Ice cream, fro-yo, gelato, snow cones, popsicles or slushies—whatever your summertime vice may be, Chicago’s ready (and willing) to indulge it. Beat the heat with a frozen dessert or boozy treat at these 20 city spots.
Locations in Lincoln Park, River North and Old Town
After chowing on some authentic Mexican fare in the warmth of the summer sun, wash it all down with a glass of frosé sangria ($10). Or, if you feel like sharing, you can split a pitcher ($45) of the frozen rosé concoction with friends. If sangria’s not your thing, take a house margarita ($10) for a sip.
2000 W. Roscoe St.
The only thing better than a Chicago summer are the icy indulgences that ensue. Pick up one of Commonwealth’s ice cream sandwiches ($8), which boast a creamy vanilla ice cream filling smooshed between two homemade chocolate cookies and served with a bourbon caramel dipping sauce.
Jerry’s Lincoln Square
4739 N. Lincoln Ave.
This kitschy sandwich spot recently unveiled a new ice cream sandwich menu, which features Scooter’s frozen custard. Have your pick from eight flavor combos ($4.50 each), and indulge in a sweet sandwich that houses creamy custard (Nutella, vanilla and black raspberry) between two house-baked cookies (sugar, chocolate chip, toffee crunch, white chocolate cranberry). Yum.
Original Rainbow Cone
9233 S. Western Ave.
When it comes to Chicago novelties, nothing may be as iconic as Original Rainbow Cone. The Beverly neighborhood ice cream parlor, which opened in 1926, has a signature item as classic as the shop itself—an ice cream cone ($4.29 small, $5.39 large) piled high with five flavors, including chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts), pistachio and orange sherbet. (MORE HERE)
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