Take an Ice Cream Tour of the Chicago Suburbs

Jun 28, 2022

We’ve rounded up the sweetest way to explore suburbia.

Who doesn’t love the perfect scoop (or two…)? If you’re an ice cream — or sorbet, gelato or, even, affogato — fan, this suburban tour is for you. As you’re exploring these communities, check out these hotspots for amazing frozen treats.

#1. Wilmette

You can’t miss Homer’s Ice Cream when you’re exploring Wilmette. This local institution dates back to 1935 and they still serve dozens of flavors out of the original location. They offer all of the classics, like Butter Pecan and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, alongside some unique flavors including the award-winning Prairie Berry and Toasted Coco-Pineapple.

Want to keep exploring? Check out Earlywine Park, then take a peek at the Wilmette train station along the way if you’re planning to commute.

#2. Winnetka

Graeters, the classic Midwestern ice cream parlor, has an outpost in the heart of Winnetka. Stop by for a milkshake, sundae, or waffle cone. And if you move to town, keep this in mind for your next birthday celebration — they make some incredible ice cream cakes.

This spot is especially popular in the summer. It’s right next to Hubbard Woods Park with a great playscape and fountain.

#3. Evanston

In Evanston, Hartigan’s is the name of the game. This old-school ice cream shop recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. They offer a menu of sundaes, milkshakes, and dipped cones. You can even get a hand-packed pint to-go to enjoy Hartigan’s at home.

Combine your ice cream outing with a visit to the nearby Mitchell Museum of the American Museum. Lovelace Park is also close if you want to go for a stroll — or a perfect spot for kids to play, explore, and burn off their ice cream energy.

#4. Forest Park

Forest Park is home to a bunch of great dessert spots, like Twisted Cookie and Forest Park Barkey. But when it comes to ice cream, The Brown Cow is the best of the best. It’s a quaint soda fountain-inspired shop located in an old movie theater. They serve delicious handcrafted ice cream treats, sundaes, shakes, and more. Insider tip — they host amazing birthday parties.

Looking for food, too? Wander along Madison Street’s wide sidewalks until you reach The Junction Diner. Orders are served with the help of a model train and there’s a huge chalkboard wall that the kids can draw on.

You could also make your way to the nearby Forest Park Public Library or the Forest Park Dog Park to get a picture of what life might look like if you decide to call Forest Park “home.”

#5. La Grange

For ice cream with a side of Midwestern charm, there’s Tates in La Grange. This local spot has served delicious homemade ice cream for more than 30 years. But the classic flavors are just one reason it’s so popular. The owner, Marie, also makes the space very welcoming. She runs hula hoop contests outside the store during the summer months. And kids can even host small birthday parties here complete with crafts, dancing and, of course, plenty of ice cream.

For a bite to eat nearby you can head to the crowd-pleasing Lucca’s Pizzeria & Ristorante or Santaiago’s Mexican Cuisine.

#6. Mount Prospect

Mount Prospect locals know that Capannari’s is the best scoop shop in town. This award-winning ice cream parlor serves everything from classic cones to ice cream sandwiches and milkshakes. They are also really in-demand for local catering events (and there’s nothing better than showing up to a party and seeing the Capannari’s table set up).

In the summer, Capannari’s also brings local bands to perform at the little park near their shop. Make a whole night out of it and come by for ice cream and a show – it’s a Mount Prospect tradition.

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