The Best Local Ice Cream Shops

best local ice cream shops

It’s ice cream season – hooray! We love ice cream of every kind…but isn’t there something extra special about the family-owned, smaller shops and parlors around town? Our family has already decided to try every place on this list – sounds like an easy and fun goal for summer! Support your neighborhood shops and satisfy your sweet tooth. WIN, WIN!

tates old fashioned ice cream shop logo

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 24 years.

MapleAveMaple Avenue Creamery
1146 Maple Avenue
LaGrange Park, IL 60526
(708) 352-6730
Adjacent to the LaGrange Park neighborhood restaurant, Bill’s Place, the Maple Avenue Creamery serves up ice cream, sundaes, shakes, old fashioned floats, banana splits and smoothies.

1146635_501725716573510_857530868_nZoo 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 and popcorn.

petersen's old-fashioned ice cream logo

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.

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brown cow ice cream parlor logo

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.


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.


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.

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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.

kimmers-logoKimmer’s Ice Cream
109 East Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 765-7704
Kimmer’s serves up gourmet scoops, sundaes, shakes and smoothies in Wheaton as well as a St. Charles shop that opened in 2010.

538271_406904152683922_274615989_nBrain Freeze Ice Cream
110 West Park Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 478-3909
A family-owned ice cream shop offering a variety of ice cream flavors, Italian ice, vegan soy ice cream, milkshakes, ice cream pies and other treats.

the plush horse logo

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.

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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 logo

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.

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.



About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

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