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"Ice-Cubed is a one-of-a-kind find! While specializing in frozen treats, these mixologists have taken the food truck scene by storm with their non-traditional frozen delicacies." WTTW Channel 11 Check Please!

"Ice Cream was always meant to be this good, I recommend finding @ice3truck immediately." Michael L.

What is ice3?                                                   

ice cubed is a company that specializes in original flavors of small batch ice cream, hand-crafted ice pops and frozen libations. We launched our business this summer as Chicago’s first and only modern, adult ice cream truck.  Our inspiration comes, not only from the pastry kitchens and mixology bars of America, but from the savory cooking lines as well.  The results are often sweet, tart and fruity. Sometimes vegetal, salty, spicy and herbaceous.  Frequently meaty and minerally.  2 of our goals are to entice you to expand your idea of frozen desserts/frozen cocktails and to delight your taste buds. The third is to redefine the modern ice cream parlor.

What makes ice3 unique?  OR “Who likes meat in their ice cream??

"Best ice cream experience I could have ever even imagined. Prosciutto Ice Cream..." Jacob L.

Our flavors are original creations. Take our Black Velvet:   Black Onyx ice cream, bittersweet brownie, cream cheese swirl finished with a sumptuous smoky scotch caramel. Or be daring and try our signature ice pop-the Prix Fixe-an entire 5 course Italian degustation meal (including beverage & meat courses!) all in one ice pop:

"@ice3truck hit me with this gem of a dessert! 5-course meal pop! Savory and sweet! Win win win" @RadioBucio

What is an “ice lounge?”     

Definitely not an old school ice cream parlor and not a bar with walls of ice.      Our space has been designed to be modern and stylish but comfortable so you can sit, relax and chill with your peeps.  An ice cream lounge that is kid friendly, not kid-centric so Mom and Dad can really enjoy the  tradition of taking the family out for ice cream while enjoying some of the most creative and delicious ice concoctions to be found. Few Spirits Bourbon Milkshake anyone? Or maybe a Half Acre Chocolate Camaro Stout  & Espresso ice cream float?  Perhaps a glass of Rosepetal Gwertzraminer Iced Champagne?

We have the perfect location:  great visibility and foot traffic, we love the neighborhood and there’s such an eclectic mix of cultures-the perfect place for  a young innovative company to lay down roots and nurture our passion to explore the boundaries of our two favorite indulgences: all things ice and locally produced spirits.

How we will use Kickstarter Funds    

Opening a restaurant/lounge is a huge undertaking.  We have happily invested everything to bring this concept to fruition. Not only do we believe in it but  we’ve seen how ice cubed's fans believe in our concept and how much they love our ice creams and ice pops.   Be a part of of the excitement and creativity that has put Chicago on the map as one of the most fertile culinary centers of the country. With your support, we will use your Kickstarter contribution to complete the funding for building our ice lounge. The money will go to construction costs including hiring an architect/contractor, the build out and a special novelty freezer to showcase our beautiful ice pops. Oh, and most importantly: we need your help to secure our liquor license-cause if you know Chicago, getting one isn't going to be easy or cheap.

"I quote from one of my guests "she could conquer small continents with that Black Velvet Chocolate" & I agree!" Gary A.

HOW DOES THIS FUNDRAISER WORK?        

This Kickstarter fundraiser is all or nothing: if we don't reach our goal, we will not receive any of the donations pledged and your credit card will not be charged. If we do reach our goal (and we hope we do!) your credit card will be charged when the campaign ends. Your support will mean frosty deliciousness for us all! Share this project with your friends on your favorite social media site & help us bring our craft to the masses. Be sure to "Like Us" on Facebook to get all the exciting updates on our grand opening!

"@ice3truck 4 words, re: Gunpowder sesame: Re. Donk. Yoo. Lus. That was awesome! Can't wait to try the other flavours" BB

 "@ice3truck is chicago's post modern food truck.Some flavors r classic.Others like pepperoni sound weird but r delicious" TC @catmonte

Risks and challenges

While every project has risks, in its short history, ice cubed's popularity and growth has surpassed our expectations. We have created a concept that people love and are excited by. While the ice cream lounge concept is totally new, ice cream is not a fad and we expect the superior quality and our delicious, original flavors to continue to be the strong backbone of our successful company. We feel that a brick and mortar ice cream restaurant, with the added attraction of a full bar, will allow what has been seasonal business, to thrive all year round.

However, there are some factors that could pose challenges as we prepare to launch: Delays in the construction schedule and delays in the permit process are some of the biggest concerns. As I (Erika) have been a landlord for 16 years, over time and through multiple projects, I have assembled a talented and efficient construction management team who has proven capable of creatively solving the unexpected hurdles that inevitably crop up with all construction projects.

As for the permits, I am in communication with and I am cooperating with our local officials who have been very supportive of ice cubed and encouraging of small businesses in the area in efforts to help vitalize the burgeoning Lawrence Avenue retail scene.

Thank you for your consideration. We appreciate your support and hope to see you this winter in the lounge!

Cheers!
Erika & Adam

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    $10 reward

    4 backers

    A shout out on Twitter & Facebook and a high five whenever you come into the lounge and whenever we see you on the truck. And of course, our heartfelt thanks.

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    $25 reward

    4 backers

    A shout out on Twitter & Facebook and a high five whenever you come into the lounge and whenever we see you on the truck. And of course, our heartfelt thanks. ALSO: Your choice of 1 ice cream or 1 ice pop in the lounge or from the truck.

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    $50 reward

    2 backers

    Same as above. A shout out on Twitter & Facebook and a high five whenever you come into the lounge and whenever we see you on the truck. And of course, our heartfelt thanks. ALSO: 2 ice creams or 2 ice pops (or mix and match one of each) in the lounge or from the truck.

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    $75 reward

    2 backers

    A shout out on Twitter & Facebook and a high five whenever you come into the lounge and whenever we see you on the truck. And of course, our heartfelt thanks. ALSO: a super-sexy ice3 t-shirt and 2 ice creams and 2 ice pops in the lounge or from the truck.

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    $100 reward

    2 backers

    A shout out on Twitter & Facebook and a high five whenever you come into the lounge and whenever we see you on the truck. And of course, our heartfelt thanks. ALSO: a 5 Course Italian Meal on a stick for 2 via our celebrated Prix Fixe ice pop (see left) and a jar of our sumptuous Smoky Scotch Caramel (you can put it on stuff or just drink it straight from the jar!) from the truck or in the lounge.

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    $150 reward

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    A shout out on Twitter & Facebook and a high five whenever you come into the lounge and whenever we see you on the truck. And of course, our heartfelt thanks. ALSO: a 5 Course Italian Meal on a stick for 2 via our celebrated Prix Fixe ice pop (see left) & a 4 Course Meal on a stick for 2 via our 2nd Prix Fixe ice pop: “Chicago style”:
    Matilda Belgian Style Ale, Chicago Dog: relish, dog, and bun included. NO KETCHUP! Chicago deep dish Pepperoni Pizza and it finishes with the quintessential Chicago Candy: Frango Mint Ice cream! You can pick up these delicious, ground breaking ice pops in the lounge or from the truck.

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    $250 reward

    2 backers

    Shout out on Facebook & Twitter, and a high five whenever you come into the lounge or when we see you on the truck. And of course, our heartfelt thanks. ALSO:
    1 super sexy ice-cubed t-shirt, 3 tickets to an ice cream tasting and cooking class where you can create your own custom ice cream or ice pop flavor with Chef Adam. We will package the above mentioned flavor of ice cream or ice pop, name it after YOU & sell it in the lounge for 1 month.
    Also a 6 pack of YOUR flavor (picked up in the lounge or from any truck stop). Imagine walking into our lounge and ordering YOUR flavor- for 6 of your friends!! What a big-wig!

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    $500 reward

    0 backers

    Shout out on Facebook & Twitter and a high five whenever you come into the lounge and whenever we see you on the truck . And of course, our heartfelt thanks. ALSO:
    2 super sexy ice cubed t-shirts, a 12 pack of ice pops with your picture on them, a Private truck stop at your house (within 50 miles of Chicago) for 10 people and 2 Invitations to our lounge opening party!

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    $1,000 reward

    1 backer

    Shout out on Facebook & Twitter and a high five whenever you come into the lounge and whenever we see you on the truck. And of course, our heartfelt thanks. ALSO: a 12 pack of ice pops with your picture on them from in the lounge or from the truck, a Private truck stop at your house (within 50 miles of Chicago) for 10 people, 2 invitations to our lounge opening party AND 2 tickets to an ice cream tasting and cooking class where you can create your own custom ice cream or ice pop flavor with Chef Adam!

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    $1,500 reward

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    ROCK STAR!!!- shout out on Facebook & Twitter and a high five whenever you come into the lounge and whenever we see you on the truck. And of course, our heartfelt thanks. ALSO: 2 Round trip tickets to Chicago from anywhere Southwest airlines flies (based on availability) with one night’s accommodation (double occupancy), transportation (a big blue ice cream truck) to and from the airport and to and from the lounge with on board frozen treats, an ice cream tasting and cooking class for 2 with Chef Adam AND, there's more: 2 ice cubed super sexy t-shirts!!!!!!

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