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Your Guide to Frozen Desserts this Summer

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With the sun beginning to shine and the temperatures rising, it's clear that Mother Nature is showing signs of summer just in time for Memorial Day weekend. From waffle ice cream sandwiches, funnel cake sundaes, gelatos or even the classics, what better way to stay cool than with a frozen dessert? So kick back and check out the map to see where your chilled treat is located this summer.


Eater Chicago intern Aimee Gasior contributed to this story.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

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1051 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-5111
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Opened las summer, this family-owned West Loop creamery with a great 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.

2. Waffles

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1400 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 854-8572
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This neighborhood favorite whose sister restaurant created the Wonut recently constructed a waffle ice cream sandwich. Offering four flavors (bananas foster, red velvet, sweet potato, and a pumpkin waffle ice cream sandwich), Chicagoans are in for a treat.

3. Ice-Cubed Truck

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Moving Target!
Chicago, IL 60602
Specializing in small batch ice cream, hand-crafted ice pops, and frozen desserts, this frozen ice cream truck was developed by ice cream connoisseur, Erika Stone-Miller, to entice the Chicago-land taste buds with new and nontraditional flavors. Curious to try the "fancy pepperoni sausage," "gunpowder sesame," or "kung pao cashew?" Follow their facebook page to track the truck's whereabouts.

4. Little Goat Diner

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820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 888-3455
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Stephanie Izard's diner dishes up fascinating frozen combinations such as smoked pork and toffee crunch shake, the "choco taco," the "peppermint mattie," and her personal favorite, "the cheez-it."

5. 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, banana french toast, wildberry lavender, to even whiskey and pecans, the possibilities in this Lakeview ice cream expansion from Ohio seem never-ending. However, if you havie trouble deciding on which to settle on, Jeni's will let you taste test as many as your heart desires.

6. 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 a ice cream donut sandwich containing its daily, homemade flavors of gelato.

7. Sugar Shack

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1400 S. Lynn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605
(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.

8. Tanta Chicago

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118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 222-9700
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Besides the "la tapioca de coco," made with pineapple compote, pineapple sorbet, vanilla crunch, coconut foam, this modern Peruvian go-to offers its "el queso helado," four milk ice cream topped with cinnamon and coconut, rice tuile. Both desserts can be enjoyed inside the restaurant or overlooking River North on the roof.

9. 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, get there right this instant.

10. 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.

11. Longman & Eagle

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2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 276-7110
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Cool off and enjoy pastry chef Jeremy Brutzkus's "apple pudding pop tart," made with foie gras ice cream, almond custard, poached pear, vanilla jello, caramel syrup, and vanilla powder. There's also the "fernet-hot chocolate affogato," topped with Turkish coffee ice cream and Sicilian fernet-dipped cornmeal cookies.

12. 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.

13. iCream

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1537 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-2834
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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.

14. Nico Osteria

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1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
Pastry chef Amanda Rockman's pristine creative desserts are wowing Gold Coast diners. However, the subtle surprise comes through in the homemade gelato and sorbet selections, all representing the rustic elegant flare in this coastal Italian escape.

15. 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, 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.

16. 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.

17. Parachute

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3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 654-1460
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If you're up for something other than the traditional ice cream sandwich, stop into this newly unveiled Avondale Korean-American concept from Top Chef Beverly Kim for a different experience. The "Pat Bing Su," containing cucumber ice, red bean, kiwi, lovage, and pomelo sherbet and the warm tapioca custard are guaranteed to quell your creative frozen cravings.

18. Stan's Donuts & Coffee

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1560 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 360-7386
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Stan's Donuts has started to roll out varying flavors of homemade gelato at the newish bustling shop in Wicker Park.

19. Boka

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1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-6070
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The newly revamped Lincoln Park Boka presents a simple, yet complex dessert menu that will cool off any heat that hits Chicago this summer. An almond custard including sour cherry, olive oil cake, and ginger ice cream, along with rhubarb, coconut, angel food, buckwheat frozen yogurt are only a few of the treasures that await your tasting.

20. 25 Degrees Restaurant

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736 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 943-9700
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With the sun beginning to shine, head over to 25 Degrees' to slurp on their boozy ice-cream shake lineup. Contenders such as the "cinnashake," "NOLA," "turkish latte," "guinness shake," are only some of the grown-up drinks at this River North hangout.

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1. Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

1051 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607
Opened las summer, this family-owned West Loop creamery with a great 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.
1051 W Madison St
Chicago, IL 60607

2. Waffles

1400 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
This neighborhood favorite whose sister restaurant created the Wonut recently constructed a waffle ice cream sandwich. Offering four flavors (bananas foster, red velvet, sweet potato, and a pumpkin waffle ice cream sandwich), Chicagoans are in for a treat.
1400 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

3. Ice-Cubed Truck

Moving Target!, Chicago, IL 60602
Specializing in small batch ice cream, hand-crafted ice pops, and frozen desserts, this frozen ice cream truck was developed by ice cream connoisseur, Erika Stone-Miller, to entice the Chicago-land taste buds with new and nontraditional flavors. Curious to try the "fancy pepperoni sausage," "gunpowder sesame," or "kung pao cashew?" Follow their facebook page to track the truck's whereabouts.
Moving Target!
Chicago, IL 60602

4. Little Goat Diner

820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Stephanie Izard's diner dishes up fascinating frozen combinations such as smoked pork and toffee crunch shake, the "choco taco," the "peppermint mattie," and her personal favorite, "the cheez-it."
820 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

5. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

3404 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
From brambleberry crisp, banana french toast, wildberry lavender, to even whiskey and pecans, the possibilities in this Lakeview ice cream expansion from Ohio seem never-ending. However, if you havie trouble deciding on which to settle on, Jeni's will let you taste test as many as your heart desires.
3404 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

6. Firecakes

68 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Merging both worlds of savory and sweet, this River North doughnuttery delivers a ice cream donut sandwich containing its daily, homemade flavors of gelato.
68 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Sugar Shack

1400 S. Lynn White Drive, Chicago, IL 60605
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.
1400 S. Lynn White Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

8. Tanta Chicago

118 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Besides the "la tapioca de coco," made with pineapple compote, pineapple sorbet, vanilla crunch, coconut foam, this modern Peruvian go-to offers its "el queso helado," four milk ice cream topped with cinnamon and coconut, rice tuile. Both desserts can be enjoyed inside the restaurant or overlooking River North on the roof.
118 W Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60654

9. 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, get there right this instant.
1960 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. 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.
43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

11. Longman & Eagle

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Cool off and enjoy pastry chef Jeremy Brutzkus's "apple pudding pop tart," made with foie gras ice cream, almond custard, poached pear, vanilla jello, caramel syrup, and vanilla powder. There's also the "fernet-hot chocolate affogato," topped with Turkish coffee ice cream and Sicilian fernet-dipped cornmeal cookies.
2657 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

12. 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.
9233 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

13. iCream

1537 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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.
1537 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Nico Osteria

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Pastry chef Amanda Rockman's pristine creative desserts are wowing Gold Coast diners. However, the subtle surprise comes through in the homemade gelato and sorbet selections, all representing the rustic elegant flare in this coastal Italian escape.
1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

15. Black Dog Gelato

859 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
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.
859 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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16. 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.
3685 S Archer Ave
Chicago, IL 60609

17. Parachute

3500 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
If you're up for something other than the traditional ice cream sandwich, stop into this newly unveiled Avondale Korean-American concept from Top Chef Beverly Kim for a different experience. The "Pat Bing Su," containing cucumber ice, red bean, kiwi, lovage, and pomelo sherbet and the warm tapioca custard are guaranteed to quell your creative frozen cravings.
3500 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

18. Stan's Donuts & Coffee

1560 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Stan's Donuts has started to roll out varying flavors of homemade gelato at the newish bustling shop in Wicker Park.
1560 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

19. Boka

1729 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
The newly revamped Lincoln Park Boka presents a simple, yet complex dessert menu that will cool off any heat that hits Chicago this summer. An almond custard including sour cherry, olive oil cake, and ginger ice cream, along with rhubarb, coconut, angel food, buckwheat frozen yogurt are only a few of the treasures that await your tasting.
1729 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

20. 25 Degrees Restaurant

736 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610
With the sun beginning to shine, head over to 25 Degrees' to slurp on their boozy ice-cream shake lineup. Contenders such as the "cinnashake," "NOLA," "turkish latte," "guinness shake," are only some of the grown-up drinks at this River North hangout.
736 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610

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