7 Of The Best Places To Get Hot Chocolate In Chicago

Shannon Blum
December 13, 2019 - 8:03 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Baby, it’s cold outside! And what better way to warm up than with a nice cup of hot chocolate?

Chicago has so much going on this time of year from tree lighting ceremonies, ice skating, and caroling to holiday markets, window displays, and more, so you need something to keep you warm while exploring. Luckily, Chicago also has some of the best spots to get some hot chocolate – and we are not talking about the instant, packet hot chocolate, we are talking the real deal, whipped cream and all! From Mexican and boozy hot chocolates to the perfected classic, there is a spot to delight everyone’s taste.

Zip up your coat, embrace the winter season and get your hands on one of these chocolatey drinks! Here’s a list on where you can warm up with some of Chicago’s best hot chocolate.

BomboBar Hotter Chocolates


If you are all about the Gram then this is the place for you. BomboBar’s Hotter Chocolates are the most Instagram-worthy hot chocolates in the city. The over-the-top hot chocolates come topped with a waffle cone, whipped cream, and other taste treats. And if you are looking to fine your inner peace with all the holiday madness going on, you can order a “calmer chocolate” infused with CBD. BomboBar also offers a classic hot chocolate, if you are just looking for something just plain tasty to warm you up. More info.

Locations: West Loop Window, 832 W. Randolph St.; Old Town, 1529 N. Wells St.

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Mindy’s HotChocolate

The name says it all. Opened in 2005 by James Beard Award winner, Mindy Segal, Mindy’s HotChocolate has been serving up sweets for over a decade. And if you love marshmallows, this is your place! Choose from seven varieties of the chocolatey drink, like Medium (milk chocolate with a touch of dark chocolate and a hint of caramel), Mexican (2/3 dark chocolate, 1/3 chocolate with a hint of cinnamon and cayenne), Dark (72% French chocolate), Lemon (3/4 Belgian white chocolate, 1/4 French white chocolate, vanilla bean, lemon), Dark Oat Milk (oat milk, Alunga dark milk chocolate, touch of maple syrup), Old Fashioned (medium hot chocolate, milk chocolate cocoa nib whipped ganache) or a boozy option with a shot of your choice. Each comes topped with a fluffy, house-made marshmallow and are available iced. More info.

Location: Wicker Park, 1747 N. Damen Ave.

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Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop

You might have tasted Ghirardelli candies before, but have you tried their hot chocolate? Step into their all-chocolate shop and experience a variety of menu options beyond just chocolate squares. Their chocolate-centric menu includes several types of hot chocolate — Classic Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa, Decadent Drinking Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel Hot Cocoa, and seasonal flavors like peppermint. Ghirardelli also offers a frozen hot cocoa that features Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa Mix blended with ice, topped with whipped cream and Ghirardelli Mini Dark Chocolate Chips. More info.

Location: Magnificent Mile, 830 N. Michigan Ave.

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XOCO’s chocolate is unlike any other in the city, because it is the only restaurant in Chicago with its own bean-to-cup chocolate program. Huge sacks of cacao beans arrive from Tabasco. XOCO roasts them, winnows them, and grinds them. If you want an authentic Mexican hot chocolate, XOCO is the place to go. XOCO offers five different varieties including authentic, Aztec, classic, Almendrado, and Mexico City Thick. Pair one with a churro for the perfect sweet treat. More info.

Location: River North, 449 N. Clark St.

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Vosges Haut-Chocolat

This high-end chocolatier is known for their exotic flavor combinations. The Lincoln Park boutique isn’t Vosges’ only Chicago location, but it is the only one that features a cafe space where you can sit and savor its flavors. Try the Parisienne for just the right amount of sweetness, the Aztec for a hint of chipotle spice, or the Peppermint Candy Cane hot chocolate – you can also grab a few mixes to make at home. More info. 

Location: Lincoln Park, 951 W. Armitage Ave.

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Katherine Anne Confections

Named one of the best places to drink hot chocolate in America, Katherine Anne Confections is known for their drinking chocolate. There are 10 varieties to choose from including salted caramel, Mexican, Chai Tea, and hazelnut; and guests can choose between house-made marshmallows or Kilgus Farm whipped cream as a topper. You can even buy your own containers to enjoy at home. More info. 

Location: Palmer Square, 2745 W. Armitage Ave.

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Margie’s Candies

During the summer, this iconic 1920’s ice cream parlor and candy counter is packed with people enjoying Margie’s classic sundaes; But in the winter, the go-to order is their decadent hot chocolate topped with a cookie and whipped cream. More info.

Location: Wicker Park, 1960 N. Western Ave.