Day 89: Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor!

While I enjoy the occasional cupcake, my true dessert of choice is ice cream: mint chocolate chip, sherbet, custard, pumpkin, cinnamon, you name it. I’m happy with any flavor, as long as there aren’t pecans! Even though we didn’t see the Blackhawks win last night, we scored big when we stopped by this Brown Cow ice cream parlor on our way home.


I was impressed with Brown Cow for several reasons. First of all, we arrived at their door at 10:59pm. They could have easily told us they were already closed, instead they welcomed us in and treated us like we were the first customers of the day. They weren’t rushing us out the door, they were generous with samples, and they even spent time talking about the Hawks game!

There is a reason that US News has voted Brown Cow one of the top 12 ice cream parlors in the COUNTRY! Their homemade ice cream is delicious. They make their own root beer too, but we’ll have to come back to try it, last night was all about the ice cream. image
My next visit will definitely include one of their amazingly tempting chocolate chip cookie sandwiches! image

Though Connie & her husband Matt opened Brown Cow only 10 years ago, they’ve recreated the old-fashioned parlor feel to a tee. You can sort of tell from the photo that their counter-tops and shelves are all reclaimed vintage pieces, don’t mind the chocolate peanut-butter cup dripping down my chin! image I have to say I absolutely love the history of the building though. In the late 1800’s it was actually a burlesque hall, then it was transformed to a projection theatre. The projection area is still there & all of the crown molding is original.

Of course, one of the greatest things about Brown Cow is the owner, Connie. I’m sure she wanted nothing more than to go home to her family last night at 11:15, but she graciously answered my questions about the cool architecture and her shop. She’s passionate about her business and her love shows in her delicious ice cream.

Brown Cow is well worth the drive, or a detour if you’re heading into the city. I highly recommend the chocolate peanut-butter cup…though my son’s rainbow sherbet was really good…so was my daughter’s vanilla cupcake!

Looking for other ice cream spots I’ve visited? Check out Ollie’s and Everyday’s a Sundae.

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