Three new ice cream spots

An innovative gelato program, a tricycle ice cream man and an Irish-themed ice cream shop are upping Chicago's ice cream game.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

  • Photograph: Martha Williams

    The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

Photograph: Martha Williams

The Gladwell Company pedals around the city on a tricycle peddling frozen treats.

Where: The Gladwell Company


The story Nate Lynch wants to be the “friendly neighborhood ice cream man,” and with a custom-made tricycle, whimsically wrapped ice cream bars and a retro outfit, he succeeds. Lynch works with an Illinois family ice cream company to make the five treats: Wonderwich, chocolate chip ice cream sandwiched between two chewy chocolate cookies; Gladbar, vanilla bean ice cream with a dark chocolate shell; Dreambar, vanilla ice cream with an orange pop shell; Cocobar, a dark chocolate non-dairy bar; and Berribar, a mixed berry non-dairy bar. Lynch announces his schedule via Twitter and also goes to festivals and private events. He hopes to operate through September, "as long as the weather stays warm."


How's it taste? We tried the Cocobar, which was rich and chocolatey. There are hints of coconut from the coconut cream, and it's an upgrade on most frozen pre-packaged treats.


Price $3-$5 per treat.


Takeaway We'd visit the cart again if we saw it around town or at a street festival.