11 Classic Ice Cream Shops Your Chicago Kids Will Love

There’s simply nothing that can replace the taste of slow-churned, carefully crafted small batch nostalgia. Luckily, we still have excellent old-fashioned ice cream parlors scooping ice cream that would make even your grandma feel like a kid again. Here are the top Chicagoland ice cream shops serving up the best double scoop around.

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, these ice cream shops may not be open for dining in. Please check each location’s website for more information. 

The Brown Cow

This charming ice cream parlor serves up root beer floats from an old-fashioned soda fountain. Their homemade ice creams, pies and cakes are fresh, delicious and definitely worth the trip to Forest Park. Double up on the chocolate-chip ice cream sandwiches — they are divine!

7347 Madison St., Forest Park

Capannari Ice Cream

While Capannari offers unique and modern flavors like Mediterranean Sea Salt Caramel and Bordeaux Cherry Vanilla, you can still expect a classic ice cream experience at this family-owned business. Their homemade ice cream is so good that you can try four different flavors at once with their ice cream flight. 

10 S. Pine St. Mt. Prospect

George’s Ice Cream

Named after a beloved member of the Andersonville community, George’s Ice Cream was inspired by an old school way of thinking. What could be better than a conversation with friends and delicious ice cream in a comfy neighborhood ice cream shop? George’s serves classic and unique ice cream flavors, sundaes, cupcakes and coffee. Try the red velvet ice cream sandwich, or The Exhausted Parent (complete with espresso and bourbon).

5306 N. Clark St., Chicago 

Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop

Their name is historic and their sundaes are world famous. Their scoops have old-fashioned written all over them, arriving at your table in a glass cup or bowl with a heaping dollop of whipped cream and always with a cherry on top.

400 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Graeter’s Ice Cream

If you’re planning to go to Ravinia Festival this summer with your family, you have to make a stop at Graeter’s. The family-owned business originated in Ohio generations ago and we’re lucky enough to have two locations in Chicagoland. Grab a scoop of one of their many chocolate chip ice cream flavors because they’re known for it!

1347 Shermer Road, Northbrook and 940 Green Bay Road, Winnetka 

Margie’s Candies

For more than 90 years, Margie’s has served up hand-dipped candies, homemade sundaes and delicious shakes. Margie’s Candies has seated The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Al Capone and countless others who couldn’t resist Margie’s homemade treats. Don’t leave without a jar of fudge. We’re sorry, and you’re welcome.

1960 N. Western Ave. and 1813 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago

The Original Rainbow Cone

The Original Rainbow Cone knew how to make a beautiful ice cream combination long before Instagram rolled around. The signature dessert comes with five colorful flavors: Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer House, Pistachio and Orange Sherbet. Those aren’t the only flavors offered at the shop! Make a plan to head back to try their other flavors including Black Walnut, Bubble Gum and Mint Flake. 

600 E. Grand Avenue (Navy Pier) and 9233 S. Western Avenue, Chicago

The Plush Horse

Here’s another ice cream spot that has been serving ice cream for more 75 years. Other than offering more than 60 flavors of ice cream, sorbets and other frozen treats, your kids will get a kick out of the life-size plush horse in the shop. How cute is that?

12301 S. 86th Ave, Palos Park

Premo’s Ice Cream

Fans of soft serve ice cream need to visit Premo’s! The shop gets creative with their ice cream specials (for Fourth of July, they offered a Firecracker Sundae). Customers of all ages will especially love their sundaes and brownies topped with edible eyes.

5540 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn

Shawn Michelle’s

This Bronzeville shop is new to the ice cream game, but they still cherish old-fashioned ice cream! Head to their store to try their Sweet Sixteen flavors including Grandma’s Ole Fashioned Vanilla, Honey Cinnamon Graham and Jamaican Rum Raisin. Good luck with choosing just one flavor! 

46 E. 47th St., Chicago

The Sweet Oasis

Every neighborhood needs an ice cream spot like The Sweet Oasis. You’ll feel welcomed picking out a frozen treat. If you’re looking for a traditional ice cream experience, get the Oasis Banana Split covered with crushed pineapple and strawberries. 

7549 W. Montrose Ave., Norridge


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This story was originally published on June 8, 2017. It has been updated with the most recent information.  

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