Did you know National Ice Cream Day is July 19th? Just in case you didn't we've compiled some favorite Chicago ice cream hot spots and some tasty recipes to help you celebrate!
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
3404 N Southport Ave.
Although Jeni’s is known for its artisan-style, forever-changing flavors inspired by anything from the season to classic paintings, the shop does a great job of also hitting those flavors closer to home. Kids will swoon over flavors such as the Ndali Estate vanilla bean, the milkiest chocolate in the world and the wildberry lavender, while parents will jump between flavors like whiskey and pecans and the buckeye state.