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Bobtail Ice Cream Company

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Ice Cream Parlor, Coffee Shop, and Dessert Shop$$$$
Lake View East, Chicago
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  • 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
  • Caitlin S.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
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    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.
  • Linda F.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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).
  • L K.heart icon on user image
    L KSeptember 10, 2015
    Excellent homemade ice creams! Try the salted chocolate caramel pretzel (I forget exactly what it's called but it's damn good).
  • 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
  • Emily S.heart icon on user image
    Emily S.July 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is always slammed but they are efficient with getting people through the line. Love their peanut butter chip ice cream!
  • 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!
  • natalie k.heart icon on user image
    natalie kayMay 31, 2016
    Merlot ice cream with dark chocolate (signature sunset) is divine! At least sample it!
  • Catherine C.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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.
  • Nicole D.heart icon on user image
    Nicole DoupJuly 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Mostly unimpressed with their ice cream flavors but the Cubby Crunch is a great original.
  • 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!
  • Moonchild
    MoonchildSeptember 15, 2014
    have their red wine ice cream! LOVE LOVE IT! this is the best place for homemade ice cream!
  • Zach S.heart icon on user image
    Zach Solomon-BeloinJune 27, 2016
    Most amazing place to get ice cream in the area. One of Chicago's best.
  • Ryan W.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Melody L.heart icon on user image
    Melody LeggeMay 24, 2015
    Ice cream is delightful. Can get busy. Outdoor seats are available to sit and enjoy.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Yanja B.
    Yanja BatbaatarJuly 15, 2013
    Delicious unique ice cream! Try their seasonal ice cream!
  • Andy S.heart icon on user image
    Andy SternbergSeptember 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Real deal ice cream. Try the coffee/espresso/ice cream shake and stay awake for days.
  • 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)
  • Meredith B.heart icon on user image
    Meredith BMay 9, 2015
    Unique shop with quality ice cream. Try the brownie sundae
  • Jay P.
    Jay PatelAugust 2, 2013
    Peanut butter chip is the best flavor BY FAR. Unique homemade ice cream
  • Eric M.heart icon on user image
    Eric MunnSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a scoop of the Cubby Crunch. You won't be disappointed.
  • 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!
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickenbottomJune 14, 2013
    The Italian ice is a big hit for summer. Red raspberry or strawberry lemonade. Both are delicious!
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithOctober 29, 2012
    Whichever flavor you choose, get an Oreo dipped waffle cone with it.
  • Kris b.heart icon on user image
    Kris bDecember 25, 2015
    classic sundae is classic..and perfect.
  • Noah M.
    Noah M.March 27, 2014
    Basically the greatest. Signature Sunset is not to be missed.
  • Time Out Chicago Kids
    Bobtail Ice Cream Company is nominated for Best Ice Cream Shop in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at timeoutchicagokids.com/awards!
  • Samantha Y.
    Samantha YJune 27, 2016
    Merlot sunset and white chocolate
  • Dustin H.heart icon on user image
    Dustin HaleyJanuary 27, 2016
    Great local ice cream shop with cool house made flavors!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Rachel O.
    Rachel OsranJanuary 12, 2014
    The chai latte is delicious for when it's chilly outside.
  • Susan K.
    Susan KOctober 13, 2011
    Signature Sunset: merlot ice cream with dark chocolate chips - super yummy!
  • Maggie
    MaggieJuly 26, 2014
    Cubby Crunch = Vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, toffee, Oreo, and rainbow sprinkles
  • Gregory R.heart icon on user image
    Gregory RayOctober 9, 2013
    The pumpkin ice cream is SO freakin' delicious!!!!!
  • Daisy M.
    Daisy MertzelAugust 24, 2012
    Shakes & Smoothies for $2.99 on Thursdays. Spencer made me the BEST smoothie of my life!
  • @jenwalsh
    @jenwalshMarch 28, 2010
    Best ice cream in the city - try signature sunsut (merlot ice cream with dark chocolate chips)
  • Gerald W.heart icon on user image
    Gerald WalleFebruary 25, 2017
    Great chocolate Bourbon ice cream
  • Mary R.
    Mary ReisertMarch 24, 2011
    The brownie sundae with hot fudge and merlot ice cream is the best.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 3, 2015
    Ice cream and malts are delicious!!
  • 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
  • Michael M.heart icon on user image
    Michael MSeptember 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great ice cream and awesome employees!
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