50 Local Ice Cream Shops Scooping Up Sweet Summer Memories (+ Ice Cream Trail Map)

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We get it, ice cream is definitely a treat to be enjoyed all year long. However, it’s something so special about finding your favorite flavor on a hot summer day to cool you off and put a smile on your face.

If you’re anything like me, I try them all! I won’t leave the shop without a sample of anything that sounds tempting. If ice cream’s not your thing, many of these shops offer other amazing desserts like milkshakes, donuts, or frozen yogurt.

The local ice cream shop is the perfect place to celebrate a major team win, or get the scoop on your kids’ summer camp adventures post dinner. The sweet nostalgia and happy vibes you’ll get from visiting these local ice cream shops is simply the cherry on top!

Kids sitting at a table eating ice cream in an ice cream parlor.

The Ice Cream Trail Map

Whether you’re looking for ice cream near you or putting together a daring plan to visit all our local sundae shops, our map will help guide your family to your next delicious adventure!

Local Ice Cream Shops in Chicagoland

Banana Split

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

Walk-up service for the tastiest soft serve since 1983 including delicious banana splits, premium pints, salted nuts, cookie dough and other yummy creations.

Charlie’s Silver Spoon Creamery

6 E. Downer Place
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 340-4074

Family-owned ice cream shop in the historic Silver Plate Manufacturing building. Known for using fresh ingredients, their flavors rotate daily. Some of the unique ones include tangerine, latte, dreamsicle, coconut, vanilla bean and more.

Deri Delite

10 S Ohio Street
Aurora, IL 60505
(630) 851-5322

Batavia Creamery

4 N Island Avenue
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 482-3729


5150 Main St.
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 297-8444

Self-serve frozen yogurt with a variety of flavors. Top it off with fresh fruit and your favorite toppings.

Eiffel Waffle

1028 Curtiss Street
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 297-8326

284 S. Weber Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60490
(630) 754-7272

Home of the over-the-top bubble waffles and waffle tower dessert creations.

Our Creamery

400 E. Illinois St.
Lemont, IL 60493
(630) 296-0444

506 E St. Charles Place
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 519-4377

A family-owned business with locations throughout Chicagoland.

Hazel Marie’s

24030 Lockport St.
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 782-3166

An old fashioned ice cream parlor serving 24 different flavors.

Gina’s Italian Ice

6737 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL 60402
(708) 677-1539

A fixture of Berwyn for over 41 years, their cool, refreshing and delicious Italian ice and ice cream flavors are the perfect treat with convenient walk-up window service (weather permitting). Check out their feature on Chicago’s Best.

La Michoacana de Brookfield

9102 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 255-5371

Ice cream, yogurt, paletas, milkshakes, frappes, mangonadas, and horchata at this local favorite. Look to their Facebook page for the latest flavors.

Daisy’s Treats & Bakery

3748 Grand Boulevard
Brookfield, IL 60513
(708) 255-5771

Handcrafted chocolates, milkshakes, pound cakes, and fruits and nuts hand-dipped in chocolate. Gift baskets and cart rentals for parties are also available.

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. Check out their daily flavor page for the most up to date choices.

The Original Rainbow Cone

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

498 E Roosevelt Road
Lombard, IL 60148
(630) 792-1134

7417 S Cass Avenue
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 963-2333

Navy Pier Location
600 E Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(773) 238-7075

Home of the original rainbow cone since 1926, which is a colorful combination of chocolate, strawberry, palmer house, pistachio and orange sherbet. Sundaes, shakes, cakes, cake rolls and pints/quarts to go.

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. Outdoor seating available, too.

Tizzy’s Teats & Eats

737 Plainfield Road
Darien, IL 60561
(630) 887-7486

Ice cream parlor offering many different flavors, customizable cakes, sundae shakes and more.

Every Day’s A Sundae

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

14 W. Hinsdale Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Family-owned ice cream shop since 1992, proudly serving signature and seasonal scoops and creations. There’s a new location open in Hinsdale now, too!

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 creamy gourmet scoops, sundaes, shakes and smoothies. Cakes, pies and cookie sandies, too.

The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor

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

A family-owned old fashioned ice cream parlor since 2004, serving up premium homemade ice cream, root beer, pies, cakes and gourmet coffee.

All Chocolate Kitchen

29 S. 3rd St.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 232-2280

Featuring delectable creations by Master Chef Alain Roby, including all kinds of desserts, chocolates, gelato, cakes, sugar art, tea and coffee.

Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream

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

119 W. Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 221-1199

Since 1987, this unique shop has featured homemade ice cream, fine chocolates, fudge and Italian sodas, too. See examples of their latest creations on their Facebook page.

Tate’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop

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

This family-owned shop, well-loved by the community, has been making homemade ice cream and seasonal treats on site for more than 30 years. Grab a cookie kit, homemade pie, delicious cone, or pint/quart of ice cream to go.

The Highland Queen

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

Featuring floats, malts, ice cream sodas, soft serve, dipped cones, shaved ice, dole whip, Hershey’s ice cream and other novelties at this family-friendly spot since 1954. Outdoor seating is available as well.

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, floats and the best banana splits. Great outdoor seating area available, too.

Cool Creations

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

Locally-owned shop serving up treats for over 20 years. Try their soft serve, chocolate dipped bananas, homemade cookies, brownies and pies. For all their monthly flavors, check out their Facebook page.

Capannari Ice Cream

10 S. Pine Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
(847) 392-2277

Cookie Dough Creations

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

A unique establishment serving up safe-to-eat cookie dough, ice cream, sundaes, shakes and cookies since 1994. Grab your treats to go and enjoy them as you stroll along the nearby Riverwalk.

JoJo’s Shake Bar

5 W. Jackson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
(331) 204-6665

This is the third location of JoJo’s Shake Bar, which opened in February 2022 and is known for over-the-top milkshakes. If you’re in the city, their first two locations are found in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and the other in Water Tower Place.

Sugar Milk Cafe

1250 W Ogden Avenue
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 857-3194

Sugar Milk Cafe opened in October 2021. Their signature milkshakes are crowned with creative add-ons that add some serious height.

Polar Bear Ice Cream

7901 Cermak Road
North Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 442-8048

Walk-up service of the most delicious soft serve, sundaes, shakes, malts, smoothies and more.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

521 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523
(630) 822-7996

18 S Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540
(630) 506-8005

Unique, gourmet flavored ice creams made without synthetic flavors or dyes.


5540 W. 95th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 423-8282

A local favorite featuring soft serve, glaciers, funnel cake sundaes, shakes and malts, plus Chicago-style food. Enjoy your treats outside on their patio.

Hole in the Wall Custard Shoppe

901 1/2 South Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 848-9910

Hole in the Wall has been offering ice cream, soft serve yogurt, dipped cones, slushies, and super sundaes in Oak Park for more than 70 years at this walk-up location.

Petersen’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream

1100 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. Pints, cookies, shakes, cones, and more.

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, nostalgic flair since 1937.

Triple Scoop’d Ice Cream

801 Devon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068
(224) 985-3110

From reader Jim H.: “Locally owned, family friendly, ice cream shop right across from South Park. Great outdoor seating area. Flights, shakes, and amazing sundaes. Plus custom topped donuts on the weekends!”

London Ice Cream

38 East Avenue
Riverside, IL 60546

New local ice cream shop that just opened in May 2023. Let us know what you think!


601 N. Martingale Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
(630) 283-0782

Tasty Treat

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

Tasty Treat is known for their generous scoops of homemade ice cream at reasonable prices. Delicious sorbet and sherbet options as well.

Four Brothers

221 S. Naperville Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 394-2448

A small local family chocolate shop selling ice cream and craft confections, with an outdoor patio for eating.

Foxy’s Ice Cream

131 E Hydraulic Avenue
Yorkville, IL 60560
(630) 385-2716


1047 W Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 666-5111

This Irish-inspired ice cream shop is known for its unique flavors and outdoor patio for the summer days.

Shawn Michelle’s

46 E 47th Street
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 675-4032

Bronzeville homemade ice cream shop in the historic Rosenwald Building. Enjoy classic ice cream flavors, cobblers, and more.

Maybe there’s a local ice cream shop that you love and we missed? Please comment below – we’re always happy to include more! And if all this ice cream talk didn’t get you in the mood for summer scoops, check out our Over-The-Top Milkshakes list for the most amazing shakes in Chicagoland.

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