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Best Ice Cream

Top 5 Ice Cream Shops, ranked.

1. Julie Ann’s, Crystal Lake, est. 1988

  • Known for: Fresh, creative frozen custard flavors and other desserts. Check out the Flavor of the Day calendar here.
  • Summer hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday and Sunday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Phone: 815.459.9117.
  • What people are saying: “Love all the special flavors … love the smiles and energy.” –Bonnie B., Crystal Lake


2. The Freeze, Crystal Lake, est. 1948

  • Known for: Soft-serve ice cream and “World-Famous Cheese Fries.”
  • Summer hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-1o p.m., Saturday-Sunday. Phone: 815.459.1167.
  • What people are saying: “A delightful stop for a refreshing bit of ice cream. No frills, lots of chills. A throwback to better times.” –Pam D., Chicago


3. Kaleidoscoops, Crystal Lake, est. 2001

  • Known for: 32 flavors of premium ice cream.
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday. Phone: 815-788-0027.
  • What people are saying: “Lots of fun and creative cones dipped in everything imaginable!” –Emily G., Diamond Bar, Calif.


4. The Huntley Dairy Mart, est. 1955

  • Known for: Hand-dipped soft-serve ice cream, burgers, etc.
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday and Sunday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday. Phone: 847-669-5737.
  • What people are saying: “Extensive menu … awesome ice cream, always a treat.” –Bill E., Chicago


5. Happy Jack’s, McHenry, 1977

  • Known for: Fine ice cream, subs, etc.
  • Summer hours: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday.
  • What people are saying: “A lot of nostalgia in this place with the Coca-Cola theme. Huge selection of ice cream flavors – and so, so good!” –A.C., Milwaukee

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Julie Ann's
Julie Ann's Frozen Custard, Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL, United States
The Freeze
140 S Virginia St, Crystal Lake, IL, United States
Kaleidoscoops, North Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL, United States
The Huntley Dairy Mart
Dairy Mart, Illinois 47, Huntley, IL, United States
Happy Jack's
Happy Jack's Submarines, West Elm Street, McHenry, IL, United States

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