As I’ve established before, I’m a big fan of dessert. As I’m also a fan of supporting local businesses, it just makes sense that I would love to visit local bakeries. I award completely arbitrary bonus points for family-owned bakeries.
Today I’d like to introduce you to one of my all-time favorites that fits this bill, Andersonville’s Swedish Bakery.
Though it’s traded hands a few times in its 80-plus-year history, this family-owned bakery is a Chicago staple, regularly topping best-of lists. Its primary focus is on European-style pastries and cakes, but it really runs the gamut in terms of sweet tooth satisfaction.
I’d like to invite you now to join me on a visual journey through the bakery. Treasure awaits us!
The storefront is fairly unassuming. As with people, what matters is on the inside.
Fika the Swedish equivalent of English tea time. When Papa Bear and I visited Sweden a few years ago, we made sure to partake in daily fika celebrations. You know, to really soak up the culture. Nevertheless, it makes me happy to see some Swedish cultural references in my hometown.
They have cakes.
I was so impressed with their cake displays that I decided to order Baby Bear’s first birthday cake from Swedish Bakery. I’ll add a picture of it when it’s complete.
They have cookies. They have a lot of cookies.
Don’t get me wrong; I love summertime fruits. But cookies shaped as summertime fruits win each time.
Happy Pride Month!
Since I can barely draw a stick figure, I’m always impressed by their decorations, including the ones on this Illinois-shaped cookie.
They have tortes, tarts, doughnuts, bread, and all sorts of other pastries.
I’ll give them points for Father’s Day creativity, but even I’m not sure I’d want to eat a steak cake.
This is apparently one of their best sellers. If I could eat nuts, I’m sure I’d agree.
Okay, I promised you bread and doughnuts, but each time I go, I get too hungry to actually remember to take any more pictures. I suppose you’ll just have to visit on your own to see the rest of their displays.
If you go, you must get the raspberry Napoleon and the black and white cookie. They are more than scrumptious. The Easter Bunny carrot cake butt ball was pretty good too, but it’s hard to top perfection.
I promised myself I would learn how to better stage food photos, but I always lose patience because I want to eat whatever it is in front of me. Thus, here’s a crappy picture of a DELICIOUS Swedish flop cake (accompanied, of course, by some Oberweis vanilla ice cream with cinnamon sprinkled on top).
I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve tried here, and believe me when I say I’ve tried a lot.
Plan Your Visit
Location and hours
The Swedish Bakery is located at 5348 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640. It is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Parking and transportation
Visitors can use the Calo Ristorante parking lot on the north side of the bakery until 5:00 p.m. every day. After 5:00 p.m., visitors can use the U.S. Bank parking lot to the south of the bakery. Otherwise, metered and street parking are available.
For public transit users, the bakery is about a 12-minute walk from the Berwyn Red Line ‘L’ stop. I’m certain there are buses, too, but you can do some of the work.
Stroller or carrier
There’s a surprising amount of space in the bakery, so a stroller is typically no problem.
I know it’s bathing suit season and everything, but you work hard. You deserve this. Treat yourself to Swedish Bakery soon.