The Best Local Ice Cream Shops

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.

Banana Split

820 Church Road
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 896-8680

Serving up delicious soft serve since 1983. Tasty pints, cool creations, and of course, yummy cones!

Legend Tasty House

7170 Cermak Rd.
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 956-7655

Newly opened and offering a unique ice cream from the streets of Thailand to Chicagoland – hand rolled ice cream!

Zoo City Treats

3748 Grand Boulevard
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 255-5481

Zoo City Treats offers a wide variety of creamy ice cream, soft serve, Hawaiian shaved ice, Italian ice, popcorn, and baked goods.

Margie’s Candies

1960 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 384-1035

Serving up homemade ice cream sundaes, milkshakes and hand-dipped candies for more than 90 years, Margie’s Candies is a Chicago institution.

Original Rainbow Cone

9233 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 238-7075

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.

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Scooter’s Frozen Custard

1658 West Belmont Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 244-6415

Locally-owned mom & pop custard shop, serving up frozen custard and concretes since 2003.

The Daily Scoop

9 South Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 655-4115

Family-owned ice cream shop since 2002, serving ice cream and frozen yogurt.

Every Day’s a Sundae

990 Warren Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 810-9155

Family-owned ice cream shop since 1992, serving their signature scoops and creations.

Kimmer’s Ice Cream

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.

Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor

7347 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 366-7970

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.

All Chocolate Kitchen

33 S. 3rd St.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-2395

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!

Graham’s Fine Chocolates

302 S. 3rd St.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-6655

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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!

Tate’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop

25 South Ashland Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-4848

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.

The Highland Queen

1511 W. 55th Street
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 246-1846

Featuring floats, malts, ice cream sodas, soft served, shaved ice, Hershey’s ice creams, and a variety of novelties since 1954!

Cool Creations

937 S Hamilton Street
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 838-4700

Locally owned and operated, and serving up yummy treats for over 20 years!

Cookie Dough Creations

22 W. Chicago Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 369-4833

This is a unique establishment, serving amazing cookies, cookie dough, ice cream and any combination of those since 1994!

Ranch Frostie

1259 N. Cedar Road
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 485-3264

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
(708) 423-8282

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A local favorite serving yummy soft-serve and their famous “twinkle” cones!

Hole in the Wall Custard Shoppe

901 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 848-9910

For over 50 years, Hole in the Wall has been offering custard quality ice cream and also soft serve yogurt in Oak Park.

Petersen’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream

1100 West Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 386-6131

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.

The Plush Horse

12301 South 86th Avenue
Palos Park, IL 60464
(708) 448-0550

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.

Tasty Treat

19 S Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 968-8387

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.

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Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie, her husband, and their kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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