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.

Jennifer Dalsbo, recreation sales manager for Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, just north of the Illinois border in Wisconsin, shares her best advice for planning a golf outing for a group.

 

Z BAR, the globally inspired cocktail lounge atop The Peninsula overlooking Michigan Avenue, offers customized batch cocktails for groups in an upscale, but relaxed atmosphere. The individual responsible for dreaming up and preparing these communal beverages is Vlad Novikov, who’s official title is director of cocktails and culture. Novikov’s travels frequently inform his mixology.