Like the local butcher, the local bakery seems to be a figment of our collective imagination. Actually, a few great local bakeries exist.
The best (ok, maybe not based on a monumental sample) has to be Reuters on grand just off of harlem in the mount claire neighborhood of chicago--and near where the failed ken eto hit occurred.
each day brings a variety of breads, cakes, pies, sweetrolls and other sticky, gooey, creamy, fried, fruity, crunchy, flaky stuff.
while the pasteries and other goods at bittersweet may be more refined, nothing beats the goods at a real old fashioned bakery