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.

Andrea Hahn, general manager of Chicago’s new MB Ice Arena, knows her way around an ice rink.

 

Held at the United Center Sept. 21-23, 2018, the Laver Cup—a men’s tennis tournament pitting six top European players against six of their counterparts—marked the first time this major event has been held in the United States. Total event attendance was more than 93,000 people, with fans from around the world traveling to Chicago for an unforgettable experience with the game’s best players. “The Laver Cup was a huge win for Chicago,” says Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission.

 

Sports tourism in Illinois is much more than just a seat in the stadium.