Inspired by the homemade ice cream he enjoyed as a kid, Yahya Muhammad has spent years experimenting with new flavors and sharing them with family and friends. When he opened Shawn Michelle’s in Bronzeville with his wife, Nataki, the pair committed to producing ice cream the way it used to be made, cooking their own custard daily and slow-churning it to creamy, frosty perfection. If you’re at a loss for where to start, sample the classic with a scoop of One Night In Madagascar vanilla followed by Sweet Dark Chocolate.
Summer in Chicago has arrived, and there are few better ways to beat the heat than seeking out towering scoops from the best ice cream shops in the city. Whether you're an ice cream purist or want to experiment with funky new flavors, you'll find top-notch ice cream options scattered from Edgewater to Bronzeville, near top attractions like Navy Pier and Wrigley Field or off the beaten path. From time-honored traditions like the towering, five-flavor Original Rainbow Cone and indulgent sundaes at Margie's Candies to contemporary, highly-Instagrammable treats like the gold leaf-speckled cones at Kurimu and vegan soft serve from Vaca's Creamery, there's a dream ice cream out there for everyone. Whatever you're craving, the best ice cream shops in Chicago are here to whisk you into sugary, summery bliss.
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