Summertime Chi is finally here, which means it’s the season for dining on patios, hanging out by the lake, and eating shaved ice on a hot, sunny day. Luckily, shaved ice is a Chicago specialty, and you won’t have trouble finding a cold treat to keep you cool. Here are 7 places to get the best shaved ice in Chicago.
PS: Don’t forget to check out our personal list of the best Chicago softs.
2009 N Bissell St, Chicago, IL 60614
From blood orange to strawberry to black cherry, Annette’s homemade Italian gelato offers a blend of traditional and distinct flavors. Mix your order of Italian gelato with frozen yogurt for a bold yet delicious treat. After placing your order at the walk-in window, take a seat on their outdoor patio or stroll through the shopping mecca of Armitage Avenue.
1709 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Vinny D’s is the perfect place to spend a summer evening. With a large outdoor patio and a huge selection of shaved ice, there’s something for everyone in this walk-in Ukrainian village. We recommend that you accompany your shaved ice with their famous curly fries or an Italian beef sandwich.
1800 W 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60643
Located on Chicago’s South Side, Ohana Ice & Treats offers generous helpings of smooth shaved ice and a friendly atmosphere. Their summery flavors include mango, guava, pink lemonade, and tiger’s blood (a blend of strawberry, coconut, and watermelon). Can’t choose just one flavor? Combine them for a customizable creation!
1057 W Polk St, Chicago, IL 60607
Venture to Little Italy for fresh Italian ice cream paired with an Italian beef sandwich – two Chicago classics. In business since 1929, Carm’s Beef & Italian Ice maintains its family values. Stop by their neighborhood store and try their chocolate fudgesicle Italian ice cream.
1068 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
Mario’s is perhaps Chicago’s most beloved Italian ice cream stand. At this Little Italy establishment, don’t be surprised if you can find the line wrapped around the block. While all of their flavors are worth trying, their most iconic are cantaloupe, lemon, and watermelon. The flavors are so fresh, you’ll likely find real fruit bits in your Italian lemonade.
2236 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Another crowd favorite for Italian gelato, Miko’s has two locations: Logan Square and Irving Park.
The rich texture of their frozen treat comes in 25 flavors that change daily. You will be tempted to try all their mouth-watering flavors made with fresh fruit! We recommend the peach, blueberry, and banana chip (a banana flavor with chocolate chips mixed in throughout).
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
For a taste of something new, try Taiwanese shaved ice at Snow Dragon Shavery. The Asian-inspired delicacy features a creamier texture and a range of flavors, such as coconut, taro, and mango. Choose from a variety of fillings like boba and gummy bears.
Featured Image Credit: Mario’s Italian Lemonade