Best Places To Get Ice Cream

October 5, 2010 8:33 PM

(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Ben & Jerry’s)

Summer in Chicago tends to be short, but extreme. One day, it can snow, and the next day you can get a string of 90 degree days that rival the dry heat of a summer in the Valley of the Sun. One thing that is constant in Chicago in the summer is our selection of ice cream. From the mom and pop stands of the yester-years, to the new and contemporary offerings, Chicago has it all when it comes to curbing your craving for the very best in ice cream. Check out our list of some of Chicago’s finest stops when you have the craving. One word of advice, be prepared to stand in line.
Petersens Old Fashioned


Peterson’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream

1100 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302

You know a good ice cream store when you see one. Hot summer night, bikes and kids everywhere, and a line down the block. That is what you will encounter when you see this establishment in Oak Park. Opening in 1919, Peterson’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream has drawn media attention as large as the crowds.

Cold Stone


Cold Stone Creamery

1316 S. Halsted
Chicago, IL 60607

They call it “The Ultimate Ice Cream Experience” and they are not far off. At first you are a little taken aback that they are smash things into your ice cream on a cold stone counter, but once you dip your spoon into the first bite, you know why all that work by the server behind the counter was worth it. Stop in any of there locations nationwide and check out their ice cream creations.

Rainbow Cone


Original Rainbow Cone

9233 S. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643

This establishment has been an ice cream favorite in Chicago for over 84 years. According to their website, this vintage ice cream shop “housed in its distinctive historic pink building on the Southside of Chicago, has been pleasing the palettes of three generations.” Come on in, monthly hours are now in effect.



Tastee Freez

6621 26th Street
Berwyn, IL 60402

The home of the original soft serve ice cream cone is celebrating its 60th anniversary and expanding this year! In addition to the basics, you can order everything from a turtle sundae to a chicken sandwich. Hot Temptations and Cool Sensations at Tastee Freez.

Margies Candies

Margie’s Candies

1960 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
www.margiescandies.nv.switchboard.comOne of the oldest and best, Margie’s Candies is a full service candy store and old fashion ice cream shop that offers a wide variety of ice cream and candies that are homemade. There is a reason Margie’s has been in the same location for over 80 years.