10 Best Places in Chicago for a Delicious Pączki For Fat Tuesday

Polish culture has a profound place in Chicago’s history and the delights of its cuisine are found abundant. The pączki is perhaps the most popular and Chicagoland bakeries expect to sell thousands and thousands of them this Fat Tuesday.

A pączki is essentially a donut, filled with something sweet such as chocolate or fruit or custard and topped with icing or sugar. So just like a normal donut except for the fact that there’s a bit of alcohol and a very rich flour. They’re also a fan favorite every February as Chicago celebrates their iteration of Mardi Gras. You know we love a good guide so we’ve honed in on our 10 favorite spots around Chicago for the best pączki this year. Note, between COVID-19 restrictions and the snow-pocalypse of this past 24 hours, you may need to utilize your favorite delivery service or cross your fingers one of these is right around your corner for your pączki this year.

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Dinkel’s Bakery

3329 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

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Andy’s Deli & Mikolajczyk Sausage Shop Inc

5442 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

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beLIGHTful 

Online | Pick up at 4650 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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Posted by Wiklanski's Bakery on Monday, June 15, 2015

Wiklanski’s Bakery

6006 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634

Kolatek’s Bakery & Deli

2445 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL 60707

D’Amato’s Bakery

1124 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Pticek & Son Bakery

5523 S Narragansett Ave, Chicago, IL 60638

Sweet World Bakery

5450 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

Delightful Pastries

5927 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

Bridgeport Bakery

2907 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60608

For a fully encompassing list of all of the places to grab a pączki in Chicago this year, you can utilize this guide put together by Block Club Chicago. They have also put together a how-to guide on making your own pączki at home if you want to put your own spin on the Polish delicacy. And be sure to snap a picture of your pączki this year and send it to us at @urbanmatterchicago on Instagram! We’ll share your post for the festivities this year!

Pączki Featured Image Credit: Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 

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