Levain Bakery will open their Chicago outpost on November 19, 2022, at 840 West Randolph Street, in the West Loop. Founded in New York City in 1995 by Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald, Levain Bakery offers cookies in five classic flavors: Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, and Two Chip Chocolate Chip. In addition to the full slate of cookies, the Chicago bakery will also feature freshly made pastries; artisanal breads; loaf cakes; sticky buns; and seasonal items, like the just-announced Dark Chocolate Peppermint; alongside coffee from Backlot, a local Chicago roaster. This opening marks the brand’s first location outside of the East Coast.
“We are enamored by the energy of the West Loop. There are so many incredible options for dining, shopping, and exploring; we’re in great company in this bustling neighborhood,” said the founders.
Levain’s Chicago bakery will be bright and airy, with blue accents and a clear view to the kitchen to see bakers in action and smell cookies fresh from the oven. Highlighting the baking area is a mural by illustrator Libby VanderPloeg, featuring a map of Chicago with landmarks across the city, from the Garfield Park Conservatory to the Museum of Contemporary Art, while also baking in cookie moments throughout, like Levain’s founders boating in Lake Michigan.
Levain will be donating their first day’s proceeds to a local organization: Chicago's LYTE Collective, who serves young adults impacted by poverty and homelessness. Their mission is to support every young adult who contacts them, with whatever they need, for as long as they need it. And at the end of each day, all leftover products will be donated to Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, who will redistribute the baked goods to people experiencing food insecurity.
Levain Bakery will be open from 8am to 10pm, 7 days a week and will also be available for delivery on DoorDash, Caviar, and Uber Eats, beginning a few weeks post-opening.