Mario's Italian Lemonade

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University Village/UIC

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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