Almost everyone likes ice cream. If that weren't the case, why does dairy-free ice cream exist? From old-fashioned ice cream and soft serve to custard and gelato and Thai rolled ice cream, there’s a wide variety of rich and indulgent options to try. These 20 spots provide the best scoops and cones around Chicago, no matter the season. New cool entries on the 2022 map are CTA-themed Sundae Stop (complete with replica train) near the Belmont Red Line station; Eli’s Ark in Wicker Park, which serves its scoops of gelato decorated to look like adorable animals; and newish dessert destination Banana Cream Ice Cream in Edgewater.
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