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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors Lake View
5 out of 5 stars
(11user reviews)
 (Photo: Grace Wiley)
Photo: Grace WileyJeni's ice cream
 (Photo: Grace Wiley)
Photo: Grace WileyJeni's ice cream
 (Photo: Grace Wiley)
Photo: Grace WileyJeni's ice cream
 (Photo: Grace Wiley)
Photo: Grace WileyJeni's ice cream

Time Out says

Ohio-based Jeni's moved into Southport Corridor in September 2013 and immediately upped Chicago's ice cream scene. Sweet corn ice cream with black raspberry swirls? They've got that. The richest, darkest chocolate ice cream you'll ever have? They've got that too. When you factor in toppings like salted caramel sauce, the decision about what to order is that much harder. Luckily, Jeni's workers will provide you with as many samples as you want.



Address: 3404 N Southport Ave
Transport: El stop: Brown to Southport. Bus: 9.
Opening hours: Daily, 11am-11pm
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5 out of 5 stars

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4.7 / 5

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Incredible ice cream. It is so good, I sometimes have pints delivered to my apartment through postmates. It comes with a piece of dry ice if you pick up a pint and tell them you are traveling a ways. Dry ice is fun so that's a good perk. Try the Black Cat Espresso flavor or the Brown Butter Almond Brittle. Order by the pint. You wont regret it. 


I've heard all about Jeni's forever and just never had a chance to stop in. Well, it was just as splendid as they say. Such unbelievably unique and creative combinations, samples galore since I couldn't pick just one, they let you mix two flavors in one scoop. The shop is adorable. The staff is very informative. The ambiance is whimsical. The ice cream is out of this world! I have to mention too, not to brag, but I got to meet Jeni in person and she was so sweet to take a picture with me and let me try her very favorite flavor. I felt like I had jumped into a Mary Poppins story. It was precious!!!


First encountered this chain in it's home place of Columbus, Ohio and was excited to see it's migration towards the Midwest in Chicago. I've always been a fan of the Brambleberry Crisp (P.S. they sell the pints at Bed, Bath and Beyond and Whole Foods), but there's also a satisfying experience of attending the stores and waiting in line trying their new range of flavors. Their sorbets are always perfect (the current Blackberry Currant is fab) and their waffle cones, which are made at the stores, are also delicious. Love coming back for a treat at Jeni's! 

BROWN BUTTER ALMOND BRITTLE is the the nectar of the ice cream gods. I love it so much and it is one of the best things I have ever had.


Jeni’s is the cutest little ice cream shop on Southport and is the perfect spot to go to on a warm summer night with your friends or family. My favorite thing about Jeni’s is the wide variety of flavors offered. Sure, there is chocolate and vanilla, both very good, but the gourmet flavors are what really stand out. The brambleberry crisp is something that I find myself coming back to every time. It is a streusel with a “brambleberry” jam layered in vanilla ice cream. My other favorites are wild berry lavender, which is smooth and slightly sweet, and darkest chocolate, which is insanely decadent. The shop is small so expect crowds on summer nights but the staff is friendly as welcomes testing out the flavors.

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has a wonderfully adorable ambiance with soft string lights and a giant chalk board filled with exotic flavors from Goat Cheese with Red Cherries to Middle West Whiskey & Pecans. The servers are incredibly friendly, and they smile patiently as they serve small, metal spoons for you to try the flavor of your choosing. The ice cream itself is rich and soft -- two scoops is enough for one person --  however, the waffle cones are nothing to rave about. I had one scoop of Birch & Marshmallow and one scoop of Brambleberry Crisp. Delicious! A wonderful place to go with a friend, though there's not much seating so be careful how many people you take here.


Get ready for an overwhelming number of ice cream options - I have yet to try one that isn't fantastic. The staff are friendly and polite and don't seem to judge when you keep asking for sample spoons. I'm not too adventurous in my ice cream picks, but my favorites are salted peanut butter w/ chocolate flecks, churro, and roasted strawberry buttermilk. For those looking to branch out, I've heard great things about a lot of their other ice cream, yogurt, and sorbet flavors. Jenny's is a bit more expensive than your average shop, but worth the money and trip. 


I frequented the very first Jeni's Ice Cream shop as a high school student in Columbus, Ohio—thankfully, the brand's expansion hasn't decreased the quality of its product. Sure, some of then flavor names have changed (I'll always call the peanut butter scoops 'buckeye') but there's more of them than ever before. Whether you prefer a fresh waffle cone (they give the shop its enticing smell) or a cup filled with scoops, you'll find a flavor (or two) you enjoy here.

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Jeni's is the go-to spot for indulgent ice cream flavors in the city. The brown butter almond brittle and brambleberry crisp are my favorite flavors on the menu, but if you are lucky you might see Loveless biscuits and peach jam on the menu. Get crazy and order a sundae with dark chocolate fudge. You'll be in a sugar coma for a few days, but it's well worth it.

Strong contender for the best ice cream in Chicago. It's easy to get lost in sampling flavors at a Jeni's, and the staff will indulge you in that endeavor. Whether you choose something classic or something bizarre, the flavors are rich, subtle, and worth every penny. The service and space are very nice, my kids love it.