The temperatures are quickly rising and summer is just around the corner which means it's the perfect time to indulge in some cold treats. While it's probably not a part of the beach body plan, there's no better way to stay refreshed on a hot day than with ice cream, Italian ice, custard and more. Check out our map to find the top spots to cool off. Then sit back with a nice sundae and enjoy the sunny weather.Read More
Chill Out With Your Summer Guide to Frozen Treats
Black Dog Gelato
Jessica Oloroso’s beloved gelato café offers intriguing flavors like Mexican hot chocolate, cocoa nib with toasted pecans, 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.
From the bright neon sign and giant ice cream cone outside to all of the classic memorabilia inside, there’s no doubt that Margie’s is a vintage ice cream parlor. There are your traditional sundaes and banana splits as well as jumbo creations that come in vases, but the most daring ice cream lovers can try their luck at the World’s Largest Sundae, ½ gallon of ice cream with flavors from Hawaii, Florida and California.
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.
Scooter's Frozen Custard
Stroll up to the walk-up window and order the best custard in town. The mom-and-pop shop serves homemade custard, custard concretes with mix-ins and flavorings, sundaes and Italian ice.
Mario's Italian Lemonade
A Chicago institution, this seasonal stand delivers slurpable Italian lemonade that’s the perfect cure for a hot summer’s day. Stop by and find out why devotees flock to the cool treat.
Bobtail Soda Fountain
This old-school, soda fountain style ice creamery offers homemade flavors like salted caramel pecan and peanut butter chip as well as specialty flavors like the Lakeview Barhopper (Dutch cocoa ice cream blended with Jack Daniels). You can also build your own sundae or try a specialty shake or root beer float.
Enjoy authentic, homemade Italian gelato and sorbetto served in the classic style of Rome and Tuscany. Flavors such as Tuscan tiramisu, pumpkin cheesecake and banana caramel praline will ensure that you’ll want to try something different every time, and the house specialty affogato is a scoop of gelato covered with espresso and topped with whipped cream.
Anthony's Homemade Italian Ice
Cool off and refresh with some homemade Italian ice, made from scratch in the ice room in the back of the shop. Flavors include cantaloupe, black raspberry, passion fruit, pink grapefruit and more.
The combinations are limitless at iCream as you mix and match to your heart’s desire. Choose from regular, light, soy and organic ice cream flavors and add toppings like fresh fruit, candy and other things like Nutella, cookie dough and white chocolate. If you’d rather switch it up, create your own frozen yogurt treat or try one of the hot puddings.
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Who can resist a custardy sundae or split? Or go back to the days of youth by ordering a three scoop cone. If that's not enough, build your own concrete with a wide array of toppings or try one of the signature creations.
This neighborhood favorite delivers some of the best soft serve around while keeping it kosher. Sundaes, splits, floats and shakes are available as well as the Flavor Burst Cone with up to three flavored gels swirled into the ice cream. And don’t forget to get your cone dipped in one of the 13 different flavors.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
Although it isn’t slated to open until August, Ohio’s Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will soon be serving up its high-end, artisanal ice cream in Lakeview. Already available in gourmet grocery stores, you’ll now be able to get your brambleberry crisp, wildberry lavender and Riesling poached pear straight from the source. Chicagoans are in for a treat.