Nothing says summer like a trip to the local ice cream place. Whether your favorite is chocolate or vanilla, soft serve or even shaved ice, we have the ultimate guide to all the best ice cream in Lake County!
Best Ice Cream in Lake County
Scooped | Soft Serve | Rolled | Shaved Ice | Gelato
Best Scooped Ice Cream in Lake County
The Twisted Cow
2236 E. Grand Ave., Lindenhurst
Fan favorite Twisted Cow has has found a new home in Lindenhurst! Opening adjacent to Anna’s Fire we’re assuming the ice cream will be just as delicious and hopefully has as much kitsch as the old location. Follow on Facebook for opening information.
Inside Round Lake Olando’s 843 W. Rollins, Round Lake Beach
Serving up classic ice cream in retro style this 1950’s diners will have everyone screaming for more.
This still family owned and operated is a favorite of many with premium ice cream and classic flavors.
Covered Bridge Creamery
320 Old McHenry Rd., Long Grove | (847) 383-5353
Located in historic Long Grove Covered Bridge Creamery offers premium ice cream in a cozy setting.
Chicago Mike’s Ice Cream Co.
428 N. Green Bay Rd., Highwood
The new kid on the block this shop just opened in the Historic Highwood Firehouse. Family owned and operated, this homemade ice cream is worth the trip to the southern most edge of Lake County.
1347 Shermer Rd., Northbrook
Graeter’s is the last ice cream still crafted in French Pots, just 2.5 gallons at a time.
La Michoacana serves a variety of scooped flavors (and frozen bars) and fruit creations.
260 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest
Sweet’s scoops ice cream in addition to selling chocolate and also has an old-fashioned soda fountain.
280 Hawthorn Village Commons, Vernon Hills
Don’t let the name fool you this 50s themed diner is scooping up Homer’s and Ashby’s ice cream as well as shakes, malts and root bear floats.
Looking for a road trip? Head to Hansen’s in Wilmot.
Best Soft Serve Ice Cream in Lake County
Dairy Dream of Libertyville
1229 W. Park Ave., Libertyville | (847) 362-8343
Since 1961 Dairy Dream has been swirling up 28 soft serve flavors at a reasonable price. Located right off the North Shore bike path it’s a great place for a family outing.
Cheryl says”I love the coconut ice cream dipped in pineapple, it tastes like summer!”
Greg’s Frozen Custard
1490 S. Lake St., Mundelein | (847) 837-4175
Dishing out inventive flavors of frozen custard (think ice cream’s decadent cousin) in a 1950’s style drive-in with oldies music to keep your toes tapping. Try their popular Aztec or Elvis Sundaes!
131 Hawley, Grayslake | (847) 223-2262
This walk-up stand has plenty of outdoor seating. Make it a meal with fast food fare along with your soft-serve cone.
703 W. Rockland Rd., Lake Bluff | (224) 544-5189
They serve up frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbetto and a host of toppings. Dairy-free? They have you covered with their sorbetto and you will love it.
2132 N. Lewis Ave., Waukgean | (847) 623-8484
A Lake County tradition this 50’s style restaurant is one of the best in the area for soft serve. Grab some and head over to the Lighthouse for some mini golf.
Of course some people just prefer Dairy Queen, we have a few of those too.
Best Rolled Ice Cream in Lake County
Rolled ice cream is the Instagram trend you actually want to jump on, we had some on vacation and are hooked! Also called Thai Fried ice cream it’s made and rolled right in front of you with your choice of toppings and add-ons! Currently find it:
Lucky Bernie’s and Shee Goo
1 Nippersink Blvd., Fox Lake | (847) 629 5600
Coming soon to Gurnee Mills!
Find even more extraordinary and different frozen desserts in our list of not-so-ordinary Ice Cream.
Best Shaved Ice Cream in Lake County
My Flavor It! Place
Locations in Lake Zurich, Wauconda and Libertyville | (847) 540-0ICE
Serving up shaved ice and more! Kari recommends you try a “sno-cap” it, which means sweetened condensed milk is poured over the top. You will also find slushees, ice cream and many more frozen treats. You can even have ice cream in the middle of your shaved ice!
Best Gelato in Lake County
If you have ever been to Italy you know gelato is not just soft ice cream! Lucky for you a flight to Italy is not necessary when there is great gelato right here in Lake County.
617 Central Ave, Highland Park | (847) 432-2233
This gelato shop features 38 flavors of authentic gelato and sorbet made fresh daily.
Did we miss your favorite? Tell us about it in the comments!