Food & Drink

The 10 Best Ice Cream Shops in Chicago

Published On 07/06/2015 Published On 07/06/2015
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Original Rainbow Cone
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26th Street Sugar Shack
Black Dog Gelato
George’s Ice Cream & Sweets
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Bobtail Ice Cream Company
Cone Gourmet Ice Cream
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1. Sugar Shack 630 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616

This Bridgeport sweets spot will make your childhood county fair dreams come true with Funnel Cake Sundaes (!) and a host of other dishes with super-sweet flavor combinations.

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2. George's Ice Cream & Sweets 5306 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

From old-school malts and floats to new-school scoops like Horchata and Fat Elvis (banana ice cream with peanut butter ripple and liquid chocolate chips) served in pretzel-encrusted cones, George’s is Andersonville’s go-to ice creamery and home to maybe the most intense milkshake in Chicago. If you're feeling adventurous, order the the Hocus Pocus shake, made with rainbow sherbet, Sprite, and POP-ROCKS.

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3. Margie's Candies 1960 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

To put it in blunt terms, you simply haven't lived the true Chicago life until you've been to the legendary Margie's Candies. Serving Bucktown since 1921, this generations-old candy shop offers every confection imaginable, all made by hand every day. The ice cream, scooped into homemade waffle cones and delicately dipped in a rich chocolate sauce, is so decadent that both The Rolling Stones and The Beatles have ventured here after shows to satisfy their (brown) sugar cravings.

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4. Bobtail Ice Cream Company 2951 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60605

A favorite neighborhood destination, Bobtail offers traditional flavors like Vanilla Bean, Chocolate and Strawberry. But also check out their specialty flavors, including Signature Sunset and Lakeview Barhopper -- which include Merlot and Jack Daniels, respectively.

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5. Cone 1047 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607

Cone's an ice-creamery in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood, and's slinging out a whole bunch of Irish boozy frozen treats in addition to some non-boozy, non-Irish ones.

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6. Delicias Natural 2867 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

Delicias Natural is a Mexican ice-creamery scooping up some crazy South-of-the-border-inspired frozen treats, such as avocado and tequila ice creams.

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7. Amorino 838 North State St, Chicago, IL 60610

Paris-based gelato shop Amorino opened in Chicago in a sleek 22-seat storefront on State St, complete with exposed brick, crystal-encrusted light fixtures, and a vibrant gelato selection spanning some 16 varieties.

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8. Scooter's Frozen Custard 1658 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

This mom and pop shop serves their frozen custard anyway you like. Their top selling "concrete" is known as the Elvis, and features vanilla custard with peanut butter cups and bananas. But if that's not your style, you can grab a sundae, plain custards, shakes & malts, or create your own concrete. You can also grab a hot dog and chips, if, for some reason you want one.

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9. Rainbow Cone 9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

An unexpected ice cream combination has kept Beverly’s Rainbow Cone in the hearts of Chicagoans since 1926: a retro sugar cone piled with layers of chocolate, strawberry, Palmer House (vanilla with cherries and walnuts), pistachio, and orange sherbet. Lick layer by layer or go for a cross-section bite. You can’t do it wrong. Carry-out cakes of the same invention are on offer in the bright pink stucco store, in addition to sundaes, splits and shakes. A kiosk location at Navy Pier brings the sugar rush waterside.