The Best Scoops of Ice Cream in Chicago
It’s 90 degrees today, which can only mean it is time for ice cream. There are tons of places in the city for a mediocre scoop, but there are just a few gems that have superior frozen treats. Here is a look at three of Chicago’s best ice cream spots, in no particular order.
Scooter’s Frozen Custard 1658 W Belmont
If you have never been to Scooter’s, I highly suggest you make it a priority on your to-do list. Their frozen custard is out of this world, and their “Concretes” put Dairy Queen Blizzards to shame. It is essentially the same concept as a blizzard, but it is executed much better. I usually go for the CFNBC (Caramel Fudge Nut Brownie Chip) but the peanut butter and jelly is a must try. The good folks at Scooter’s take peanut butter, frozen custard, and black raspberry jam and blend them together to make what I think should be considered an alternative to a sandwich for lunch. If you don’t want a concrete, they also serve up milkshakes, malts, Italian ice, floats, and ice cream cones.
Margie’s Candies 1960 North Western Avenue
Margie’s has two locations, but I am only going to tell you about one. I am sure that the newer location on Montrose is just as good as the original, but I haven’t been there. The original Margie’s Candies still looks pretty much like it has for the last four decades or so. It is an old-fashioned ice cream parlor with amazing hot fudge sundaes. My favorite is the turtle sundae, although I have never had a bowl of ice cream there that I didn’t love. I hear that the Beatles visited this place after a concert because they heard about how epic the frozen treats at Margie’s are. I cannot confirm it for sure, but it is a nice thing to believe. Be warned, there isn’t a while lot of seating, and lines can get pretty long. If you visit on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, prepare to wait, but it will be worth it!
Bobtail Ice Cream Company 2951 North Broadway
I first visited Bobtail because the Hungry Hound or some other local news guy told me to. The only complaint that I have is that there was absolutely no parking anywhere to be found. If you visit, especially on a weekend, take the bus. Now that we have that out of the way, they have some great ice cream. On my first visit I tried the Merlot with dark chocolate chips and what they call the “Lakeview Barhopper.” It is dutch cocoa ice cream mixed with Jack Daniels whiskey. My favorite is the warm brownie sundae. They also have some great drinks on the cafe side of their menu. You can go for a simple hot chocolate, or try an ice cream latte, which is made with ice cream, one topping, and steamed milk, all over espresso. Definitely a great place to visit, just remember the parking situation.