Wicker Park is a Chicago neighborhood just northwest from the Loop. Years ago, this area was home to Chicago's wealthy Northern European immigrants. Now, you'll find an eclectic mix of boutiques, restaurants, and everything in between. For the culinary tour I hosted, I zoned in on the frozen treats available all within a half mile from each other. Can you believe you can find 6 very different frozen specialties in this small area?! Here, let me show you...
Just Indulge (1755 West North Avenue; Chicago, IL 60622). Here's a place that specializes in frozen custard. Growing up, I thought the only place I could get real frozen custard was in Wisconsin. Now, I'm thrilled to find my go to spot for it.
Crepe Crave (1752 W North Ave; Chicago, IL 60622). By the name alone, you wouldn't think frozen treats would be a part of their business. But once you step in side this little cafe, you'll be happy to know they have a large selection of gelatos to try.
Santullo's (1943 W North Ave; Chicago, IL 60622).
Miko's Italian Ice (1846 North Damen Avenue; Chicago, IL 60622) is quite unassuming at first glance. Slightly hidden off the sidewalk and down a few steps is a straightforward little Italian Ice stand. Little do folks know that behind a simple service window lies a plethora of Italian Ice flavors, all made fresh everyday with natural ingredients.
After trying all these wonderful frozen treats, it was time for us to make our own frozen concoction! The next stop on our tour was iCream (1537 N Milwaukee Ave; Chicago, IL 60622). Here, the science of food was put into action where customers could create their custom ice cream flavor and watch as liquid nitrogen is used to make it within seconds!
Yo-Lite (1843 W. North Ave; Chicago IL 60622) is one of the new ones to join the others opening around the city. Frozen yogurt is a healthier alternative to ice cream in that it's made with yogurt and is lower in fat because milk is used rather than cream.
Here at Yo-Lite, you'll have a long wall of self serve soft yogurt dispensers with an array of flavors to choose from. Opposite this wall is a long bar of a slew of toppings including nuts, fruits, sprinkles, candy, dessert sauces, etc. Folks come in, grab a container and fill it with as much frozen yogurt they'd like. They have the option to top their yogurt as much or as little as they wish. Once they're done, their container of yogurt gets on a weighing scale and is paid for by weight. The trick is not to go overboard since you are pretty much controlling the quantity of yogurt and toppings in your container!
Well, who knew that Wicker Park was full of different kinds of frozen treats? If you find yourself in the Chicago neighborhood of Wicker Park on a hot summer day, there's quite a few places to choose from to cool off with something sweet! Enjoy the rest of your summer and cool down with something delicious...