Subway: Blue to Damen(773) 342-2834 icreamcafe.com41.909511 -87.675787 1537 N Milwaukee Ave (between Honore St and North Ave) Wicker Park, Chicago
Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri, Sat noon–1am (winter hours: Fri, Sat 2pm–11pm; Sun 2pm–10pm)Average ice-cream cone: $4
You're the mastermind at this customized ice-cream shop. Select a base, type of sweetener and mix-ins, then watch as the concoction is flash-frozen via liquid nitrogen. Standbys like pomegranate pear or seasonal specials like pumpkin attain surprisingly creamy consistency, and hot pudding (in as nutso a combination as your heart desires) on a cool night is never a bad thing, but novelty goes only so far. The end results suffer from the same shortcomings: pallid, artificial-tasting flavors that’ll leave you jonesing for an old-fashioned scoop of Ben & Jerry’s.