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Paczki Day In Chicago: Map Of Where To Buy The Polish Treats

By Tanveer Ali | March 3, 2014 7:37am | Updated on February 21, 2017 5:36am
 Delightful Pastries is selling paczki at both its Portage Park and West Loop locations.
Delightful Pastries is selling paczki at both its Portage Park and West Loop locations.
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Cindy Kurman/Delightful Pastries

CHICAGO — Some cities celebrate Fat Tuesday by throwing wild, booze-soaked parties. In Chicago, we just eat a lot of paczki.

The Polish pastries — sometimes translated as "doughnut" and always interpreted as "delicious" — are essentially fried dough filled with flavored cream and topped with powered sugar, though there are certainly creative variations on the pastry depending on where you buy them.

With Paczki Day around the corner, we wanted to make sure you knew where they can be found on and before Feb. 28.

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Paczki Day, like Fat Tuesday, is a Christian tradition where worshippers share in a night of revelry or pastry-eating before beginning the Lenten season of fasting and discipline.

Dozens of bakeries citywide are selling the treats. Many of city's trendy, upscale doughnut shops have also gotten into the game as well.

Classic flavors like strawberry, blueberry and custard are found throughout the city, but there are some inventive flavors to be found including Advocaat (egg liquor) at Oak Mill Bakery, cannoli cream at Stan's Donuts and passionfruit jelly at Delightful Pastries.

Check out the map below to find paczki near you. Many bakeries suggest calling ahead to make sure you have your pick of toppings or to even place an order ahead of time, but all of these shops are expected have paczki for sale on Fat Tuesday.

Here's a list of bakeries expected to have paczki:

• Alliance Bakery & Cafe, 1736 W. Division St. (Wicker Park) - 773-278-0366

• Andy's Deli, 5442 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Jefferson Park) - 773-631-7304

• Ann's Bakery, 2158 W. Chicago Ave. (Ukrainian Village) - 773-384-5562

• Bridgeport Bakery, 2907 S. Archer Ave. (Bridgeport) - 773-523-1121

• Bristol Deli, 5202 W. Belmont Ave. (Belmont Cragin) - 773-545-6097

• Cafe Selmarie, 4729 N. Lincoln Ave. (Lincoln Square) - 773-989-5595

• Cafe Vienna, 2523 N. Clark St. (Lincoln Park) - 773-244-9922

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• Chicago Sweet Connection , 5569 N. Northwest Hwy. (Jefferson Park) - 773-283-4430

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• Delightful Pastries, 131 N Clinton St (West Loop) - 312-234-9644

• Delightful Pastries, 5927 W. Lawrence Ave. (Portage Park) - 773-545-7215

• Dinkel's Bakery, 3329 N. Lincoln Ave. (Lakeview) - 773-281-7300

• Do-Rite Donuts, 233 E. Erie St. (Streeterville) - 312-344-1374

• Do-Rite Donuts, 50 W. Randolph St. (The Loop) - 312-488-2483

• Firecakes, 2453 N. Clark St. (Lincoln Park) - 773-666-5277

• Firecakes, 68 W. Hubbard St. (River North) - 312-329-6500

• Forest View Bakery, 6454 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Edison Park) - 773-775-7740

• Gene's Sausage Shop, 4750 N. Lincoln Ave. (Lincoln Square) - 773-728-7243

• Glazed and Infused, 201 E. Delaware Place (Streeterville) - 312-226-5556

• Glazed and Infused, 222 N. LaSalle St. (The Loop) - 312-226-5556

• Glazed and Infused, 30 E. Hubbard St. (River North) - 312-226-5556

• Glazed and Infused, 813 W. Fulton Market (West Loop) - 312-226-5556

• Glazed and Infused, 939 W. Armitage Ave. (Lincoln Park) - 312-226-5556

• Ideal Bakery, 4765 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Portage Park) - 773-685-4622

• Julius Meinl, 211 E. Ontario St. (Streeterville) - 312-583-7285

• Julius Meinl, 3601 N. Southport Ave. (Lakeview) - 773-868-1876

• Julius Meinl, 4115 N. Ravenswood Ave. (Ravenswood) - 773-883-1864

• Julius Meinl, 4363 N. Lincoln Ave. (North Center) - 773-868-1857

• Laramie Bakery & Deli, 3232 N. Harlem Ave. (Dunning) - 773-725-4965

• Montrose Deli, 5411 W. Montrose Ave. (Portage Park) - 773-725-6123

• Montrose Food Mart and Deli, 6601 W. Irving Park Road (Dunning) - 773-628-7515

• Oak Mill Bakery, 2204 W. North Ave. (Wicker Park) - 773-252-4400

• Oak Mill Bakery, 5747 S. Harlem Ave. (Garfield Ridge) - 773-788-9800

• Podhalanka Restaurant, 1549 W. Division St. (Wicker Park) - 773-486-6655

• Red Apple Buffet, 3121 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Avondale) - 773-588-5781

• Roeser's Bakery, 3216 W. North Ave. (Humboldt Park) - 773-489-6900

• Scafuri Bakery, 1337 W. Taylor St. (Little Italy) - 312-733-8881

• Shop N Save Market, 5829 S. Archer Ave. (Garfield Ridge) - 773-349-8900

• Shop N Save Market, 6312 N. Nagle Ave. (Norwood Park) - 773-775-5900

• Stan's Donuts and Coffee, 1560 N. Damen Ave. (Wicker Park) - 773-360-7386

• Stan's Donuts and Coffee, 259 E. Erie St. (Streeterville) - 312-255-1130

• Stan's Donuts and Coffee, 26 E. Roosevelt Road (South Loop) - 312-834-0700

• Stan's Donuts and Coffee, 2800 N. Clark St. (Lakeview) - 773-868-0173

• Stan's Donuts and Coffee, 3300 N. Broadway (Lakeview) - 773-883-4764

• Swedish Bakery, 5348 N. Clark St. (Andersonville) - 773-561-8919

• Sweet World Pastry, 5450 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Jefferson Park) - 773-792-5566

• Weber's Bakery , 7055 W. Archer Ave. (Garfield Ridge) - 773-586-1234

• Wiklanski Bakery, 6006 W. Belmont Ave. (Belmont Cragin) - 773-853-0077