The temperatures may be rising in Chicago, but some of the city's hottest restaurants are cranking up the cool-factor with ice cream sandwiches that go above and beyond the prepackaged staple you'd pull from the freezer as a kid. From waffles to multi-colored cereal, here's how six local spots are serving up ice cream sandwiches this spring.
Head to the breezy rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel for a whimsical sandwich that's as pretty as its surroundings. Pastry chef Jove Hubbard has crafted a delicate confection packed with coffee ice cream and light-as-air milk chocolate whipped ganache accompanied by roasted white chocolate and banana. 12 Michigan Ave., 312-792-3502
This trendy West Loop bar and restaurant may specialize in all things hearth-roasted, but its imaginative take on an ice cream sandwich proves they're no one-trick pony. This sandwich, which is adorably shaped like a penguin, is made with dulce de leche ice cream stuffed between two maizena cookies. 845 W. Washington Blvd., 312-265-1130
While not technically in Chicago, this fine dining concept at the historic Deer Path Inn brandishes ice cream sandwiches too noteworthy to overlook. The photogenic dessert features not one but three ice cream sandwiches comprised of French macaron cookies and ice cream in flavors like espresso, pistachio, and raspberry. 255 E. Illinois Rd., Lake Forest, 847-234-2280
Ice cream sandwiches go upscale at Oriole, where pastry chef Genie Kwon includes a sophisticated twist on the childhood favorite in her selection of post-meal mignardises. The petite sandwiches are comprised of crispy cookies, crème fraiche ice cream, and a black currant rose. This treat is a note-worthy way to conclude a meal at the two-star Michelin restaurant. 661 W. Walnut St., 312-877-5339
Chef Mariela Bolanos has a penchant for inventive, Instagram-friendly eats, and her gut-busting take on an ice cream sandwich is no exception. In lieu of cookies, the sandwich employs her signature deep-fried, cinnamon and sugar-dusted churro waffles to contain a heaping scoop of house-made gelato. Flavors change on the regular, but have recently included coconut-flecked Almond Joy and the buzzworthy "Wonder Woman" rainbow gelato. 1140 W. Madison St., 312-243-2097
Leave it to this popular pizza joint, a veritable Never-Never Land in the heart of Lincoln Park, to concoct this nostalgic, cereal-inspired ice cream sandwich made with a sticky-sweet Fruity Pebbles exterior and smooth ice cream within. For the full effect, enjoy it out on the twinkling, light-littered patio. 938 W. Webster Ave., 312-789-4600