July is National Ice Cream Month and there are so many great ice cream shops in the city to indulge in – from the Original Rainbow Cone to Scooter's Frozen Custard and Bobtail. This summer, the city's top pastry chefs are upping their ice cream game too. Here are our favorite restaurant ice cream desserts.
Pastry Chef Craig Harzewski always has a fun sundae on the dessert menu at Michelin-starred and James Beard Award-winning Naha. For July, he makes a cheesecake ice cream with Philadelphia cream cheese topped with fresh sweet cherries, vanilla wafers and a 72% Guittard dark chocolate shell. 500 N Clark St, 312-321-6242
There's a new pop-up ice cream shop in town. Friday afternoons only, catch #FrozenFridays on Delaware Place in front of the Four Seasons Chicago. The hotel pastry team is creating several new ice cream flavors for July in collaboration with local distillers, brewers and coffee roasters, all available at Allium. Try chocolate cherry bomb made with Brickstone's cherry bomb beer, Intelligentsia black cat espresso or stonefruit ginger sorbet with Koval's ginger liqueur. Adults can also order boozy milkshakes at the bar. 120 E Delaware Pl, 312-280-8800
Broken English might be best know as a taco pub with locations in Lincoln Park, Old Town and the Loop, but they serve a wicked good “El Puro Churro” sundae too. Freshly fried cinnamon sugar churros top Zarlengo's salted caramel gelato with a little chocolate sauce and seasonal jam for extra flavor. 75 E Lake St, 312-929-3601; 1400 N Wells St, 312-951-7667; 2576 N Lincoln Park, 312-929-0045
Churros also figure prominently in the housemade gelato churro waffle sandwich at MAD Social. Gelato flavors change regularly, but might include raspberry, peanut butter Oreo, sweet corn or Wonder Woman. Eating these can get a little messy, but it's totally worth it. Follow @MadSocialChicago for the latest flavors. 1140 W Madison St, 312-243-2097
The banana leaf sundae at Dos Urban Cantina is decidedly Mexican, but not your typical horchata or spicy chocolate. Inspired by Yucatecan sweet corn tamales, which are wrapped and steamed in banana leaves, Pastry Chef Jennifer Jones Enyart infuses her own banana leaf ice cream for an aromatic flavor she compares to green tea. The generous scoop of ice cream is served on a masa cookie crumble and topped with corn cream and kernels of grilled corn. 2829 W Armitage Ave, 773-661-6452
The sundae service at Maple & Ash is the most lavish in town. House-spun vanilla, strawberry and chocolate ice creams are served in beautiful glass bowls alongside a tiered silver platter of toppings. Hot fudge, salted caramel, whipped cream, toasted nuts, chocolate crunch, sprinkles, seasonal fruit, maraschino cherries and candied coconut offer endless combinations and bring back nostalgic childhood memories. It's the perfect dessert to share, since each diner can customize their own bowl of ice cream. 8 W Maple St, 312-944-8888
A decadent Fat Elvis milkshake gets the gold leaf treatment at The Terrace at Trump. Pastry Chef Evan Sheridan blends housemade smoked vanilla and peanut butter ice creams with roasted banana compote and gilded peanuts, then tops it all off with candied bacon. The smoked vanilla ice cream is made with bourbon barrel smoked sugar and fortified with a touch of bourbon. 401 N Wabash Ave, 16th floor, 312-588-8600