While a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, a scoop of ice cream is the only way to lure kids into writing a four-page essay on German existentialism. Pick up a delicious bargaining chip with today's Groupon: for $4, you get $8 worth of shakes, sundaes, and more at Bobtail Ice Cream Company. This Groupon is only valid for redemption at the 2951 N. Broadway location.
Bobtail Ice Cream Company serves up homemade, hard-pack ice cream to dessert-hankerers, with the dairy delight finding a home in ice-cold shakes ($4.29), hot brownie sundaes ($5.99), and other refreshing treats. Wolf down a single scoop ($2.99) from Bobtail's delectable lineup of ice-cream flavors, including creamy concoctions such as the winter commute, with white-chocolate ice cream and macadamia nuts, and the Daley addiction, featuring butter fudge swirled into vanilla ice cream that isn't seeking a seventh term.
Classic creations include the tried-and-true banana split ($5.99), a delicious amalgamation of homemade chocolate syrup, strawberries, pineapple, and three types of ice cream. Regular milkshakes make for a scintillating snack, with Bobtail whipping up double chocolate ice cream and raspberry syrup to make the raspberry truffle shake. Customers can even conjure the spirit of ice-cream artist Vincent Van Cookie Dough to build their own tantalizing treat, with flavors such as cappuccino crunch yogurt, peanut butter cup, and pistachio mingling with Oreos, almonds, and marshmallows.
Inspired by one of the owner's grandfathers—an Ohio salesman who took ice cream door-to-door and built his business on getting to know his customers—Bobtail Ice Cream Company carries on the tradition of classic ice-cream parlors. Drive a spoon-shaped forklift into one of Bobtail's delicious treats and fill the warehouse of your stomach with scoopable sweetness.
Bobtail Ice Cream Company won the Best of Citysearch award in 2006 for its ice cream, and Citysearchers give it an average of five stars. The Show Me Chicago blog on Chicago Now named it one of Chicago's best ice-cream parlors. Centerstage Chicago reviewed the shop. Eighteen Metromixers give it an average of 4.7 stars. More than 190 Yelpers give it an average of four stars:
- You'll think you've gone back in time when you walk through the doors of this traditional East Lakeview ice cream parlor complete with soda jerks and classic soda fountain favorites. – Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago
- Bobtail Soda Fountain is an old-fashioned treat as heavy on nostalgia as ice cream-topped Belgian waffles can be on your stomach. Serving the timeless ice cream concoctions of Grandpa Wilcoxon, grandfather of co-owner Jeff Wilcoxon, the Bobtail, like any soda fountain worth its frosty mugs, serves some lunch-type food, as well. – Erin Brereton, Centerstage Chicago
Bobtail Ice Cream Company
Sweet vanilla, chocolate, and fruit flavors meld together in homemade ice creams inspired by three generations of family recipes at Bobtail Ice Cream Company. The company's roots stretch back to 1950, when Grandpa Wilcoxon handed out his first personally created treat from his ice-cream truck. Mr. Wilcoxon's unquenchable admiration for his products and his customers inspired his grandson, Jeff, to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and invent a time machine. Today, Bobtail Ice Cream Company carries on the dulcet tradition, even creating new flavors based on customer suggestions, including lemon-oreo-lavender, and Rahm Rasin—a version of rum raisin that enacts tax legislation. The unique flavors bring out the underlying notes of individual ingredients, just as the blue-and-white awning links the parlor's history to a modern sense of nostalgia.