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Chicago’s 16 Essential Italian Ice Spots

Annette’s Italian ice contains only fruit, water, and pure cane sugar

Where to go for a quintessential summertime frozen treat

Italian ice is unquestionably an essential summertime Chicago dessert. The basic recipe for the iconic frozen treat is fairly agreed upon: A proper ice should contain sugar, frozen water, and whole fruits or juice. Italian ice comes in a multitude of flavors but the most classic and widespread variety is lemon, sometimes also called frozen Italian lemonade. Though some makers blend pulp, seeds, or even fruit peels in their mixtures, others strain out the fruit and go for a creamier recipe.

Here are 16 cool spots to try. Many of them are open seasonally so make sure they’re open if heading over during the colder months. Amy’s Candy Bar is a new addition to the list.

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