3:02 PM CDT, October 12, 2012
Sweets stroll Ready for a sugar rush of champions? Start your quest at Bittersweet (1114 W. Belmont Ave. 773-929-1100), where beautifully crafted tarts fill the pastry case.
Continue west along Belmont and turn right on Southport to Candyality (3425 N. Southport Ave. 773-472-7800), a wall-to-wall palace of sugar treats, including a nostalgic collection of retro candies.
Just north, Southport Grocery (3552 N. Southport Ave. 773-665-0100) bakes the best cupcakes in the neighborhood, from simple vanilla to decadent red velvet with goat-cheese frosting.
Next, don’t miss Sensational Bites (3751 N. Southport Ave. 773-248-2271) and help yourself to a peanut butter brownie or the signature Double Doozie, a chocolate-chip cookie sandwich with vanilla buttercream frosting.
If you still have room, stroll back down to Belmont and hop the #77 bus to Scooter’s Frozen Custard (1658 W. Belmont Ave. 773-244-6415) for a cone, cup or concrete (fruit, candy or cookies mixed in) of the cold stuff.
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