Ask ChicagoNow: What's the best ice cream spot in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What's the best ice cream spot in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds. One thing that helps tie them all together? Chicago.

With so much collective experience with the city, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions about Chicago to the group.

What’s the best ice cream spot in Chicago?

“Peterson’s in Oak Park still has the feel of a small, family-owned business, although the Peterson’s sold it about 16 years ago. It has a real ‘parlor’ feel and the ice cream is rich and creamy. Try the turtle hot fudge sundae — hot fudge over French vanilla ice cream with lots of whole pecans on top. No place compares with The Zephyr, which closed about 20 years ago, when it came to the Art of the Milkshake.” — Mark Andel, Hot Dog Diaries

“Northwest Indiana’s best ice cream spot is Dairy Belle on Calumet Avenue in Hammond.” — Brett Baker, Dry it in the Water

“Margie’s- both locations.” — Peter V. Bella, Interesting Chicago

“I’ll vote for Peterson’s in Oak Park. Homer’s in Wilmette for their peach ice cream–only available for a short time each summer–and, of course, Rainbow Cone for their Rainbow Cone and Margie’s Candies for their hot fudge sundaes.” — Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago


“Village Creamery in Niles at Oakton and Waukegan.” — Julie VonderHeide Hammerle, Hammervision

“Scooters!” — Katie Marie, The Wanderer

“Maybe Margie’s? Don’t eat much ice cream cause I’m a grown adult and also more of a savory guy anyway, those new Jeni’s spots look pretty hip though, is the ice cream any different? Dunno, probably, is the ambiance more well curated? For sure yes, welcome to the age of craft foodie ice cream, and everything else”. — Brian Kremen, ConFIdences

“It used to be Zephyr, but sadly, it’s gone. Lickity Split in Rogers Park (also Edgewater) is great (though it’s technically frozen custard). Margie’s is also fantastic.” — Bill Mayeroff, Pints and Pups

“Agree with Margie’s, the one in Logan Square/Humboldt Park and if Zephyr were still around, it would be a hard choice.” — Michael Messinger, Mysteries of Life

“George’s Ice Cream and Sweets, on Clark just north of Berwyn. I’ve had a lot of good times there just ducking in for a tasty scoop as an interlude to wandering around Andersonville.” — Nicolle Neulist, Picks & Ponderings

“We like Jennie’s, despite several bacterial scares and recalls….” — Les Raff, Getting More From Les

“It’s not your typical American ice cream, but our family loves Alaska Paletaria y Neveria on Irving Park. Try the Mangoneada!” — Angela Soriano, less than perfect

“Chocolate Shoppe on Devon near Central. Independent ice cream parlor with a decidedly independent outlook. Very kooky decor generally, based on a carnival theme, but it may be Donald Trump as a carny or anyone else the owners may want to lampoon. I think the owners may be refugees of 1960s protest movements because I feel like I hear a Jefferson Airplane song every time we’re there. It’s close to where our grandchildren live so we like to go there. They have plenty of Adirondack chairs on the sidewalk during warm weather (when else would you go to an ice cream parlor? — does anyone call them parlors anymore? Showing my age?) and when you sit out there one of the employees always comes around with free samples of something, and sometimes cups of water. And, oh yeah!, the ice cream is excellent. Good selection, too.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

“Rainbow Cone on south Western Ave. It’s a long-time tradition and so good.” — H. Van Howe, Pizza For Breakfast

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