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Five ice cream shops to help feed your summer fever

An ice cream cone from Jeni's
Photo: stu_spivack via Flickr

While Chicagoans feel like they’re trapped in an endless winter, you can’t help dreaming about warmer days. In the spirit of that longing for summer, this list of five ice cream shops will help you plan out your days at the beach followed by sundaes and sandy feet. It’ll be here soon enough, so prepare yourself for some ice cold treats.

  1. Jeni’s – Southport Corridor

Since this shop just opened in September 2013 you might not have been able to try a scoop just yet, but it’s been the focus of quite a bit of conversation. They have other locations in Ohio, Tennessee, or Georgia, but this is their first in Illinois.

Whether it’s ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt, you should be able to find a new, exciting flavor or a classic love to enjoy. Just a few of their flavors included black currant frozen yogurt, dark chocolate, goat cheese with red cherries, salty caramel, and banana French toast. Plus their partnership with Intelligentsia Coffee in Logan Square has created a Black Cat Shake with ice cream and espresso.

3404 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-7139

  1. Bobtail – Lakeview

This classic, family-owned ice cream shop will remind you of the one you went to as a kid (and is still perfect for kids). In fact, this one doesn’t even close during the cold winter months. They always have something new and seasonal going on for a cone, sundae, or shake.

Celebrate the beginning of baseball season with their specialty Cubby Crunch with vanilla ice cream, Oreos, sprinkles, chocolate chips, and toffee. Or stop in and treat yourself to classic vanilla bean, salted caramel pecan, a coffee-lover’s cappuccino crunch yogurt, a Merlot ice cream, or peanut butter cup. If you’re more likely to scoop up a sundae at home (or just need it for emergencies), they offer pints to take home.

2951 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-7372

  1. Black Dog Gelato – Roscoe Village and Ukrainian Village

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly your typical American ice cream. But gelato is Italian-style ice cream and these experts are committed to traditional gelato making. Chef and owner, Jessica Oloroso, was the pastry chef at acclaimed Chicago restaurant Oloroso.

With two locations, you can find a way swing on by and sample their creative creations. Just a few of their fresh, daily gelato creations are goat cheese cashew caramel, rosemary Irish cream, blueberry French toast, butterscotch bourbon pecan, and raspberry apple cider sorbet.

1955 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 348-7935

859 N. Damen Ave.

Chicago, IL 60622

(773) 235-3116

  1. Rainbow Cone – Evergreen Park

The original Rainbow Cone was built in 1926 by Joseph Sapp. One of his few luxuries as an orphan was buying ice cream, but he didn’t want just vanilla or chocolate. He wanted all those and more. Today the shop is still owned by the Sapp family and is a long-standing Chicago ice cream treat.

The true original rainbow cone comes with chocolate, strawberry, palmer house, pistachio, and orange sherbert, but those flavors have expanded to a layer cake as well. While the rainbow is the real draw, they also serve black walnut, butter pecan, cookie dough, bubble gum, and other flavors to try.

9233 S. Western Ave.

Chicago, IL 60643

(773) 238-7075

  1. Windy City Sweets – Lakeview

This boutique chocolate and candy shop may be an obvious draw for fudge or a chocolate box, they also have famous ice cream. They have 32 flavors supplied by a dairy farm in Iowa that are easy to share for a couple on a first date or a fun visit with the kids. Seriously though, the portions are enormous.

Just a sampling of the scoops includes moose tracks, birthday cake, chocolate, and butter pecan. Yet you can get a sundae with your favorite flavors or just top off a delicious brownie with some scoops and hot fudge for an extra special treat.

3308 N. Broadway

Chicago, IL 60657

(773) 477-6100

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