5 of the Best Spots to Get Hot Chocolate in Chicago | Hotel EMC2

5 of the Best Spots to Get Hot Chocolate in Chicago

When the Windy City gets cold, there’s no better treat than a cup of hot chocolate to keep you warm from the inside out. Stopping for a rich drink will not only warm you up, but satisfy your sweet tooth, especially this holiday season. Luckily, Chicago has plenty of cafes and restaurants to grab a custom cup that will make your day in the city delicious. We’ve gathered 5 of the best spots to get hot chocolate in Chicago. 

The world’s largest Starbucks

The Chicago Roastery is any coffee lover’s dream. With 5 floors of custom details, the rotating menu of rare brews are a once in a lifetime experience. Besides coffee, the Roastery also features a bakery, cocktail bar, and of course, hot chocolate. Their signature rich hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream and comes in a variety of sizes. Sip your hot cocoa while exploring this iconic Chicago location, located only a short walk away from Hotel EMC2 and on the Magnificent Mile.

XO Marshmallow

Sweet-tooths and sugar fans will love this adorable shop on North Clark Street in Chicago. This marshmallow cafe features gourmet hot chocolate with various flavors. Not only are their creations totally Instagram worthy, but the cafe itself has a gift shop to take a permanent reminder of the experience with you. From s’mores to birthday cake, there’s sure to be hot chocolate options everyone will enjoy. You can even take some of the magic home with flavored hot chocolate in tins. 


This mini-chain comes all the way from Europe, with their first U.S. location open in Logan Square. Their signature chocolate drinks are perfect year round, served either hot or cold. These drinks are named titles like The Van Gough or The Rembrandt, after famous European artists. Drinks are served with either a brownie or a donut, sure to satisfy your chocolate cravings. While you’re there, you can grab a quick sandwich or salad. Live out your European vacation dreams right in the heart of Chicago with this rich chocolate-loving cafe.

L.A. Burdick

This shop on State Street specializes in handmade, Swiss chocolate. From dark, milk, white, or spicy dark chocolate, there are a variety of gourmet hot chocolate flavors to try. When you stop in, be sure to also grab a European pastry or an award-winning chocolate mouse. This shop is dedicated to true chocolate delicacies, setting them apart from other chocolatiers. While there are only 6 locations across the U.S., you can also enjoy the authentic Swiss taste at home when you purchase their signature hot chocolate mixes. 


This local favorite hot chocolate bar serves “hotter” chocolate that can be customized to your liking. With toppings such as sprinkles, caramel drizzle, or cinnamon, your drink can be as unique as you are. Bombobar also provides the option to “spike your sips” if you’re looking for something a little more mature. There’s even something for your puppies with whipped cream cups and doggie donuts. This cafe is perfect for the pickiest hot chocolate fans and makes a great stop on your Chicago trip in West Loop. 

Warm up and stay cozy

Any of these hot chocolate spots make great pit stops for your day in the city. With so many different places to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Chicago is a magical city, especially in the winter time. If you’re planning a trip, add one of these cafes to your itinerary. 

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