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Believe it or not, there’s probably only a handful of people left on the planet who don’t enjoy this creamy, delicious and refreshing treat that can only be ice cream. For the rest of us, no summer is complete without a few trips to your favorite location for a scoop, or two.

In Chicago, the locals can easily tell you where they go when the craving hits them. A city well known for its pizza and rich history, it’s also a city that is the host to many ice cream venues that only true foodies can appreciate.

Enjoying your favorite flavor, or flavors, can bring back many childhood memories, such as having your first orange popsicle that your mother bought for you when you were playing in the front yard in the ever-so-famous plastic pool, your first banana split with the works in junior high, or that triple-decker scoop sundae you shared with your prom date.

Here are some of Chicago’s hot spots for cool ice cream treats.

The ice cream business is certainly alive and kicking in Chicago. Just take a look at Heavenly Gelato and Ice Cream, located in Logan Square, that opened its doors less than a year go. Heavenly offers all your favorite flavors such as rocky road, coconut, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, rainbow swirl and unique gelato flavors such as triple dark chocolate, mixed berry, peanut butter cup, banana caramel praline, mojito sorbet and white chocolate raspberry. Prices start at just $1.85. Outdoor seating during the spring/summer months.

Heavenly Gelato and Ice Cream
2654 North Sawyer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Price range: Average $1.85-$4

Looking for more tantalizing flavors? Try out Bobtail Ice Cream Company’s signature combinations such as the ever-so-popular Lakeview Barhopper with Dutch cocoa ice cream blended with Jack Daniels, no ID required. Or its Signature Sunset with Merlot ice cream and dark chocolate chips. Other flavors that round out this tasty menu is Winter Commute and Cubby Crunch. All homemade concoctions produced on site. It’s hard choosing just one. Check out the seasonal signature flavors at this locale.

Bobtail Ice Cream Company
2951 North Broadway Street
(between Oakdale Avenue & Wellington Avenue)
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-7372
Price range: Average $3-$5

Ever wondered what pear ice cream would taste like? What about cream soda as a tasty frozen treat? You can try these flavors and much more at iCream, located on Milwaukee Avenue, a liquid-nitrogen-based designer ice cream shop located in Wicker Park. You can choose flavors and even the color of the ice cream. But be foremwarned: Choosing will be difficult. It has thousands of potential combinations you can create. and one might be tempted to try them all.

1537 North Milwaukee Avenue
(between Damen Avenue & North Avenue)
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 342-2834
Average price: $5

Think you need to find the nearest carnival for that cotton candy craving? Marble Slab Creamery has taken this classic and turned it into a delicious frozen and sweet treat. Getting its roots in Houston,Texas, in the early eighties, Marble Slab takes ice cream making very seriously and hold the company to the highest of standards. They carry all the basic flavors, with a few you may not have ever heard of such as their Key Lime, which adds a little pizazz to this sweet and sour sensation, and Lemon Custard, usually found in doughnuts and cakes. Each spoonful they sell is made on site, with containers available that are ready to make a home in your freezer.

Marble Slab Creamery
1241 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60686
Average price: $4

Not all ice cream masters are created equal when it comes to re-creating the classics, some not even close. Paleteria Flamingos, a South Side favorite, has successfully translated such traditional flavors such as Pay de Manzana (apple pie with cinnamon), Arroz con Leche (rice pudding), Flan, and Mis Recuerdos (chocolate cinnamon) into frozen delights without skipping a beat. Wonderfully blended with the perfect balance of savory and sweet, you have to try it for yourself.

Paleteria Flamingos
2635 West 51st Street
Chicago, IL 60632
(773) 434-3917
Average price: $3