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Updated 3:38 pm, July 9, 2014

Spring has sprung! Our favorite patios are opening soon, and so are these seasonal eateries. Grab food on the beach or pick up a cup of creamy gelato. 

Also: Check out our gallery of the 10 springtime activities we're excited about

Black Dog Gelato: Roscoe Village
1351 W. Belmont Ave.
773-235-3116
When: Now open, full summer hours return in May
What: Black Dog Gelato offers flavors both conventional (vanilla bean, milk chocolate, pistachio) and unusual (salted peanut, goat cheese-cashew caramel, roasted red pepper).

Black Dog Gelato: Ukrainian Village
859 N. Damen Ave
773-235-3116
When: Now open, full summer hours return in May
What: From the benches out front to the pushcart that roams surrounding neighborhoods, a sense of whimsy and fun infuses the whole operation.

Rainbow Cone
9233 S. Western Ave.
773-238-9833
When: Now open, full summer hours returning soon
What: The five-flavor Rainbow Cone, which features chocolate, pistachio, strawberry and Palmer House (a cherry-nut blend) ice creams, as well as a layer of orange sherbet.

Scooter's Frozen Custard
1658 W. Belmont Ave.
773-244-6415
When: Now open, full summer hours returning after Memorial Day
What: Take a chill at this old-fashioned frozen custard stand in Lakeview. For those of you new to this classic treat, it was originally created at Coney Island at the turn of the century.

Castaways
1603 N. Lake Shore Drive
773-281-1200
When: May 2014
What: Affectionately known to locals as “Casty’s," the downstairs concession stands serve hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream, but the rooftop is a full-service bar and restaurant. 

Caffe Oliva
Ohio Street Beach
312-612-0734
When: May 2014
What: Enjoy fish and chips, burgers, beer and more at this Ohio Street Beach restaurant. Be sure to try the lamb meatballs, too. 

The Dock
Montrose Beach
773-704-8435
When: May 2014
What: There are so many options at this beachfront eatery. For sandwiches, order a pretzel roll, ciabatta, foccacia or egg roll, and while you wait for your food to arrive, munch on chips and guac. 

Mario’s Italian Lemonade
1068 W. Taylor St.
When: TBA
What: Mario's ices consist of chilled slushlike lemonade, fruit and syrups in various flavors including fruit cocktail, pina colada, chocolate and banana.