Where to score free ice cream Thursday, the official start of summer

Michigan's tourism team will be dishing out free ice cream at the John Hancock Center on June 21, 2018, the first official day of summer.
Michigan’s tourism team will be dishing out free ice cream at the John Hancock Center on June 21, 2018, the first official day of summer.
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Chicago Tribune

Thursday kicks off the official start of summer, and Michigan’s tourism team is marking the occasion by handing out free ice cream on the Mag Mile.

Cups of the free frozen treat will be available at the former John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Ave., starting at 11 a.m., according to Pure Michigan officials. Tourism reps will keep dishing out the scoops until 6 p.m. or until supplies run out, whichever comes first.

The tasty stunt is meant to make Chicagoans keep Michigan top of mind as the summer vacation season gets rolling. Pure Michigan travel guides will be served along with the ice cream, which comes in three flavors — “each depicting essential summer activities found in Michigan.”

The trio of choices are:


♦ Gone Fishing: Blue moon ice cream with cupcake goldfish. Blue moon is a popular Midwest flavor with Michigan origins. Some people claim it originated in South Haven.

♦ Trail Mix: Chocolate ice cream with chocolate-covered pretzels and chocolate sauce. Plenty of trails to hike and bike in Michigan.

♦ Sunny Sandbar: Coconut ice cream, graham cracker and chocolate shards. This one’s a nod to Michigan’s 3,288 miles of shoreline.

Maybe this will spark some sort of dairy tourism war with Wisconsin. Bring on the cheese, please.


Speaking of tourism bureaus trying to bribe us with free food, mark your calendar for June 30.

That’s when South Dakota representatives will be in Chicago from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Millennium Park’s South Promenade by Monroe Street and Michigan Avenue. (They shouldn’t be tough to spot; they’re hauling in a 22-foot tall model of Mount Rushmore for the occasion.)

Starting at 11:30 a.m., they’re hosting a barbecue for the first 1,000 people to arrive.

On the menu: buffalo burgers and hot dogs, as well as vanilla ice cream made from Thomas Jefferson’s original recipe and shipped from the real Mount Rushmore’s onsite shop.


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