Written by Dustin Ford
With the temperature rising, it’s not unusual if you start sweating for sweets. If there is one thing Chicagoans know, it’s the cold. You can bet that this city has been perfecting frozen treats for years. Here are some chill places suggested by local concierges:
Kyle Franscis, The Ritz-Carlton
This European favorite has a selection of refined flavors such as Mascarpone-Fig, Stracciatella, and Tiramisu. It’s only fitting that the voguish nature of Amorino is met with artisanal presentation, which is why these treats are molded into a flower design before serving.
Gordo’s Homemade Ice Cream Bars
Shannon Boland, LondonHouse Chicago
There are three steps in ordering an Ice Cream Bar: Pick a flavor of homemade ice cream bar, dip said bar into your choice of chocolate or sweet glaze, and then sprinkle on toppings. This is such a simple concept, but it’s executed so well that is has Chicagoans coming back for more.
Labriola Gelato Bar
Douglas Pickett, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
In a collaboration with Stan’s Donuts, this large rotating Gelato bar hypnotizes guests, welcoming them into from the patio to cool off. The Gelato itself is very rich and creamy; its buttery flavors makes this the type of treat that you miss once it’s gone.
Mario’s Italian Lemonade
Susan Alexander, Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Ever since 1954, this Italian ice stand has been serving Little Italy with some of the finest Italian
Lemonade in the city. From banana to watermelon and everything in between, each flavor is made with real fruit and fresh ingredients.
Black Dog Gelato
Marcus Hollis, Omni Chicago Hotel
Every day unique flavors like Goat Cheese Cashew Caramel and Strawberry Balsamic are made fresh. Every month has new featured flavors, too! In April the featured Game of Thrones-themed menu had such cherubs as the ‘Moonpie Door’ and the ‘You Know Muffin Jon Snow’.