07/05/2012 06:51 pm ET | Updated Jul 05, 2012

Chicago's Best Ice Cream: Local Creameries Churn Out Heat-Beating Treats (PHOTOS)

In the face of record-setting heat, Chicagoans can't be blamed for feeling pulled away from our bikini-body diets by cravings for cool, sweet treats.

And if you're looking for ice cream in Chicago, you might as well pass up the Edy's: the city and surrounding suburbs have a host of locally-based creameries churning out some of the freshest scoops and wildest flavors.

We rounded up some of the most beloved ice cream makers in the Chicago area. From mango-infused sorbet-hybrids to classic recipes that have gone untouched for decades, there's no reason to rely on the supermarket for your sweet, summertime fix.

Below are some of our favorite locally-based ice cream producers. Got a favorite we missed? Tell us about it in the comments:

Chicago's Best Ice Cream

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