Ice Cream Venues in Chicago You Need to Visit

By Rachel King


With the sweltering weather coming our way, it is the optimal time to get yourself to Chicago and try some new things, namely ice cream. After all, what sounds more appetizing after a hot sunny day spent sightseeing in the city? Check out these must-see ice cream shops all over Chicago for the most refreshing scoop (or scoops, no judgment here) of your favorite flavor.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, multiple locations

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Based in Ohio, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams has proved itself worthy to Chicagoans judging from its multiple locations in the city. The handmade waffle cones are just one of the many features of Jeni’s that attracts visitors from far and wide, while their unique flavors are another. Among their flavors are brambleberry crisp, gooey butter cake, and Boston cream pie. What more could you want?

Rainbow Cone, 9233 S. Western Ave.

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You can’t go to Rainbow Cone and not order the iconic Original Rainbow Cone. Piled high with scoops of chocolate, strawberry, vanilla with cherries and walnuts, pistachio, and orange sherbet, you can’t get this colorful treat anywhere else. Did you even go to Rainbow Cone if you didn’t take a photo of the most Instagrammable ice cream?

George’s Ice Cream & Sweets, 5306 N. Clark St.

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Established in 2009, George’s is unique because its ice cream originates from Wisconsin from a brand called Chocolate Shoppe. As its flavors tend to rotate every few weeks, the experience is never stale and there are always flavors to experiment with. The sundaes are especially raved about, with fudge found in every bite. And if you’re not in the mood for ice cream, don’t fret because George’s has a wide selection of other confections to choose from.

Margie’s Candies, multiple locations

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If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth by way of sundae, Margie’s Candies is the place to go. Indulge in “The World’s Largest Terrapin,” which comes with 15 scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, caramel, and whipped cream. If that’s too much for you, look into the Swiss Milk Chocolate Sundae instead, which tops two vanilla scoops with chocolate and a marshmallow mixture. If neither of those floats your boat, there are many more sundaes to choose from at Margie’s, from turtle to caramel to fudge.

Sugar Shack, 630 W. 26th St.

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Sugar Shack reinvents ice cream with its funnel cake sundaes, and if you’ve ever had funnel cake, you can already guess how amazing each of these creations tastes. And the best part is each funnel cake is readily customizable, so you can add anything from Snickers to Sour Patch Kids to strawberries, though you might not want to add them all together. After this, funnel cakes at carnivals will never be the same.




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