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Our favorite ice cream in Chicago

Everyone has their own way of beating the Chicago summer heat.

Ours? Ice cream. And lots of it.

From colorful cones and banana splits straight out of the 1920s to funnel cake sundaes and peanut butter-packed ice cream, here are seven of our favorite frozen treats for those unbearably hot days to come.

Margie's Candies in Logan Square

Nearly a century since it opened, this parlor is still serving the same nostalgic sweets and treats, including an ooey-gooey hot fudge banana split laden with marshmallow cream, chocolate, nuts, cherry and a vanilla wafer cookie for good measure ($7.60).

Cone in Near West Side

The West Looper sundae ($7.75), made with apple pie ice cream, caramel, graham crackers, roasted pecans, homemade whipped cream and a cherry, reminds us of Fourth of July cookouts and old-fashioned American charm.

iCream in Wicker Park (prices vary)

Thanks to sophisticated liquid nitrogen machines, this shop offers a truly unique ice cream experience. Enjoy the PBOMG ice cream with cream cheese (trust us), peanut butter and peanut butter cups blended, frozen and made to order right before your eyes (prices vary).

Rainbow Cone in Beverly

Established in 1926, Rainbow Cone has been scooping its signature chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts), pistachio and orange sherbet mega cones ($3.19 for a small) longer than most of us have been alive.

Black Dog Gelato in Ukrainian Village

The Blueberry French Toast gelato (prices vary) is a brunch-meets-Italian-dessert mash, blending berry and maple flavors with Black Dog's rich gelato base. It's been spotted sandwiched between sliced Glazed and Infused donuts–the breakfast of champions.

Scooter's Frozen Custard in Lakeview

You can't go wrong with any of the famous custard concretes, but the tantalizing, summertime-appropriate whole strawberry rendition ($4.75 for a small) is love at first bite.

Sugar Shack on 26th Street in Bridgeport

The Funnel Cake Sundae ($6.95) is an epic collision of carnival fare and vanilla soft serve. It comes with your choice of toppings, whipped cream and a cherry, and has cemented itself into Windy City guilty pleasure history as one of Chi's most indulgent treats of all time.