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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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Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

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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.

Waffles

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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.

Ice-Cubed Truck

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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.

Little Goat Diner

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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."

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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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.

Firecakes

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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.

Sugar Shack

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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.

Tanta Chicago

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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.

Margie's Candies

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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.

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.

Longman & Eagle

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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.

Rainbow Cone

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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.

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.

Nico Osteria

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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.

Black Dog Gelato

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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.

Lindy's Chili & Gertie's Ice Cream

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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.

Parachute

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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.

Stan's Donuts & Coffee

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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.

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.

25 Degrees Restaurant

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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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Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

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.

Waffles

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.

Ice-Cubed Truck

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.

Little Goat Diner

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."

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

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.

Firecakes

Merging both worlds of savory and sweet, this River North doughnuttery delivers a ice cream donut sandwich containing its daily, homemade flavors of gelato.

Sugar Shack

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.

Tanta Chicago

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.

Margie's Candies

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.

Eataly

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.

Longman & Eagle

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.

Rainbow Cone

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.

iCream

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.