sweeter than standard danishes. Buy up to five Groupons to get even more delicious baked goods!
Dinkel’s has been around for 87 years (confirmed by cutting the building in half and counting its rings). Focused on German baked goods (strudel, stollen, pastries, breads, and rolls), many Dinkel’s items are still made from the original 1922 recipes (with the exception of cabbage being replaced by sugar). Countless Chicago natives consider Dinkel’s to be the best bakery in the city.
Dinkel’s menu features all kinds of special-occasion bakery items (decorated cakes, cupcakes, cookies), but it also features breakfast food (long johns, croissants, bear claws, chocolate donuts, cinnamon-sugar donuts, sour-cream donuts, powdered-sugar donuts, and more, including sweet rolls, cinnamon rolls, and muffins). Its breakfast-sandwich skillet (a focaccia-like bun with stuff like egg, bacon, and spinach baked in) got a rave review from the Chicago Tribune.
Get your Groupon and pastries on at this Chicago institution.
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Here’s what people are saying:
- “Awesome…Awesome…awesome!” – thecakeloverinme, CityVoter
- “Dinkels still fails to disappoint. I don’t think I’ve had a bad thing from here. Their butter cookies are something to die for. Amazing. Made with good ingredients. One of my favorite desserts is a few of those and a glass of milk. They have a giant selection of cakes, pastries, cookies, brownies, croissants, breads, etc etc. It’s all old-world quality. They even wrap the cardboard boxes with string.” – Roy L., Yelp
- “A Chicago legend! Order a delicious cake, but be sure to pick up some cookies, too. Half-dipped chocolate is the best. You’ll never go back to grocery-store cakes after experiencing Dinkel’s!” – Kelli S., Metromix
- “This bakery is the best one in the city. You walk in, and it just feels like home. The cookies are so delicious, they’ll melt in your mouth. When ordering cakes, the staff is friendly and the cakes are delectable!! The smells that emanate from Dinkel’s remind me of my grandmother’s kitchen. A definite must visit!” – lastipe, Citysearch
Dinkel's Important Role in Chicago History
Everyone knows Dinkel’s Bakery is a Chicago institution, a culinary landmark of decorated cakes, donuts, and danishes that helps define our blue-collar city. But you may not know that Dinkel’s has been helping Chicagoans make amends with each other since 1922. Serving as the city’s unofficial olive tree from which all olive branches are pruned, the bakery’s pastries have played integral roles in quashing some of the city’s most infamous conflicts, including the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the Armour Slaughterhouse Pig Uprising, the Chicago Race Riots, and the Chicago Flood.
After each tumultuous event, Mr. Dinkel filled his German rickshaw with hundreds of his pastries and delivered them to the conflicting sides. After just one bite, the parties involved put aside their differences to shake powdered-sugar-covered hands, which created powdered-sugar clouds of peace. Next time you’re in conflict with someone (sibling, mugger, alley rat, etc.), share a Dinkel’s pastry and feel better about the future.
3329 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657Get Directions