I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! There is something so sweet and wonderful about a family trip for ice cream in the summer! My family loves visiting our local, family-owned shops for sweet, creamy treats. Thank you to our readers for your Facebook and Instagram recommendations! There are so many on this list that we have yet to visit. I am certain my kids would be up for that challenge! They are listed in alphabetical order by town.
820 Church Road
Aurora, IL 60505
Serving up delicious soft serve since 1983. Tasty pints, cool creations, and of course, yummy cones!
7170 Cermak Rd.
Berwyn, IL 60402
Newly opened and offering a unique ice cream from the streets of Thailand to Chicagoland – hand rolled ice cream!
3748 Grand Boulevard
Brookfield, IL 60513
Zoo City Treats offers a wide variety of creamy ice cream, soft serve, Hawaiian shaved ice, Italian ice, popcorn, and baked goods.
1960 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
Serving up homemade ice cream sundaes, milkshakes and hand-dipped candies for more than 90 years, Margie’s Candies is a Chicago institution.
9233 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
Since 1926, they have offered their original rainbow cone, which is a combination of chocolate, strawberry, palmer house (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts), pistachio and orange sherbet.
1658 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
Locally-owned mom & pop custard shop, serving up frozen custard and concretes since 2003.
9 South Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
Family-owned ice cream shop since 2002, serving ice cream and frozen yogurt.
990 Warren Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Family-owned ice cream shop since 1992, serving their signature scoops and creations.
110 W. Park Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126 • (630) 903-6618
1 W. Illinois Street, St. Charles, IL 60174 • (630) 762-9480
109 East Front Street, Wheaton, IL 60187 • (630) 765-7704
Kimmer’s serves up gourmet scoops, sundaes, shakes and smoothies in Wheaton, St. Charles, and Elmhurst.
7347 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
A family-owned old fashioned soda fountain that opened in 2004 serving homemade ice cream, root beer, fresh baked pies, cakes and locally roasted gourmet coffee drinks.
33 S. 3rd St.
Geneva, IL 60134
Featuring delectable creations by Chef Alain Roby, who has studied and perfected his craft of being a pastry chef all around the world. Their desserts, chocolates, and gelato look amazing!
302 S. 3rd St.
Geneva, IL 60134
This location is their main store, and where you can see the candy being made right in front of your eyes! In addition to amazing chocolates, their ice cream is out of this world!
25 South Ashland Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
Tate’s is a family-owned shop and has been making their own homemade ice cream on site in La Grange for over 30 years.
1511 W. 55th Street
La Grange, IL 60525
Featuring floats, malts, ice cream sodas, soft served, shaved ice, Hershey’s ice creams, and a variety of novelties since 1954!
937 S Hamilton Street
Lockport, IL 60441
Locally owned and operated, and serving up yummy treats for over 20 years!
22 W. Chicago Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
This is a unique establishment, serving amazing cookies, cookie dough, ice cream and any combination of those since 1994!
1259 N. Cedar Road
New Lenox, IL 60451
Ranch Frostie has been open since 1970, but with new owners last year, there is a little spring in it’s step! They added new options such as dairy-free/gluten free coconut based ice cream to their already tasty menu of soft-serve creations!
5540 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
A local favorite serving yummy soft-serve and their famous “twinkle” cones!
For over 50 years, Hole in the Wall has been offering custard quality ice cream and also soft serve yogurt in Oak Park.
1100 West Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
Petersen’s “old fashioned” recipe was created over 90 years ago and still is being sold in the Oak Park location as well as a newly opened location in Arizona.
12301 South 86th Avenue
Palos Park, IL 60464
The Plush Horse has been offering homemade ice cream with a historic flair since 1937. They serve cones, shakes, sodas, malts, sundaes, banana splits and more in their ice cream parlor. The Plush Horse ice cream is also served at Stix & Stones in Burr Ridge.
19 S Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
Tasty Treat, a small shop with generous scoops of ice cream at reasonable prices, is located near Veterans Memorial Park (the park with the large pirate ship!), which makes a great combo.
Have an ice cream location that we missed that is your favorite? Please comment below! Don’t forget to check out these Fun Restaurants for Kids for unique dining options with your family.