Mario's Italian Lemonade

Restaurants , Ice cream parlors University Village/UIC
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This no-frills seasonal stand has been churning out Italian lemonade since 1954. Though it serves novelties such as snowballs and nuts, you’re really there for the namesake goods: delicately shaved ice with pieces of lemon rinds and flecks of zest, naturally flavored and not too tart or overly sweet. Flavors get fancy—like chocolate or piña colada—but our recommendation is to stick to the fruits (cantaloupe, for example, comes with melon chunks).

Venue name: Mario's Italian Lemonade
Address: 1068 W Taylor St

Cross street: between Carpenter and Aberdeen Sts
Opening hours: 11am–midnight (open May–Sept)
Transport: El stop: Blue to UIC/Halsted. Bus: 7, 12, 60, 157.
Price: Average cup: $3
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Clayton Guse

Mario's is only open for half of the year, but it's a Taylor Street staple when it is. They serve up more than 15 flavors of Italian ice, ranging from classic lemon to coconut. It's perpetually busy in the summertime, but it's definitely worth the wait.