1248 W. 18th
Jeffrey Hallenbeck, the self-taught baker at this Pilsen storefront, makes his croissants and other pastries with butter he cultures and then hand-churns himself, an elaborate process that can take as long as 24 hours.
810 Dempster, Evanston
Baker Ellen King takes the past seriously; she's studied historic preservation as well as cooking. She and her crew mix, knead, and shape their breads by hand and then allow them to ferment and rise with wild, not commercial, yeast.
833 W. Randolph
For his pizzas, breads, and pastas, chef Jared Van Camp produces his own superfine flour from locally grown wheat with a custom-made mill in the restaurant's basement. He says his flour tastes better and won't have adverse effects on gluten-intolerant customers.
Hoosier Mama Pie Company
1618 1/2 W. Chicago and 749 N. Chicago, Evanston
Paula Haney has scoured old cookbooks to uncover old-fashioned techniques for preparing her pies, particularly the crust. She's also experimented with old recipes, including ones for vinegar pie and for sugar pie.