Broker Blog: 9 Ice Cream Spots You Can’t Miss in Chicago & Beyond

Who doesn’t like ice cream? It’s cold, it’s creamy, and it comes in so many flavors. Whether you’re a fan of old-fashioned vanilla or you’re into something more exotic like lavender, or dulce de leche, we can all agree that ice cream is one of life’s great pleasures. In Chicago’s northern suburbs, there are many places to try. From the Original Rainbow Cone that comes in slices atop a cone, to Coldstone where your sweet treat is fresh-churned daily, you will not be disappointed. So next time you’re craving something sweet and cold, give these ice cream spots a try. It’s worth every bite!

North Suburbs:

Original Rainbow Cone

3754 W Touhy Ave, Skokie, IL 60076

The Rainbow Cone has made it to the Northside! Since 1926, the five delicious flavors—Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer House (cherry vanilla with walnuts), Pistachio, and Orange Sherbet—have been sliced into one amazing cone. 

Homer’s Restaurant & Ice Cream

1237 Green Bay Rd, Wilmette, IL 60091

If you have been to Homer’s, then you’ll know that everyone loves their peppermint ice cream. Homer’s has been rated “Top Ten In the Country” by Bon Appetit and it’s apparent by the way they make ice cream. It’s always made with fresh and natural ingredients, and they still use the original recipe from 1935. 


Graeter’s Ice Cream

940 Green Bay Rd, Winnetka, IL 60093

What started as ice cream made in a French Pot in 1870, quickly became a luxurious ice cream treat for all to enjoy. Graeter’s Ice Cream freezes high butterfat ice cream with very little trapped air, yielding irresistibly indulgent ice cream. With seasonal flavors such as Cherry Chocolate Chip, Orange & Cream and Eggnog, there is something for everyone and every holiday. 



FRIO Gelato

1301 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

FRÍO Gelato was born out of the love of enjoying the Argentine delight at neighborhood “gelatería” with friends and family. Inspired by the traditional, family-style gelaterías of their childhood, the Tennies Koziura family opened this business based out of Evanston, IL. Argentine gelato is softer and creamier with flavors like dulce de leche (milk caramel), sambayón (egg custard and marsala wine), malbec wine and berries, and yerba mate tea. FRÍO is allergy and environment friendly; they even started BYOC “Bring Your Own Container”, where customers can enjoy their treat with a discount every time!


Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shoppe

2909 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201

Hartigan’s Ice Cream Shop is dedicated to making the best ice cream in the world. Their unique flavors and rich history have been attracting customers for over 50 years! 50 must be their lucky number because Hartigan’s sells more than 50 flavors, including sherbets, yogurts, and non-fat and sugar-free flavors. Elephant Tracks, one of their biggest sellers, contains chocolate ice cream with a fudge ribbon swirl and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups Other popular flavors are Mackinac Island Fudge, Cookies & Cream, and Superman. Many customers wait year-round for their favorite flavor to return. 


Kilwins Evanston

1724 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Since 1985, Kilwins has been making Kilwins Original Recipe Ice Cream—and today, there are dozens of premium, unique, and delicious flavors made especially for you! Their Ice Cream is “super-premium,” with a creamy consistency and a delicious, rich texture. Kilwins ice cream is a rich, high-quality treat enjoyed around the United States!



Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams 

2512 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

Jeni’s is all about creating ice creams that are a little bit different. They’re not just talking about their unique flavor combinations—(Some worth mentioning; Everything Bagel, Powdered Jelly Doughnut, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake!!) they’re also talking about the whole experience. Jeni’s builds their ice creams completely from scratch using a unique recipe honed and perfected over more than 20 years by their founder, Jeni Britton. Jeni’s believes in the importance of connecting with the community and the power of ice cream to bring people together.

**Join the marketing team on July 28th in celebrating one of Fulton Grace’s favorite local hot spots by visiting the Logan Square ice cream shop from 2-4 pm for a FREE treat! **

Black Dog Gelato

859 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

When you walk into Black Dog Gelato, you’ll know it’s the real deal. The gelato is some of the best you’ll find anywhere in Chicago—or anywhere else for that matter! Chef Jessie started making gelato in 2007 and some of her unique flavors include: Goat Cheese Cashew Caramel, Italian Custard, Espresso Chip, and Drumstick- dairy-free options are also available! In addition to the Ukrainian Village shop on Damen, gelato lovers can also find Black Dog in the West Loop and Logan Square.


Margie’s Candies 

1813 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Established in 1921, Margie’s Candies is a Chicago-based candy company that was founded by Peter George Poulos. They are proud to be a family-owned and operated company, with roots in the North Side of Chicago. Aside from their sandwich and dinner menu, their selection of ice cream is endless. From banana splits, to sundaes, to homemade ice cream, this place has got it all! Some of their unique ice cream flavors include; Banana, Coffee, Cheesecake, and New York Cherry!


Blog By: Melody Rosin 847-650-9395  
Raised in Chicago’s South Side, then later raising her own family in Chicago’s North Suburbs, Melody Rosin spent nearly three decades working for United Airlines. Recognizing a need for change, Melody transitioned to real estate. With over 15 years under her belt, you can count on Melody as a seasoned and insightful agent. Among the benefits of the career switch was the ability to face new challenges in the city she has known her entire life. She gets to work with a plethora of individuals all seeking their dream home, especially in and around Evanston.

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