CHICAGO – Dinkels Bakery, one of Chicago’s most popular bakeries, closes on April 30 after 100 years in the North.
The bakery at 3329 N. Lincoln Away on the border of Lakeview and Roscoe village was opened in 1922 under Joseph and Anthony Dingle. It has been run by four generations of the family, and questions have been raised about whether it will be sold – but a final sign was released in the window on Tuesday.
“To our customers and neighbors. Thank you ிறேன் I have been serving you for 101 years. ” “But it’s time. Tinkels will close on Saturday, April 30th.
The bakery has become a staple in Chicago, with people queuing up on weekends – when people pick up treats like pastries and donuts – and on food holidays like Fate Tuesday.
Tinkels was a longtime member of the Bakers Dozen, a secret society of bakery leaders who owned the oldest family in and around Chicago.
News of the closure quickly spread on social media, where Chicagoans lamented the loss. Customers gathered inside the store Tuesday afternoon to store their favorites.
“After closing the Swedish bakery, Dingle became dull to me … now Dingle is going,” one wrote on Twitter. “Now we have to go defend Lotz.”
Norman Dinkel, 79, and longtime owner, said it was closing so he could retire.
“This is never a good time to close, so I’ve got a lot of mixed emotions,” Dinkel said. “This is a very traumatic day for me personally, for the people I stay with and for my clients. Nobody wants to see this, but it’s time. “
Dinkel said the bakery was in talks with some business partners who were interested in buying the bakery, but contracts to sell the business fell through because “they really did not want to work in the business”.
“They want to buy the business and make money, but this is a business you have to work on every day,” Dinkel said.
Dinkel’s Bakery, which has served the community for more than a century, is known for its handmade, quality pastries, Dinkel said.
This business has served generations of families for many years, he added.
“What makes Dingle so special is that in a crazy world we offer stability and you can get something for your family or just sit back and have a cup of coffee,” Dinkel said. “I’m going to miss it because it’s been a good thing, especially in the last few years that this world has been really crazy.”
Dinkel said the future of the iconic Dingle sign, which hangs vertically on the side of the building, is uncertain.
“I have yet to find out what will happen to this,” Dinkel said. “I was informed that some collectors might be interested, but I do not know yet.”
Michael Elkow lives on the Gold Coast, but he says he regularly goes to Dinkells to store pastries.
“They are very sad to close because they are an excellent bakery and I firmly believe that all customers will keep their special orders,” Elkov said.
Elko would not know Dingle would close until he stood in the store to pick up cheese and cherry strudels on Tuesday, he said. Another of his favorites is their layered cakes.
“So now I’m very sad,” Elkov said. “It’s one of the oldest and best bakeries in Chicago, let alone the neighborhood side.”
Kennedy Shoe, a resident next to Lakeview, said he has been coming to the bakery for years.
“I used to come here often last year because my primary care doctor was nearby, so I always stop after a treatment,” Shoe said. “I like tinkles because the pastries are so good, and it’s a very welcoming atmosphere different from a super corporate environment.”
Shoe said she could come back to store Dingle’s pastries before the store closes.
“It’s very sad, because I’m going to get closer here, and I’m so excited to come here more often,” Shoe said.
Destiny Star said the news of the bakery’s closure was “disastrous”.
“We live in the village of Roscoe, so we’ve been here at least once a week for four consecutive years,” Star said.
Starr and her two children, Teddy and Hannah, went to the store on Thursday to pick up treats for her husband’s birthday.
Her kids looked at the bakery cases as she ran across the bakery to pick out which cookies to order and pick up the candles for her cake.
“As you can see, they are very comfortable here because we visit all the time,” Star said. “This is the best place for them.”
Star grew to live in a bakery due to its “happy atmosphere” and “quality ingredients”.
“When we went in and they told us they were closing, we could not believe it,” Starr said. “It’s absolutely devastating because it’s always been like this – full of people and good, local vibes.”