Keeping it Cool: Top 5 Italian Ice Hot Spots in the Chi
Walking around the Windy City can leave you looking for a sweet treat to break your day up. Luckily, Chicago has some of the best restaurants and eateries in the entire world. To discover some of the best spots to enjoy a frozen Italian treat, keep reading.
One of the best spots in the Windy City, not only for Italian Ice but delicious gourmet popcorn. People love that the Italian Ice comes from 100% organic fruit. It is an authentic mom and pop shop, family owned and operated, providing delicious gluten free homemade popcorn. The husband and wife team started as an event company delivering delicious treats at several events and festivals across town until they finally set up shop and became the ‘small store with big flavors’ they are today.
Luke’s on Harlem
Known for their creamy watermelon Italian Ice, Luke’s on Harlem is one of the most preferred dessert spots for you to enjoy. Offering delicious Éclair cake, Cheesecake and several different shake flavors that you can add cookies or bananas too. This location is the original Luke’s and has been on Harlem, serving the best hot dogs, beef, and Italian ice for more than 30 years.
Miko’s Italian Ice
You can find these delicious treats in three different spots across the city, including Bucktown, Logan Square, and even Irving Park. The owner, Zach Roombos suggests trying the new horchata flavor that gets introduced this year. Rhubarb is another favorite flavor of residents. If you’re looking for a shop that offers plenty of different flavors, Miko’s is the place to go. Here you can get anything from Banana Chip to Cantaloupe or Honeydew. You can get these delicious treats in a variety of combos as well. It has been featured on WGN TV’s Chicago’s Best for a good reason and has been in business for more than 20 years.
Annette’s Homemade Italian Ice
If you’re looking for the Lychee flavored Italian ice, this will be the only shop you can stop in and try it. Those interested in a place that is serving ice cream alongside their delicious Italian Ice need to come out to Annette’s. Here you can try any of a number of soft-serve ice cream flavors, frozen yogurt, and Italian ice. There are more than 23 different flavors, and you can even enjoy it mixed with frozen yogurt in a delicious ‘Italian Fro-Yo.’
Steve DeVivo is the third-generation owner of this fantastic Italian Ice shop. It started out as a grocery store in 1929, with Italian Ice getting made in the front from April until September. Originally, only Lemon Italian Ice was offered. When Grandma Carm and Grandpa James retired, so did the grocery business. Today you can select from plenty of flavors of Italian Ice along with dozens of menu selections that include items from hot dogs to sandwiches. In 2006, Carms got introduced into the Vienna Beef Hall of Fame.
These are some of the top Italian Ice spots Chicago has to offer. If you are lucky enough to live in the area, be sure to check them all out at your leisure. If you’re just in for a brief visit, tingle your taste buds with a little Italian Ice treat while enjoying everything The Windy City has to offer!