Chicago's 10 Best Ice Cream Shops

Posted: May 31, 2022

Chicago's best ice cream places are ready to help you cool off this summer with cold, tasty treats, and more! Chicago has a wide variety of both new and classic ice cream shops, from old fashioned ice cream parlors to frozen yogurt to custard to gelato. Plus other savory treats like pastries and candies to make your whole family happy! Following are some of Chicago's best ice cream shops for your family to get a cool summer treat.


Original Rainbow Cone
The Original Rainbow Cone
9233 S. Western Ave., Chicago
The Original Rainbow Cone, located in the Beverly neighborhood, has been a local favorite since it opened in 1926. They're best known for their famous flavor combination that makes up the original Rainbow cone: Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts) and Pistachio, topped off with Orange Sherbet. Other featured flavors include delights such as Black Walnut, Butter Pecan, Bubble Gum and Banana. Additional locations include Chicago and suburbs. Learn more...


Lickity Split
Lickity Split
6056 N. Broadway Ave. and 7000 N. Western Ave., Chicago
Located in the eclectic neighborhood of Edgewater on the corner of Glenlake and Broadway, Lickity Split brings back memories with retro candies and even special treats for your pups! In addition to Lickity Split's tasty frozen treats, they partner with other local businesses to bring customers the flakiest pastries, sweetest candy, and richest coffee in Chicago. Learn more...


Black Dog Gelato
Black Dog Gelato
859 N Damen and 1955 W. Belmont, Chicago
Black Dog has locations in Ukranian Village, West Loop and Logan Square. and Lakeview, serving gourmet gelato and sorbets that are made using an artisanal process, right on site. The small batches us the simplest ingredients, and the flavors change frequently. Some unique flavors include Mint Cookie, Birthday Cake, Espresso Chip, Malted Vanilla, Strawberry Peanut Butter Cup and Lemon Ginger Toasted Marshmallow - all with natural, fresh flavorings. Learn more...


Scooter's Frozen Custard
Scooter's Frozen Custard
1658 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago
Scooter's Frozen Custard makes their custard fresh from scratch every day using local ingredients from Wisconsin. You can always rely on vanilla and chocolate to be available, and check the schedule for special rotating flavors like French Silk, Strawberry Oreo, After Dinner Mint, Peanut Butter Swirl and more. You can also build a "Concrete" - a frozen custard with your favorite toppings blended in, so thick that you can eat it upside down! Learn more...


Margie's Candies
Margie's Candies
1960 N. Western Ave. and 1813 W Montrose Ave., Chicago
A visit to Margie's Candies for an ice cream treat is as much about the old fashioned, authentic ice cream parlor experience as it is about the delicious homemade sundaes, shakes and hand-dipped candies. Margie's has been a Chicago tradition since 1921, and all of the delectable treats and ice creams are made fresh with all natural ingredients. In addition to the original location, Margie's has a second spot at Damen and Western. · Learn more...


Pretty Cool Ice Cream Logan Square
Pretty Cool Ice Cream Logan Square
2353 N California Ave., Chicago
Hand crafted frozen novelties made in Logan Square, Chicago- Ice cream bars, dipped and decorated, popsicles, plant milk pops, and pony pops for kids! Pretty Cool Ice Cream is a small handmade ice cream company in Chicago Illinois, founded by award-winning pastry chef Dana Cree. This ice cream shop specializes in frozen novelties, like your favorite treats from the ice cream truck, all hand-made by a talented team of skilled artisans and designed with local artists. Stop by for ice cream bars, vegan pops, ice pops, and ice cream sandwiches, all hand-dipped and decorated in classic and contemporary flavors. Learn more...


Shawn Michelle's Homemade Ice Cream
Shawn Michelle’s Homemade Ice Cream
46 East 47th Street, Chicago and in Time Out Market Place: 916 W Fulton Street
Shawn Michelle offers delicious homemade ice cream in the historic Rosenwald Building in Bronzeville, and now has another location in the Time Out Market space in Fulton Market. Try out unique, tasty hand-churned signature flavors Pralines and Cream, Banana Pudding, Black Walnut, Jamaican rum raisin and Grandma's Old Fashioned Vanilla. Learn more...


Taiyaki Chicago
Taiyaki Chicago
2468 N Clark St., Chicago
Taiyaki is a traditional dessert in Japan, which translates to "fried fish," and you'll create your treat by filling your fish-shaped taiyaki with the ice cream and toppings of your choice. Ice creams are made from scratch using coconut oil rather than milk, for a non-dairy alternative to regular ice cream. In addition to taiyaki, you can try out delicious Smoothies, milkshakes, tea latte and fruit tea. Learn more...


Vaca's Creamery
Vaca's Creamery
1436 W Blackhawk St., Chicago
Vaca's Creamery is an all-vegan ice cream shop in East Wicker Park offering soft serve, sundaes and shakes. Vaca's uses quality ingredients that align morally with vegan values, with absolutely no animal sources, no dairy, no eggs, no honey. Chocolate and vanilla soft serve are made with certified gluten-free oat milk. And All of the ice cream, waffle cones, sauces and most toppings are made with love on site. Learn more...


BomboBar
BomboBar
832 W Randolph, Chicago
Stop by this Fulton Market favorite for more than just a cold treat! A bomboloni is a holeless Italian doughnut, and BomboBar serves bombolini infused with seasonally inspired fillings that you get to choose. Step up to the walk-up window and order one of six bombolini varieties, 12 gelato flavors, or a trio of gelato shakes (each topped with a mini bombolini!) The walk-up window also serves fresh coffee, lattes, espresso, tea, and cold brew. Learn more...