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!
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.
Contribution by Emily Adams.
9233 S. Western Ave. rainbowcone.com
A Beverly neighborhood staple since 1926, this family businessis best known for its imaginative combination of tastes that makeup the rainbow cone: chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House, pistachioand orange sherbet, piled high on a single cone. Other ice creamflavor choices include bubblegum, black walnut, chocolate peanutbutter and banana.
Original Rainbow Cone
859 N. Damen Ave. blackdogchicago.com
This Wicker Park gelato and sorbet hot spot features unique,foodie-inspired concoctions that tempt the grown-up palate, likegoat cheese cashew caramel gelato and carrot ginger sorbet. BlackDog’s piece de resistance is the Whiskey Gelato Bar, awhiskey-fueled gelato dipped in creamy chocolate and sprinkled withlittle nuggets of crisp bacon (yes, bacon!) and served on a stick.Meanwhile, its take on the ice cream sandwich is a draw for littleones: a choice of gelato generously stuffed between two freshlybaked chocolate chip or sugar cookies.
Black Dog Gelato
608 W. 31st St. scoops1.com
If the chocolate-dipped and gummy bear-encrusted waffle conesaren’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 amyriad of desserts like the strawberry shortcake explosion, thisBridgeport classic is sure to please everyone. Their motto? “Wantnutrition? Eat carrots.”
1658 W. Belmont Ave. scootersfrozencustard.com
This North Side mom-and-pop landmark serves upmade-from-scratch, award-winning frozen custard with tantalizingflavors of the day like royal cake batter, burnt sugar, andstrawberry oreo in addition to good old-fashioned vanilla andchocolate.
3404 N Southport Ave.
Although Jenis 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.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams