108 N. State St. 312-346-7777
This downtown bakery’s Sweet Sayings cupcakes ($3.50 each) are conversation hearts in cake form, with a devil’s food base, chocolate ganache frosting and cutesy phrases spelled out in white icing.
Toni Patisserie & Cafe
65 E. Washington St. 312-726-2020
Rose petal petit fours and individually sized berry pies are among the Valentine’s Day specials at this Loop shop, but for something extra special, pick up a heart-shaped napoleon ($5.95) made from layers of puff pastry, cream and sliced strawberries.
545 W. Diversey Pkwy. 773-525-7775
Recently opened in Lincoln Park, this candy shop specializes in imported Belgian chocolates and has plenty of gift-worthy boxes handy for the holiday. Choose from 14-piece boxes of dark chocolates ($30), heart-shaped red satin boxes of assorted chocolates ($40) or the super-splurge 36-piece box ($75).
Bread & Wine
3732 W. Irving Park Road. 773-866-5266
If your sweetie appreciates artisanal treats, head to this restaurant/wine bar/store combo in Irving Park and pick up some pumpkin-spiced bourbon pecans ($7), walnut-bacon brittle ($7) or dried cherry-pistachio biscotti ($6).
Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe
1916 W. Chicago Ave. 773-904-1414
In honor of V-Day, this West Town bakery is offering chocolate-covered strawberries ($3) as well as 3-inch mini-cakes in flavors such as chocolate-rose, white chocolate-rose and chocolate-raspberry (price to be determined).