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Sugar Junkie
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A hidden walk-up window in Lincoln Park deals in decadent desserts

Sugar Junkie offers gelato, ice cream sandwiches, take-and-bake dough and more.

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

Tucked behind Lincoln Park pizzeria Ranalli's is a brand-new dessert concept from pastry chef Amy Arnold and Four Corners hospitality group (Federales, Benchmark, Westend). Sugar Junkie opens on Friday, September 11 with a menu that's true to its name: The walk-up window deals in housemade gelatos and sorbets, ice cream sandwiches and take-and-bake cookie dough.

Though there are some classics on the menu, guests can expect more whimsical flavor combinations, such as coffee and doughnuts gelato, which finds chunks of chocolate-frosted pastry swimming in java-flavored gelato. More indulgent still are the stacked gelato cookie sandwiches in flavors like The Birthday Party, which squishes creamy vanilla gelato between two funfetti sugar cookies.

The take-and-bake cookie dough comes in a pint, making it an easy treat so stash away in your fridge or freezer. Guests can choose from flavors like chocolate chip, rainbow sugar, triple chocolate and peanut butter with caramelized peanuts. And hey, if you pair it with a pint of gelato to go, you can make your own ice cream sandwiches on demand at home.

"I’ve been passionate about desserts my entire life, so to have my own location where I’m able to share my passion with others is a dream come true," Arnold says in a press release. "The desserts Sugar Junkie will offer will be big, bold and worth every bite. The flavors and branding fits who I am and what I do perfectly; and I cannot wait for everyone to try it out."

Check out Sugar Junkie when it opens on Friday, September 11 behind Ranalli's at 1925 N Lincoln Avenue. If you don't want to spoil your dinner, you can grab a bite at the Lincoln Park Pizza shop, which also carries Arnold's desserts on its regular menu.

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