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RPM Steak’s Baked Alaska has become a signature dish at the River North steakhouse.
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Where to Enjoy Sensational Plated Ice Cream Desserts in Chicago

Go beyond Good Humor and scoop shops

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RPM Steak’s Baked Alaska has become a signature dish at the River North steakhouse.
| Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises/John Stoffer

As summer commences in Chicago, frozen dessert season kicks in. Luckily, Chicago is rife with great scoop shops, but for those interested in more unique and plated ice cream-based desserts, local restaurants are ready to serve. A myriad of eateries offer inspired sundaes, like Sunda’s jackfruit and coconut gel-garnished dish with avocado, sweet corn, cheddar cheese, and ube-macapuno ice cream. Others riff off frozen cream via creations such as Aba’s iteration of kulfi — the classic Indian sweet — with Turkish coffee, coriander caramel, and Marcona almonds. From North to South, here’s where to cool off this summer with Chicago’s most compelling composed ice cream dishes.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mon Ami Gabi

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2300 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 348-8886
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Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s French bistro chain Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park dips into the ice cream pool via house-made profiteroles ($10) filled with vanilla bean ice cream, topped with hot fudge, and garnished with a mix of sea salt and powdered sugar. Fun fact: This dessert has been on the menu (created by former pastry chef, the late Michel Briand) since the very first location opened in 1998.

Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park serves these profiteroles.
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2. Dos Urban Cantina

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2829 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 661-6452
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New to Dos Urban Cantina’s menu in Logan Square is a chef Jennifer Enyart’s Mexican take on the classic sundae ($10). Think horchata ice cream, rice pudding, and whipped cream, topped with puffed white rice, sitting on a bed of toasted and crumbled rice flour shortbread.

Dos Urban Cantina’s Horchata Sundae 
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3. Café Cancale

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1576 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-1121
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French newbie Café Cancale — from the forces behind Blackbird and the Publican — is embracing the season with a strawberry sundae ($9). Executive pastry chef Erika Chan spins grey French sea salt into a strawberry ice cream base, then adds strawberry caramel, white chocolate cardamom streusel, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Chan says the combination of cardamom and citrus zest brings out the fruitiness of the strawberries.

Café Cancale’s strawberry sundae
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4. Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

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1415 N Wood St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 360-8320
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Over in Wicker Park, Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods just rolled out New Orleans-style Sno-Balls ($4-$9) for dine-in guests, and those who’d like to grab and go. On offer, nearly 20 options, in flavors like Bywater Boho (fresh pineapple, cilantro, lime) and “stuffed” versions like Ultimate Peach Cobbler (fresh peaches combined with sugar, spices, and butter, topped with soft serve, flambéed peaches, whipped cream, cookie crumble, and a caramel drizzle).

Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods’ assorted Sno-Ball desserts
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5. Somerset

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1112 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 586-2150
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The Viceroy Hotel’s new American eatery Somerset, in Gold Coast, is offering a sundae for two, schemed by James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef finalist, Boka’s Meg Galus. On the menu since this past spring, the loaded dessert calls for strawberry and tonka bean ice creams, strawberry sorbet, white chocolate crunch, pound cake, and tonka bean whipped cream.

Somerset’s Sundae for Two
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6. IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge

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127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 374-1830
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New to the summer menu at River North’s I|O Godfrey, the Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop lounge/eatery, chef Alfonso Martinez has rolled out ice cream tacos ($12). Expect a house-made waffle cone shell with pistachio gelato, chocolate-covered banana, Froot Loops, strawberry marmalade, plus the requisite whipped cream and sprinkles.

IO Godfrey’s ice cream tacos
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7. Sunda

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110 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 644-0500
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River North’s Southeast Asian eatery Sunda is offering an exotic take on the classic sundae. The restaurant’s Sunda Sundae ($15) — on the menu for the last decade — calls for scoops of avocado, sweet corn and cheddar cheese, and ube-macapuno ice cream. Atop, sweet red mung beans, jackfruit, berries, coconut gel, plus a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk and toasted coconut flakes to round it out.

Sunda’s Sundae 
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8. Flora Fauna

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11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 624-9276
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River North’s new Latin American meets Asian-inspired joint, Flora Fauna debuted its “Giant F*%$ing Banana Split” ($14). The creation is decked out with horchata ice cream, toasted banana, dulce de leche, shaved chocolate, caramel, Angostura peanuts, macerated strawberries, plus fresh blueberries, and blackberries.

 

Flora Fauna’s Giant F*%$ing Banana Split
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9. RPM Steak

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66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-4990
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When stalwart River North steakhouse RPM Steak opened in 2014, Lettuce Entertain You introduced a Baked Alaska ($18) which has remained on the menu ever since. Sizable enough to feed two to four humans, this fiery sweet involves salted caramel ice cream and vanilla sponge cake, enveloped in toasted Italian meringue. Order one up and expect a rum-fueled table side flambé.

RPM Steak’s Baked Alaska
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10. Travelle at The Langham, Chicago

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330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-7705
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Travelle, within River North’s Langham Hotel, recently debuted its new piña colada-inspired dessert ($12). Created by pastry chef Danielle Marelli, the treat combines pineapple-buttermilk ice cream, coconut sorbet, rum-caramelized pineapple, and coconut crunch. Says Marelli, “I can never decide between having dessert or a cocktail at the end of my meal, therefore I created a dish that solves that problem.”

Travelle at The Langham
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11. London House Rooftop Bar

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85 East Wacker Drive At, N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 357-1200
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Up at the rooftop bar of LondonHouse, executive pastry chef Samantha Santiago Torres has organized a tribute to honeybees. Her Honeycomb ($10) dessert incorporates vanilla frozen yogurt, crème de cassis, dried honeycomb, granola cookies, and raspberry cremeux. The hexagonal frozen yogurt centerpiece is also drizzled with local Heaven’s Honey tableside.

London House’s Honeycomb
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12. Aba

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302 N Green St 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60607
(773) 645-1400
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Chef CJ Jacobson’s Middle Eastern-flavored number Aba — Lettuce Entertain You’s Fulton Market masterpiece, is looking to India for inspiration to create this kulfi dessert ($8). Though in India kulfi is often sold on sticks, his version is plated, flavored with Turkish coffee, served atop coriander caramel, and garnished with marcona almonds.

Aba’s Kulfi
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13. Joe's Imports

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813 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 736-1750
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Newish Fulton Market wine bar Joe’s Imports is celebrating ice cream via meringue gelato. Created by chef Elvia Granados, the marshmallow-ish dessert is built from house-made meringue gelato, Spanish peanuts, and covered with toasted meringue. Joe Fiely, Joe’s Imports’ wine director, suggests pairing it with a glass of sweet Vietti Moscato d’Asti.

Joe’s Imports’ Meringue Gelato
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14. Yūgen Restaurant

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652 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 265-1008
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Japanese tasting menu haunt Yūgen in the West Loop is celebrating the classic milk and cookies combo via this minimalist dessert ($16), available à la carte or via 10-course tasting. Hiding under those meringue shingles is caramelized hojicha milk ice cream.

Yūgen’s Milk and Cookies
Yūgen [Official Photo]

15. Bad Hunter

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2308, 802 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 265-1745
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Heisler Hospitality recently reopened its veggie-friendly eatery Bad Hunter along Randolph Street. It’s going vegan with its sunflower butter ice cream sandwich. Pastry chef Danielle Snow is behind this vegan sweet, which is made from sunflower brittle, chocolate “ice cream,” and fresh apricots.

Bad Hunter’s Sunflower Butter Ice Cream Sandwich
Heisler Hospitality/Reilly Drew

16. Blackbird Restaurant

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619 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 715-0708
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Over at fine dining haunt Blackbird on Randolph Street, dessert includes a pretty milk chocolate sassafras sundae ($13). New as of last month, pastry chef Nicole Guini makes a sassafras-Valrhona chocolate ice cream, and pairs it with chicory cocoa nib crumb, chicory brownie, hot chicory root beer chocolate sauce, tonka bean whipped cream, chocolate cocoa nib meringue, and she finishes it with Maldon salt, shaved tonka bean, tarragon, and flowers.

Blackbird’s Milk Chocolate Sassafras Sundae 
One Off Hospitality Group/Mitsuru Nelson

1. Mon Ami Gabi

2300 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614
Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park serves these profiteroles.
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises/Christina Slaton

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’s French bistro chain Mon Ami Gabi in Lincoln Park dips into the ice cream pool via house-made profiteroles ($10) filled with vanilla bean ice cream, topped with hot fudge, and garnished with a mix of sea salt and powdered sugar. Fun fact: This dessert has been on the menu (created by former pastry chef, the late Michel Briand) since the very first location opened in 1998.

2300 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Dos Urban Cantina

2829 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Dos Urban Cantina’s Horchata Sundae 
Dos Urban Cantina [Official Photo]

New to Dos Urban Cantina’s menu in Logan Square is a chef Jennifer Enyart’s Mexican take on the classic sundae ($10). Think horchata ice cream, rice pudding, and whipped cream, topped with puffed white rice, sitting on a bed of toasted and crumbled rice flour shortbread.

2829 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Café Cancale

1576 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Café Cancale’s strawberry sundae
One Off Hospitality Group/Evan Jones

French newbie Café Cancale — from the forces behind Blackbird and the Publican — is embracing the season with a strawberry sundae ($9). Executive pastry chef Erika Chan spins grey French sea salt into a strawberry ice cream base, then adds strawberry caramel, white chocolate cardamom streusel, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Chan says the combination of cardamom and citrus zest brings out the fruitiness of the strawberries.

1576 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

4. Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods

1415 N Wood St, Chicago, IL 60622
Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods’ assorted Sno-Ball desserts
Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods [Official Photo]

Over in Wicker Park, Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods just rolled out New Orleans-style Sno-Balls ($4-$9) for dine-in guests, and those who’d like to grab and go. On offer, nearly 20 options, in flavors like Bywater Boho (fresh pineapple, cilantro, lime) and “stuffed” versions like Ultimate Peach Cobbler (fresh peaches combined with sugar, spices, and butter, topped with soft serve, flambéed peaches, whipped cream, cookie crumble, and a caramel drizzle).

1415 N Wood St
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Somerset

1112 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
Somerset’s Sundae for Two
Boka Restaurant Group/Ally Straussner

The Viceroy Hotel’s new American eatery Somerset, in Gold Coast, is offering a sundae for two, schemed by James Beard Outstanding Pastry Chef finalist, Boka’s Meg Galus. On the menu since this past spring, the loaded dessert calls for strawberry and tonka bean ice creams, strawberry sorbet, white chocolate crunch, pound cake, and tonka bean whipped cream.

1112 N State St
Chicago, IL 60610

6. IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge

127 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654
IO Godfrey’s ice cream tacos
IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge/Kailley Lindman

New to the summer menu at River North’s I|O Godfrey, the Godfrey Hotel’s rooftop lounge/eatery, chef Alfonso Martinez has rolled out ice cream tacos ($12). Expect a house-made waffle cone shell with pistachio gelato, chocolate-covered banana, Froot Loops, strawberry marmalade, plus the requisite whipped cream and sprinkles.

127 W Huron St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Sunda

110 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Sunda’s Sundae 
Sunda [Official Photo]

River North’s Southeast Asian eatery Sunda is offering an exotic take on the classic sundae. The restaurant’s Sunda Sundae ($15) — on the menu for the last decade — calls for scoops of avocado, sweet corn and cheddar cheese, and ube-macapuno ice cream. Atop, sweet red mung beans, jackfruit, berries, coconut gel, plus a drizzle of sweetened condensed milk and toasted coconut flakes to round it out.

110 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

8. Flora Fauna

11 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Flora Fauna’s Giant F*%$ing Banana Split
Flora Fauna/Anthony Tahlier

River North’s new Latin American meets Asian-inspired joint, Flora Fauna debuted its “Giant F*%$ing Banana Split” ($14). The creation is decked out with horchata ice cream, toasted banana, dulce de leche, shaved chocolate, caramel, Angostura peanuts, macerated strawberries, plus fresh blueberries, and blackberries.

 

11 W Illinois St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. RPM Steak

66 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654
RPM Steak’s Baked Alaska
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises/John Stoffer

When stalwart River North steakhouse RPM Steak opened in 2014, Lettuce Entertain You introduced a Baked Alaska ($18) which has remained on the menu ever since. Sizable enough to feed two to four humans, this fiery sweet involves salted caramel ice cream and vanilla sponge cake, enveloped in toasted Italian meringue. Order one up and expect a rum-fueled table side flambé.

66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Travelle at The Langham, Chicago

330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Travelle at The Langham
The Langham/Galdones Photography

Travelle, within River North’s Langham Hotel, recently debuted its new piña colada-inspired dessert ($12). Created by pastry chef Danielle Marelli, the treat combines pineapple-buttermilk ice cream, coconut sorbet, rum-caramelized pineapple, and coconut crunch. Says Marelli, “I can never decide between having dessert or a cocktail at the end of my meal, therefore I created a dish that solves that problem.”

330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

11. London House Rooftop Bar

85 East Wacker Drive At, N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
London House’s Honeycomb
London House Official Photo

Up at the rooftop bar of LondonHouse, executive pastry chef Samantha Santiago Torres has organized a tribute to honeybees. Her Honeycomb ($10) dessert incorporates vanilla frozen yogurt, crème de cassis, dried honeycomb, granola cookies, and raspberry cremeux. The hexagonal frozen yogurt centerpiece is also drizzled with local Heaven’s Honey tableside.

85 East Wacker Drive At, N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

12. Aba

302 N Green St 3rd floor, Chicago, IL 60607
Aba’s Kulfi
Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises/Jeff Marini

Chef CJ Jacobson’s Middle Eastern-flavored number Aba — Lettuce Entertain You’s Fulton Market masterpiece, is looking to India for inspiration to create this kulfi dessert ($8). Though in India kulfi is often sold on sticks, his version is plated, flavored with Turkish coffee, served atop coriander caramel, and garnished with marcona almonds.

302 N Green St 3rd floor
Chicago, IL 60607

13. Joe's Imports

813 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Joe’s Imports’ Meringue Gelato
Joe’s Imports [Official Photo]

Newish Fulton Market wine bar Joe’s Imports is celebrating ice cream via meringue gelato. Created by chef Elvia Granados, the marshmallow-ish dessert is built from house-made meringue gelato, Spanish peanuts, and covered with toasted meringue. Joe Fiely, Joe’s Imports’ wine director, suggests pairing it with a glass of sweet Vietti Moscato d’Asti.

813 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

14. Yūgen Restaurant

652 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
Yūgen’s Milk and Cookies
Yūgen [Official Photo]

Japanese tasting menu haunt Yūgen in the West Loop is celebrating the classic milk and cookies combo via this minimalist dessert ($16), available à la carte or via 10-course tasting. Hiding under those meringue shingles is caramelized hojicha milk ice cream.

652 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

15. Bad Hunter

2308, 802 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Bad Hunter’s Sunflower Butter Ice Cream Sandwich
Heisler Hospitality/Reilly Drew

Heisler Hospitality recently reopened its veggie-friendly eatery Bad Hunter along Randolph Street. It’s going vegan with its sunflower butter ice cream sandwich. Pastry chef Danielle Snow is behind this vegan sweet, which is made from sunflower brittle, chocolate “ice cream,” and fresh apricots.

2308, 802 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. Blackbird Restaurant

619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
Blackbird’s Milk Chocolate Sassafras Sundae 
One Off Hospitality Group/Mitsuru Nelson

Over at fine dining haunt Blackbird on Randolph Street, dessert includes a pretty milk chocolate sassafras sundae ($13). New as of last month, pastry chef Nicole Guini makes a sassafras-Valrhona chocolate ice cream, and pairs it with chicory cocoa nib crumb, chicory brownie, hot chicory root beer chocolate sauce, tonka bean whipped cream, chocolate cocoa nib meringue, and she finishes it with Maldon salt, shaved tonka bean, tarragon, and flowers.

619 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60661

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