#Travel Tuesday: Chicago for Dessert Lovers


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Chicago, Illinois, commonly referred to as the Windy City (though perhaps not for the reason you think) is known for different things depending on the person you talk to. People talk about improv comedy, deep dish pizza, formerly-hopeless love of the Cubs. My parents, who lived there for a couple years before retreating to the south, remember how miserable it was to try and open the car door on winter mornings. And some know Chicago for the way it has imprinted on their belly-memories and forever left their sweet tooths in longing. Here are five things every dessert lover would be remiss to skip in Chicago:

White Chocolate Flan from May St. Cafe

Chef Art Smith, a recipient of the James Beard Award, remembers the white chocolate flan from May St. Cafe as one of the best things he’s ever eaten. (I know this because he was on an episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate talking about it.) The flan—made of cream cheese, mascarpone and creamy white chocolate—is enough to convert any white chocolate skeptic. “Some of you don’t think white chocolate is chocolate,” Smith says. “But it is chocolate, and it’s really, really delicious.”

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