Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams debuts its Southport location, 3404 N. Southport Ave., with a free ice cream party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.

The Columbus, Ohio-based company is known for its gourmet ice cream, sold in upscale grocers across the country and 13 scoop shops in Ohio and Tennessee. Southport is Jeni's first Chicago location. 

It officially opens for business on Saturday, Sept. 14.