Summertime in Chicago, Illinois, can swelter, making it the right time to indulge in a cold scoop or two of ice cream. When it’s time to beat the heat, get to one of these great ice cream parlors.
Bobtail Ice Cream Company is a quiet oasis on a bustling stretch of Broadway Avenue in Lakeview. Old-fashioned ice cream parlor decor and family recipes three generations old give Bobtail an air of yesteryear. However, one of the shops most requested flavors, signature sunset, is anything but old. It’s a smooth merlot-flavored ice cream studded with premium dark chocolate chips. The menu is rounded out with classic, kid-friendly flavors made with locally sourced ingredients.
Bobtail, 2951 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL USA 1 773 880 7372
This iconic Chicago ice cream parlor has been serving up frozen treats since 1921. The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Al Capone have all stopped by Margie’s. Its iconic storefront sign and giant ice cream cone statue are pure nostalgia, as are the white clamshell bowls used as dine-in serving pieces for those brave enough to withstand the long waits for tables. Every sundae comes with a wafer cookie, and the homemade hot fudge sauce is extra dark and rich. The entire menu is also available to go, but expect a 15-30 minute wait during busy summer nights.
Margie’s Candies, 1960 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL USA 1 773 384 1035
Rainbow Cone has been serving up tall ice cream cones on Chicago’s South Side since 1926. The rainbow cone booth is a staple at both Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza, giving their namesake frozen treat fame well beyond the south side of the city. There are five different frozen flavors in a rainbow cone: chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House vanilla, pistachio, and orange sherbet. Each one is scraped onto the next in a downward pulling motion with a utensil similar to a spackle knife. A finished cone showcases each sloping color of ice cream, proudly rising up to meet its name. Put them all together and take a big lick from bottom to top, getting a taste of every flavor all at once, and it just works.
Rainbow Cone, 9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL USA 1 773 238-7075
Head to this Roscoe Village favorite for a concrete – a serving of creamy frozen custard blended with lots of chunks of candy, cookies, or fruit that is so indulgent and thick it can be served upside down. In a rush? Order from the convenient walk up window. Visit their website for a regularly updated list of weekly featured flavors. Get it while you can – Scooter’s closes completely during the cold winter months, reopening just in time for the spring thaw.