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Bobtail Ice Cream Company

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors Lake View
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Photograph: Mandy Kaylin

Time Out says

What would a soda fountain be without an outdoor spot from which to watch the world go by? Late-night hours (till 11pm weekdays, midnight weekends) mean you can take in nocturnal antics while sipping a caffeinated “cream express” milkshake (vanilla and espresso). Or go earlier in the evening, grab a scoop of the Lakeview Barhopper (chocolate ice cream with Jack Daniel’s), and get a jump on the night’s festivities.



Address: 2951 N Broadway
Cross street: at Wellington Ave
Transport: El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Wellington. Bus: 22, 36, 76, 156.
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 10am–midnight; Sun 10am–11pm
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Users say (5)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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Merlot I've cream.....mmdrool and one time had goat cheese ice cream!! I hoped to have it brakvthr cubs curse by having a lady goat paradecin the park milk them have them make the ice cream for kids to teach about fair play and being a good sport,!! Hope stlrast the intention worked!!


If you're into traditional ice cream flavors like I am, Bobtail is your place. I love an ice cream shop where I can count on really well done classics but still have the option for some new flavors like white chocolate peanut butter cup or Cubby Crunch (vanilla ice cream with sprinkles, oreos, chocolate chips, and toffee). Luckily they are open year round because on hot summer days you can expect to see the line out of the door - and for good reason.

Bow down to Bobtail!

This place is delicious, nostalgic, and so worth the trip. It's your classic soda fountain location with your favorite flavors plus a few surprises. I took my little sister with me, who loved the Lakeview Barhopper, which is a rich Dutch cocoa ice cream blended with Jack Daniels. I opted for the Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel which was also stellar - not too salty or sweet, very balanced. It's the perfect spot for summer! It can get super crowded at night, so I recommend going in the afternoon if you want a chance to sit down and relax a bit.

Listen, Bobtail not only has all of your typical ice cream flavors, but they also have specialties like Merlot chocolate chip. Why decide if you'd rather have a glass of wine or an ice cream cone when you can have a delicious combination?! All of the flavors I've ever tried have done nothing short of kick your tastebuds in the best way possible, and their baked goods are also delicious. The line twenty deep out the door on a nice summer night should show you visually how good it is before you even step inside. Being a follower has its rewards in this case.


It might not be as hip as Jeni's, but Bobtail is the kind of place where you probably ate ice cream as a kid, with all the kitschy soda counter trappings and the standard flavors you love. Plus, they have cones dipped in chocolate and coated in sprinkles. But, I'd argue that the best way to consume Bobtail's frozen cream is with a straw—the shakes are liquid goodness.