Whether you want in on the latest dessert craze, or prefer to get your sugar fill in drink form (spiked, of course), these ice cream desserts around Chicago are yours for the taking during National Ice Cream Month through July.
You won't want to share this ice cream sandwich trio.
For the indecisive dessert enthusiast, the trio of mini ice cream cookie sandwiches at THE dec Rooftop Lounge + Bar presents much-appreciated options. The lineup includes a whoopie pie and strawberry sandwich, s’mores and rocky road, and chocolate chip and vanilla. Share with two friends or order just for yourself—it’ll be tough not to try them all. The Ritz-Carlton Chicago, 160 E. Pearson St., 312-266-1000
It’s called mom’s butter-toasted banana bread Alaska, but we’re betting this Bistro Dredessert gives mom’s specialty a run for its money. On-trend salted caramel ice cream tops melt-in-your mouth banana bread; all of that goodness is then covered in caramel popcorn, presenting a sweet-and-salty combo that’ll make you a regular at the BYOB Lakeview eatery. 2965 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-697-9067
The secret's out: July's flavor of the month is bourbon peach cobbler at Siena Tavern.
Act like an insider and order off Siena Tavern’s secret menu for its signature gelato. You’ll find the monthly specials through social media and word of mouth only—but we’re in on the secret: for July its bourbon peach cobbler, a peach gelato spiced up with bourbon and biscuits mixed throughout. 51 W. Kinzie St., 312-595-1322
Move over, cronut. It’s time to make room for the next cult-worthy concoction: the ice cream doughnut sandwich from River North’s Firecakes. Two honey-glazed doughnuts sandwich homemade vanilla ice cream, creating an instant classic out of two already established traditional desserts. To switch it up, swing by on the weekend for your choice of chocolate or pistachio in place of vanilla. 68 W. Hubbard St., 312-329-6500
25 Degrees' milkshakes are for adults only.
Something about summer sends milkshake cravings into overdrive, but the shakes at 25 Degrees are a far cry from those you enjoyed as a kid—thanks to a dose of alcohol. Summer’s newest addition is the cinnashake, a genius adults-only blend of vanilla ice cream, graham crackers, and Fireball whiskey. 736 N. Clark St., 312-943-9700