Frozen Feast

Let’s face it. Frozen desserts —ice cream, gelato, sorbet, custard, froyo—are always good. Always. That’s not up for debate.

But in the summer, when it swelters, there is nothing more refreshing to eat than a frosty cone, cup or shake of goodness. You know I’m right.

That’s why we have obsessively catalogued some of the North Shore’s best spots for a frozen feast. I’m leaving out the big, well-known, national chains like Cold Stone Creamery, Ben & Jerry’s, TCBY, Baskin-Robbins and Dairy Queen. But here are some local places (and a few smaller chains) that you will want to discover if you haven’t already.

And if we have another summer like last year (when we lost power three times in two months), at least you’ll have a reference to find a store that’s up and running! I still remember driving through the darkness to Bobtail in Wilmette. It was like a beacon in the night, and we were thrilled to just sit in the air conditioning and slowly eat our ice cream. Ah, summer.

Arlington Heights

Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, 5 E. Campbell St., 847-255-7642
Flavors to Try:  Anniversary Cake, Coconut Mania, Bear Claws

Oberweis Ice Cream, 9 E. Dundee Rd., 847-368-9060
Flavors to Try: Dulce de Leche, Chocolate Peanut Butter

Buffalo Grove

Buffalo Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor, 1180 W. Lake Cook Rd., 847-808-1120
Flavors to Try: Chocolate Éclair, Candy Bar Overload, Blueberry Pomegranate

Barrington

Kaleidoscoops Ice Cream, 106 W. Main St., 847-381-0680
Flavors to Try: More Cowbell, German Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Cheesecake

Evanston

Andy’s Frozen Custard, 719 Church St., 847-864-8009
Flavors to Try: Coconut Almond Chip Concrete, James Brownie Funky Jackhammer

Hartigan’s Ice Cream, 2909 Central St., 847-491-1232
Flavors to Try: Rootbeer Twister, Cubbie Blue Moon, Caramel Collision

Linz & Vail Gelato, 2012 Central St., 847-475-1381
Flavors to Try: Frutta di Bosco Gelato, Nutella, Salted Caramel, Cupcake

Red Mango Frozen Yogurt, 809 Davis St., 847-866-0998
Flavors to Try: Pomegranate, Mango, White Peach

Glenview

Glenview Dairy Bar (Soft Serve), 1015 Harlem Ave., 847-724-2029
Flavors to Try: Flavor Burst of Strawberry, Blue Goo, Green Apple

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, 1364 Patriot Blvd., 847-834-0426
Flavors to Try: Chai Tea, Chocolate Cake, Green Apple Tart, Peanut Butter Gold

Oberweis Ice Cream, 967 Waukegan Rd., 847-729-8700

Via Gelato, 1853 Tower Rd., 847-729-7088
Flavors to Try: Ferrer Rocher, Stracciatella, Jalapeno-Avocado

Highland Park

Baker Boys, 733 St. Johns Ave., 847-433-0430
Flavors to Try: Red Velvet, Coffee Kahlua, Nestle Caramel Crunch

Frost Gelato, 617 Central Ave., 847-432-2233
Flavors to Try: Caramel Macchiato, Panna Cotta, Tiramisu, Passion Fruit

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, 1929 Sheridan Rd., 847-780-4930

Highwood

Sweet Pea’s Ice Cream Parlor, 764 Sheridan Rd., 847-266-1116
Flavors to Try: Heaps of Love, Fat Elvis, Cotton Candy Twist, Chocolate-Raspberry Truffle

Lincolnshire

Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, 900 Milwaukee Ave., 847-478-1118
Flavors to Try: Caramel Apple, Chocolate Birthday Cake, Key Lime

Swirlcup Frozen Yogurt, 255 B Parkway Dr., 847-229-2200
Flavors to Try: Blue Acai Tart, Ghiradelli Chocolate, Georgia Peach

Lincolnwood

Oberweis, 6469 N. Lincoln Ave., 847-983-4514

Mt. Prospect

Capannari Ice Cream, 10 S. Pine St., 847-392-2277
Flavors to Try: Brownie Batter, Mango Coconut, Blood Orange Sorbet

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, 1027 N. Elmhurst Rd., 224-735-2296

Oberweis Ice Cream, 80 E. Northwest Hwy., 847-577-6100

Mundelein

Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream, 3022 N. Route 60, 847-949-7769

Niles

Village Creamery, 8000 Waukegan Rd., 847-965-9805
Flavors to Try: Baseball Nut, Crème Brulee, Halo-Halo Fiesta, Lychee

Northbrook

Red Mango, 2171 Northbrook Ct., 847-559-6473

Yogen Fruz, 1350 Shermer Rd., 847-559-9945
Flavors to Try: Mango Mint Pineapple, Lemonana, Watermelon

Park Ridge

Lisa’s Italian Ice, 10 S. Northwest Hwy, 847-692-3737
Flavors to Try: Citrus Blast, Red Grapefruit, Tripleberry

Oberweis Ice Cream, 101-103 S. Northwest Hwy., 847-692-9840

Skokie

Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, 4041 Dempster St., 847-481-5087
Flavors to Try: Kitty Kitty Bang Bang, Strawberry Lemonade, Halley’s Comet

Village Creamery, 4558 Oakton St., 847-982-1720

Wheeling

Yogurtland, 1568 E. Lake Cook Rd., 847-229-3882
Flavors to Try: Almond Midnight Mocha, Blue Lychee Bliss, Mango Pina Colada

Wilmette

Bobtail Ice Cream, 1114 Central Ave., 847-251-0174
Flavors to Try: Signature Sunset, Lakeview Barhopper, Daley Addiction

Homer’s Ice Cream, 1237 Green Bay Rd., 847-251-0477
Flavors to Try: Fresh Peach, Peppermint Stick, Pecan Praline, Coffee Toffee

Did we miss your favorite? Comment below and let us know where else to get our sweet (and cold) treats!