Out with the kids
Nothing beats ice cream for a special family treat. Sure, you can
scoop a dish at home, but unless you're equipped with an industrial
freezer, you probably can't sample dozens of flavors before making
up your mind. So why not head to Mitchell's Ice Cream Shop
The Homewood location, where all of the ice cream is made,
offers plenty of seating, an old-fashioned soda fountain, a variety
of homemade chocolates and brittles, and fantastic ice cream. If
you're visiting downtown Chicago, stop in at their shop (under
Gino's East at 636 Wells St.) for samples and a giant waffle cone.
Or watch vendors hand-dip your cone in chocolate at Mitchell's
cart, Michigan and Superior. No matter which location you visit,
the hardest part will be deciding what to order.
At the Wells Street location, my sons
collected their sample spoons, ultimately reaching more than 10
apiece, before deciding on double scoops. I was feeling a little
guilty that my gluttons were being greedy until the man behind the
counter assured me that discovering what customers like is fun for
I would never have guessed that my
7-year-old would fall in love with English Toffee, but that he did,
along with some raspberry sorbet. Add some orange sherbet,
peppermint ice cream and a fantastic vanilla and chocolate Root
Beer Float and my kids were in ice cream heaven.
I went for Mitchell's most popular selection, chocolate-chip ice
cream with home-made hot fudge topping. I understand why this
flavor accounts for close to a quarter of the company's ice cream
sales. The chips are the perfect texture to go with the creamy ice
cream. And the hot fudge … well, it's just sinful. Although seating
is limited at the Wells Street shop, the bright colors, open space
and very family-friendly vibe make it a good spot for a quick
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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