When Fall rolls around, so too does the hunt for everything pumpkin spice. Restaurants, coffee shops, and even large commercial brands push to serve their best offerings of the seasonal treat.
There are the common offerings, such as pumpkin pie or pumpkin spice latte, and more innovative takes on the pumpkin spice trend, incorporating it in macarons, milkshakes, and margaritas. You might even say that some take the trend a bit too far (pumpkin hummus, anyone?).
Here’s a guide to some of the best pumpkin-inspired drinks and dishes in Chicago.
116 N Green St.
For the fall season, the chic Parisian lounge will be offering a pumpkin spiced version of their renowned macarons. With flavors on constant rotation all year round, this version features a buttercream of pureed pumpkin, with freshly nutmeg and cinnamon.
834 W Fulton Market
Three branches all over Chicago means three chances to grab their winning combo of nitro coffee and pumpkin pecan pie. The pumpkin cream nitro coffee features their signature nitro blend, with homemade pumpkin and vanilla whipped cream. This pairs perfectly with the pumpkin pecan pie, made of a shortbread crust, pecan filling, pumpkin mousse, and topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.
16 W Randolph St
Starbucks popularized the pumpkin spice latte as one of its seasonal signature offerings, but Argo Tea has a seasonal offering of its own, the pumpkin chai. The drink, which is also available iced, features rooibos tea from South Africa, blended with sweet and spicy pumpkin, cinnamon and cardamom.
A loose leaf pumpkin harvest tea is also available in store.
130 E Randolph St
With drinks like Salted Pretzel Sazeracs and Cocoa Puff juleps, the Broken Shaker at the Freehand Chicago brings forth its creativity with cocktails to offer something pumpkin in honor of the season. Its latest concoction is the Squash the Beet margarita, which features Olmeca Altos Reposado tequila and Ancho Reyes shaken with Mexican-spiced pumpkins, yellow beets, fresh lime, and spicy pepita salt at the rim to top it off.
108 N State St
Bakeries have the most fun every time a new season rolls around. Besides having bright orange desserts on display, this bakery also designs Halloween-themed cakes and offers pumpkin-infused baked goodies like muffins and loaves.
113-125 N Green St
While everyone else offers pumpkin pies and pumpkin lattes, the Chicken & Farm Shop throws its hat in the pumpkin-flavored ring with another kind of offering—a pumpkin milkshake. It is made with vanilla ice cream, pumpkin puree, graham crackers, light brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon, topped with whipped cream and crushed graham crackers, making it a delicious fall dessert-in-a-cup.
130 S Michigan Ave
Up there with pies and lattes on the top of the list of the best pumpkin spice food are pumpkin spiced pancakes, and no one in Chicago does it better than Seven Lions. The restaurant’s version features a bourbon and maple-infused syrup with cream cheese frosting and Cinnamon Toast Crunch streusel, which is guaranteed to complete your autumn brunches.
Where will you be stopped for a pumpkin spice treat in Chicago? Let us know in the comments! Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!