Baker & Nosh – Uptown, Chicago

I don’t know about you but I will go far out of my way for a great cup of coffee.  I am disappointed that there are only 1 or 2 coffee shops or cafes in my neighborhood other than Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts.  I would much rather support small, local businesses than hand over more money to the corporate giants who are serving less than stellar coffee.  So, I grabbed the newspaper and my Ventra card for a 30 minute subway ride to Baker & Nosh in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.


Baker & Nosh entrance



Baker & Nosh is a really delicious and inviting bakery/cafe which is located

just 4 blocks from the Wilson ‘L’ stop along the CTA Red and Purple Lines.



Baker & Nosh cross streets


Wilson 'L' stop near Baker & Nosh

CTA Red Line map with Wilson 'L' stop



I chose this spot for breakfast today primarily because they serve La Colombe Torrefaction coffee which has a couple of locations here in Chicago.  I admire those cute coffee roasters and their many thoughtfully crafted blends! 


Baker & Nosh's La Colombe Torrefaction coffee and pastry

La Colombe Torrefaction coffee is served at Baker & Nosh. I really enjoyed this dark roast.

The space at Baker & Nosh was pretty full when I arrived but I managed to snag a seat at the communal high top table near the kitchen.  All the better to take in a full view of the room and also to watch the bakers crank out their daily bread, pastries and seasonal sandwiches.  

Since it was a bit early for lunch, I ordered the smooth yet perky dark roast which was perfectly hot. (There is also a full espresso bar).  I paired it with this yummy apricot frangipane.   It was super moist and not as filling as it looks which is always the sign of great baked goods.

Baker & Nosh's apricot frangipane

Apricot frangipane – Yum!

Baker & Nosh is owned by longtime culinary teacher and professional, Chef Bill Millholland.  A few years ago, Chef Bill decided to focus his talents on his passion for baking.  I am so happy he did because the tasty menu at this place is a fabulous addition to the Uptown neighborhood.  It is most definitely worth a trip out of your way.


Baker & Nosh's granola

House made granola

There are lovely looking and delicious smelling, scones, muffins, pastries, flatbreads, quiches and seasonal sandwiches to be had at Baker & Nosh.  All of the bread and baked goods are made daily here.  Someone sitting next to me was enjoying the piping hot biscuits and gravy.  It looked and smelled amazing!  So hard to choose 🙂


Baker & Nosh's scones

I’ll be back for these scones!

Baker & Nosh's mini quiche

Mini quiches

Baker & Nosh's flatbread


Baker & Nosh's popovers

Baker & Nosh's pastries

Baker & Nosh's kitchen

On-site daily baking

Baker & Nosh also serves up homemade soups as well as charcuterie and cheese boards.  I will be returning very soon with friends to enjoy those with some wine. Bonus!  This place is BYOB which only makes it more endearing to me.


Baker & Nosh cafe

Baker & Nosh's seating

French doors lead out to the garden with fountain. Can’t wait for the warm weather to get here!

Baker & Nosh's dining space

Baker & Nosh's communal tables

Baker & Nosh's communal seating



Fun Fact:  Baker & Nosh is located inside the historic Wilson Apartments Building (1921). The front yard has a fountain around which lawn chairs and side tables will be available for enjoying your coffee, wine and the tasty menu during the warmer weather.

Baker & Nosh's garden

Baker & Nosh is located inside the historic Wilson Apartments Building (1921) which is just 4 blocks from the Wilson ‘L’ stop on the CTA Red Line. Enjoy this lovely front yard with fountain during warm weather when lawn chairs and side tables will be available.

Last, but not least, Chef Bill offers small baking classes here.  So, swing by and learn how to make different breads and croissants.  After class you can eat your tasty treats on the train ride home 🙂

Baker & Nosh is located at 1303 W. Wilson Avenue.  For more information, visit

In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA Red Line (or Purple Line) to Baker & Nosh. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking.  Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive! 


  • Melissa, I love this place, could almost taste those scones. Obviously fab menu and great photos! Never had frangipane. But now I want it!

  • Christina Conte

    Good for you, supporting the smaller business people! I’m so behind that movement too, for so many reasons. Love the beautiful building it’s in too! Wish I could visit, but it’s a bit of a hike for me from LA. 🙂