10 Best Ice Cream Shops In Chicago, Illinois

ice cream shops in chicago

The city of Chicago offers plenty of things to do and see. Plus, the culinary scene in this city is quite happening and you will be spoilt for choices. The same is also applicable if you have a sweet tooth. There is hardly anyone who is not fond of ice creams and can say no to them. There are so many varieties of choices available in the city from gelato to custard and good old plain ice cream in the city that it is easy to get baffled. Beat the heat with a few scoops of your favorite ice cream while you are in the city. Following are some of the best ice cream shops in Chicago where you would love to come back again.

1. George's Ice Cream & Sweets

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The ice cream shop started functioning since 2009 and is known for its delicious and generous portions of malts, shakes, and scoops. It has become a preferred destination for dessert lovers in the neighborhood since then. They offer more than 30 classic ice cream flavors and also rotate them with seasonal twists. The shop is also famous for its special shakes including Fluffer Nutter, which is a peanut butter ice cream served with delicious marshmallow sauce.

George's Ice Cream & Sweets

Address: 5306 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA

Website: George’s Ice Cream & Sweets

Opening hours: Mon-Wed: 2 pm - 10 pm; Fri-Sun: 11 am - 10 pm

Average price for two people: 15 USD

2. Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream Cone
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Cone Gourmet Ice Cream is a neighborhood ice cream and dessert shop owned by a family in Chicago and reflects a retro vibe. The shop offers an insane list of snacks and sweet snacks. It is also an ideal venue to host family gatherings and kids’ parties. Its long crazy selections of scoops would tickle your taste buds for sure. You can choose from soft-serve or hand-scooped flavors like cake batter and butter-pecan. After getting your favorite scoop, you can sit in one of the benches placed on the patio and relish your dessert.

Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

Address: 1047 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA

Website: Cone Gourmet Ice Cream

Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 2 pm - 10 pm

Average price for two people: 15 USD

3. Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni Britton Bauer has created a niche for herself with her affordable scoops and an array of unusual but delicious flavors such as sun tea sorbet and cantaloupe. Jeni owns two ice cream shops in the city of Chicago, which offer her exceptionally creamy and mouth-watering ice-creams, new sundaes, and cookies. You must try their famous brown butter almond brittle, which is a favorite with the regulars.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Address: 1419 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA

Website: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 1 pm -11 pm; Fri: 11 am - 11 pm; Sat-Sun: 12 pm - 11 pm

Average price for two people: 15 USD

4. Margie's Candies

Margie's Candies
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Anyone and everyone would love to have a scoop of ice cream when they walk past Margie’s Candies shop. The ice cream shop has delighted both the young, as well as, the old with their delicious homemade shakes, sundaes, and hand-dipped mouthwatering candies for over 90 years now. The shop is known for its oversized sundaes and the ice cream flavors ranging from butter pecan to mint chip that is covered in whipped cream, hot fudge, and chopped nuts and served in a special ceramic shell. You should definitely try out the New York cherry flavor once here.

Margie's Candies

Address: 1960 N Western Chicago, IL 60647

Website: Margie’s Candies

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 9 am - 12 am

Average price for two people: 15 USD

5. Bobtail Ice Cream

Editor’s note: establishment is permanently closed

If you are looking for classic and specialty flavors of homemade ice creams in Chicago, you have arrived at the right place. The shop is also known for its delicious shakes, sundaes, and coffee. They specialize in locally-inspired, seasonal, and classic ice cream flavors. You can be warm even in winters as the shop serves desserts like hot brownie sundaes, sweet Bobby Joes, and fresh Steamers among others, which are truly refreshing.

Bobtail Ice Cream

Address: 2951 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657, USA

Website: Bobtail Ice Cream

Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 11 am - 11 pm; Fri-Sat: 10 am - 12 am

Average price for two people: 15 USD

6. Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

It was in 1962 when Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream Company started its maiden ice cream and candy shop. Since then, the family-owned and old-fashioned store has been serving over 100 different ice cream flavors in the city of Chicago. With every seasonal change, the décor of this shop also undergoes a change. The store offers around 32 fantastic Chocolate Shoppe Super-Premium Ice Cream flavors including a minimum of two ‘No Sugar Added’ flavors. They also serve flavors like Soy Cream and Sorbets. If you want to go for a dessert with low fat, try out their smoothies and soft-serve yogurts.

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream

Address: 5337 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60646, USA

Website: Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10 am - 11 pm

Average price for two people: 15 USD

7. Scooter's Frozen Custard

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

This seasonal shop in Chicago is popular for its fresh-made delicious custard. Fans of this shop wait eagerly for several months for the shop to reopen every spring. The shop uses fresh ingredients from Wisconsin’s family farms and its homemade custards have 40 percent less butterfat in comparison to many other high-end ice creams available in the market. Its popular flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and season specials. Order one of its signature concretes where ingredients like peanut butter cups, nuts, and fruits are fused into the lip-smacking custard. Do try out their sea salt caramel custard when you drop in.

Scooter's Frozen Custard

Address: 1658 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA

Website: Scooter’s Frozen Custard

Opening hours: Thu-Fri: 2 pm - 10 pm; Sat: 1 pm - 10 pm; Sun: 1 pm - 9 pm

Average price for two people: 15 USD

8. Lickity Split Frozen Custard

This old time ice cream shop in Melbourne serves coffee, locally sourced pastry, retro candy, and frozen custard. People with a sweet tooth should definitely come here to grab a creamy and delicious cupcake or a scoop of their favorite ice cream. A wide array of specialty drinks is also available here. In case one loves candies, there is a dedicated area for chocolates and gummies to take their pick from. Situated strategically in the neighborhood of Edgewater in Chicago, Lickity Split Frozen Custard is a popular sweet and frozen custard shop in the locality.

Lickity Split Frozen Custard

Address: 6056 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660, USA

Website: Lickity Split Frozen Custard

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 12 pm - 10 pm

Average price for two people: 15 USD

9. Sugar Shack

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

This family operated ice cream parlor in Melbourne boasts of family-friendly service and delicious and fresh ice creams. The shop takes pride in serving the best selection of soft serve and hand-scooped ice creams with as many as 30 distinct mix-ins and toppings. Thus you can be highly creative with your dessert selections. Some of the customer favorites here are homemade cookie or candy, Italian ice, and Funnel Cake Sundae. Sugar Shack is a delicious and unique stop for your entire family and you can relish your favorite dessert while relaxing in one of the outdoor seats.

Sugar Shack

Address: 630 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

Website: Sugar Shacke

Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 12 pm - 10 pm

Average price for two people: 10 USD

10. Original Rainbow Cone

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

Original Rainbow Cone is an iconic seasonal ice cream shop in Chicago that serves a wide array of desserts including banana splits, cones, sundaes, and shakes. This long-standing ice cream parlor offers layers of delectable orange sherbet, pistachio, Palmer House, strawberry, and chocolate flavors in a deliciously looking sugar cone. The colorful restaurant is owned and operated by a family. We recommend the original rainbow cones for you while visiting the parlor.

Original Rainbow Cone

Address: 9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643, USA

Website: Original Rainbow Cone

Opening hours: Wed-Thu & Sun: 12 pm - 7 pm; Fri-Sat: 12 pm - 8 pm

Average price for two people: 10 USD

Delicious desserts in Melbourne

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Indulge your sweet tooth by trying out a delicious dessert in the city of Melbourne after a hearty lunch or dinner. We are recommending these 10 fine ice cream shops in Chicago so that you know where to head to for savoring the best desserts in the city.

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