Signature Sunset Ice Cream at Bobtail Ice Cream Company

[Photographs: Lindsey Becker]

I don't need to remind you of how hot it is out there, since all you have to do is walk outside and 30 seconds later sweat will start pouring off your forehead. While I've done a pretty remarkable job of hiding in my apartment with the A/C on full blast, pesky duties like shopping for food and walking the dog have forced me to face the weather head on. More than any other time, I've needed dishes to help me cool down.

Ice cream is the obvious choice, but there are loads of options. You should probably start with our staff picks for the best ice cream in the city. Looking for something a little more unusual? Check out 7 Non-Traditional Soft-Serve Desserts in Chicago. Like to cool down while also getting tipsy? 5 Boozy Frozen Treats We Love in Chicago is for you. Lastly, though I put together the post after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, these 6 icy treats are probably needed now more than ever.

Of course, some people prefer to take a different route eat spicy food on a hot day. If that's the case, take a look at Spicy Dishes We Love in Chicago.

But what about you? What's your favorite way to beat the heat in Chicago?

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