Daisies, 2523 N. Milwaukee Ave., Logan Square
This Filipino shaved-ice sundae typically comes loaded with colors and textures, and pastry chef Genie Kwon’s version is no exception. At Kasama (1001 N. Winchester Ave., East Ukrainian Village), she tweaks the flavor profile so it’s brighter and fresher: She swaps the ube ice cream for pandan and makes an icy honeydew granita. The base comes from close to home: It’s chef Tim Flores’s mother’s recipe for leche flan. Kwon finishes the dessert with toasted rice, seasonal fruits, dehydrated berries, and microgreens.
Pretty Cool Ice Cream, 2353 N. California Ave., Logan Square
Shawn Michelle’s Homemade Ice Cream, 46 E. 47th St., Bronzeville
Recess, 838 W. Kinzie St., West Town
Sacred Serve, sacredserve.com for locations
Ciccio Mio, 226 W. Kinzie St., River North
Local breweries are tapping a machine from Huntley-based WDS Dessert Stations to make soft serve beer and cider. At Mikerphone Brewing (121 Garlisch Dr., Elk Grove Village), World of Beer Imagination IPA is adorned with sprinkles and crushed graham crackers; at More Brewing Company (13980 Automall Dr., Huntley; 126 S. Villa Ave, Villa Park), Arketype stout is accented with coconut flakes; and at 2 Fools Cider, pictured (1665 Quincy Ave., Naperville), Wildberry cider comes on a cone. That cider one may sound kid friendly, but it’s just as boozy — and just as delicious — as its liquid counterpart.
La Michoacana Premium, 1855 S. Blue Island Ave., Pilsen; 5114 Museum Dr., Oak Lawn
Cupitol, 812 Grove St., Evanston; 455 E. Illinois St., Streeterville
Banato, 850 W. Superior St., River West
This towering mound of fluffy shaved ice flavored with a rainbow of syrups is a traditional New Orleans treat that NOLA native Brian Jupiter serves from a window at Ina Mae Tavern & Packaged Goods (1415 N. Wood St., Wicker Park). Get it in flavors ranging from blue raspberry to green apple to Tiger’s Blood, a fruity strawberry-watermelon-coconut blend.
JoJo’s Shake Bar, 23 W. Hubbard St., Near North Side
Sushi-San, 63 W. Grand Ave., Near North Side
BomboBar, 832 W. Randolph St., West Loop
The dairy desserts at Kurimu (1159 W. Taylor St., Little Italy) come in wild flavors like cereal milk and strawberry-watermelon swirl, get dispensed into colorful cones, and are decked out with toppings like heart-shaped marshmallows, gold leaf, and Pocky — all of which makes them perfect for your tween’s latest TikTok. Plus, with flavors like Earl Grey and black sesame, adults have options too.