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Ice Cream Indulgence
Summer is truly Chicago’s loveliest season, when the whole city comes alive with the young and the old, Lake Michigan dazzles in the sunlight, and the already-amiable residents somehow turn the friendliness dial ever higher. As this week we officially bid adieu to the season and look towards shorter days and cooler temps, why not indulge in one last summer treat? The quintessential seasonal indulgence – ice cream – is what’s on the menu, and we’re after the deliciously boozy flavours on offer at West Loop’s Irish-themed ice cream shop, Cone.
Opened this July by former contractor Sean McGuire, who sought to fill a neighbourhood ice cream parlor void with a unique concept inspired by his own heritage, Cone is a quirky effort that has had locals lining up for a taste of the signature Guinness – although here it won’t be served in a pint glass; instead you’ll get it in a waffle cone or a cheeky ‘lick me, I’m Irish’ cup. Everything is made locally, and in addition to classics like chocolate and strawberry, there are special flavours like the vanilla and salted caramel swirl ‘Stanley’, which McGuire created in honour of the Chicago Blackhawk’s championship. For this all-out, last-hurrah summer scoop, try the ‘Hair of the Dog’ sundae – a trio of Guinness, Bailey’s, and Jameson-flavoured ice cream, topped with chocolate syrup, house-whipped cream, and chocolate Flake stuck in the side. Cheers!