A daily dose of frozen deliciousness is a key part of summer.
Whether it's ice cream, gelato, frozen custard, sorbet or Italian
ice your family craves, we've got you covered with five tasty
options in Chicago to keep you cool all season long.
3442 N. Southport Ave.
Famous for its 16 flavors of homemade, all-natural Italian ice,
this shop in the heart of the Southport corridor also offers 16
flavors of Bobtail ice cream as well as nonfat frozen yogurt. Mango
and coconut Italian ice are among the favorites. The
people-watching from the small patio in front is an added
9233 S. Western Ave.
A Beverly neighborhood staple since 1926, this family business
is best known for its imaginative combination of tastes that make
up the rainbow cone: chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachio
and orange sherbet, piled high on a single cone. Other ice cream
flavor choices include bubblegum, black walnut, chocolate peanut
butter and banana.
859 N. Damen Ave.
This Wicker Park gelato and sorbet hot spot features unique,
foodie-inspired concoctions that tempt the grown-up palate, like
goat cheese cashew caramel gelato and carrot ginger sorbet. Black
Dog's piece de resistance is the Whiskey Gelato Bar, a
whiskey-fueled gelato dipped in creamy chocolate and sprinkled with
little nuggets of crisp bacon (yes, bacon!) and served on a stick.
Meanwhile, its take on the ice cream sandwich is a draw for little
ones: a choice of gelato generously stuffed between two freshly
baked chocolate chip or sugar cookies.
608 W. 31st St.
If the chocolate-dipped and gummy bear-encrusted waffle cones
aren't enough to impress the kids, try a whirl on the old-school,
coin-operated pony ride. With 32 hand-packed ice cream choices,
chocolate covered bananas rolled in finely chopped nuts and a
myriad of desserts like the strawberry shortcake explosion, this
Bridgeport classic is sure to please everyone. Their motto? "Want
nutrition? Eat carrots."
1658 W. Belmont Ave.
This North Side mom-and-pop landmark serves up
made-from-scratch, award-winning frozen custard with tantalizing
flavors of the day like royal cake batter, burnt sugar, and
strawberry oreo in addition to good old-fashioned vanilla and