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Levain Bakery Opens This Weekend In Fulton Market

The Randolph Street spot will open 8 a.m. Saturday with free goodies for the first 100 visitors. It is the popular chain's first location outside the East Coast.

Levain Bakery opens Nov. 19 in the West Loop.
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FULTON MARKET — New York’s Levain Bakery is bringing its giant, gooey cookies to its first Chicago location Saturday in Fulton Market’s restaurant row.

The Fulton Market spot, 840 W. Randolph St., will open 8 a.m. Saturday with free goodies for the first 100 visitors. It will be the bakery’s 11th location after opening spots along the East Coast.

The chain started in 1995 under owners Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald, who have made a name for themselves with their crispy-on-the-outside, super-gooey-on-the-inside cookies.

“We are enamored by the energy of the West Loop. There are so many incredible options for dining, shopping, and exploring; we’re in great company in this bustling neighborhood,” the founders said in a news release.

The famed cookies are available in five classic flavors: chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, dark chocolate peanut butter chip and two chip chocolate chip.

The Fulton Market shop will also sell freshly made pastries, artisanal breads, loaf cakes, sticky buns and coffee from local Chicago roaster Backlot, according to the news release.

The interior will feature a view to the kitchen to see the bakers in action and a mural of a map of Chicago by illustrator Libby VanderPloeg.

Proceeds from opening day will be donated to the Lyte Collective, which serves young adults impacted by poverty and homelessness, according to the release.

Levain Bakery will be open 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Deliveries through DoorDash, Caviar and Uber Eats will be available in the coming weeks.

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