Fun fact: today marks the start of national ice cream month; AKA four whole weeks of having the perfect excuse to indulge in ice cream. In honor of this very important month-long celebration, I thought it would be fun to share some of the best ice cream places in Chicago. If you need to find me during July, these are the places I’ll be!
Neighborhood: West Loop
This Irish family-run ice cream shop wins in terms of toppings and cone varieties. I’m a big fan of adding cereal to dessert so their lucky charms topping is a favorite of mine. You can also top your ice cream off with graham crackers, gummy worms, etc. Living up to its name, Cone also has a unique cone options like Oreo cookie and dipped chocolate, and they even give you a little plastic holder to make eating it less messy.
Scooter’s Frozen Custard
Ok, so I know custard isn’t technically ice cream, but it’s good enough to be included here. Scooter’s has a wide range of add-in’s like marshmallow fluff and fudge. If you want actual food along with your custard, Scooter’s also serves hot dogs. Speaking of dogs, don’t forget to bring your dog along. Dogs can get a mini custard to enjoy for free!
Black Dog Gelato
Neighborhood: Wicker Park
Black Dog Gelato makes their gelato and sorbets daily in small batches so it’s always fresh when you order. I love their root beer floats and their coffee floats because I’m addicted to caffeine. (Side note: is national coffee month a thing? If not, we need to make it happen.)
Every single time I walk into this place, (which is a lot), it has the most amazing smell. Oberweis uses fresh cream from their own dairy farms to make their ice cream. I highly recommend their cherry pie flavor as well as their cookie dough.
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Neighborhood: Lakeview, Wicker Park
Out of all the ice cream shops listed, Jeni’s has the most unique ice cream flavors. Things like biscuits and jam, birch and marshmallow (it tastes exactly like the foam on top of a rootbeer float, FYI), churro, savannah buttermint, and roasted strawberry buttermilk. The flavors may be weird, but they’re really good. Of course, if you’d rather stick with your traditional chocolate and vanilla, Jeni’s has that as well.
Snow Dragon Shavery
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park, Navy Pier
The only thing better than a macaron is a macaron ice cream sandwich. Snow Dragon Shavery serves these as well as soft serve, a type of frozen treat called shaved snow, and donut ice cream sandwiches. Need I say more?
George’s Ice Cream & Sweets
Last, but certainly not least, is George’s Ice Cream & Sweets. My friends and I have been doing the Andersonville dessert crawl for the past two years and George’s is always one of my favorite stops. The place has a neighborhood/homey feel. As an added bonus they also serve homemade baked goods and candies.