Food & Drink

Breads, Pastries, Artisanal Foods, and Cheese at an Amish Bakery

Rise 'n Roll Amish Market

rise 'n roll amish market!

You’ve traversed the same street countless times on your hazy morning commute. At this point, you don’t pay much attention, honestly. We feel your pain (sort of).

On a recent saunter in the South Loop, we saw something we’d never seen before: Rise ’n Roll Amish Market. Tucked behind some scaffolding, it’s easy to miss. Good thing we didn’t.

The shop is operated by a contingent of Amish from Illinois to Indiana. Cashiers wear bonnets and aprons and couldn’t be friendlier. Samples abound, from chewy, peanut butter-chocolate granola bars to buttery discs of peanut crunch candy to the most spectacular donut we’ve had in recent memory: rolled in caramel, finished with powdered sugar, and light as air.

The Amish bake with natural, preservative-free ingredients, and it shows. Chewy cinnamon rolls go great with a cup of coffee (free with any purchase); fresh breads (onion garlic, cinnamon) are a customer favorite.

Stock up on assorted cheese (made on an Amish dairy in Indiana), jams, pickles, and snacks. Credit the hand-rolled butter, sold in gigantic, two-pound blocks, with the delicious baked goods.

Rise ’n Roll Amish Market, 42 South Clark Street, between Monroe and Madison Streets (312-269-0037 or risenrollbakery.com).

Photo: Lauren Fleishman / laurenfleishman.com

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42 S Clark St
bt Monroe & Madison Sts
Chicago, IL 60603