Where to Enjoy Sensational Plated Ice Cream Desserts in Chicago

Eater Chicago | Kat Odell | July 3, 2019

Go beyond Good Humor and scoop shops

As summer commences in Chicago, frozen dessert season kicks in. Luckily, Chicago is rife with great scoop shops, but for those interested in more unique and plated ice cream-based desserts, local restaurants are ready to serve. A myriad of eateries offer inspired sundaes, like Sunda’s jackfruit and coconut gel-garnished dish with avocado, sweet corn, cheddar cheese, and ube-macapuno ice cream. Others riff off frozen cream via creations such as Aba’s iteration of kulfi — the classic Indian sweet — with Turkish coffee, coriander caramel, and Marcona almonds. From North to South, here’s where to cool off this summer with Chicago’s most compelling composed ice cream dishes.

Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mon Ami Gabi – Lincoln Park – 2300 N Lincoln Park W
2. Dos Urban Cantina – Logan Square – 2829 W Armitage Ave
3. Café Cancale – Wicker Park – 1576 N Milwaukee Ave
4. Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods – Wicker Park – 1415 N Wood St
5. Somerset – Gold Coast – 1112 N State St
6. I|O Godfrey Rooftop Lounge – River North – 127 W Huron St
7. Sunda – River North – 110 W Illinois St
8. Flora Fauna – River North – 11 W Illinois St
9. RPM Steak – River North – 66 W Kinzie St
10. Travelle at The Langham – River North – 330 N Wabash Ave
11. London House Rooftop Bar – Loop – 85 E Wacker Dr
12. Aba – Fulton Market – 302 N Green St, 3rd Floor
13. Joe’s Imports – Fulton Market – 813 W Fulton Mkt
14. Yūgen Restaurant – West Loop – 652 W Randolph St
15. Bad Hunter – West Loop – 802 W Randolph St
16. Blackbird – West Loop – 619 W Randolph St

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