About

Sideshow Gelato, a gelato shop slated to open in May of 2022.  The shop will offer authentically made gelato in a carnival sideshow setting. The flavors range from the strange and unusual named after famous performers (ie. Koo Koo the Birdgirl – a Nutella gelato with pretzels and marshmallow Peeps) to standard flavors for the less adventurous (Chump Chocolate, Rube Vanilla).

Sideshow Gelato will have a performance stage where established magicians, jugglers, acrobats and sideshow performers will do ticketed shows. Free shows will be performed under the auspices of the shop’s Show Runner which will feature our young gelato scoopers. This will provide and excellent part time job for young would be performers looking to hone their magic, juggling or acrobatic acts in a safe, professional, all ages environment.

The shop will also feature a dime museum featuring famous oddities and gaffs as well as a history of the sideshow. All proceeds from the museum will go 100% to a different charity every month.

The shop is the project of Chef Jay Bliznick, former executive chef at the 98 year old suburban Italian staple The Del Rio in Highwood, who studied the art of gelato making with Italian gelato expert Vincenzo Tettamanti of Gemelli Gelato in Philadelphia. Backers include magician and performer Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller.