Everyone in my life knows that when I break out the family size of peanut butter M&M’s, I am hitting my peak stress point. Whenever I get really stressed, I always like to indulge my sweet tooth and while living in Chicago, I’ve learned some of the best places to drown my stress in sugar.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
Starting with a classic, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream provides college students with the best, unique ice cream flavors with a perfect Instagram background. My go-to order is always a scoop of Brambleberry Crisp in a cup with a piece of waffle cone. Hop on the brown line to get off at Armitage and Jeni’s is less than a block from the train stop.
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Stan’s Donuts & Coffee
Two loves in my life are ice cream and donuts, and the best part of Stan’s is that they combine the two. I don’t think you’ve really treated your sweet tooth until you have one of Stan’s milkshakes that comes with a mini donut on top. There are times when I am sitting in the library and suddenly get a craving for one of the milkshakes and I just do not have enough self-control at this point in my life to not get one.
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While everyone knows of Insomnia, Cookie Spin is a little treasure I found from Postmates. Who needs Insomnia when you can get deep dish cookies. Yes, deep dish. Cookie Spin truly combines my two favorite things — cookies and more cookies. One cookie looks like four stacked on top of each other and the array of delicious options makes my indecisive heart so unhappy.
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When I feel like a classy study break with instagrammable ice cream, I have to stop by Amorino. While Dairy Queen will always have a special place in my heart, Amorino sculpts your ice cream into a flower. A flower! Plus, it tastes better than it looks. Going to Amorino is truly the definition of a treat yo self moment.
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Parlor Pizza Bar
You go to Parlor Pizza Bar for the pizza, but you stay forever for the Tacolatos. Ice cream inside of a taco sounds crazy amazing, and it really is. This dessert forces you to have the moment of “Wow I’m so full I’m going to explode, but if I don’t eat this I don’t think I could forgive myself.”
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When midterms season rolls around, the only thing you can really do is overload yourself on sugar. You deserve it!