Despite their differences, sweet and savory edibles often team up to enhance meals and prevent mad scientists from impaling them with popsicle sticks. Use the culinary buddy system with today’s Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of chili and frozen treats at Lindy’s Chili & Gertie’s Ice Cream in Tinley Park.
Lindy's Chili & Gertie's Ice Cream fuses two century-old Chicago staples into a menu chock-full of savory chili and creamy frozen treats for any season or time of day. Steam curls from traditional, macaroni, and bean-less chili bowls ($3.50), humidifying the air as a pair of tamales sleeps soundly between blankets of chili and melted cheese in the Chili Tamale Extravaganza ($6.99). Hands stretch to wrap around third-pound Angus burgers ($4.25) lavished with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions, and vienna beef hotdogs ($2.35) strut about in Chicago-style suits of cucumber, peppers, and celery salt.
Nostalgia for the 1950s permeates the diner, where couples can hold hands and share a hot-fudge sundae ($6.25) topped with molten chocolate and three heaping scoops of ice cream. Neon lights overhead cast a pinkish glow on straws as they attempt synchronized pencil-dives into thick triple-rich milkshakes ($3.85).