It’s been a banner week for dessert fans as Cookie Spin (4350 N. Leavitt St., North Center) and Brown Sugar Bakery (Navy Pier) have sweetened up their respective neighborhoods. The former specializes in oversized, muffinlike versions of its namesake; the latter is a second location of a South Side institution beloved for its Southern-style cakes and cupcakes.

The folks behind Lincoln Park stalwart Gepperth’s Meat Market made an unlikely foray into wine and charcuterie by opening J9 Wine Bar (1961 N. Halsted St.) just across the street from their butcher shop.

The former Pork Shoppe space now hosts Pisolino (2755 W. Belmont Ave., Avondale), an all-day Italian spot starting the day offering breakfast pastries and moving into pasta, pizza, and paninis in the afternoon and evening.

Breakfast seekers in the West Loop can now settle in at the new location of Eastman Egg Company (939 W. Randolph St.), which starts serving its egg sandwiches at 7 a.m. on both weekdays and weekends.


If you’re already staring toward December with either delight or dread or a mix of both, DNAInfo pointed us toward a great option for boozy self-care: a beer advent calendar, with one surprise bottle for each day leading up to Christmas. The wondrous invention comes courtesy of North Center’s Bottles and Cans (4109 N. Lincoln Ave.).

It’s the end of an era—a 97-year-long one. Evergreen Park’s Naples Bakery (3705 95th St.) will close its doors on December 31. The old-school Italian sweet shop is shuttering to make room for the expansion of neighboring pizza place Barraco’s. Time for one last cannoli.

And a quick programming note: The Dish newsletter will be taking next week off, in preparation for our annual Thanksgiving gorge-fest. See you November 30!