Northside Sweet Treats: Try these 15 mighty independent ice cream and gelato shops in Lakeview

by Carrie Bradon | Oct. 17, 2017, 8:00am |

You don’t have to look far from Chicago to find the origin of the ice cream sunday. According to Mitchell’s Chicago,  back in the 1880’s, Ed Berner’s Ice Cream Parlor in Two Rivers Wisconsin claims the sundae originated by accident. 

The creation began when a customer requested an ice cream soda on a Sunday. At the time, soda’s were not to be served on Sundays for religious reasons, so they compromised by putting ice cream in a bowl and using chocolate syrup on top as flavoring. Syrup was only used in ice cream sodas at the time. This compromise invented a new dessert, and “ice cream with syrup” was sold for a nickel. The desert took off, and soon became a local favorite. 

While here in Illinois, we can’t lay claim to creating the ice cream sundae, we can brag about some of the incredible ice cream places - and the people behind them - across our state.  

Ice cream has become synonymous with celebrations and good memories, so why not have some today? Here are 15 mighty ice cream and gelato shops in the Lakeview area of Chicago.

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Bobtail Ice Cream Co.

2951 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 880-7372
Bobtail Ice Cream Co. is known for its homemade ice cream flavors that include mint chip, coffee and salted caramel chocolate pretzel, as well as sundaes, shakes and specialty drinks.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

3404 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-7139
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream is proud of its homemade flavors, which currently include a pumpkin spice blend made with real pumpkins.

Scooter’s Frozen Custard

1658 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 244-6415
Scooter's Frozen Custard gets its ingredients from Central Wisconsin, the heart of the dairy industry, giving its custards a creaminess that you have to taste to believe.

Oberweis Dairy Ice Cream & Dairy Store

3055 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 697-3317
This is more than just an ice cream shop; it’s an experience. Homemade waffle cones and free balloons for children make this a fun shop to visit.

Margie’s Candies

1813 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
 (773) 348-0400
Margie's may be known for its candies, but this establishment also offers ice cream specialties, topped with chocolate sauces and more.

Snow Junkie

3759 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 997-0699
Snow Junkie features all things sweet and cold: ice cream, frozen yogurt and shaved ice, giving customers a reason to come back and try a different treat each time.

Froyo Chicago

3746 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 857-0119
Froyo Chicago has a hip factor that many ice creameries lack. This shop specializes in organic and fair-trade ingredients and offers vegan coconut froyo for conscious diners.

Smallcakes: A Cupcakery and Creamery

3054 N. Greenview Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 661-9634
Smallcakes may be known for its baked indulgences, but it also offers ice cream in a wide array of flavors.

Paciugo Gelato & Caffe - Broadway

3241 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-8433
Paciugo is a great spot to satiate your sweet tooth or to simply meet for a cup of coffee. Customers love that there are dairy-free options.

Yo Fresh Yogurt Cafe

2935 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657
(857) 928-9096
Yo Fresh Yogurt Cafe offers all-natural and kosher-certified yogurts in lovely flavors. There is something for everyone here.

Forever Yogurt

3510 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 698-7031
Forever Yogurt brings delightful gluten-free and nonfat yogurt options to its loyal customers. Fun topping options make this a great place for the whole family.

FRíO Gelato

3721 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 799-8683
FRíO Gelato taps into the Argentine heritage of gelato. The menu alone is enough to make anyone's mouth water.

Cafe L'Appetito Lakeview

3332 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-7290
“Born in Italy, made in Chicago” is the motto at Cafe L'Appetito, which was established in 1981. With much more than gelato, this restaurant offers all Italian specialties.


3100 N. Lakefront Trail, Chicago, IL 60657
(312) 619-2514
Offering customers a tropical and icy experience, Sholado has many flavors of shaved ice and incorporates fresh fruit into some of its delights.

Windy City Sweets

3308 N. Broadway St., Chicago IL 60657
(773) 477-6100
Windy City Sweets offers customers a wide selection of candies and treats, but it also has wonderful recipes for ice cream, sorbet and yogurt at this shop.

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