Best 65 Ice Cream Shops in Chicago and Suburbs (2023)

Welcome to the windy city where we take our sports, summers and ice cream very seriously. Whether you’re a local looking to make an ice cream shop bucket list or a visitor eager to test out Chicago’s food scene, I’ve got the list for you. It’s a complete guide to the best 75 ice cream shops in Chicago and suburbs. There are some traditional flavors and others with some of the most innovative creations.

In this list, you’re going to find silky soft-serve ice cream, mouthwatering gelato, refreshing sweet treats, mom and pop shops and other growing chains all with good options for the whole family. Along with each location I’ll be sharing some insights into their origins and other highlights.

Now let’s explore the frosty wonderland of Chicago’s finest from your local ice cream shop to a must try in the city. I’ll be organizing the list in alphabetical order so not to place any bias on one or the other.

Best 65 Ice Cream Shops in Chicago and Suburbs

Margie’s Candies runs deep in our relationship- we took our engagement photos here!

1. Margie’s Candies

1960 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

1813 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

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Margie’s Candies is one of the most famous ice cream places in Chicago. Peter Poulos originally founded this, but his son quickly renamed it Margie’s Candies after his wife. She worked tirelessly day in and day out bringing smiles and an old fashioned ice cream parlor to Chicago. It has Tiffany lamps, old school booths and a marble soda fountain.

Must tries include an atomic sundae, the half-gallon World’s Largest Sundae and the 25 scoop Royal George (named after Margie’s hubby!). We love this place so much, we even had our engagement photos here.

Eli’s Ark makes the most adorable little animals like this panda.

2. Eli’s Ark

1843 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

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It just does not get more adorable than Eli’s Ark. This is a mom and pop shop in Wicker Park that offers a variety of gelato flavors. Those scoops are then turned into different animals like dogs, pigs, pandas and unicorns to name a few.

They will do special animals for things like holidays (think winter penguins). They are usually closed in the winter though, so definitely check the website, but if they are open you won’t regret it.

3. Lickity Split Frozen Custard

6056 N Broadway Ave Chicago, IL 60660 / 7000 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60645

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Aside from classic frozen custard flavors like strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate, they serve banana splits and specialty sundaes. They also have insane concretes which is custard mixed together with some toppings. In fact, any of the concretes can be made into a shake, but they also serve malts and floats along with some hot beverages.

Don’t forget they partner with other local businesses to offer pastries and candies.

The Original Rainbow Cone has an ice cream truck just outside Shedd Aquarium.

4. Original Rainbow Cone

9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643 (This is the original location)

Locations also in Orland Park, Flossmoor, Darien, Bolingbrook, Tinley Park, Mag Mile, Navy Pier, Lombard, Harwood Heights, Glendale Heights, Skokie, Mount Prospect

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We all have Grandpa Joe to thank for the Original Rainbow Cone. He and his wife opened the first one in 1926 and served a signature cone. 5 flavors sliced into one cone. That is not a typo, the ice cream is literally sliced and then onto a cone. The five flavors include chocolate, strawberry, palmer house, pistachio and orange sherbet.

The best thing about this south side institution is the fact that they are growing so quickly and more available than ever. They have trucks outside the Shedd Aquarium and Lincoln Park Zoo and are frequently at festivals around the city and surrounds Chicago suburbs. Oh and the original location is now open year round (it used to close in the winter).

5. Black Dog Gelato

859 N Damen Ave, Chicago IL 60622

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Yes, this adorable location is really named after a dog. Jessica Oloroso was a pastry chef for the legend Stephanie Izard (Girl and the Goat) and she (Jessica) opened this shop in 2010. She uses local ingredients and is always coming up with the most creative flavors like goat cheese cashew caramel and strawberry balsamic.

If you live local, they even have a pint club which gives you some sweet deals and discounts on in store purchases and early access to flavors among other perks.

6. Pretty Cool Ice Cream

2353 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

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Pretty Cool Ice Cream is known for its handmade frozen novelties. Think of about some of your favorite treats from the ice cream truck but make it with the best ingredients around. They offer ice cream bars, vegan pops, ice pops and ice cream sandwiches.

Since gourmet pops are great for crowds, they offer catering. Check out their website to have some local treats at your next get together.

7. Richard’s Super Premium Ice Cream

11033 S Langley Ave Suite 100, Chicago, IL 60628

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Aside from their delicious flavor, Richard strives to bring a happy experience together with a flavor. They are committed to providing all-natural premium ice cream flavors.

Their commitment to serving customers does not stop in Chicago. In fact, they ship their flavors to all 50 states!

8. Scooter’s Frozen Custard

1658 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

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Scooter’s frozen custard is made daily from scratch and one of the most dense options out there. Since they make it daily from scratch, they always have a flavor of the day.

Check out the schedule but a few examples have been cappuccino buzz, after dinner mint and chocolate peanut butter & blue moon. They serve frozen custard in a cup or cone as well as concretes (custard with some mix-ins).

9. Shawn Michelle’s

46 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60653

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This is a gem on the southside of Chicago in Bronzeville and recently expanded to Olympia Fields. The ice cream is melt in your mouth and the customer service is out of this world. They offer an ice cream catering menu as well as homemade goods menu.

10. Sundae Stop

931 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

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This is a homemade ice cream, sorbet as well as vegan ice cream shop. Jimmy and Jay opened this place January 2020 and created the shop to replicate a CTA train. For any train lovers out there, this is for you. This is a great combo of tasty treats and fun atmosphere. You can find sundaes, shakes and scoops here!

Taiyaki in Chicago is such a fun spot to take the kids!

11. Taiyaki Chicago

2618 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

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Taiyaki is a traditional dessert in Japan which means fried fish. The difference maker here is the cone. It is fish shaped, made to order and has a slight waffle type crunch on the outside with pancake texture on the inside. All of their ice cream is made from sctach using coconut oil rather than milk.

12. The Freeze

2815 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

(They don’t have a website)

The Freeze serves ice cream cones, sundaes, parfaits, frozen bananas, malts, shakes and floats. Wow, that’s a mouthful, BUT there’s more to coming here for treats, it’s the atmosphere. It recently made headlines when the owner announced The Freeze is for sale. He confirmed that it’s not going to close, it’s going to continue .. just under new leadership.” They are always growing and trying new things.

This year, they are doing butterscotch-dipped cones and snowstorm slushies with soft serve ice cream. If you’re looking for something savory, they have some easy to eat grill food.

13. Banana Split

820 Church Rd, Aurora, IL 60505

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This place was started in 1983 selling soft serve ice cream with a walk-up window. They are open from the end of February until mid October. As you can imagine, their specialty is the banana split made the old fashioned way sold in three sizes; small, regular and the “Groaner.”

14. Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery

6 E Downer Pl, Aurora, IL 60505

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This is a family affair creamery! The building itself is rich in history, but Charlie himself strikes up a big smile. He’s a Cavapoo dog and the face of the creamery. Flavors rotate on a daily basis. Also of note, the shop is closed on Mondays and Tuesday.

15. Deri Delite

10 S Ohio St, Aurora, IL 60505

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This ice cream location in Aurora is an adorable walk-up shop. This place is more than an ice cream shop. In fact, it prides itself in creating a wonderful community for all who come.

16. Batavia Creamery

4 N Island Ave, Batavia, IL 60510

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Batavia Creamery has a great option for kids. They offer a mini size! It’s perfect for littles. In addition to that, they also sell sundaes like brownie sundae, waffle bowl sundae and a classic banana split. You will find shakes, floats and smoothies. They have shaved ice and slushies along with cakes and pies. Did I mention they were ICE CREAM pies?


A new Eiffel Waffle will be opening soon in Chicago Ridge.

17. Eiffel Waffle

955 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (multiple locations)

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Home of the bubble waffle, Eiffel Waffle has over 2 dozen ice cream flavors. They have opened 4 locations with more coming soon. Kids love the Biscuit Monster Cookie Monster Waffle (I mean, who doesn’t love blue ice cream) or the Ooh La La Surprise Waffle (this one has birthday cake batter ice cream with some frosted animal crackers and fruity pebbles on top).

They also offer waffle towers or Eiffel minis which are mini pancakes with delicious toppings.

18. Creamery

Lemont, Homer Glen, Manhattan, New Lenox, and Downers Grove

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The Creamery in Homer Glen offers some favorites like the turtle sundae, Oreo parfait and a kid favorite Candyland sundae. They do soft serve in a cup or cone, sundaes, shakes & malts as well as blasters. Blasters are soft serve ice cream and a topping (you can obviously get more toppings).

Some toppings include jolly rancher, Heath, cookie dough, strawberry cheesecake and gummy bear to name a few. A unique addition here is that they serve Rainbow Cone (at Homer Glen, Manhattan and New Lenox locations). Along with sweets, they also serve hot dogs and sides.

19. Hazel Marie’s

24030 Lockport St, Plainfield, IL 60544

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Hazel Marie’s is open from April-September and offers some fun ice cream flavors. Some fun flavors include Kitty Kitty Bang Bang (which is cheesecake and raspberry flavored) and munchie madness (which is cake batter ice cream with caramel, Oreos, m&m and peanut cups).

They carry gluten, nut and dairy free flavors. They have some signature sundaes, shakes, malts, root beer float and epic shakes and colossal cones.

20. Gina’s Italian Ice

6737 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402

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This place is so cute. Gina used a recipe she learned back in Italy and sold her delicious Italian ice in squeeze cups for just 15 cents. Her flavors are made daily with fresh fruits from local markets.

It’s a pretty straightforward business in that options are small, medium, large, or jumbo. Some different flavors include lemon (Gina’s favorite), horchata, pina colada and cherry to name a few.

The sprinkle pool at the Museum of Ice Cream Chicago was a blast and wore us out.

21. Museum of Ice Cream Chicago

435 North Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Museum of Ice Cream is a super fun activity and includes 5 treats! There are different theme rooms with games or other entertainment. Of course they have an epic sprinkle pool too! Some entertainment includes mini golf and carnival games. You have to try the hot dog flavored ice cream.

It’s located in the Tribune Building and seems like it has always been part of Chicago.

22. Daisy’s Treats and Bakery

3748 Grand Blvd, Brookfield, IL 60513

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Daisy’s treats has over 40 flavors of ice cream. They are known for their funnel cake sundae which is a loaded funnel cake with all the fixings. You can order milkshakes and malts as well as ice cream cupcakes. a scoop of ice cream INSIDE a cupcake.

They also have a treat called Daisy’s Chocolate Dream which is chocolate cake with a molten chocolate center, topped with vanilla ice cream in a chocolate shell.

23. The Daily Scoop

9 S Prospect Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

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If you’re in the area, it’s a fun place to ride your bike to. Order a scoop in their tasty waffle cones! They’ve been around for over 20 years.

24. Tizzy’s Treats and Eats

737 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL 6056

Tizzy’s ice cream treats | Darien IL | Facebook

Here they serve ice cream, cakes, smoothies and java blast. Their sundaes are made with real ingredients like actual pound cake in the strawberry shortcake sundae and brownie a la mode is ice cream, warm brownie and hot fudge.

They also make some over the top shakes for anyone with a sweet tooth. Don’t sleep on their ice cream cakes either, order them early!

25. Every Day’s a Sundae

14 W Hinsdale Ave, Hinsdale, IL 60521

(They don’t have a website)

This adorable ice cream shop has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. They make homemade waffle cones. Their shakes are thick and they also offer malts or a decadent sundae. You can also order an ice cream pie or a cake.

26. Kimmer’s Ice Cream

1 W. Illinois St St. Charles, IL 60174

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This place is home of the sparkle cone! They have 3 locations and have a few daily specials. For example, on Wednesdays if you wear anything sparkly, you receive a FREE sparkle cone upgrade. Mondays is a double punch on your loyalty card.

They are an adorable married couple name Isaac and Kimberly, hence the name Kimmer’s! They make their ice cream using a low over run technique making it extremely dense and delicious.

27. The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor

7347 Madison Street, Forest Park, IL 60130

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Aside from their premium ice cream made in house and in small batches, they also offer homemade baked goods like pies, cookies and brownies. A must try here is their root beer floats!

They also have non-dairy, gluten-free and nut-free options. If you’re looking to have an ice cream party, they do parties, birthdays and baby showers which makes it one of the best ice cream places in Chicago suburbs to eat and have a party!

28. Tate’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop

25 S Ashland Ave, La Grange, IL 60525

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Tate’s has been in business for over 30 years and is an absolute staple in La Grange. The banana split is loaded and the entire joint is family owned.

It’s just a few blocks from downtown La Grange and they make their unique flavors in house, open year round making it one of the best ice cream in Chicago suburbs.

29. The Highland Queen

1511 W 55th St, La Grange, IL 60525

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This place has been in business for over 60 years! It is such a family friendly place with retro booths. The owner, Ryan, grew up going here and then took it over in 2018.

They have soft serve, dole whip, Hershey’s hard packed with a bunch of options for toppings. They also serve flurries, shakes and malts, sundaes, floats and hawaiian shaved ice.

30. Maple Avenue Creamery

1146 N Maple Ave, La Grange Park, IL 60526

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This place was est. in 2008 and one of La Grange Park’s favorite places for dessert. It’s a perfect compliment to Bill’s Place. There are over 18 flavors of hand packed ice cream along with 20 flavors of Hawaiian shaved ice. Some famous treats include Bill’s favorite turtle sundae, candy shakes, malts, dipped cones and floats.

31. Cool Creations

937 S Hamilton St, Lockport, IL 60441

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This place offers ice cream, gelato, ice cream cakes, shakes and sundaes. What is unique about this place is that is also serves ice cream tacos with a homemade waffle taco with delicious ice cream. They also do frozen bananas on a stick.

32. Glenview Dairy Bar

1015 Lehigh Ave, Glenview, IL 60025

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This place is a cute walk-up ice cream shoppe offering soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes and other frozen treats. Serving the North Shore since 1955!

Get a cone dipped or covered in sprinkles, you can’t go wrong!

33. Capannari Ice Cream

10 S Pine St, Mt Prospect, IL 60056

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Cappannari Ice Cream is a family owned and operated machine. Katie and Meg are sisters and along with their husbands, they have been dominating the ice cream scene! Only four gallons of ice cream is blended at at time to give it the most quality finish possible.

You might see them out in the neighborhood as their community involvement is off the charts! Concert-in-the-parks, moo-vie nights as well as support to the local schools.

Try a seasonal favorite like Irish Coffee, pumpkin or gourmet flavors ginger and chocolate hazelnut ganache. They are known for super-premium taste and texture.

Jojo’s Shake Bar provides nearly an entire meal with their desserts.

34. Jojo’s Shake Bar

Multiple locations in: River North, Naperville, Water Tower, Time Out Market and others in Orlando, Detroit and Scottsdale.

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They are known for their Over-the-Top Biggie Shakes as well as beautiful and decadent desserts. It looks like a whole bunch of desserts all wrapped up into one. It has 80’s and 90’s vibes inside bringing you back. You might even find yourself reminiscing about the good ole days… don’t worry, you’re still in them!

35. Polar Bear Ice Cream

7901 Cermak Rd, North Riverside, IL 60546

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This place offers a funnel cake sundae with all the fixings. It’s a classic in North Riverside and offers ice cream scoops (and hand packed pints/quarts), as well as sundaes including the bear banana sundae. They also have smoothies, shakes and a bear flurry.

36. Sugar Milk Café

1250 W Ogden Ave, Naperville, IL 60563

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This is a kid-friendly café to satisfy your sweet tooth. The décor inside is so cute and their milkshakes are over the top!

37. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Multiple locations, check here to find the one closest to you

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Jeni’s story about herself is so inspiring! You can’t walk anywhere in Chicago without people knowing about her because she has worked so hard to change the way ice cream is made. She even won a James Beard Award!

You can find Jeni’s Ice Cream stocked in the grocery store freezer.

They have a pint club, merch along with catering options. It’s also sold in some grocery stores if you can’ make it to a brick-and-mortar location.

Have a Premo Day.

38. Premo’s

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5540 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453

This adorable place has a walk-up window and they offer soft serve as well as sundaes and a unique one called upside-down banana split!

This is the epic funnel cake sundae from Premo’s.

Funnel cake sundae is a so delicious! They do seasonal specials as well as their famous Elvis milkshake.

39. Hole in the Wall Custard Shoppe

901 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL 60304

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This is a great place for custard and frozen yogurt. They offer custard, dipped cones, sundaes, yogrt, dole whip and floats. They also have slushies, custard filled cookies and Freez ins. Cash only!

40. Peterson’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream

1100 Chicago Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

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This is a cute old fashioned ice cream parlor serving up pints of ice cream, cookies and shakes. A must try if you’re feeling adventurous is Turtle ice cream pie!

41. The Plush Horse

12301 S 86th Ave, Palos Park, IL 60464

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This place offers delicious homemade ice cream with nostalgic flair. Yes, they have a giant plush horse in there for photo opps. Don’t be fooled by the long line, that’s part of the experience aka to spend time with your loved ones.

They have dairy-free options as well as gelato and sorbet. One of their most recent flavors is Chicago pothole (it’s delicious).

We love this place so much, we actually had them at our wedding handing out scoops!

42. London Ice Cream Shop

38 East Ave, Riverside, IL 60546

This place is an awesome family-friendly atmosphere. They serve scoops in waffle cones, banana splits and milkshakes, They have some unique flavors and some fun desserts like macarons, tiramisu as well as chocolate covered strawberries.

43. Tasty Treat

19 S Cass Ave, Westmont, IL 60559

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This is a cute old school vibe with classic flavors and reasonable prices.

44. Foxy’s Ice Cream

131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville, IL 60560

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Foxy’s sources their ice cream from a wholesaler who uses real Wisconsin dairy (and all natural sugars). There are 18 flavors giving you plenty of options! Best of all, they have an ice cream truck perfect for community and private events, birthdays or fundraisers. Another specialty is their sundae bars to go!

45. Cone

1047 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60607

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Have you ever heard of an irish ice cream shop Well now you have. They have European style soft serve and hand scooped ice cream sandwiches. Along with those, they have waffle cone, bowls or cookie cones.

Definitely try the “shamrock” which is soft serve with lucky charms! Check out their menu becaus it is every irish family’s dream.. The West Looper, the banshee and the blarney turtle are just a few names!

46. Homer’s Ice Cream

1237 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091

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This place has over 60 flavors including ice cream, yogurts, sherberts and sorbets. This is a staple in Wilmette and the best thing is you can order online!

47. Frio Gelato

1301 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

(Also at Navy Pier)

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Have you ever heard of Argentine gelato? There were many people who emigrated to Argetina from Italy and the creation of Argentine gelato was born. It’s smooth and creamy. The are allergy friendly and artisanal. They’re located in Evanston as well as Navy Pier.

Bombo Bar is the perfect dessert after dining on Randolph Street!

48. Bombo Bar

832 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

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This place is a very tasty and instagram worthy option in the West Loop. They have housemade gelato which can be made into a shake and you cannot forget your pup!

They have a menu “For the pups” which include a doggie doughnut, pawsibly sundae, woof-cream and dairy-free gelato. Something for everyone.

49. Kurimu

1159 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

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They serve rich and creamy soft serve ice cream. Thet twist flavors are both aesthetically pleasing and delicious. Different toppings include crushed oreo, matcha powder or mini mochi to name a few.

50. The 26th Street Sugar Shack

630 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616

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This place is famous for their funnel cake sundaes. It summertime family owned favorite. They have soft serve, banana splits, cookie sandwiches and parfaits.

51. Comet Frozen Custard and Coffee

3001 Kirchoff Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008

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Check out their facebook website to see what the flavor of the day is. Every Monday is $1.00 off any 2 take home pints! You can order frozen custard in a cup, waffle cone or in a pint. They are always coming up with fun and exciting flavors so keep your eyes peeled.

52. Legend Tasty House

2242 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

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Legend Tasty House serves traditional flavors and treats from Thailand. It is a Rolled Ice Cream shop in Chinatown and somewhere so unique. They offer hand-rolled thai ice cream, milk tea and smoothies.

You can get basic flavors like strawberry or mango or you can adventure into something more complex like Double Trouble (which is oreo and Nutella) or Sweet Kiss (Ferrero Chocolate).

53. Sprinkles Ice Cream Shop

1405 W Schaumburg Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60194

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This cute Mom and Pop place has over 48 flavors! It has ice cream, frozen yogurt, as well as frozen desserts.

54. Yogurt Beach

3027 English Rows Avenue, Naperville, IL 60564

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This placed is located in the Town Centre Shopping Mall and a perfect break from shopping the day away. It has over 21 self serve gourmet flavors of frozen yogurt, custard, gelato and sorbet. The inside has a tiki hut/vacation surfer vibe going on and we are here for it!

55. Matcha En

2167 S China Pl, Chicago, IL 60616

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This is a place where matcha lovers come together. Their soft serve ice cream treats are either in a cup or cone with a topping. They also serve Japanese mochi. They also serve smoothies, cakes and other fun fruity drinks. Another great option in Chinatown.

56. Mango Mango Dessert

2161 S China Pl 2nd fl, Chicago, IL 60616

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This place takes dessert to the next level. You just have to take a look at their menu. They have such unique desserts! One dessert is called Snow White Juice and Red bean which includes green tea ice cream.

They offer mango shaved ice and well as waffle ice cream sandwich. A fun spot to stop in Chinatown!

57. Snow Dragon Shavery

600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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Located in Navy Pier, the Snow Dragon Shavery is a fun and tasty option. You can get your ice cream in a cup, cone or in between a macaron! It has liquid nitrogen gelato, shaved snow ice cream and dragon breath cereal.

58. Lina’s Frozen Treats

9001 N Milwaukee Ave Ste. C, Niles, IL 60714

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This place was started by a brothers sister duo. It’s a self serve frozen yogrut and ice cream shop, but other potions include acai bowls, pitaya bowls, hal-halo (a traditional Filipino dessert) as well as Mangonada (a Mexican street snack). They have smoothies, fruit teas and other coffee drinks.

59. Chocolate Ice Cream Shoppe

5337 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60646

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They offer some premium ice cream with a ton of options for flavors. For anyone with allergies, they sell some egg-free, no sugar added and seasonal flavors as well. They make the cutest rainbow waffle cone.

60. Annette’s Italian Ice

2009 N Bissell St., Chicago, IL 60614

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This is a cute little gem in Lincoln Park that has a walk-up window. Annette still makes delicious Italian ice as well as ice cream, soft serve fro-yo and specialty frozen treats (like ice cream sandwiches).

Mario’s Lemonade Stand has been host to many family visitors yearly!

61. Mario’s Italian Lemonade

1068 W Taylor St., Chicago, IL 60607

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This place is landmark on Taylor Street in Chicago. It’s a frozen lemonade stand and has a variety of size options. A small 7 oz is #3.00 or you can get the party bucket (5 gallons) for $105. Sometimes, you just need a frozen lemonade party in the summer! Also, check out their merch.

Sno Daze Tropical Sno has shaved ice, but get it with ice cream on the bottom!

62. Sno Daze Tropical Snow

12230 S Harlem Ave, Palos Heights, IL 60463

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The best way to get shaved ice is to get it stuffed. They put shaved ice on top of creamy ice cream. You can get shaved ice, ice cream or a combo of both. Sometimes if you have a larger crew, it’s nice to have options so everyone can get something they want.

63. Ohana Ice & Treats

1800 W 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60643

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They serve shaved ice, sundaes and ice cream here. Along with sweet treats, they now served fresh squeezed lemonade- perfect for a hot summer day!

64. Cravings

9856 S Kedzie Ave, Evergreen Park, IL 60805

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They serve 32 ice cream flavors from nutty ones to zingy sherbets. They have 8 options for non-dairy folks that Italian ice flavors. Sprinkles are a thing here to definitely order them!

65. Sweet Home Gelato Naperville

50 S Main St. Suite 138, Naperville, IL 60540

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This place offers so many options for gelato, sorbet as well as shakes and floats. You can pair those with a baked treat or pastry.  New technology here has helped with ordering more smooth and look out for their rewards program!


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