Best Ice Cream Spots for Kids in the Chicago Area

Posted: June 01, 2015

Summer's here, and there's no better way to indulge than with a cold, tasty treat! Chicago has a wide variety of great options, from old fashioned ice cream parlors to custard to gelato. Following are some of our favorite family-friendly spots for a cool summer treat.

NEW! Graeter's Ice Cream
1347 Shermer Rd., Northbrook
Graeter’s has come to the Chicago area, with a new location open in Northbrook. Graeter's is knows for its handcrafted ice cream and gelato lines that use a small-batch, artisanal method of production dating back over a century. And the location couldn't be better - kids can come enjoy a cone after wearing themselves out across the street at Village Green park! Learn more...

The Original Rainbow Cone
9233 S. Western Ave., Chicago
The Original Rainbow Cone, located in the Beverly neighborhood, has been a local favorite since it opened in 1926. They're best known for their famous flavor combination that makes up the original Rainbow cone: Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts) and Pistachio, topped off with Orange Sherbet. Other featured flavors include delights such as Black Walnut, Butter Pecan, Bubble Gum and Banana. Learn more...

George's Ice Cream & Sweets
5306 N. Clark Street, Chicago
You'll find the perfect ice cream concoction to satisfy your cravings, from the Cookie Monster and Peanut Butter Paradise Sundaes to the Fluffer Nutter and Nutella Roche Shakes. There are gluten-free, soy-vegan and sugar-free choices. And George's has more than ice cream - try a cobbler, cookie bar, or cupcake too! Learn more...

Black Dog Gelato
859 N Damen and 1955 W. Belmont, Chicago
Black Dog has locations in Ukranian Village and Lakeview, serving gourmet gelato and sorbets that are made using an artisanal process, right on site. The small batches us the simplest ingredients, and the flavors change frequently. Some unique flavors include Rosemary Irish Cream, Goat Cheese Cashew Caramel and Sesame Fig Chocolate Chip - all with natural, fresh flavorings. Learn more...

Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor
7347 W. Madison St., Forest Park
The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor has a cozy old-fashioned feel, friendly atmosphere and vintage decor and offers homemade ice cream and root beer, and fresh baked pies and cakes. Located in downtown Forest Park, Brown Cow offers a variety of flavors, and regulars rave about the Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream and the Pistachio sundae. There are even some sugar-free, dairy-free and soy options available. Don't be scared off if there's a line... it's worth the wait! Learn more...

Scooter's Frozen Custard
1658 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago
Scooter's Frozen Custard makes their custard fresh from scratch every day using local ingredients from Wisconsin. Fun flavors include Chocoloreo, Coconut Cream Pie, Java Lava and Mocha Snickers Madness. You can also buils a "Concrete" - a frozen custard with your favorite toppings blended in, so thick that you can eat it upside down! Learn more...

Margie's Candies
1960 N. Western Ave, Chicago
A visit to Margie's Candies for an ice cream treat is as much about the old fashioned, authentic ice cream parlor experience as it is about the delicious homemade sundaes, shakes and hand-dipped candies. Margie's has been a Chicago tradition since 1921, and all of the delectable treats and ice creams are made fresh with all natural ingredients. Learn more...

Little Beans
1809 W. Webster, Chicago
Little Beans is a family cafe and indoor play space for kids, and they've built out a family friendly ice cream shop and play deck that's a fantastic summer spot for tots. In addition to scoring scoops of Homer Ice Cream, your little ones can enjoy the fun outdoor play deck. On select summer nights, you can even catch an outdoor concert with some of the area's best kiddie entertainers. Learn more...

Caffe Gelato
2034 W. Division, Chicago
If you've been to Italy and savored a local gelato, then the creamy, authentic gelatos at this Bucktown spot will bring those tasty memories right back. The gelato is made fresh on site, and you can also enjoy other Italian treats like fresh cannoli and imported Italian snacks. In summer, you can snag an outdoor seat with your kids and imagine you're relaxing out on the piazza. Learn more...