Illinois Ice Cream Stands

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Original Rainbow Cone
Chicago, IL
Alice's Place
Elburn, IL
The Original Rainbow Cone opened here in 1926. Their five-flavor Rainbow Cone features chocolate, pistachio, strawberry and Palmer House (a cherry-nut blend) ice cream, as well as a layer of orange sherbet. They also sell other ice cream concoctions and sandwiches. These photos are from 2006. By 2009, a different ice cream cone statue was installed on the roof. For more, see this website. [map]

Alice's Place opened in 1958 as a Dairy Joy. It became Alice's Place in 1993. These photos are from 2009. The ice cream cone was removed sometime between 2013 and 2015. [map]

Union Dairy
Freeport, IL
The Union Dairy was founded in 1914 and began producing ice cream in 1934. This ice cream parlor must have been built at that time or shortly thereafter. For more, see this website. [map]

Taylor-Maid Drive-in [gone]
Sandoval, IL
Polar Bear Drive-in
North Riverside, IL
The Taylor-Maid Drive-in building had been vacant since at least 2008. These signs remained. By 2016, the building had reopened as Dickie's. That business is gone now. The neon sign is also gone.

The Polar Bear Drive-in opened in 1948. In 2018, the drive-in appeared to be closed and the sign was missing. The wooden sign is a replica of the original. In 2021, the stand reopened and the neon sign was repainted and reinstalled. [map]

Dairy Haven
Caseyville, IL
Jack Frost
Ice Cream Chalet
Oak Forest, IL
The Dairy Haven opened in the 1950s. [map]

The Jack Frost Ice Cream Chalet opened in 1976. [map]

Dari Fair
Rockford, IL
The Dari Fair appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Dari
Hebron, IL
The Dari has been here since at least the 1960s. [map]

More Illinois:
Whirl-A-Whip (Girard)
Rich & Creamy Ice Cream Stand (Joliet)
Twist & Shout (now Auntie M's) (Oquawka)

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