In the trendy Chicago neighborhood of Bucktown, lies a hidden gem where you can be the chef (ice cream chef, anyway). But, I'm not talking a Coldstone or Marble slab, but a place where you can build your very own customized icy treat from the ground up.
iCream allows patrons to pick the flavor (or combination of 2 flavors), mix-ins, toppings and style of their frozen dessert. Then, they watch as their creation is frozen using a computerized system that combines the mixture and emits just the right amount of liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream, yogurt or sorbet in just a few seconds.
1. Decide whether you want ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet or a milkshake. (The bases used to make these creations can be full-fat, light, fat-free, sugar-free or dairy-free).
2. Pick the flavor of your frozen concoction. You can blend up to two flavors, but since these aren't scoops of ice cream, it will be a combination of the two. iCream has traditional flavors like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, but also utilizes non-traditional options like curry, green tea and burnt sugar.
3. Pick your toppings. There are a variety of fruits to choose from (blueberries, raspberries and bananas, for example), candy (Butterfingers, Snickers and peanut butter cups) and unique mix-ins (cream cheese, Nutella and granola).
4. Wait for your creation to be mixed and frozen, right in front of you.
iCream combines creativity with technology and allows customers to make exactly what they want. The best part is the texture. iCream creations are very creamy. Because it is frozen so quickly, there isn't enough time for the ice crystals to form that you'd usually find in typical ice cream.
In the cooler months, iCream also offers hot pudding (traditional or rice), which can be made with any of the ice cream flavors.
1537 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
Average Ice Cream Cost: $5-$7 depending on size. Toppings are extra.
Friday & Saturday 2:00pm-12:00am