The Best Local Ice Cream Shops: Join Us on the Ice Cream Trail

Ice cream is the ultimate summer treat, and there are so many amazing local shops to choose from! My girls love it anytime we happily announce that we’re going out for ice cream. And, with more time on our hands as of late combined with a list this awesome, we may just need to visit each and every sweet shop in town! Anyone else up for the challenge? Join us. I scream, you scream, we all scream, for ice cream!

The Ice Cream Trail

Why not make it a bucket list item to visit all of our local ice cream shops this summer?! Let’s call it an ice cream tour and we will be your tour guides with this handy map:

Best Local Ice Cream Shops with Descriptions

Banana Split
820 Church Road
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 896-8680
Serving up delicious soft serve since 1983 including tasty pints, cool creations, amazing flurries, and yummy cones!

Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery
6 E. Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60505
The Saltijeral family opened their gorgeous ice cream shop in the historic Silver Plate Manufacturing building. Flavors change on a daily basis, but depending when you stop in, you might find tangerine, latte, cookies n cream, pink grapefruit sorbet, vanilla bean, and more. Check out the new patio!

Gina’s Italian Ice
6737 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 484-0944
A fixture of Berwyn for 40+ years, their cool, refreshing and delicious Italian ice and ice cream flavors are the perfect treat! Walk-up window service. Check out their feature on Chicago’s Best.

La Michoacana de Brookfield
9102 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 255-5371
Delicious ice cream, yogurt, paletas, milkshakes, and horchata with friendly service and great prices. Check out their Facebook page for the latest flavors.

Zoo City Treats
3748 Grand Boulevard
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 255-5481
This ice cream and bakery spot offers a wide variety of ice cream, cakes, cupcakes, pies, sundaes, soft serve and baked goods. Come check out their walk-up window.

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Legend Tasty House
2242 S Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 225-8869
Hand-rolled ice cream with all kinds of toppings in Chinatown!

Original Rainbow Cone
9233 South Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 238-7075
Home of the original rainbow cone since 1926, which is a combination of chocolate, strawberry, palmer house, 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, concretes, shakes, malts, floats and Italian ice since 2003.

The Daily Scoop
9 South Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514
(630) 655-4115
This family-owned ice cream shop has been serving ice cream, frozen yogurt and sundae creations since 2002. Open for curbside pickup, family build-your-own sundae kits, and more.

Every Day’s A Sundae
990 Warren Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 810-9155
Family-owned ice cream shop since 1992, proudly serving signature and seasonal scoops and creations. Check their Facebook page for seasonal flavors.

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 the creamiest gourmet scoops, sundaes, shakes and smoothies. Cakes, pies and cookie sandies, too! Everything’s delivered curbside right now.

Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor
7347 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 366-7970
A family-owned old fashioned soda fountain since 2004, serving premium homemade ice cream, root beer, pies, cakes and gourmet coffee. Currently under construction building their in-house creamery.

All Chocolate Kitchen
33 S. 3rd St.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-2395
Featuring delectable creations by Master Chef Alain Roby, including all kinds of desserts, chocolates, gelato, cakes, sugar art, tea and coffee. Open for takeout.

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Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream
302 S. 3rd St.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-6655
119 W Front St
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 221-1199
Since 1987, this unique shop features candy being made right in front of your eyes! Homemade ice cream and refreshing Italian sodas, too. Their newer Wheaton location has been offering curbside pickup, and both spots are now open.

Tate’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop
25 South Ashland Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 352-4848
A family-owned shop that’s been making homemade ice cream on site for more than 30 years. Take home an ice cream cookie sandwich kit or grab some cones to go.

The Highland Queen
1511 W. 55th Street
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 246-1846
Featuring delicious floats, malts, ice cream sodas, soft serve, shaved ice, dole whip, Hershey’s ice creams, and other tasty novelties since 1954. They’ve set up a new patio for outdoor dining.

We’re Nuts
15 W Harris Ave
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 354-6887
Cozy little shop featuring ice cream, paletas, Italian ice and an incredible assortment of candy, jelly beans, and homemade popcorn.

Maple Avenue Creamery
1146 N Maple Ave
La Grange Park, IL 60526
(708) 352-6730
Scooping treats with old-fashioned charm such as ice cream cones, sundaes, shaved ice, smoothies, shakes, and take-home sundae kits. Outdoor seating is available, as are take-home sundae kits.

Cool Creations
937 S Hamilton Street
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 838-4700
Locally owned shop serving up yummy treats for over 20 years including soft serve, chocolate dipped bananas, homemade cookies, brownies and pie. Check out their Facebook page for this month’s flavors.

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Cookie Dough Creations
22 W. Chicago Ave
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 369-4833
Since 1994, this unique establishment has been serving up safe-to-eat scoops of cookie dough alongside ice cream and cookies. Grab your treats and cross the street to enjoy them along the Riverwalk.

5540 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 423-8282
A local favorite featuring yummy soft serve, glaciers, sundaes, shakes and malts. Delicious Chicago-style food, too. Enjoy your treats on the outdoor patio.

Hole in the Wall Custard Shoppe
901 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 848-9910
Hole in the Wall has been offering custard quality ice cream and soft serve yogurt in Oak Park for more than 70 years. They opened back up on May 1.

Petersen’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream
1100 West Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
(708) 386-6131
Petersen’s has been proudly serving super premium ice cream, fountain treats, and fudge in Oak Park for more than 100 years. Grab pints, cookies, shakes, cones, and more to go.

The Plush Horse
12301 South 86th Avenue
Palos Park, IL 60464
(708) 448-0550
Offering homemade ice cream cones, shakes, sodas, malts, sundaes and banana splits with a historic flair since 1937. Open for curbside pickup!

Tasty Treat
19 S Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 968-8387
Tasty Treat is known for their generous scoops of ice cream at reasonable prices. Delicious sorbet and sherbet, too! As of early June, they’re open for takeout.

Maybe there’s a local ice cream shop that you love and we missed? Please comment below – we’re always happy to include! And if you’re interested in dining al fresco with your family, we have the best list of restaurants with outdoor dining!

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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