Crumbs Bake ShopRiver North | Website
The cupcake bakery that opened its first location in New York's Upper West Side in 2003 continues to colonize Chicago with this River North location. The bakery's marquee offering, gourmet cupcakes, are monstrous mounds of sugar in flavors such as cookie dough, red velvet and chocolate ganache-drizzled grasshopper. Mini-cupcakes in pre-packaged dozens make for a quick grab for a morning meeting. Cookies (in 5- and 3-inch sizes) come in classic flavors such as oatmeal raisin, black and white and chocolate-chip. Muffins, brownies, scones and cakes round out the sugary stock, and coffee is on hand for your morning commute.