Three days, four restaurants — that’s manageable. Use the long weekend to catch up on food-and-beverage gems new to Chicago this summer.
Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods
The 411: A haven for British transplants and locals, the store stocks foods imported from across the pond.
The goods: Ambrosia rice pudding, Colman’s mustard, Lyle’s Golden Syrup, digestives, HP Sauce, and more. Afternoon tea service starts soon.
Big Shoulders Coffee Works
The 411: The minimalist River West coffeehouse opened in June.
The goods: Owner Tim Coonan is serious about beans. He roasts in-house, offering three options (drip, French press, Clever) in only one size. On the go? Grab a bottle of iced white, a creamy, double-strength concoction with hints of citrus.
Gingersnap Sweets & Such
The 411: Jennifer Templeton (Julius Meinl) pulls double duty, baking for her tiny shop and Alpana Singh’s Boarding House restaurant (opening soon).
The goods: Spot-on, straightforward desserts (sweet and salty Bretons, savory scones, gingersnap cookies, pound cake, galettes) hit every note.
The 411: Helmed by fourth-generation bakers from Alsace, the Old Town bakery is as authentic as they come.
The goods: Buttery croissants, fresh bread (miche, salted bretzel, olive fougasse), jam, smoked salmon tartine, and crepes suzette.
Photos: Emily Fiffer for DailyCandy