Unusual Ice Cream Chicago

Sesame, fig and chocolate chips is not a potion out of Harry Potter. Instead it is a delectable flavor of Chicago’s finest ice cream. Not over the top enough for you? Then roll the sweet, frozen sensation of goat cheese- caramel around your mouth! Now that you are hooked, here is where you can find the Chicago ice cream that is tasty and offbeat:

Black Dog Gelato: The creamy twists listed above are the creation of Ice Cream Chef Jessie Oloroso. She provides unique flavors for Chicago eateries and will create a flavor for your special event. Prices will vary by vendor. 773-733-1640. http://www.blackdoggelato.com

Two current locations to find Black Dog Gelato: Logan Square Farmers Market (at the southeast corner of Logan Boulevard and Milwaukee Avenue). This will be the place to try new creations as they are invented. Open every Sunday until October. http://www.logansquarefarmersmarket.org, or uncommon ground: Delight in whiskey, caramel-goat cheese, salty peanut, cocoa nib, or cucumber-rose sorbet. 3800 N. Clark Street, Chicago, 60613, 773-929-3680 or 1401 W. Devon Avenue, Chicago, 60660, 773- 465-9801. http://www.uncommonground.com

Village Creamery: Unique blends of exotic fruits and flavors in homemade ice cream. Try Avocado-macapuno (avocado ice cream with sweetened young coconut pieces), Halo-halo Fiesta (vanilla ice cream with banana, pineapple gel, coconut gel, red beans, white beans, and Rice Krispies), Paludeh (rose water and lime sherbet with pistachios and rice noodles), or Ube (their famous Asian purple yam ice cream). 8000 Waukegan Road, Niles, 60714 (corner of Waukegan and Oakton), 847-965-9805 or 4558 W. Oakton Street, Skokie, 60076 (corner of Oakton and Kenton), 847-982-1729. http://www.villagecreamery.com A cone is $2.19.

The Original Rainbow Cone: Of course, great ice cream isn’t just north. Beverly has the fully loaded rainbow cone. A true Chicago original creation and a family tradition since 1928, this cone has five flavors stacked on one cone: orange sherbet, chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, and Palmer House (cherry ice cream with walnuts). 9233 S Western Avenue, Chicago, 60643, 773-238-7075 and opening in August 2009: 117 N. State Street, Chicago 60601. A cone is $3.75.

Paleteria La Tropicana: Head to the west and discover new favorites. Customers give rave reviews to tequila, mamey, guava, and rompope (similar to rum raisin). Anyone of these popular Mexican ice cream flavors will make a perfect end to a spicy meal. So save room! 6239 Cermak Road, Berwyn, 60402, 708-749-2625. A cone is $1.91.

Bobtail Ice Cream: Stroll by in the evening and indulge in a cone of Signature Sunset (merlot ice cream with dark chocolate chips) or Lakeview Barhopper (Dutch cocoa ice cream blended with Jack Daniels). There are four locations in north Chicago land. 2951 N. Broadway Street, Chicago, 60657, 773 880-7372; Buckingham Fountain / Grant Park 462 S. Lakeshore Drive (southeast corner of fountain) Chicago, 60605, 312-431-0230: Buckingham Fountain /Grant Park 522 S. Lakeshore Drive (northeast corner of fountain) Chicago, 60605, 312-786-1014; 1114 Central Street, Wilmette, 60091, 847-251-0174. http://www.bobtailicecream.com A cone is $3.50.