The summer heat in Chicago is enough to make some feel like they will melt. When that happens, there are lots of places to cool off with a cone during summer’s dog days. Here’s our list of some of the city’s essential ice cream shops, and a few of their star offerings. These are guaranteed to melt, so you don’t have to.
Bobtail Ice Cream
2951 Broadway, Chicago
This quaint ice cream shop has six locations, but its flagship store has a quaint corner location on Broadway in Lakeview. The menu includes classic chocolate chip or butter pecan to fancy flavors such as Merlot ice cream with dark chocolate chunks.
Black Dog Gelato
859 N Damen Ave. Chicago
This trendy scoop shop in Ukrainian Village gets inventive with its flavor combinations that are made daily in small batches. Think goat cheese cashew caramel, maple cayenne bacon and white chocolate banana curry.
Cone Gourmet Ice Cream
1047 W. Madison St.,Chicago
This West Loop shop has a variety of fun, original flavors, such as corn on the cob or Netflix and chill (with popcorn and M&Ms mixed in,) as well as soft-serve such as salted caramel or red velvet. There’s also a walk-up window for those who need a fast ice cream fix.
Jeni’s Ice Creams
3404 N. Southport Ave. | 1505 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The Ohio-based ice cream chain came to the Windy City in recent years, and now has locations in Lakeview and Wicker Park. From sweet cream biscuits and peach jam to pink grapefruit buttermilk frozen yogurt, the chain boasts of using produce grown near its kitchens by long-time farm partners.
1960 N. Western Ave. | 1813 Montrose
A Chicago landmark of sorts, the shop has been around for almost a century offering scoops, shakes and sundaes in favorite flavors — in addition to hand-dipped candies. Several sundae creations can even come jumbo-sized.
Original Rainbow Cone
9233 S. Western Ave.
It’s a Chicago original that’s been around on the South Side since 1926. You get one cone with five flavors — strawberry, Palmer House (vanilla with walnuts and cherries,) pistachio and orange sherbet. A second location recently opened at Navy Pier.
Scooters Frozen Custard
1658 W Belmont Ave., Chicago
Last year, this Lakeview mom-and-pop shop made Time Out New York’s list of the nation’s best ice cream shops. It’s perhaps best known for its “concretes” a cup of frozen custard with mix-ins such as peanut butter and jelly or the Elvis, which blends peanut butter cups and bananas.