Gooey goodness: 15 mighty independent chocolate shops in Chicago

by Carrie Bradon | Jan. 19, 2018, 9:30am |

Chocolate is still well-loved, but it's not quite as exclusive as it was in the days of the Mayans and Aztecs.

Chocolate. It's one of the most popular sweets in the world and has been in existence for some 4,000 years. Initially used by the ancient pre-Olmec peoples of Mexico, cacao was made into a chocolatey beverage that they believed was a gift from the gods. Indeed, chocolate was reserved by the Mayans for royalty, individuals of political and religious significance, and the Spanish conquistadors even realized how special this flavorful bean was. 

Today, chocolate is still well-loved, but it's not quite as exclusive as it was in the days of the Mayans and Aztecs. Chocolate is used to express love, send congratulations and make celebrations all the merrier. 

Here are 15 mighty independent chocolate shops in Chicago, sure to impress with their offerings. 

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Vosges Haut-Chocolat

520 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 644-9450
This chocolatier's options are lovely and delectable, though be prepared to pay accordingly for their exquisite creations.

Chocolat Uzma Sharif

1900 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 674-6984
The truffles made at Uzma Sharif are legendary, so be prepared to purchase a box-full!

L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates

609 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 635-8975
Every morsel is a masterpiece at L.A. Burdick's.

Veruca Chocolates

1332 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 998-2462
Veruca Chocolates tips its hat to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and its candy loving little lady. You, too, will be craving more after visiting Veruca's.

Katherine Ann Confections

2745 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 245-1630
This is a great spot if you're looking for a cup of coffee to pair with your chocolates.

Mr Kite's

2120 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 808-2440
Billed as "The Chocolate Shop Since 1987," customers love the kind care that they receive at Mr. Kite's and the flavorful chocolates that are always guaranteed.

Maison de Castelnau

3352 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60659
(872) 806-2606
Tea room meets chocolatier at this lovely French-styled spot.

Leonidas Chocolaterie

59 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 929-2323
Chocolatey goodness is to be found in every corner of this cafe.


520 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 964-5360
ROYCE' is a true gem for all those in search of a delicious dessert.

Teuscher Chocolate of Switzerland

900 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
(844) 746-7906
Teuscher's brings you genuine Swiss-quality chocolates in the comfort of your backyard.

KC Chocolatier

545 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 525-7775
White, milk, dark chocolate and everything in between, KC's does chocolate well. 

Belgian Chocolatier Piron

509 Main St., Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 864-5504
Belgian Chocolatier offers some of the best chocolates in Chicago, just like you'd find in Belgium!

Blommer Chocolate Co.

600 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 226-7700
Blommer Chocolate Co. is your perfect neighborhood chocolate shop.

My Chocolate Soul

4442 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 234-7141
You'll feel like you have a chocolate soul after you visit this delicious delicacy shop.

The Fudge Pot

1532 N. Wells St., Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 943-1777
The Fudge Pot offers you the gooiest and yummiest chocolate covered strawberries around.

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