Summertime in Chicago means it’s time to break out the chilly desserts. We tapped Starr Nordgren, also known as @chicagofoodiegirl to her 33,000 Instagram followers, to pick fi ve delicious ice cream treats to add to menus this season.  

PARLOR PIZZA BAR’S ICE CREAM TACOS

Executive chef Jaysen Euler has become an Instagram sensation with his “Tacolato,” a waffle-shell dessert taco. The Cookie Monster and Unicorn Dreams flavors are the most popular. 

BOMBOBAR’S COOLER CHOCOLATE

Forget hot chocolate; BomboBar’s version of this cozy treat is filled with gelato and topped with whipped cream, sprinkles and a mini doughnut.

SMALLCAKES’ ICE CREAM CUPCAKES

Who doesn’t love Dairy Queen ice cream cakes? Smallcakes takes your favorite from childhood and condenses it down into a small bite, in flavors like Fat Elvis and red velvet. 

CONE’S GIANT SUNDAES

Irish-born Cone owner Sean McGuire takes his ice cream seriously, dishing up huge sundaes in flavors like salted caramel Kit-Kat. Up to you whether you share or let guests build their own.

PUBLIC HOUSE’S CAKE SHAKES

Over-thetop shakes have taken Instagram by storm, and the Vanilla Stout Cake Shake made with JP Casper White Stout, vanilla ice cream, and confetti buttercream cake falls right in line.

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Nearly 200 guests convened in the lobby of the stunning Builders BLDG at 222 N. LaSalle in Chicago on May 10 for the Illinois M+E Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards. DJ D. Jones spun upbeat tunes, while MDM Entertainment provided A/V and Tag Prints hosted a photo booth. The event was co-hosted by DineAmic Group and Builders BLDG and emceed by one of the magazine’s associate publishers, Susan Rose. It was a night to remember for all the Best of winners and finalists and Hall of Fame recipients.