Whether it’s swirled soft serve or scoops stacked high, an ice cream cone is pure summer nostalgia. Sometimes it’s fun to switch things up, after all summer is the season for trying new things, right?

All you have to do is ask yourself the question: “How do I want my ice cream?” And we have your answers! Read on for your guide to thinking outside the cone at Chicago-area Lettuce restaurants this summer.


Between Two Cookies…

Three ice cream sandwiches at Beatrix

Beatrix’s Chocolate-covered Macaroon Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich is available at all four locations (River North, Streeterville, Fulton Market, and Oak Brook). The dessert features local Homer’s vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two of the restaurant’s housemade coconut macaroon cookies. Then (because why not?) the ice cream sando is dipped into dark chocolate! Click here to find a location near you and make a reservation at Beatrix. 

At Summer House Santa Monica, they’re putting vanilla bean ice cream between two of their famous housemade malted chocolate chip cookies before rolling them in chocolate chips! Click here to make a reservation at Summer House Santa Monica.


On a Stick…

At Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels on Navy Pier, you can enjoy a variety of ice cream popsicles between rides on the Ferris Wheel. Flavors include Chocolate, Vanilla, Chocolate-Banana, Mint Oreo, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Toasted Coconut, Dulce de Leche, and Orangesicle.

Rather opt for fruit-based pops? Click here to learn how to make Ozzie’s Watermelon Patelas at home!


With a Japanese twist…

three mochi on a plate

Wow Bao and Sushi-San both offer their takes on mochi, a traditional Japanese sweet treat. At Wow Bao, sweet and sticky rice wrappers are filled with premium ice cream in one of four flavors: Mango, Salted Caramel, Passionfruit, and Strawberry. Can’t make up your mind? You can choose 2 flavors for $4.00 plus tax and mix up your mochi. Note, mochi are not available at Michigan Plaza (225 N. Michigan Ave.) or Lakeview (2806 N. Clark St.) locations. Click here to find the Wow Bao location nearest you.

Emochi from Sushi-san

At Sushi-San, the ice cream-filled mochi are a bit more…expressive! Each Emochi, in rotating flavors such as Strawberry, Matcha, or Mango-Thai Basil, feature hand-drawn faces by LEYE’s in-house illustrator Alex Payne. Click here to learn more about Sushi-San’s signature Emochi. To reserve a table at Sushi-San, see here.


With a jolt of caffeine…

Affogato at RPM Italian

For those who prefer their ice cream with a caffeine kick, RPM Italian offers affogatos with housemade gelato topped with espresso. The restaurant offers two varieties: Classic with vanilla bean gelato and La Colombe espresso or Bicerin with chocolate-hazelnut gelato and RPM cold press coffee. Click here to make a reservation at RPM Italian.


With a view…

Kulfi at Aba

At Aba, enjoy one of the city’s most unique ice creams on one of its most beautiful rooftops. A traditional Indian dessert, Aba’s Kulfi is infused with Turkish coffee and served with coriander caramel and marcona almonds. Ice cream with a view? Now you are reaching peak summer! Click here to make a reservation at Aba.

Screaming for more ice cream? Here’s a comprehensive guide to all things ice cream at Lettuce restaurants across the U.S.