WHAT: Acclaimed West Loop Warm Belly Bakery opens its second Chicago location this fall. The new bakery opens at 2472 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park the end of September, pending city inspections. The original walk-in bakery in Chicago’s West Loop has received national and foodie praise since opening in 2016. Baker and co-owner Joe Dela Peña continues to offer his decadent cookies, muffins, and other pastries, as well as a full espresso bar, including his notable duck fat maple lattes.
In honor of the new location opening, Dela Peña will create a special cookie — only available in Lincoln Park, released on opening day. Currently, the cookie menu includes over 70 concoctions including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fluffernutter, the famous Deep Dish Cookie, and his famous deep-purple cookie featuring Ube, a popular yam in Filipino desserts.
The new location will also welcome a patio with outdoor seating, window take out service, and gourmet soft-serve ice cream.
WHO: Joe Dela Peña, Head Baker and Co-Founder. Joe’s treats are featured in various publications and video productions, locally and nationally. In two short years Warm Belly cookies received praise on The Food Network, Food Business News and USA Today. Joe himself was a contestant on ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, where he announced he’d use his winnings to open up a bakery.
WHEN: End of September
WHERE: NEW LOCATION: Lincoln Park 2472 N. Clark Street, Chicago
West Loop Location: 1148 W. Monroe Street, Chicago