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Frozen Treats That Taste Like Summertime Chi

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on June 20
A five-flavored Rainbow Cone

Ice cream from the Original Rainbow Cone in Beverly. (Jacoby Cochran / City Cast Chicago)

Hot Chicago days call for refreshing frozen treats. From legendary family-owned institutions to trendy new spots, here are our fav bites that help keep us cool.

What’s summer without the iconic five-flavored cone? Rainbow Cone is growing, including a Magnificent Mile location opening June 29.

Since the 50s, the ice cream stand and fast food joint has kept Chicagoans fed in the summer. A soft serve dipped in peanut butter? Yes please.

City Cast Chicago lead producer Simone Alicea says the rich, eggy custard at the vintage-inspired shop is top-tier. Her order? A vanilla custard with hot fudge.

Cool off with all shaved ice flavors, from lemon to lime to lychee. Chicagoans have been eating at Mario’s for almost 70 years.

Sample all types of Mexican ice pops: cucumber, pistachio, Snickers, and more. Plus, try the popular mangonada, a spicy mango sorbet.

The shop’s rotating menu constantly has innovative flavors — like goat cheese cashew caramel and dairy-free lemon passionfruit.

Best rolled ice cream: Legend Tasty House in Chinatown

Watch the mixing, chopping, and spreading that goes into making rolled ice cream. Takes me back to college!

Best decadent desserts: Sugar Shack in Bridgeport

Order a funnel cake sundae or an ice cream taco from the family-owned walk-up window. Cash only!

Get your dairy-free soft serve or sundaes on at the popular spot.

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