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    Post #1 - May 3rd, 2005, 10:06 am
    Post #1 - May 3rd, 2005, 10:06 am Post #1 - May 3rd, 2005, 10:06 am
    While it hardly seems it, ice cream season is soon here (although for me, at least, it never goes away). I am updating and revising the ice cream list. Please let me know what I am missing/places that have closed.

    Palazzolo's Gelato (Available at Pronto Roma River Forest Town Center Lake and Harlem, River Forest)

    Grampy's Frozen Custard (1 W. Illinois, St. Charles) -

    Freddy's (16th near Ridgeland, Cicero) -

    Cunis Candies (1030 E. 162, South Holland) -

    Sukhadia's Sweets (2559 W. Devon, Chicago) -

    Penguin (2723 W. Lawrence, Chicago) -

    Bittersweet (1114 W. Belmont, Chicago) -

    Homer's (1237 Green Bay, Wilmette) -

    Oberweis (various locations) -

    Zephyr's (Wilson and Ravenswood, Chicago) -

    Sweeties (Clark, near Wrigley Field) - ??

    Rainbow Cone (9233 S. Western Ave) -

    Massa (North Avenue, near Johnnie's Italian Beef, Elmwood Park) -

    Village Creamery (two locations 4558 Oakton, Skokie and 8000 Waukegan, Niles) -

    Scooters (1658 W Belmont, Chicago) -

    Ice Dreams (2865 N. Clark, Chicago) - closed, right?

    Margie's Candy (Western/Armitage/Milwaukee) -

    Petersen's (1104 Chicago Ave, Oak Park) -

    Marble Slab (940 Church Street, Evanston/7154 Carpenter Road, Skokie) -

    Sweet Occasions - (4639 N. Damen, Chicago) -

    Hartigan's Ice Cream (2909 Central St., Evanston) -

    Coffee Chicago/Double Rainbow (Broadway and Berwyn, Chicago) -

    Double Rainbow on Southport (?) -

    Chocolate Shoppe (5337 W Devon, Chicago) -

    Evanston Creamery/Chocolate Shoppe (1301 Chicago Ave, Evanston) -

    Sugar Shack (630 W. 26th St, Chicago) -

    Hole in the Wall Custard (901 1/2 N. Oak Park Ave Oak Park) -

    Toots Drive Inn (4354 N. Central Ave Chicago, IL) -

    Buffalo's (Arlington Heights Rd. and Lake-Cook Rd, Buffalo Grove) -

    Dave's Ice Cream & Italian Ice (1451 W. 18th St, Chicago) -

    Cold Stone Creamery (Various locations including 1533 N. Wells, Chicago) -

    Hershey's Ice Cream Premium (5723 Dempster, Morton Grove) -

    Mario & Gino's in Roscoe Village,

    Gayety's Ice Cream (3306 S. Ridge, Lansing)

    Mitsuwa Food Court

    Maggie Moos -

    Brown Cow - Forest Park

    Australian Home Made -

    Cafe Borgata - 455 N. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge -

    El Condor - 2349 N. Milwaukee -

    Culver's Custard -

    Mitchell's - Homewood

    Cafe Gelato
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  • Post #2 - May 3rd, 2005, 10:32 am
    Post #2 - May 3rd, 2005, 10:32 am Post #2 - May 3rd, 2005, 10:32 am
    The Plush Horse is very good(and I'm not too fond of ice cream).

    The Plush Horse
    12301 South 86th Avenue
    Palos Park, IL 60464
    708-448-0550
  • Post #3 - May 3rd, 2005, 11:05 am
    Post #3 - May 3rd, 2005, 11:05 am Post #3 - May 3rd, 2005, 11:05 am
    I've heard, but haven't personally verified, that Sweet Occasions took over the Sweeties location on Clark. They also have a seasonal location on Morse that should be open soon if it isn't already, although again this is secondhand. They serve ice cream made by The Chocolate Shoppe as well.
  • Post #4 - May 3rd, 2005, 11:29 am
    Post #4 - May 3rd, 2005, 11:29 am Post #4 - May 3rd, 2005, 11:29 am
    Ice Dreams is indeed closed. Now and again, I peek in between the sheets of Paper lining the window. The equipment is still there.

    Maybe its a perfect time for one of our entrpreneurial LTHers to cut a deal with the landlord and open that space back up (or move it to some ice cream deprived location).
  • Post #5 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:08 pm
    Post #5 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:08 pm Post #5 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:08 pm
    Sweet Occasions is indeed moving on to Clark in the Andersonville area, and has another shop further down Clark, in addition to Damen.

    There's Pudgies on Western just north of Lawrence. For about two seconds, that area had four ice cream places (the others were G.P. Franklin's, Miranda's and Tropical Shipwreck, though it may have just had frozen coffee drinks). Apparently I cursed them all by writing about them. So forget I mentioned Pudgies.

    Southport may have more than the Australian and the Double Rainbow outlets-- that not-very-good sub shop has ice cream too, right? And Australian is also in Fields' State Street store, I'm pretty sure.
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  • Post #6 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:14 pm
    Post #6 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:14 pm Post #6 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:14 pm
    Its not ice cream, but Gina's Italian Ice in Berwyn is refreshing
    6737 Roosevelt Rd.
    Berwyn.
  • Post #7 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:38 pm
    Post #7 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:38 pm Post #7 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:38 pm
    Rob, don't forget about the new-ish Bobtail Ice Cream Company at 2951 N. Broadway. They make their own ice cream on site (with a glass window where you can view their kitchen), and have a bunch of interesting flavors including a merlot/chocolate chunk combination "Signature Sunset" and a chocolate/Jack Daniels mixture "Lakeview BarHopper"

    Bobtail Ice Cream Company
    2951 N. Broadway
    Chicago, IL 60657
    773-880-7372
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  • Post #8 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:59 pm
    Post #8 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:59 pm Post #8 - May 3rd, 2005, 12:59 pm
    I believe this location has closed, but there is apparently a Dairy Queen going in to what used to be the Banana Leaf Thai place across the street and a few blocks north.
  • Post #9 - May 3rd, 2005, 1:01 pm
    Post #9 - May 3rd, 2005, 1:01 pm Post #9 - May 3rd, 2005, 1:01 pm
    also cold stone across from webster place movie theater/border's area on clybourn
  • Post #10 - May 3rd, 2005, 2:24 pm
    Post #10 - May 3rd, 2005, 2:24 pm Post #10 - May 3rd, 2005, 2:24 pm
    Sugar Buzz at 2909 N. Broadway opened within a week of Bobtail, a block and half north. They don't make their own ice cream (they use a San Francisco brand), but I prefer it to Bobtail's homemade. Nobody ever goes there, though, as opposed to Bobtail which gets pretty packed. I feel bad for them every time I walk by, but their store isn't as cute or in as good a location as Bobtail.

    Windy City Sweets at 3308 N. Broadway. They make their own chocolates, but not their ice cream.

    Even with the demise of Ice Dreams, we are not suffering for lack of ice cream here in Lakeview East!
  • Post #11 - May 3rd, 2005, 3:13 pm
    Post #11 - May 3rd, 2005, 3:13 pm Post #11 - May 3rd, 2005, 3:13 pm
    Add Canady le Chocolatier to your list. Their hand-made truffles and chocolates are the real draw here, but the creamy artisanal gelati are also worth the trip.


    Canady le Chocolatier
    824 S. Wabash
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  • Post #12 - May 3rd, 2005, 3:24 pm
    Post #12 - May 3rd, 2005, 3:24 pm Post #12 - May 3rd, 2005, 3:24 pm
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  • Post #13 - May 3rd, 2005, 3:28 pm
    Post #13 - May 3rd, 2005, 3:28 pm Post #13 - May 3rd, 2005, 3:28 pm
    Stopped in at Bobtail yesterday for a cup of chocolate chip. The chips were thinly shaved but substantial and nearly overwhelmed the vanilla flavor, which means it was close to perfect. The lady had peanut butter chip, which seemed quite good as well, but I couldn't roust myself from my own ice dream sufficiently to fully appreciate hers. My introduction to Bobtail was their Merlot chip, which rubbed me the wrong way, but perhaps I'll try it again sometime.
  • Post #14 - May 4th, 2005, 11:11 am
    Post #14 - May 4th, 2005, 11:11 am Post #14 - May 4th, 2005, 11:11 am
    Rob,

    I assume we are talking about places that are more ice cream centered rather than say what is offered at desserts in more fullscale restaurants? Or the roving/stationary helado vendors and carts?

    anyway here's a coupla additions

    La Monarca Paleteria
    6955 N. Clark
    (773) 274-6394

    mothership of all those carts around town, with the very nice cocoleche, and arroz con leche bars. The labeled ice cream in the freezer are pretty standard but the unlabeled helados are pretty nice


    Dave's Ice Cream & Italian Ice
    1451 W. 18th
    (312) 243-8831

    It's been a long while since i've been back, but they had a very nice tamarindo ice. Anyone know if they're still around/still decent?


    Italian Coffee bar
    1549 Sherman
    Sherman & Grove
    Evanston
    (847) 328-7164

    gelati


    My last visit to Mitsuwa (quite some time ago), there were 2 locations for Ice cream, the stand alone place in the food cart and then the small selection at the bakery. I preferred the bakery ice cream -especially the black sesame


    ReneG Mentioned this one:

    Paleteria y Neveria Michoacan
    7003 S. Pulaski


    One place I've never been, but am curious about is:
    Capannari Ice Cream
    10 S Pine St
    Mt. Prospect
    (847) 392-2277
    http://www.capannaris.com
  • Post #15 - May 4th, 2005, 11:46 am
    Post #15 - May 4th, 2005, 11:46 am Post #15 - May 4th, 2005, 11:46 am
    Hi,

    If Italian ices are welcome in the world of ice cream, then:

    Mario's Italian Lemonade
    1068 W Taylor St
    Chicago
    (no phone)

    Ferro's Italian Beef
    200 W 31st St
    Chicago , IL 60616
    312-791-1818

    Last night I hung out at Mario's for quite a while discussing food and restaurants with Mario's manager Bill. I keep encouraging him to read and perhaps post on LTHforum. All their flavors are additions to their Italian Lemonade base. So if you order watermelon, chocolate or anything else, you will always find some lemon peel somewhere.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #16 - May 4th, 2005, 12:02 pm
    Post #16 - May 4th, 2005, 12:02 pm Post #16 - May 4th, 2005, 12:02 pm
    Hi,

    Independent frozen custard stand:

    Greg's Frozen Custard
    1490 S. Lake Street (Route 45)
    Mundelein, IL
    Tel: 847/837-4175

    More can be found at www.custardlist.com
    Cathy2

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  • Post #17 - May 4th, 2005, 2:02 pm
    Post #17 - May 4th, 2005, 2:02 pm Post #17 - May 4th, 2005, 2:02 pm
    Well, if we're adding ice stands then besides Zarlengo's you need the two Miko's-es.

    Miko's Italian Ice
    1846 N. Damen Ave.
    773-645-9664

    and

    Miko's Italian Ice
    2234 N. Sacramento
    Chicago, IL 60647

    Downtown there are several hoity toity ice cream/chocolate spots, no? Like Ghirardelli and Moonstruck?
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  • Post #18 - May 4th, 2005, 2:56 pm
    Post #18 - May 4th, 2005, 2:56 pm Post #18 - May 4th, 2005, 2:56 pm
    I'm not a fan of Lindy's chili....but I grew up a few blocks from the original Gertie's Ice Cream on Kedzie.

    http://www.lindyschili.com/stores.htm

    I still haven't found a vanilla that comes close in creaminess and flavor.
  • Post #19 - May 4th, 2005, 3:11 pm
    Post #19 - May 4th, 2005, 3:11 pm Post #19 - May 4th, 2005, 3:11 pm
    Mike G wrote:Downtown there are several hoity toity ice cream/chocolate spots, no? Like Ghirardelli and Moonstruck?


    Since it's in the neighborhood, sometimes I go to the Ghiradelli shop--but I have to admit that I like to order their hot fudge sundae without ice cream. That's right...just a cup of hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts and cherry. :D


    Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
    830 N. Michigan Ave
    (312) 337-9330
  • Post #20 - May 5th, 2005, 9:05 am
    Post #20 - May 5th, 2005, 9:05 am Post #20 - May 5th, 2005, 9:05 am
    Cupid Candies. For over sixty years, they've been making and selling their own candy and ice cream. It's one of our favorite summer evening jaunts--a real trip back in time. And, they're open till 10pm seven days a week.

    Factory:

    7637 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60620
    (773) 925-8193

    Stores:

    4709 W 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
    (708) 423-2729

    9500 S Western Ave, Evergreen Park, IL 60805
    (708) 424-8330
  • Post #21 - May 5th, 2005, 2:05 pm
    Post #21 - May 5th, 2005, 2:05 pm Post #21 - May 5th, 2005, 2:05 pm
    Double Rainbow has indeed closed - not sure if it's due to Cold Stone Creamery moving in across the street or that their ice cream was terrible.

    And yes, Dairy Queen is moving in in the old Banana Leaf location - you can't miss the 50 foot sign out front.

    BTW - is Austrailian on Southport still open? It never seems to be open whenever I walk past...
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  • Post #22 - May 5th, 2005, 4:55 pm
    Post #22 - May 5th, 2005, 4:55 pm Post #22 - May 5th, 2005, 4:55 pm
    Australian reopens this weekend, however the Double Rainbow place and the sub shop may both be gone, at least I didn't see them heading down Southport yesterday.
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  • Post #23 - May 6th, 2005, 7:37 pm
    Post #23 - May 6th, 2005, 7:37 pm Post #23 - May 6th, 2005, 7:37 pm
    zim wrote:Dave's Ice Cream & Italian Ice
    1451 W. 18th
    (312) 243-8831

    It's been a long while since i've been back, but they had a very nice tamarindo ice. Anyone know if they're still around/still decent?


    zim,

    after lunch at Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan today, Antonius and I went over to Librería Giron to peruse the cookbook section. Dave's is (was) just west of the bookstore and I'm sorry to say that they are no longer in business. :( I hope some other ice place will be supplying tamarindo this summer...

    Amata
  • Post #24 - May 7th, 2005, 12:46 pm
    Post #24 - May 7th, 2005, 12:46 pm Post #24 - May 7th, 2005, 12:46 pm
    Penguin Ice Cream
    2723 W. Lawrence Ave.
    773-271-4924

    This hole-in-the-wall ice cream parlor makes up for lack of atmosphere with incredibly rich Argentinian ice cream. The gooey gelato-like stuff comes in a variety of flavors, including dulce de leche, with our without chocolate chips.

    Hours: 1-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Noon-9 p.m. Sunday


    (This is from Metromix, but it's accurate)
  • Post #25 - May 8th, 2005, 8:15 pm
    Post #25 - May 8th, 2005, 8:15 pm Post #25 - May 8th, 2005, 8:15 pm
    Dairy Star, on Devon just east of Lincoln, across the street from the Pizza Hut. Good frozen custard icecream.
  • Post #26 - May 8th, 2005, 8:53 pm
    Post #26 - May 8th, 2005, 8:53 pm Post #26 - May 8th, 2005, 8:53 pm
    Just finished a Chocolate Boston Shake from Scooter's Custard, my second trip to Scooter's in 2 days. It seems like they have changed their serving containers since last summer and they seem a tad smaller but still plenty for a good serving. I really like the Brownie Sundae where they mix real brownie pieces in. They were doing a land office business this evening!

    Scoooter's Frozen Custard
    Northeast corner of Belmont and Paulina
    Chicago
  • Post #27 - May 9th, 2005, 10:53 am
    Post #27 - May 9th, 2005, 10:53 am Post #27 - May 9th, 2005, 10:53 am
    I thought I'd break my non-posting streak and chime in on the ice cream topic since it happens to be my favorite thing EVER. Mr. EC (I am Ms. EC, BTW) knows that if given the opportunity, I will plow through a pint in one sitting.

    Miami Flavors - 2504 W. Division
    Went there on a lark one afternoon and tried the avocado and tomato ice creams. The owner of the place is super friendly. Tasted like really good and creamy soft serve, but I could barely make out the flavors. If Penguin is too gritty in texture for you, try Miami Flavors.

    Bunny Hutch - 3650 W. Devon
    I believe they still only have soft serve but you can make your own sundaes with sprinkles and syrup, etc.

    Cyd and D'pano - Excellent gelato and if I remember correctly, they have a lot of choices.

    Angel Food Bakery - 1636 W. Montrose
    Heard a rumor that she's going to start serving ice cream. Whee!

    Anna Held Flower Shop/Fountain Cafe - 5557 N. Sheridan
    Why I have never been to this place, I have no idea. I hear it's an old school soda fountain and it's in that great pink building on Sheridan.
  • Post #28 - May 9th, 2005, 11:40 am
    Post #28 - May 9th, 2005, 11:40 am Post #28 - May 9th, 2005, 11:40 am
    Miami Flavors is failrly well documented here. I like it lots, but it does closely follow the Carribean model of ice cream, which is dissimilar to other types. Soft, full of condensed milk and fast-melting. Some of the flavors are subtle, I think, because the fruits themselves are subtle (avocado, mamey, guanabana, papaya, etc). More to the point, Miami Flavors is no longer at the address you mention. A "for Rent" sign is up. Someone, I believe Cathy, mentioned a possible new location.

    Miami Flavors is/was cool. Bunny Hutch, now that's a place I'd only go on a "lark." :wink:
  • Post #29 - May 9th, 2005, 11:49 am
    Post #29 - May 9th, 2005, 11:49 am Post #29 - May 9th, 2005, 11:49 am
    Someone, I believe Cathy, mentioned a possible new location.


    I bumped into Robert at the Ed Levine Pizza talk in April. He's moving to a new location. I will have to search around where I put those notes especially since he gave me his e-mail address. Otherwise Papa's chicken across the street seems to have a good handle on what's occuring in the neighborhood.

    MikeG had also alerted us on Miami Flavors moving in March.

    Regards,
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  • Post #30 - May 9th, 2005, 12:10 pm
    Post #30 - May 9th, 2005, 12:10 pm Post #30 - May 9th, 2005, 12:10 pm
    I have been meaning to check out the Anna Held shop for eons, it could be the unknown survivor among old city ice cream counters. Or not, who knows. Anyway, if anyone has ever actually been there, tell us.
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