As winter sets in, the weather isn't exactly what we would call "ice cream–appropriate" as of late, but frigid temperatures will never stop us from craving a few scoops of Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. The Ohio-based chain opened its first Chicago shop on Southport Avenue in 2013, followed by a location in Wicker Park last year—and now a third Jeni's shop is set to open its doors in Lincoln Park on Friday, December 16.
The latest Jeni's location, just off the Brown Line at 900 West Armitage Avenue, is a bit different than its previous Chicago outposts. This one is located in the back of Foxtrot, a grocery store that carries a curated selection of products that can also be ordered via an app. The new Jeni's will also be the first to sell a new product: Jeni Britton Bauer’s Iron Born, Feather Light waffles, which are baked fresh in-hour and glazed with vanilla bean or salted maple. They'll be perfect for early morning snacks at the ice cream shop, which will open at 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends.
To celebrate its opening, Jeni's Lincoln Park location will be giving away free scoops of ice cream to all visitors beginning at 7pm on December 16. The company's founder (and namesake), Jeni Britton, will be in attendance on opening night and the first 50 people in line at the shop will receive a gift bag and a free waffle.
This goes without saying, but you'll want to show up early to get your free ice cream—we have a feeling that not even sub-zero temperatures will faze the Jeni's faithful.
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