It’s 90 degrees out and humid enough to make your arm hair frizz. Yeah, we’d say this calls for an ice cream cone. Here, ten ice-cold treats to keep you from melting your face off happy this summer.

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Miko’s Italian Ice

Deciding to have this fruity, creamy, dairy-free treat is easy. The hard part is choosing among the rotating 25-plus flavors. Lemon? Mango? Banana chip? We suggest doing it up with a combo. 

Multiple locations; mikositalianice.com

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Gelato at Black Dog Gelato

This gelateria isn’t stingy about samples. That’s key when there are so many intriguing flavors to try. Goat cheese caramel cashew and sesame fig chocolate chip are our favorites. 

Multiple locations; blackdogchicago.com

ICE CREAM AT RAINBOW CONE

This South Side creamery creates rainbows with layers of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (vanilla with cherries and walnuts) and pistachio ice cream plus orange sherbet. Sure beats ROY G BIV.

9233 S. Western Ave.; 773-238-7075 or rainbowcone.com

SHAVED SNOW AT SNOW DRAGON SHAVERY

Your favorite fro-yo has nothing on this Taiwanese-style shaved snow. Start with flavors like green tea and piña colada, then add mix-ins from mochi balls to gummy worms. The flavors and the way the flakes melt in your mouth will have you hooked.

Multiple locations; snowdragonshavery.com

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HALO-HALO AT ISLA PILIPINA

Shaved ice, mixed fruits, sweet beans, purple yam ice cream and leche flan. These are the ingredients that make up the traditional Filipino dessert Halo-Halo. They’re also what makes us smile.

2501 W. Lawrence Ave.; 773-271-2988 or islapilipina.com

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BAKED ALASKA AT ATWOOD

It’s a hard feat to improve upon classic Baked Alaska, but Atwood succeeds. Is it the toasted marshmallow fluff, sweet potato ice cream, salted caramel or perfectly moist chocolate cake? We’re too busy devouring ours to analyze.

1 W. Washington Blvd.; 312-368-1900 or atwoodrestaurant.com

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NEGRONI SLUSHY AT PARSON’S CHICKEN & FISH

Yes, it’s churned in a machine that looks an awful lot like the one you’ll find at 7-Eleven. But this slushy, made with Letherbee gin, Luxardo bitters, sweet vermouth and citrus, is decidedly sophisticated. Just make sure to wipe the orange mustache from your lip. 

2952 W. Armitage Ave.; 773-384-3333 or parsonschickenandfish.com

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CONCRETE AT SCOOTER’S FROZEN CUSTARD

Elvis (vanilla custard with peanut butter cups and bananas) may be one of Scooter’s top-selling concrete flavors. But with 93 nights of summer, you have ample time to try strawberry, coconut cream and all the possible build-your-own permutations.

1658 W. Belmont Ave.; 773-244-6415 or scootersfrozencustard.com

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Punch House

BOOZY SNOW CONE AT PUNCH HOUSE

We thought we were pretty clever when it came to creating new and exciting ways to imbibe alcohol. Then Punch House blew us away by simply pouring its popular punches over shaved ice. Genius.

1227 W. 18th St.; 312-526-3851 or punchhousechicago.com

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ICE-CREAM DOUGHNUT SANDWICH AT FIRECAKES

Our mom would never let us have ice cream for breakfast. Fortunately, we’re adults now and Firecakes gets it. Homemade gelato sandwiched inside a doughnut? Forget it. 

Multiple locations; firecakesdonuts.com

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