Italian ice: a sort of healthy way to stay cool.
If you’re craving something refreshing to combat Chicago’s sweltering humidity, hit up your favorite Italian ice shop for a delicious cup of sugary ice. There’s no way you can go wrong with a dessert drink like this: it’s cheap, it’s sweet, and it’s the perfect way to handle the heat.
Making sure you don’t melt into a puddle of sweat this summer, this is the UrbanMatter guide to the best of the best Italian ice shops in the city.
Logan Square, Bucktown, Irving Park
With a huge range of flavors to keep you cool all summer long, you can’t go wrong with Miko’s.
1066 W Taylor St
This old-school walk-up window is reminiscent of our young entrepreneurial ambition to open a 5-cent lemonade stand. This one isn’t quite as cheap, but definitely twice as good.
200 W 31st St
It’s a classic staple in the heart of the southside. What’s not to love?
1050 W Bryn Mawr Ave
While Tina’s is best known for its popcorn, there’s no harm in trying another one of their specialties: some of the finest Italian ice in the city.
1057 W Polk St
Their ice buckets are ready for the summer influx! Everybody knows that Italian ice and Italian beef is a match made in heaven.
6737 Roosevelt Rd
701 W 31st St
It’s impossible to settle for “ordinary” Italian ice when you’re at Freddie’s. Try any flavor and Freddie’s will top it with a slice of fruit.
4841 W 79th St
No words needed. Just look at that perfection.
1814 N Western Ave
New to Chicago this year, their claim to fame is the flight and yes, it’s exactly what you think it is: four scoops of delicious Italian ice into one bowl for you to taste test.
3130 N Harlem Ave
The original Luke’s has been a staple on the edge of Chicago for decades. And its Italian ice is one of the most popular items on the menu.
924 W Armitage Ave
How could we possibly forget Annette’s? This iconic walk-up is not to be missed.
832 W Randolph St
Not what you’d expect to find on this list, eh? Think again. You can add a splash of BABE Rosé to any bag of Italian ice bought here.
Freeze pops but made with fresh fruit instead of artificial everythang. How come our childhood wasn’t this health-conscious!?
Featured Image Credit: Miko’s Italian Ice Facebook