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Weekly Planner: Brunch News Edition

Brunch News Edition Lowcountry Adds Brunch Fasten those bibs, because brunch is served at Lowcountry. The South Loop outpost of the boil-in-a-bag seafood concept, which specializes in Cajun-style shellfish, has added weekend brunch to its popular portfolio. A slight departure from its usual eat-with-your-hands bag-centric menu, the brunch offerings span a spectrum of Southern comforts, from […]

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Jun 18, 2018 09:51 PM
Best Restaurants in Boystown

With June being Pride Month, there’s no better time of year to spend dining and drinking in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood. The vibrant Lakeview area enclave is best known perhaps for its clubs, drag brunches and rainbow pylons, but the neighborhood is becoming a serious dining destination in its own right, thanks to restaurants like these: […]

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Jun 11, 2018 10:32 PM
Weekly Planner: Taco Joint’s Specials and ROOF on theWit’s Movie Series

Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy Hour at Punch Bowl Social Happy hour is the happiest of all when you’re surrounded by bowling alleys, bocce courts, karaoke rooms and dart boards. The West Loop’s brand new Punch Bowl Social, a behemoth dining and gaming complex out of Denver, has jumped on the happy hour bandwagon, […]

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Jun 05, 2018 06:53 PM

Sweeten Up Sandwich Month With Chicago's Best Ice Cream Sandwiches

August being National Sandwich Month and the dog days of summer, it's the best time of year for an ice cream sandwich. Two birds, one stone. Fortunately, Chicago is filled with unique ice cream sandwich offerings, from classic to contemporary. Here are some of the best versions to try around town. 

 

Momotaro
Momotaro; photo by Christine Domino



Momotaro: A far cry from your standard ice cream sandwich fare, the versions being served at Momotaro this season uniquely fuse American pastimes with Japanese influence. They're made with matcha and Okinawa black sugar ice creams, sandwiched between dark chocolate brownies. Altogether, the decadent sweetness and fudgy qualities of the brownies are a nice accent and balance with the herbal, heady notes of the ice creams. 

Firecakes: There's an indulgent behemoth at Firecakes that is pretty much the opposite of classic nostalgia. Unless you grew up eating doughnut ice cream sandwiches, that is. Made by splitting glazed doughnuts across the middle and filling them with different flavors of ice cream and chocolate sauce, it’s a one-two punch of comfort food at its most decadent. 

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams: In terms of ice cream sandwiches, it doesn't get much more precious than the sweet sandwiches at Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. The Columbus, Ohio-based scoop shop features beautiful and unique flavor combos, most of which are served between huge macarons instead of typical cookies. Examples include the orchid vanilla sandwich with vanilla bean ice cream and black currant jam on purple almond macarons; the chocolate hazelnut with dark chocolate ice cream and roasted hazelnuts on hazelnut macarons; and salty caramel with Jeni's signature salty caramel ice cream served on almond macarons with chopped smoked almonds. 

Amorino: Ice cream sandwiches are downright dainty and adorable at Amorino, as the Parisian gelato shop peddles macaron ice cream “sandwiches” in vivid flavors like mango, pistachio, caramel, chocolate, and coffee. 

BomboBar: One of the most indulgent and comforting sandwiches of the season is the gelato bombolini sandwiches being served at BomboBar alongside Bar Siena. For summer, the inventive sweets shop handily combines its famous Italian donuts with its gelato, splitting the freshly fried pastries down the middle and stuffing them with various gelato flavors. They come sprinkled with fun toppings like Fruity Pebbles, too. 

Neighborhoods: Rush & DivisionWest LoopRiver NorthLakeviewWest Loop

Founded in 2002 by two Italian childhood friends, Amorino is the very essence of traditional Italian gelato. With many shops worldwide, Amorino is already well established as the go to...


The first Chicago location of Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams sets up shop on Southport. The whimsical ice creamery specializes in offbeat, creative flavors that include perennial picks and...

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