Our Story



Black Dog Gelato’s Story

Black Dog Gelato is named after a dog and inspired by a true love for gelato.

In 2007, Jessica Oloroso, a Chicago native, left her post as Pastry Chef at Stephanie Izard’s Scylla. Armed with tons of inspiration from the trek of a lifetime through Italy, she rented space in a shared kitchen and began crafting her recipes. In 2010, she opened her first scoop shop in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village. Jessica has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets and FYI Network’s Food Porn. Her gelato has been listed in numerous “Best of Lists” both locally and nationally.

But don’t let the pedigree fool you, she’s not out for awards. All Jessica cares about is bringing you the absolute best, Chicago Style Gelato.

In the summer of 2019, we proudly opened our second location in Chicago’s West Loop, located at 1012 West Lake Street near Fulton Market and Randolph’s Restaurant Row. Come check out the new and unique gelato flavors Jessica is creating in 2019!

Favorite dessert (to eat AND make):

Favorite Black Dog Gelato flavors:
To eat: Mint Cookie or Chocolate
Most proud of: Sesame Fig Chocolate Chip

Favorite Chicago neighborhoods:
Rogers Park
Ukrainian Village
West Loop
Logan Square

Jessica Oloroso