The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor

Ice Cream Shop
7347 Madison St (btwn Circle Ave & Burkhardt Ct), Forest Park, IL 60130, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
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Serving delectable treats with old fashioned charm in this circa 1913 movie theatre turned ice cream parlor. Featuring homemade super premium ice cream and root beer, locally roasted coffee, decadent ice cream cakes and party packages.


Based on 88 votes

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    Alex T.
    "Gotta try the trough"(2 Tips)
    EJ N.
    "The coconut brownie fudge ice cream is to die for!"(2 Tips)
    Time Out Chicago Kids
    "The Banana Cream Pie was hands down, our staff favorite."(2 Tips)
    Donny W.
    "Also great malts and sundaes!"(5 Tips)
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  • ice cream
  • trough
  • brownies
  • malts
  • family-friendly
  • waffle cones
  • cozy
  • strawberry shakes
  • great value
  • casual
  • sorbet
  • authentic
  • homemade food
  • espresso
  • chocolate
  • whipped cream
  • vanilla
  • pecan
  • staff
  • good for special occasions
  • Vicky L.

    Great place. Love the coconut brownie fudge!

    Vicky Lekovish · August 25
  • Alex C.

    Good for sundaes & unique ice cream dishes. Somewhat pricey. Not much indoor seating.

    Alex Cleveland · August 13
  • Tonia T.

    The pecan pie is AMAZING! Definitely get the whipped cream on top. I get a different flavor of ice cream everytime I go. You'll never be dissapointed.

    Tonia Thomas · August 11
  • Lisa W.

    Uhmaaaaazing ice cream omg

  • Erika M.

    Portion is large - I had one scoop of butter pecan ice cream on sugar cone and it was more than enough. Good ice cream, especially the home made ones.

    Erika Mae · July 14
  • Chicago Tribune

    "Brown cow" is also is the name of the root beer float, the parlor's signature drink. The root beer float ($3.99/$5.25) is created from scratch and brewed in-house. Read more

    Chicago Tribune · June 25
  • Robert A.

    great kid's birthday parties, even in the winter

    Robert A. · January 13
  • Roxana B.

    Had a brownie sundae, took a slice chocolate cake & pumpkin pie ! Everything was good.

    Roxana Barszcz · October 24, 2014
  • Douglas B.

    Watch out the scoops are HUGE but delicious.

    Douglas Bond · October 9, 2014
  • Davin L.

    The Trough!

    Davin Loh · August 18, 2014
  • Solman Z.

    Think you can handle it? Piece o birthday cake and 20 other different scoops!

    Solman Zepplin · July 28, 2014
  • Phaedra L.

    Get butter pecan on a pretzel come.

    Phaedra Leslie · September 6, 2013
  • Mary M.

    This ice cream parlor is so tasty

    Mary Miller · August 15, 2013
  • Katie K.

    Yum. get anything. this place is awesome!!!

    Katie Keller · July 22, 2013
  • EJ N.

    The coconut brownie fudge ice cream is to die for!

    EJ Novak · June 12, 2013
  • Brian F.

    Great ice cream! Sundaes are BIG.

    Brian Fojtik · March 30, 2013
  • megan p.

    Connie and team are awesome at kids parties and in December don't miss sundaes with Santa!

    megan patterson · December 9, 2012
  • Erich T.

    They always have a few excellent non-dairy options with soy creams or sorbets.

    Erich Theiss · August 27, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago Kids

    The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor is nominated for Best Ice Cream Shop in our Hipsqueak Awards, vote now at!

    Time Out Chicago Kids · July 2, 2012
  • Cassie S.

    I have never had a flavor I didn't like. My favorite is the banana cream pie. Get the ice cream in a homemade waffle cone you will not be disappointed!

    Cassie Sater · June 5, 2012
  • Chris C.

    Try the Turtle Temptation.

    Chris Cason · May 22, 2012
  • Cassandra W.

    Chocolate Almond truffles

    Cassandra Williams · April 19, 2012
  • Kris G.

    Gotta have the chocolate peanut butter ice cream!

    Kris Gallagher · April 2, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago Kids

    The Bear Claw combines gooey caramel in dark chocolate ice cream—totally mud-pie messy. Read more

    Time Out Chicago Kids · February 29, 2012
  • Time Out Chicago Kids

    The Banana Cream Pie was hands down, our staff favorite. Nuff said! Read more

    Time Out Chicago Kids · February 29, 2012
  • Debbie W.

    Try the pistachio ice cream. Love it!!!

    Debbie Wirkiowski · January 23, 2012
  • Emily C.

    Awesome service they even have dairy free whip cream if you ask and can make vegan ice cream pies

    Emily Canibano · October 30, 2011
  • Donny W.

    Try their own personal recipe ice creams. The Chocolate Peanutbutter is incredible. Also great malts and sundaes!

    Donny Williams · October 25, 2011
  • Alex T.

    Gotta try the trough

    Alex Tan · October 4, 2011
  • Michelle A.

    Vanilla cupcake ice cream voted Best Ice Cream Evah by 6 year old Ella

    Michelle Akin · July 20, 2011
  • Kris G.

    Chocolate peanut butter is awesome.

    Kris Gallagher · July 14, 2011
  • Brian P.

    You have to try the Strawberry shake! It's awesometastic!!!

    Brian Prince · June 14, 2011
  • Randal B.

    Their chocolate malts made with vanilla ice, cream chocolate sauce and malt are great! Read more

    Randal Birkey · June 2, 2010
  • Clint B.

    Their ice cream cupcakes are DELICIOUS! Mmmmmm.

    Clint Brocka · May 21, 2010
  • Chris M.

    Awesome ice cream! The scoops are HUGE so don't order too much. The chocolate peanut will chnage your life.

    Chris Miller · April 1, 2010
  • Matt B.

    best home made ice cream ever! old fashioned parlor. opens at 9am for great espresso (by pass starbucks!)

    Matt Brown · November 30, 2009

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