On a hot summer day, nothing is more satisfying than Italian ice. It’s up there with hitting the beach and sipping drinks on a patio, and it even rivals ice cream in the summer dessert smackdown. The light, tart, refreshing treat always hits the spot, and we’ve got plenty of great Italian ice options in Chicago, from Little Italy to the 'burbs.
The best Italian ice shops in Chicago
These spots are serving up great scoops of refreshing Italian ice—a classic Chicago summer sweet treat
Where to find the best Italian ice in Chicago
Mario’s may get all the love in Little Italy and University Village, but there’s another delicious spot in the area with a fraction of the wait: Carm’s. Situated on an unassuming neighborhood corner, this Italian beef and ice spot has been dishing out old school treats to Chicago since 1929. With 11 flavors of their homemade Italian ice (including classics like lemon and lime, as well as blue raspberry, chocolate and banana), Carm’s is sure to hit the spot.