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20 Great Places in Chicago to Cool Off With Frozen Treats, Summer 2015

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Long, hot summer days are here and to help make them a little more bearable, we've updated our frozen desserts guide. From boozy snow cones and milkshakes to ice cream donut sandwiches and $100 sundaes, there are plenty of ways to alleviate the heat. So grab some friends and chill out with a sweet treat at one of the following 20 spots.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Graeter's

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1347 Shermer Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 513-6540
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Ohio’s popular ice creamery Graeter’s has finally landed in the Chicagoland area. Its first shop in Northbrook is dishing out signature chocolate chip flavors like Black Raspberry, Bourbon Pecan, Peanut Butter, Toffee and more, all handcrafted using the company’s noted French Pot process. [Photo: Graeter's]

2. The Terrace at Trump Tower

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401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 588-8000
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Bring some friends and go big or go home with the Terrace’s $100 Sundae. The monstrous dessert—enough to feed a group—is loaded with 20 scoops of ice cream and toppings such as macerated strawberries, chocolate crunch, pistachio nougat, mascarpone cream, chocolate sauce and more. Make sure you come with an appetite. [Photo: The Terrace at Trump]

3. Homestead on the Roof

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1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 332-2354
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With warm days upon us, Homestead on the Roof is an ideal spot to hang out and enjoy the weather. The frozen treats are twists on classics you’ll remember having as a kid: a frozen banana, an ice cream sandwich, boozy pops like pina colada and peach mojito, and a fancied-up Drumstick featuring Nutella and vanilla ice cream and candied hazelnuts. [Photo: Thrillist]

4. Scooter's Frozen Custard

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1658 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 244-6415
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Lakeview’s favorite mom and pop custard shop features famous concretes loaded with mix-ins and flavorings. You can customize your own or go with one of the signature creations like the top-selling Elvis, a delicious combo of vanilla custard, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and bananas. [Photo: Scooter's Frozen Custard]

5. Lickity Split

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6056 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 274-0830
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This retro-style custard shop delights with frozen concretes and shakes. Choose your own toppings to blend into the treats or pick one of the favorites like the OMG (vanilla or chocolate custard with Celestial Kitchens’ peanut butter fudge brownie pieces and shot of hot fudge) and Crazy cake (frozen custard mixed with Flirty cupcake). [Photo: Edgeville Buzz]

6. bellyQ

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1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 563-1010
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Bill Kim’s Asian-inspired barbecue restaurant serves some of the finest soft-serve ice cream in town. You can order it in plain vanilla or as a twist on the classic PB & J with peanut butter crunch and huckleberry jelly. [Photo: Barry Brecheisen]

7. Snow Dragon Shavery

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2618 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 281-9866
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The new late-night Lincoln Park spot offers Taiwanese-style shaved snow. Choose a flavored snow—Fruit Lover, Coconut, Green Tea and Pina Colada are just a few options—and watch as it’s shaved in front of you and finished with toppings and drizzles. The result is a light, creamy and refreshing dessert unlike anything else you’ll find around town.

8. Isla Pilipina

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2501 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 271-2988
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Isla has been making a name for itself on the North Side with authentic Filipino fare. You’ll definitely want to end each meal with the traditional Halo-Halo dessert, a medley of shaved mixed with fruits and sweet beans and topped with purple yam ice cream and leche flan. [Photo: Isla Pilipina]

9. Sumi Robata Bar

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702 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-7864
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Gene Kato shows that he’s not only a master of robata grilling but also at shaving ice. Here, he makes his version of kakigori, a Japanese shaved ice dessert made with fruit puree, milk and sugar. The restaurant uses a hand-cranked machine to produce flakes of ice and the flavors change seasonally with strawberry being the current offering. [Photo: Barry Brecheisen]

10. Punch House

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1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 526-3851
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It only seems natural for our favorite childhood delights to grow up as well and that’s just what Punch House’s adult-friendly, boozy snow cones do. Shaved ice can be covered with any of the bar’s punches for a different kind of approach to frozen cocktails. [Photo: Marc Much]

11. Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

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1051 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-5111
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This family-owned West Loop creamery with a great outdoor patio serves its hand-crafted frozen treats with a side of sassy Irish flair. Cone uses only Irish dairy in untraditional flavors like the "Arthur Guinness," made with Guinness and Irish soda bread, "Bailey's Irish cream," and the "Irish breakfast" served with Jameson and cornflakes. [Photo: Cone Gourmet Ice Cream]

12. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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3404 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-7139
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From brambleberry crisp, goat cheese with red cherries, wildberry lavender, to even whiskey and pecans, the possibilities at the ever-popular Ohio ice cream shop seem never-ending. However, if you have trouble deciding on which flavors to go with, Jeni's will let you taste test as many as your heart desires. [Photo: Jeni's]

13. Firecakes

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68 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 329-6500
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Merging both worlds of savory and sweet, this River North doughnuttery delivers ice cream donut sandwiches containing its daily, homemade flavors of gelato. [Photo: Facebook]

14. Sugar Shack

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630 W 26th St
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-6568
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Owned and operated in the Bridgeport neighborhood, Sugar Shack still owns the title of offering the only loaded, "funnel cake sundae" in the city. In addition, this local creamery shack serves a plethora of soft-serve and hand-scooped ice cream flavors, blizzard concoctions, and the traditional banana split sundaes. [Photo: Facebook]

15. Margie's Candies

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1960 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-1035
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In business since 1921, Margie's Candies is a Chicago treasure. The ice cream sundae variations are timeless, tasty, and massive. If you've never been to this old school parlor, get there right this instant. [Photo: Margie's Candies]

16. Eataly

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43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 521-8700
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Merging high-quality ingredients and the milk of pasture-fed Bianca Piemontese cows, Chef Alciati pioneered a technique that produces a rich and creamy soft-serve gelato. Signatures flavors include, "fior di latte," "nocciola," "pistacchio," "crema vaniglia," "cioccolato", and seasonal dairy-free sorbets. [Photo: Marc Much]

17. Rainbow Cone

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9233 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 238-7075
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No list would be complete without the Original Rainbow Cone. A delicious creation of strawberry, Palmer House (New York Vanilla with cherries and walnut) and pistachio ice cream topped with orange sherbet, it’s a Chicago classic that never fails to please. [Photo: Facebook]

18. Black Dog Gelato

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859 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-3116
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Jessica Oloroso’s beloved gelato café offers intriguing flavors like Mexican hot chocolate, goat cheese cashew caramel and sesame fig chocolate chip. The ultimate treat though comes in the Whiskey Gelato Bar—whiskey gelato dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in candied bacon. [Photo: Black Dog Gelato]

19. Lindy's Chili & Gertie's Ice Cream

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3685 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 927-7807
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A Southside staple since 1901, head to Gertie's for throwback ice cream sundaes, floats, malts, banana splits, phosphates, and more. [Photo: Lindy's Chili]

20. 25 Degrees

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736 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 943-9700
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Head over to 25 Degrees' to slurp on the boozy ice-cream shake lineup. Contenders such as the "Cinnashake," "NOLA," "Turkish Latte" and "Guinness Shake" are only some of the grown-up drinks at this River North burger hangout. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Graeter's

1347 Shermer Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062
Ohio’s popular ice creamery Graeter’s has finally landed in the Chicagoland area. Its first shop in Northbrook is dishing out signature chocolate chip flavors like Black Raspberry, Bourbon Pecan, Peanut Butter, Toffee and more, all handcrafted using the company’s noted French Pot process. [Photo: Graeter's]
1347 Shermer Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062

2. The Terrace at Trump Tower

401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Bring some friends and go big or go home with the Terrace’s $100 Sundae. The monstrous dessert—enough to feed a group—is loaded with 20 scoops of ice cream and toppings such as macerated strawberries, chocolate crunch, pistachio nougat, mascarpone cream, chocolate sauce and more. Make sure you come with an appetite. [Photo: The Terrace at Trump]
401 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Homestead on the Roof

1924 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
With warm days upon us, Homestead on the Roof is an ideal spot to hang out and enjoy the weather. The frozen treats are twists on classics you’ll remember having as a kid: a frozen banana, an ice cream sandwich, boozy pops like pina colada and peach mojito, and a fancied-up Drumstick featuring Nutella and vanilla ice cream and candied hazelnuts. [Photo: Thrillist]
1924 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Scooter's Frozen Custard

1658 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Lakeview’s favorite mom and pop custard shop features famous concretes loaded with mix-ins and flavorings. You can customize your own or go with one of the signature creations like the top-selling Elvis, a delicious combo of vanilla custard, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and bananas. [Photo: Scooter's Frozen Custard]
1658 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

5. Lickity Split

6056 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60660
This retro-style custard shop delights with frozen concretes and shakes. Choose your own toppings to blend into the treats or pick one of the favorites like the OMG (vanilla or chocolate custard with Celestial Kitchens’ peanut butter fudge brownie pieces and shot of hot fudge) and Crazy cake (frozen custard mixed with Flirty cupcake). [Photo: Edgeville Buzz]
6056 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60660

6. bellyQ

1400 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607
Bill Kim’s Asian-inspired barbecue restaurant serves some of the finest soft-serve ice cream in town. You can order it in plain vanilla or as a twist on the classic PB & J with peanut butter crunch and huckleberry jelly. [Photo: Barry Brecheisen]
1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607

7. Snow Dragon Shavery

2618 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
The new late-night Lincoln Park spot offers Taiwanese-style shaved snow. Choose a flavored snow—Fruit Lover, Coconut, Green Tea and Pina Colada are just a few options—and watch as it’s shaved in front of you and finished with toppings and drizzles. The result is a light, creamy and refreshing dessert unlike anything else you’ll find around town.
2618 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Isla Pilipina

2501 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Isla has been making a name for itself on the North Side with authentic Filipino fare. You’ll definitely want to end each meal with the traditional Halo-Halo dessert, a medley of shaved mixed with fruits and sweet beans and topped with purple yam ice cream and leche flan. [Photo: Isla Pilipina]
2501 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

9. Sumi Robata Bar

702 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
Gene Kato shows that he’s not only a master of robata grilling but also at shaving ice. Here, he makes his version of kakigori, a Japanese shaved ice dessert made with fruit puree, milk and sugar. The restaurant uses a hand-cranked machine to produce flakes of ice and the flavors change seasonally with strawberry being the current offering. [Photo: Barry Brecheisen]
702 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Punch House

1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608
It only seems natural for our favorite childhood delights to grow up as well and that’s just what Punch House’s adult-friendly, boozy snow cones do. Shaved ice can be covered with any of the bar’s punches for a different kind of approach to frozen cocktails. [Photo: Marc Much]
1227 W 18th St
Chicago, IL 60608

11. Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

1051 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607
This family-owned West Loop creamery with a great outdoor patio serves its hand-crafted frozen treats with a side of sassy Irish flair. Cone uses only Irish dairy in untraditional flavors like the "Arthur Guinness," made with Guinness and Irish soda bread, "Bailey's Irish cream," and the "Irish breakfast" served with Jameson and cornflakes. [Photo: Cone Gourmet Ice Cream]
1051 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607

12. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

3404 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
From brambleberry crisp, goat cheese with red cherries, wildberry lavender, to even whiskey and pecans, the possibilities at the ever-popular Ohio ice cream shop seem never-ending. However, if you have trouble deciding on which flavors to go with, Jeni's will let you taste test as many as your heart desires. [Photo: Jeni's]
3404 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

13. Firecakes

68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Merging both worlds of savory and sweet, this River North doughnuttery delivers ice cream donut sandwiches containing its daily, homemade flavors of gelato. [Photo: Facebook]
68 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Sugar Shack

630 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616
Owned and operated in the Bridgeport neighborhood, Sugar Shack still owns the title of offering the only loaded, "funnel cake sundae" in the city. In addition, this local creamery shack serves a plethora of soft-serve and hand-scooped ice cream flavors, blizzard concoctions, and the traditional banana split sundaes. [Photo: Facebook]
630 W 26th St
Chicago, IL 60616

15. Margie's Candies

1960 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
In business since 1921, Margie's Candies is a Chicago treasure. The ice cream sundae variations are timeless, tasty, and massive. If you've never been to this old school parlor, get there right this instant. [Photo: Margie's Candies]
1960 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

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16. Eataly

43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
Merging high-quality ingredients and the milk of pasture-fed Bianca Piemontese cows, Chef Alciati pioneered a technique that produces a rich and creamy soft-serve gelato. Signatures flavors include, "fior di latte," "nocciola," "pistacchio," "crema vaniglia," "cioccolato", and seasonal dairy-free sorbets. [Photo: Marc Much]
43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

17. Rainbow Cone

9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
No list would be complete without the Original Rainbow Cone. A delicious creation of strawberry, Palmer House (New York Vanilla with cherries and walnut) and pistachio ice cream topped with orange sherbet, it’s a Chicago classic that never fails to please. [Photo: Facebook]
9233 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

18. Black Dog Gelato

859 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Jessica Oloroso’s beloved gelato café offers intriguing flavors like Mexican hot chocolate, goat cheese cashew caramel and sesame fig chocolate chip. The ultimate treat though comes in the Whiskey Gelato Bar—whiskey gelato dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in candied bacon. [Photo: Black Dog Gelato]
859 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

19. Lindy's Chili & Gertie's Ice Cream

3685 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60609
A Southside staple since 1901, head to Gertie's for throwback ice cream sundaes, floats, malts, banana splits, phosphates, and more. [Photo: Lindy's Chili]
3685 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

20. 25 Degrees

736 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Head over to 25 Degrees' to slurp on the boozy ice-cream shake lineup. Contenders such as the "Cinnashake," "NOLA," "Turkish Latte" and "Guinness Shake" are only some of the grown-up drinks at this River North burger hangout. [Photo: Facebook]
736 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

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