Summertime Chi is finally here, which means it’s the season for eating out on patios, hanging out on the lakefront, and eating shaved ice on a hot, sunny day. Luckily, shaved ice is a Chicago specialty, and you’ll have no trouble tracking down 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 our personal list of the best soft serves in Chicago.
2009 N Bissell St, Chicago, IL 60614
From blood orange to strawberry to black cherry, Annette’s Homemade Italian Ice offers a blend of traditional and distinct flavors. Mix your Italian ice order with frozen yogurt for a daring yet delicious treat. After placing your order at the walk-up window, grab a seat on their outdoor patio or stroll down the shopping mecca of Armitage Avenue.
1709 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Vinny D’s is the perfect spot to spend a summer evening. With a large outdoor patio and wide-ranging selection of shaved ice, there’s something for everyone at this Ukrainian Village walk-up. We recommend pairing your shaved ice with their famous curly fries or an Italian beef sandwich.
1800 W 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60643
Located on the south side of Chicago, Ohana Ice & Treats provides generous portions of smooth shaved ice and a friendly atmosphere. Their summerlike 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 over to Little Italy for fresh Italian ice paired with an Italian beef sandwich – two Chicago classics. Operating since 1929, Carm’s Beef & Italian Ice maintains its family-owned values. Stop by their neighborhood shop and try their fudgesicle chocolate Italian ice.
1068 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
Mario’s may be Chicago’s most beloved Italian ice stand. At this Little Italy establishment, don’t be surprised if you arrive to find the line wrapped around the block. While all their flavors deserve a taste, their most iconic ones are cantaloupe, lemon, and watermelon. The flavors are so fresh that you’re likely to find chunks of real fruit in your Italian lemonade.
2236 N Sacramento Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Another crowd favorite for Italian ice, Miko’s has two locations: Logan Square and Irving Park.
The rich texture of their icy treat comes in 25 flavors that rotate daily. You’ll be tempted to try all of their mouthwatering flavors made from fresh fruit! We recommend the peach, blueberry, and banana chip (a banana flavor with chocolate chips mixed 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 toppings like boba and gummy bears.
Featured Image Credit: Mario’s Italian Lemonade