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6 Best Bagel Spots in Chicago

Chicago Bagel Authority
Gotham Bagels
The Bagelers Coffeehouse
Reno
Sauce & Bread Kitchen
Hero Coffee Bar 
Chicago Bagel Authority
everything bagel with lox, arugula, onion, tomato, capers and cream cheese from Gotham bagels in Chicago
Gotham Bagels
The Bagelers Coffeehouse
Reno
overhead shot of different bagels from sauce and bread in Chicago
Sauce & Bread Kitchen
bacon, egg and cheese bagel from hero coffee bar in Chicago
Hero Coffee Bar 

Chicago is dubbed “The Second City.” It’s compared in countless ways to the “First City” New York City: sports (Chicago wins), art (NYC wins), and public transportation (we’ll call it a tie). But when it comes to food, the two are neck-and-neck. They have their own unique takes on American staples like pizza and hot dogs, but did you know that Chicago offers some absolutely delectable bagels? Check out this list to find some of the very best bagel spots in Chicago, IL. 

 

everything bagel with lox, arugula, onion, tomato, capers and cream cheese from Gotham bagels in Chicago

1. Gotham Bagels 

520 S Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 783-8373

We hope you’re hungry because Gotham Bagels is serving up some massive, New York style bagels with all the fixings. Start by picking your bagel from options like onion, everything, asiago, egg, garlic and more. From there, you can decide to go classic and just do a smear, or load it up and go for the breakfast sandwich. We tried the Brighton Beach bagel that comes loaded with lox, cream cheese, tomato, red onion, arugula and topped off with some capers. It was basically heaven. Go ahead and order online so your bagel will be waiting for you when you arrive. 

 

Photo Credit: Chicago Bagel Authority

2. Chicago Bagel Authority

953 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
773-248-9606

If you’re craving a bagel sandwich, this is your spot. 

It’s a hip place that feels like a college town restaurant in every way except for proximity to a college. It’s littered with 4/20 references and quirky drawings on the wall and has an undeniably fantastic aroma. The bagels themselves are decent, but it’s the different sandwich (or “steamwich”) options and toppings that make this place a must.

The Sausage Fest is a kosher person’s worst nightmare: egg, bacon, sausage, and American cheese. You can also get lunch options like the Honey Badger (chicken salad, swiss & gouda, bacon, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato and honey) and the Bluegrass (turkey, pepperoni, salami, onion, italian dressing, provolone & smoked cheddar on a bialy). 

 

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3. The Bagelers Coffeehouse

2461 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
(872) 802-0347

This cozy coffee shop has embraced its geography and introduced the world to the “Chicago-style” bagels. For a more authentic meal, get The Fisherman bagel sandwich, topped with house-made plain cream cheese, capers, pickled red onions, sliced tomato, and thinly sliced smoked salmon, or lox. Or their classic Bageler includes a slice of Muenster cheese, 2 slices of thick bacon, and a fried egg topped with chipotle mayo.

 

Hook bagel sandwich from Reno in Chicago
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4. Reno

2607 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 697-4234

What’s the only thing better than a wood-fired pizza? A wood-fire bagel, of course! Reno just happens to serve both, so you can get your wood-fired craving satiated no matter the meal! You can get their (vegan) bagels in a variety of flavors ranging from classic (sesame, everything) to bold (Old Bay, olive & herb). Step it up a bit and try one of their fully-loaded sandwiches such as the Cowboy Killer with maple fennel sausage, fried egg, bacon, bechamel, and rajas, or the Nando which is loaded with housemade chorizo, scrambled egg, and white cheddar. 

 

overhead shot of different bagels from sauce and bread in Chicago
Photo credit: Instagram (sauceandbread)

5. Sauce & Bread Kitchen

6338 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 942-6384

Sauce & Bread Kitchen is the love child of two iconic Chicago foods: Co-op Sauce and Crumb Chicago. They merged their two passions to create fantastic results. Normally a bagel is best enjoyed with cream cheese and lox, or maybe as a vessel for a breakfast sandwich, but you’d be remiss to get Sauce & Bread’s beloved Everything Bagel without considering making it a pizza bagel. Add their sauce with some classic pizza toppings and make sure you’re sitting down because boy, is it good.

 

bacon, egg and cheese bagel from hero coffee bar in Chicago
Photo credit: Yelp.com

6. Hero Coffee Bar 

22 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604
(312) 285-2434

Another classic spot for bagels in Chicago is Hero Coffee Bar. This location is small but mighty with a very cool, industrial feel inside. You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the word “coffee” in bright lights outside. Stop in and order yourself any one of their delicious bagel sandwiches like the Usual Suspect that comes with bacon, egg, cheddar cheese and cream cheese on any bagel you please. Another favorite here is the Bulls Eye with sriracha cream cheese, tomatoes, grilled onions, avocado spread, bacon and a fried egg. All that with a latte makes for a fine morning indeed! 

 

For more recommendations on the best eats in the city, check out our Chicago page to find all of our favorite restaurants around Chicago, IL! 

 

Editors Note: This article was originally published on January 20, 2022 and last updated on November 7, 2022. Please refer to restaurant websites and social media pages for the most up-to-date information.