Bus: 11, 96, Pace 210(847) 679-3472 dairystaricecream.com41.997331 -87.716487 3472 W Devon Ave (at St. Louis Ave) Lincolnwood, North Suburbs
Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnightAverage ice-cream cone: $3
Nothing says summer like lining up on the rainbow sprinkle–coated blacktop with the crowds outside this ice-cream shack just north of the Lincoln Village movie theater, waiting for a soft-serve cone dipped in chocolate or cherry coating. Grab a spot on one of the benches for people-watching that reflects a great cross-section of city types—blue-collar working stiffs stealing a quick break, large Orthodox Jewish families who love that the ice cream is certified kosher, high schoolers on first dates. If you’re feeling indulgent, try the Buddy parfait, made with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and salted peanuts, or one of the myriad of funky-flavored shakes, like caramel or marshmallow.