With my extended family hailing from the Chicago suburbs, I’ve come to appreciate one of the most thoughtful gifts you can send someone whom is from Chicago: edible treats from Vesecky’s Bakery. If you’re from Chicago and Vesecky’s was not an institution in your family, it probably should have been and consider that hereby rectified.
Vesecky’s is a small, 100-years-old authentic Czech bakery in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn, near Cicero and is certainly one of the last of its kind. It is owned and operated by the fourth generation of the Vesecky’s family. These days it seems old things get plowed down for something bigger and better, but no place from the old days is more original than right here. It’s incredible to me that not only is this place still standing, but with one short phone call you can have their original recipe baked goods shipped to your door.
Their best seller is the little round kolackys though my better half is partial to the famous houska bread which was a family tradition every Easter. For many decades locals have lined up for this houska on their way to holiday gatherings with family. These days you can place your order by phone or email (2 weeks in advance for houska) and they will ship it anywhere in the US. My suggested order:
1 dozen kolackys of assorted flavors including strawberry, apricot, cream cheese and prune.1 loaf braided houska bread with almonds.1 coffee cake mixed flavors.1 dozen Cubs / White Sox / Blackhawks cookies because no city has civic pride like Chicago.
Contact Vesecky’s via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at (708) 788-4144.