I’m a big fan of macarons, and my gold standard thus far is Laduree. I figured that, being a big city and all, Chicago too should have at least a few good spots to find these delicious treats. After looking around Google, I found two spots that kept being mentioned: Pierrot Gourmet and Vanille Patisserie.
There wasn’t a large selection of macarons at Pierrot Gourmet, but the ones they had were quite tasty. My favorite was the Nutella macaron because, obviously, Nutella is always a good life decision.
Vanille Patisserie had an incredible selection, with lots of interesting and unique flavors. I tried their red velvet macaron and it was unremarkable, but their caramel macaron blew me away – so, so good. I also liked that Vanille Patisserie’s macarons are fairly small; you can sample a few without feeling too guilty (by contrast, the macarons at Pierrot were quite large).
While the Windy City won’t be eclipsing Paris anytime soon when it comes to overall macaron deliciousness, it was nice to find these two spots to tide me over until I’m lucky enough to have the real thing again.
The Details: Pierrot Gourmet | 108 East Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60611 | 312.337.2888
Vanille Patisserie | 2229 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614 | 773.868.4574