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Bobtail Ice Cream Company

Ice Cream Shop, Coffee Shop, and Dessert Shop$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
  • Has a stamp of approval from Time Out Chicago and Serious Eats
    • Time Out Chicago
    • Serious Eats
  • Mary Therese
    "Everyone loves Cubby Crunch!"(11 Tips)
    natalie k.
    "Merlot ice cream with dark chocolate (signature sunset) is divine!"(7 Tips)
    Redeye Chicago
    "... chips), or Lakeview Barhopper (Dutch cocoa ice cream blended with..."(3 Tips)
    Michael A.
    "The best, most pumpkin-y, pumpkin ice cream I've ever had."(3 Tips)
86 Tips and reviews
  • ice cream
  • cubby crunch
  • signature sunset
  • milkshakes
  • lakeview barhopper
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  • Zoe
    ZoeOctober 11, 2017
    You HAVE to get pumpkin if, and when, it’s available. Their coffee ice cream is solid too. In general, their ice cream is packed with flavor.
  • Tiffany W.
    Tiffany WongAugust 13, 2017
    bobtail texture is unique among chicago ice creams (more elastic); i loved their salted caramel pretzel and cubby crunch flavors
  • Stephen
    StephenMarch 10, 2017
    Super cute and old-timey.
  • Gerald W.
    Gerald WalleFebruary 25, 2017
    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 S.
    Caitlin SalzbergSeptember 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
    ClaireJune 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!
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