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Chicago’s Essential Italian Ice Spots

Where to go for a Chicago-style frozen treat

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Italian ice is a Chicago treat.
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Italian ice is unquestionably an essential summertime Chicago dessert. The basic recipe for the iconic frozen treat is fairly agreed upon: A proper ice should contain sugar, frozen water, and whole fruits or juice. Italian ice comes in a multitude of flavors but the most classic and widespread variety is lemon, sometimes also called frozen Italian lemonade. Though some makers blend pulp, seeds, or even fruit peels in their mixtures, others strain out the fruit and go for a creamier recipe.

Here are some of the city’s coolest spots for Italian ice. Many are open seasonally, so check in before heading over during the colder months.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Amy's Candy Bar

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4704 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 942-6386
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This Lincoln Square candy boutique offers gummies, licorice and chocolate in addition to Italian ice, available by the scoop or as push-pops from local producer Zarlengo’s Italian Ice & Gelato. Flavors include lemon, strawberry, and raspberry lemon.

2. Little Lulu's Italian Ice

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5035 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(224) 601-5858
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What began as an Italian ice cart has now blossomed into a fully-fledged shop in Portage Park. Stop by for a cold cup of mango, peach, or kiwi ice — all made with just water, fresh fruit, and cane sugar. There’s also sandwiches, smoothies, and espresso (for grownups).

A blue and white polka-dot cup filled with yellow Italian ice.
Little Lulu’s offers a menagerie of fruit flavors.
Little Lulu’s Italian Ice [Official Photo]

3. Scooter's Frozen Custard

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1658 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 244-6415
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Scooter’s Frozen Custard co-owner Denny Moore also encourages his patrons to try a “parfait,” which is a layered mix of Italian ice and frozen custard. Moore blends his desserts how he likes them: Cold, creamy, and without big chunks of fruit. Patrons can expect one fresh flavor every day.

4. Luke’s on Harlem

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3130 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL
(773) 889-4000
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Luke’s On Harlem sells lemon Italian ice all year but it expands the menu to include watermelon and cantaloupe during the warmer months. Store owner Steve DiSilvestro says he blends his store’s ices with in-season fruit for maximum freshness.

5. Cameron's Ice Cream & Grill

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1401 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 880-9119
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This retro-style grill comforts guests with greasy goodness and large scoops of Italian ice that are available in flavors like orange and cream, blue raspberry, and cream soda.

6. Miko's Italian Ice (Logan Square)

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2236 N Sacramento Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 645-9664
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Neighborhood landmark Miko’s rotates 25 flavors throughout the season, including rhubarb, kiwi, guava, and cucumber. The original stand in Bucktown shuttered in March after 21 years, but Logan Square and Irving Park locations are still slinging icy delights.

7. Annette's Italian Ice

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2009 N Bissell St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 868-9000
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The Lincoln Park dessert shop is the only place in town that serves lychee-flavored Italian ice, according to owner Annette Frankos. Each of the eatery’s 20+ flavors can also be mixed with frozen yogurt to make an “Italian fro-yo.”

8. Ava's Italian Ice

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1814 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 555-0560
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Why settle for just one flavor when there’s a variety of tasty options to try? At this Italian ice stand in Bucktown, folks can sample a flight of four scoops. Offerings are made with whole fruits and run the gamut from signature lemon and blackberry to blood orange and pineapple. Don’t forget to snap a photo next to the colorful fruit mural, either.

9. Johnnie's Beef

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7500 W North Ave
Elmwood Park, IL
(708) 452-6000
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Though this decades-old Elmwood Park mainstay is known for perhaps Chicagoland’s best beef sandwiches, it also serves lemon-flavored ice year round. Additionally, Johnnie’s sells lemon and watermelon Italian ice at its Arlington Heights location.

10. VinnyD's

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1709 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 796-5866
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There’s something for nearly everyone at VinnyD’s, which features tons of cold treats like Italian ice, gelato, shaved ice, milkshakes, and more. The large walkup window and patio make it an especially good spot for big families and groups

11. BomboBar

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832 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 967-7000
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DineAmic Group’s walk-up dessert window in the West Loop and standalone location in Old Town specialize in gelato and bomboloni but during the summertime, Italian ice is offered as well. It’s available in three varieties — lemon, strawberry, and swirl — with the option to kick the party up a notch Stoli vodka or another boozy upgrade.

12. Carm’s Beef & Italian Ice

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1057 W Polk St
Chicago, IL
(312) 738-1046
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Every day, third-generation-owner Steve DeVivo whips up Italian ice with fresh fruit the same way the staff did when the shop first opened in 1929: A little pinch of this, a big handful of that. “I don’t measure stuff no more,” DeVivo says. “It’s like tying my shoes.” One unusual item on Carm’s menu is a chocolate Italian ice that he says tastes “like a Fudgesicle.”

13. Mario's Italian Lemonade

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1068 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL
(708) 652-8680
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Considered by most to be Chicago’s best-known Italian ice stand, Mario’s serves summertime treats that locals are willing to wait in line for. For those who like pulp, this is the ideal spot as it’s not uncommon to find chunks of fruit in the ice here.

14. Gina's Italian Ice

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6737 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL
(708) 484-0944
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Like a reverse Frosty the Snowman, Gina’s Italian Ice comes to life when the weather is hot and melts away when it cools down. This year, the seasonal store in suburban Berwyn is offering flavors like red raspberry, horchata, and banana.

15. Carlo’s Italian Ice

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1156 W 19th Pl
Chicago, IL 60608

Colorful streetside pushcart Carlo’s pops up seasonally in Pilsen with fun flavor combos like mango lemon, coconut cherry, and mango with chamoy and tajin.

16. Ferro's Italian Sandwiches

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200 W 31st St
Chicago, IL
(312) 842-0702
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Italian beef sandwiches are the focal point of this family-owned South Side spot. But the store’s employees also sling popular Italian ice flavors: pineapple, lemon, mango, and more.

1. Amy's Candy Bar

4704 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

This Lincoln Square candy boutique offers gummies, licorice and chocolate in addition to Italian ice, available by the scoop or as push-pops from local producer Zarlengo’s Italian Ice & Gelato. Flavors include lemon, strawberry, and raspberry lemon.

4704 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

2. Little Lulu's Italian Ice

5035 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
A blue and white polka-dot cup filled with yellow Italian ice.
Little Lulu’s offers a menagerie of fruit flavors.
Little Lulu’s Italian Ice [Official Photo]

What began as an Italian ice cart has now blossomed into a fully-fledged shop in Portage Park. Stop by for a cold cup of mango, peach, or kiwi ice — all made with just water, fresh fruit, and cane sugar. There’s also sandwiches, smoothies, and espresso (for grownups).

5035 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

3. Scooter's Frozen Custard

1658 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL

Scooter’s Frozen Custard co-owner Denny Moore also encourages his patrons to try a “parfait,” which is a layered mix of Italian ice and frozen custard. Moore blends his desserts how he likes them: Cold, creamy, and without big chunks of fruit. Patrons can expect one fresh flavor every day.

1658 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL

4. Luke’s on Harlem

3130 N Harlem Ave, Chicago, IL

Luke’s On Harlem sells lemon Italian ice all year but it expands the menu to include watermelon and cantaloupe during the warmer months. Store owner Steve DiSilvestro says he blends his store’s ices with in-season fruit for maximum freshness.

3130 N Harlem Ave
Chicago, IL

5. Cameron's Ice Cream & Grill

1401 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614

This retro-style grill comforts guests with greasy goodness and large scoops of Italian ice that are available in flavors like orange and cream, blue raspberry, and cream soda.

1401 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, IL 60614

6. Miko's Italian Ice (Logan Square)

2236 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Neighborhood landmark Miko’s rotates 25 flavors throughout the season, including rhubarb, kiwi, guava, and cucumber. The original stand in Bucktown shuttered in March after 21 years, but Logan Square and Irving Park locations are still slinging icy delights.

2236 N Sacramento Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Annette's Italian Ice

2009 N Bissell St, Chicago, IL 60614

The Lincoln Park dessert shop is the only place in town that serves lychee-flavored Italian ice, according to owner Annette Frankos. Each of the eatery’s 20+ flavors can also be mixed with frozen yogurt to make an “Italian fro-yo.”

2009 N Bissell St
Chicago, IL 60614

8. Ava's Italian Ice

1814 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Why settle for just one flavor when there’s a variety of tasty options to try? At this Italian ice stand in Bucktown, folks can sample a flight of four scoops. Offerings are made with whole fruits and run the gamut from signature lemon and blackberry to blood orange and pineapple. Don’t forget to snap a photo next to the colorful fruit mural, either.

1814 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Johnnie's Beef

7500 W North Ave, Elmwood Park, IL

Though this decades-old Elmwood Park mainstay is known for perhaps Chicagoland’s best beef sandwiches, it also serves lemon-flavored ice year round. Additionally, Johnnie’s sells lemon and watermelon Italian ice at its Arlington Heights location.

7500 W North Ave
Elmwood Park, IL

10. VinnyD's

1709 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

There’s something for nearly everyone at VinnyD’s, which features tons of cold treats like Italian ice, gelato, shaved ice, milkshakes, and more. The large walkup window and patio make it an especially good spot for big families and groups

1709 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

11. BomboBar

832 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

DineAmic Group’s walk-up dessert window in the West Loop and standalone location in Old Town specialize in gelato and bomboloni but during the summertime, Italian ice is offered as well. It’s available in three varieties — lemon, strawberry, and swirl — with the option to kick the party up a notch Stoli vodka or another boozy upgrade.

832 W Randolph St
Chicago, IL 60607

12. Carm’s Beef & Italian Ice

1057 W Polk St, Chicago, IL

Every day, third-generation-owner Steve DeVivo whips up Italian ice with fresh fruit the same way the staff did when the shop first opened in 1929: A little pinch of this, a big handful of that. “I don’t measure stuff no more,” DeVivo says. “It’s like tying my shoes.” One unusual item on Carm’s menu is a chocolate Italian ice that he says tastes “like a Fudgesicle.”

1057 W Polk St
Chicago, IL

13. Mario's Italian Lemonade

1068 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL

Considered by most to be Chicago’s best-known Italian ice stand, Mario’s serves summertime treats that locals are willing to wait in line for. For those who like pulp, this is the ideal spot as it’s not uncommon to find chunks of fruit in the ice here.

1068 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL

14. Gina's Italian Ice

6737 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL

Like a reverse Frosty the Snowman, Gina’s Italian Ice comes to life when the weather is hot and melts away when it cools down. This year, the seasonal store in suburban Berwyn is offering flavors like red raspberry, horchata, and banana.

6737 Roosevelt Rd
Berwyn, IL

15. Carlo’s Italian Ice

1156 W 19th Pl, Chicago, IL 60608

Colorful streetside pushcart Carlo’s pops up seasonally in Pilsen with fun flavor combos like mango lemon, coconut cherry, and mango with chamoy and tajin.

1156 W 19th Pl
Chicago, IL 60608

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16. Ferro's Italian Sandwiches

200 W 31st St, Chicago, IL

Italian beef sandwiches are the focal point of this family-owned South Side spot. But the store’s employees also sling popular Italian ice flavors: pineapple, lemon, mango, and more.

200 W 31st St
Chicago, IL

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