No matter how many times you tell yourself you won’t splurge for another super sweet, trendy dessert at a Chicago restaurant, you know nothing keeps you cool like ice cream and frosé. Here are the city’s best places to pick up some icy treats on the hottest days.
Public House Chicago
Those. Milkshakes. You’ll be bringing EVERYONE to the yard if you snag one of these. Public House has other delicious food aside from sweet treats, but you might not be able to have both. Share these boozy milkshakes with a friend, and Instagram your experience the whole way through. 400 N. State St.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Brambleberry Crisp, Gooey Butter Cake, Salted Honey Pie… okay, we’re drooling. You likely know about Jeni’s because these fashionable little ice cream shoppes are running the ice cream scene in Chicago. Drop by and grab another flavor, then walk the warm streets on a summer evening, making for a sweet ending to your day.
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Aside from excellent tacos, appetizers, and sides, you have to save a little room for the Horchata Milkshake. Made with vanilla ice cream, banana, horchata, whipped cream, and cinnamon sugar, this shake is what dreams are made of. 1360 N Milwaukee, 1000 W 35th St, 125 South Clark St
Legend Tasty House
You’ve seen the rolled ice cream videos in every single one of your social media feeds, and now you can experience it on your own! From banana, Nutella, and caramel in “Monkey Business” to lime, graham cracker, and strawberry in “Key Lime Pie” you’ll be returning so others can experience the yumminess. 2242 S Wentworth Ave
If you’re from the Chicagoland area, there’s a solid chance you recall Tastee Freez from your childhood. Well head over to Logan Square to get an amazing dipped cone or a ice cream sundae, and relive the good old days amongst families and all who love a classic. 3967, 2815 W Armitage Ave
These vegan milkshakes taste like the real deal at this famous vegan diner. All of the dinner and brunch items are delightful for any guest, along with two of the best milkshakes: carrot cake and cookie dough peanut butter. You will not be disappointed. 3411 N. Halsted St. & 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Two words: frosé popsicles. You heard right, and these are the perfect treat to grab on a hot afternoon or evening in Lakeview. Not only will they make everyone jealous when you put them on your Instagram stories, but they are also refreshing enough to make you a little braver when going back out into the heat. 3335 N Halsted St
As a part of Bar Siena, this little walk up window often has lines heading down the block, and it’s easy to see why. From vanilla gelato topped with caramel and Fruity Pebbles to a Cooler Chocolate topped with a Bombolini, a stop at BomboBar is always a great experience. 2309, 832 W Randolph St
Black Dog Gelato
“Blow-your-mind gelato” is how owner of Black Dog, Jessica Oloroso, describes their delectable gelato. Grab a scoop or a bar of your favorite flavor and find a spot on their adorable patio, adorned in twinkle lights in the evening. Also, keep an eye out for special flavors changing monthly. 859 N Damen Ave
La Michoacana Premium
In Pilsen, this amazing paleta and ice cream shop is full of deliciousness. Grab a friend or five and experience the great service and even better frozen treat options here! 1855 S Blue Island Ave
We’ve all wandered the aisles of Eataly for expensive pasta and accompanying sauces, or grabbed a dinner or two in one of the many restaurants. But drop by the Cannoli Bar on the first floor and pick up a glass of frosé before you spend your weekly grocery budget on crepes and noodles. 43 E Ohio St, First Floor
Scooter’s Frozen Custard
You might hear “custard” and think Culver’s, but Scooter’s wins by a long shot. This little shop is always packed in the evenings, and friendly teenagers are always willing to give you suggestions from their arsenal of excellent frozen treats. We recommend the Peanut Butter & Jelly, which includes vanilla custard blended with Scooter’s peanut butter and
black raspberry… it’s like childhood in a cup. 1658 W Belmont Ave