Where to Get Your Fat Tuesday Paczki Fix

Fat Tuesday is not complete without this fried dough Polish treat.

For many area residents Fat Tuesday is not complete without the delectable Polish delicacy known as paczki. 

Due to the Chicago area's large Polish population, the fried dough creation has become a staple of the pre-Lenten celebration. Filling and icing varieties make the choices almost unending.

In recent years choices have gotten increasingly gourmet as local bakeries offer unique concoctions like maple bacon and turtle.

For those looking for more traditional paczki the local options are plentiful. Baumann's Bakery in Palos Heights calls Fat Tuesday their busiest day of the year. Last year, the bakery gave customers the choice of 17 different varieties.

The Southtown Star recently visited Witek's Bakery in Palos Hills where an estimated 25,000-plus paczki are expected to be sold.

Here are a few places where you can get your paczki fix. If we left one off, let us know in the comments section. 


Tell us: Where do you buy your paczki?

Elvis February 21, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Thanks for the list!
Don Kalina February 21, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Olympia Bakery, 9220 S. Roberts Rd. Hickory Hills, IL
susan February 21, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Naples Bakery is our top pick, try the fresh strawberry with cream cheese. Velvet Bakery is very good too!
MelKo February 24, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Velvet Bakery's Paczki's are very good - moist and yummy! My husband says they taste like the ones he had growing up in Poland :)
Teresa Stack February 27, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Are you kidding me? The only place to go is Doughs Guys Bakery at 10731 S Ridgeland Ave, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415 (708) 931-5199. They're taking orders now for next Tuesday. You haven't had a Paczki until you've had one of theirs! Check them out on facebook!


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