Gregorian-calendar revisionists cite upswings in mood and laundry-detergent boons as evidence for following Saturdays with Brownie Sundaes. Take part in the weekday revolution with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of breakfast pastries, sandwiches, coffee, and dessert at Lovely Bake Shop on North Milwaukee Avenue.
Garnering accolades from press such as Bon Appétit, Time Out Chicago, and the Chicago Tribune, Lovely Bake Shop specializes in sumptuous homemade pastries, gourmet soups and sandwiches, and lickable layered cakes. The menu offers morning munches such as flaky croissants, dense, buttery scones, and moist muffins designed to elevate eyelids and staunch starving-artist aspirations. Vegetarians and vegans can warm their wind-chilled whistles with Lovely's rotating selection of homemade soups ($4.50 per bowl), with fanciful flavors that include rosemary lentil, apple fennel, and curried carrot. Canned fish is shamed into a permanent leave of absence with the fresh tuna-salad sandwich ($6.50), a salty mélange of tuna, sun-dried tomatoes, capers, kalamata olives, and lemon on an airy croissant. Diners can indulge in delicate tea cakes or gooey bread puddings while sipping on freshly brewed Intelligentsia coffee at Lovely's full espresso bar.
The bakery's décor is warm and inviting, with wooden tables and free WiFi set up for studious students, freelance writers, and chimpanzees hacking at typewriters until they perfect their Virgil translations. Customers can also peruse the makeshift general store, an antique armoire repurposed to house homemade preserves, hand-sewn aprons, and screen-printed dish towels.
- the Lovely Bake Shop is known for its vast range of mini pies and its general-store vibe that is emphasized by farmhouse furniture and the enchanting small of freshly baked pastries. – Bon Appétit
- The brownie I tried was one if the most serious I've ever had the delight of eating. – David Tamarkin, Time Out Chicago
1130 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622Get Directions