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Bobtail Ice Cream Company

Ice Cream Shop, Coffee Shop, and Dessert Shop$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
84 Tips and reviews
  • ice cream
  • cubby crunch
  • signature sunset
  • milkshakes
  • lakeview barhopper
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  • Stephen
    StephenMarch 10
    Super cute and old-timey.
  • Gerald W.
    Gerald WalleFebruary 25
    Great chocolate Bourbon ice cream
  • Emily S.
    Emily SullivanJuly 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    This place is always slammed but they are efficient with getting people through the line. Love their peanut butter chip ice cream!
  • AlHanouf
    AlHanoufJuly 22, 2016
    I love the chubby crunch💕
  • Samantha Y.
    Samantha YJune 27, 2016
    Merlot sunset and white chocolate
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinJune 27, 2016
    Most amazing place to get ice cream in the area. One of Chicago's best.
  • natalie k.
    natalie kayMay 31, 2016
    Merlot ice cream with dark chocolate (signature sunset) is divine! At least sample it!
  • Dustin H.
    Dustin HaleyJanuary 27, 2016
    Great local ice cream shop with cool house made flavors!
  • Kris b.
    Kris bDecember 25, 2015
    classic sundae is classic..and perfect.
  • Caitlin F.
    Caitlin FaheySeptember 22, 2015
    Amazing staff, and even better ice cream! The raspberry cheesecake ice cream mixed with the cookies and cream (as suggested by the staff) was to die for! Tastes like and Oreo crusted cheesecake.
  • Louis K.
    Louis KliegerSeptember 10, 2015
    Excellent homemade ice creams! Try the salted chocolate caramel pretzel (I forget exactly what it's called but it's damn good).
  • Coleen K.
    Coleen KentSeptember 6, 2015
    Salted Carmel pretzel ice cream
  • Andy S.
    Andy SternbergSeptember 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Real deal ice cream. Try the coffee/espresso/ice cream shake and stay awake for days.
  • Kübra Z.
    Kübra ZenginAugust 9, 2015
    Their vanilla chip ice cream is a nice try.
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole DoupJuly 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Mostly unimpressed with their ice cream flavors but the Cubby Crunch is a great original.
  • Melody L.
    Melody LeggeMay 24, 2015
    Ice cream is delightful. Can get busy. Outdoor seats are available to sit and enjoy.
  • Meredith B.
    Unique shop with quality ice cream. Try the brownie sundae
  • Rob K.
    Rob KolminMarch 25, 2015
    My fave!!! They deliver!!!
  • Allison K.
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Ice cream and malts are delicious!!
  • Moonchild
    MoonchildSeptember 15, 2014
    have their red wine ice cream! LOVE LOVE IT! this is the best place for homemade ice cream!
  • Eric M.
    Eric MunnSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a scoop of the Cubby Crunch. You won't be disappointed.
  • Carol M.
    Carol MarrAugust 10, 2014
    The best ice cream!!! They run out of flavors often in the summer and on the weekends, so try to come at an off time if you're looking for something specific
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Order an unadulterated scoop or two of one of Bobtail's signatures, such as Sunset (merlot ice cream with dark-chocolate chips), or Lakeview Barhopper (Dutch cocoa ice cream blended with whiskey). Read more
  • Maggie
    MaggieJuly 26, 2014
    Cubby Crunch = Vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, toffee, Oreo, and rainbow sprinkles
  • Carol P.
    Carol PiusJuly 1, 2014
    Tried the Signature sunset and lake view bar hopper. They were ok. Go to pacuigo's gelato down the street instead!
  • Claire B.
    Claire BuckleyJune 14, 2014
    It's who you know, free double scoop waffle cone:)
  • Zackary P.
    Zackary PrinceApril 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Daley addiction. Damn good.
  • Linda F.
    Linda FelterApril 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great old-school Ice Cream shop with unique Chicago-themed flavors that should all be sampled! The line can be long - but it moves fast!
  • Fred W.
    Fred WeinerMarch 30, 2014
    Great Peanut Chip Ice Cream:)
  • Noah M.
    Noah M.March 27, 2014
    Basically the greatest. Signature Sunset is not to be missed.
  • lauren
    laurenJanuary 26, 2014
    Cubby crunch. Yummy!
  • Rachel O.
    Rachel OsranJanuary 12, 2014
    The chai latte is delicious for when it's chilly outside.
  • Gregory R.
    Gregory RayOctober 9, 2013
    The pumpkin ice cream is SO freakin' delicious!!!!!
  • Drake C.
    Drake CampbellOctober 4, 2013
    Pretty righteous pumpkin pie sundae
  • Michael M.
    Michael MSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great ice cream and awesome employees!
  • Linnéa L.
    Linnéa LSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The milkshakes are so thick that you can hardly get them up through a straw--so delicious!
  • Nina M.
    Nina MarieSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Their ice cream is the best in the City, but their Wi-Fi splash screen will drive you nuts! It even comes up on my iPhone when I turn off Wi-Fi in my settings.
  • Jasmine L.
    Jasmine LockettAugust 25, 2013
    Great ice cream spot!!!
  • Jay P.
    Jay PatelAugust 2, 2013
    Peanut butter chip is the best flavor BY FAR. Unique homemade ice cream
  • Yanja B.
    Yanja BatbaatarJuly 15, 2013
    Delicious unique ice cream! Try their seasonal ice cream!
  • Fleming
    FlemingJune 21, 2013
    CUBBY CRUNCH. Fandom of Chicago Cubs not required (thank goodness).
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickenbottomJune 14, 2013
    The Italian ice is a big hit for summer. Red raspberry or strawberry lemonade. Both are delicious!
  • Carly O.
    Carly OishiMay 21, 2013
    Not worth being ignored.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 14, 2013
    One of a handful of always available flavors at this ice cream shop, Signature Sunset is a genius combination of Merlot ice cream and dark chocolate chips.
  • Felix L.
    Felix LopezMay 14, 2013
    PB&J shake is great!
  • Christopher B.
    Christopher BurnsApril 15, 2013
    Cubbie Crunch is AMAZING!
  • John S.
    John SkellyFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Absolutely no advantage to being the Mayor.
  • Catherine C.
    Catherine C.January 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    White chocolate peanut butter ice cream is amazing, and a perk of being slower in the winter...they'll give you as many samples as you want!
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WallaceNovember 2, 2012
    I prefer Cubby Crunch or Mint Chip, but you really can't go wrong with anything. Plus they have board games!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithOctober 29, 2012
    Whichever flavor you choose, get an Oreo dipped waffle cone with it.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BraunSeptember 19, 2012
    Pumpkin Pie Sundae. Just eat it.
  • Daisy M.
    Daisy MertzelAugust 24, 2012
    Shakes & Smoothies for $2.99 on Thursdays. Spencer made me the BEST smoothie of my life!
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Bobtail Ice Cream Company is nominated for Best Ice Cream Shop in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at!
  • Louis M.
    Louis MazzeiMay 18, 2012
    Cookies and Cream for the Occupiers!
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KimMay 11, 2012
    Tue/Thu half off milkshakes
  • RJ
    RJMarch 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    You'll never find another ice cream flavor as good and as classy as the Signature Sunset: merlot ice cream with dark chocolate chips. Amazing!
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsFebruary 29, 2012
    The Cubby Crunch is Bobtail's #1 flavor for kids (sprinkles!) and pays homage to Wrigley's loveable losers. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsFebruary 29, 2012
    The White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup ice cream has big candy cups in creamy, smooth white heaven. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Time Out Chicago KidsFebruary 29, 2012
    The mango Italian ice is sweet, sunny perfection. Read more
  • Miss V.
    Miss VeeJanuary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Super tasty ice cream with original homemade flavors. Old school design inside with that Chicago hangout feel. Don't forget to design your own ice cream :) Definitely coming back!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    Go late-night to get a caffeinated “cream express” milkshake (vanilla and espresso). Or go earlier in the evening to grab a scoop of the Lakeview Barhopper (chocolate ice cream with Jack Daniel’s). Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    Go late-night to get a caffeinated “cream express” milkshake (vanilla and espresso). Or go earlier in the evening to grab a scoop of the Lakeview Barhopper (chocolate ice cream with Jack Daniel’s).
  • Dao P.
    Dao PhungOctober 14, 2011
    Really fresh tasting ice cream!
  • Susan K.
    Susan KOctober 13, 2011
    Signature Sunset: merlot ice cream with dark chocolate chips - super yummy!
  • James K.
    James KimSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Mint chip Bobby Joe is an amazing pick-me-upper.
  • Zachary S.
    Zachary SobieAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cubby Crunch waffle cone. Do it up right.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PeternellAugust 15, 2011
    I've tried both the merlot and peach flavors and I can't decide on which I like more (so you'll just have to get both)
  • Arijit S.
    Arijit SenJuly 11, 2011
    Bar Hopper all the way!!!
  • Steph S.
    Steph SipeJuly 1, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to try a chocolate banana malt milk shake. It's amazing! Stay a while and play some board games!
  • Brian D.
    Brian DuttlingerJune 9, 2011
    go with a friend, and share! Read more
  • Mary R.
    Mary ReisertMarch 24, 2011
    The brownie sundae with hot fudge and merlot ice cream is the best.
  • David S.
    David SpearmanNovember 11, 2010
    The raspberry truffle shake is delicious!
  • Raymond N.
    Raymond NievesNovember 9, 2010
    "Merlot flavored ice cream is terrific!"
  • Mary Therese
    Mary ThereseNovember 4, 2010
    Everyone loves Cubby Crunch! But my favorite is the Mint Chip!
  • Tom K.
    Tom K.October 18, 2010
    Best pumpkin ice cream
  • Michael A.
    Michael AshburneOctober 14, 2010
    The best, most pumpkin-y, pumpkin ice cream I've ever had.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WagnerOctober 9, 2010
    The merlot ice cream is excellent. Creamy, lightly merlot flavored ice cream, complemented by thin, crunchy, rich chocolate chunks.
  • Chuck S.
    Chuck SanchezJuly 28, 2010
    Gotta try the "Wrigleyville Barhopper" flavor - superb! Chocolate + Jack Daniels = WIN!
  • David S.
    David SchafferJuly 22, 2010
    If you want a black and white shake, no need to say anything other than "chocolate shake" - they know
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 16, 2010
    This is an official Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Award Nominee!Powered by
  • kyle d.
    kyle donashJune 2, 2010
    Merlot ice cream is amazing
  • Jeff
    JeffMay 21, 2010
    tuesday + thursday are shake night! (and signature sunset shake is ridiculously good!)
  • @jenwalsh
    @jenwalshMarch 28, 2010
    Best ice cream in the city - try signature sunsut (merlot ice cream with dark chocolate chips)
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PrattMarch 10, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream is delicious!
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