Petersen's Ice Cream Parlour

Restaurants, Ice cream parlors Oak Park
Petersen's Ice Cream Parlour
Photo: Michael Jarecki Petersen's Ice Cream

These folks have been making their rich, fatty ice cream since 1919, and they haven’t survived all this time on summer business alone. Since the restaurant portion of Petersen’s closed, the savories are no longer available. But that’s okay—it was always merely a preamble to the hot-fudge sundaes (two mounds of luscious vanilla flanked by a pitcher of the viscous sauce), the tall root-beer floats and the infinitely creamy milkshakes.


Venue name: Petersen's Ice Cream Parlour
Address: 1100 W Chicago Ave
Oak Park
Cross street: at Marion St
Opening hours: Sun–Thu 10am–10pm; Fri, Sat 11am–11pm (closed Jan–Feb; Oct–Dec and Mar–May noon–9pm)
Transport: El stop: Green to Oak Park (Green). Bus: 90, Pace 309, 311, 313. Train: Union Pacific W to Oak Park.
Price: Average ice-cream cone: $3.50
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