VOTE: Who Serves the Best Ice Cream in the Southland?

Don't miss the opportunity to vote for what you feel is the BEST ice cream parlor in your community or a surrounding town. There are plenty of options in our poll! That's for sure.

Whether in the form of a cone, cup, sundae or float, everyone loves ice cream.

The icy cold treat is especially popular during the summer months, providing a temporary relief from what can sometimes be scorching temperatures. It's a reward for good behavior, a treat following a relaxing meal or an annual stop along the local parade route.

So we want to know—What's your preferred spot in the Southland is to indulge? There's no doubt that we have a repertoire of deliciously sweet options in Orland Park, , Oak ForestPalosChicago HeightsHomewood-FlossmoorEvergreen ParkOak LawnFrankfortNew Lenox and Mokena

Does your favorite ice cream parlor specialize in variety? Let you make your own flavors? Have the best frozen custard? It's all yummy so we want to know what makes it THE BEST.

VOTE: Readers nominated the options below either in the original article or on Facebook. To cast your vote, select an option in the poll at the bottom of the article. Also make sure to tell us why you picked your favorite in the comments.

Polls will remain open through Aug. 17.

To vote, you must be logged in to your free Patch account. Don't have one? Click "Join" in the upper right corner. The winner will be determined by poll votes only, not reviews or comments. 


Click on the name of a ice cream shop below for more information or to write a review.

Where is your favorite place to get ice cream in the Southland? Tell us in the comments.

babyboomer July 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM
I love that Zarlengas makes all of its Italian Ice and Gelato right there. Everything is very fresh and a wonderful variety of flavors. Great value.
Krista July 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Vote for Jack Frost even though they really are my 2nd favorite. My number 1 wasn't nominated - 2 Sisters Frozen Custard of Midlothian is the tops!
Sue N. July 23, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Gotta go with The Sweet Company in Mokena! Great ice cream!
SouthSide July 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Gayety's in Lansing.
SouthSide July 23, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Oberweis gives me the squirts.
Eileen Bettenhausen July 23, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Ranch Frostie (New Lenox) is not only yummy but the price is right and it's a tradition.
Mary Carumba July 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Where is Sam & Jakes in downtown Tinley? What kind of contest is this?
Lauren Traut (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Hi, Mary. This is the second phase of our Readers' Choice programming. The first asked readers for nominations for their local favorites. We gathered those nominations and created these polls. Apologies if your favorite was not included—it must not have been nominated. Feel free to visit its directory listing and leave them a glowing review telling you just how much you love their products! Lauren Traut Associate Regional Editor
babyboomer July 25, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Zarlengas has a cart at the White Sox Park
Karen July 30, 2012 at 01:35 PM
What about Rainbow Cone? How could you leave that off the list of choices? Rainbow Cone has been an institution for 86 years!!! Rainbow has my vote!!
Linda T August 03, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Plush Horse, hands down. People come from all over the south and west 'burbs to go to Plush Horse. Oberweis ice cream s*cks. It used to be good but they've gotten too big and changed their recipe to include a bunch of artificial ingredients. Oberweis has a bitter, chemical flavor, not anything like their previous, more natural ice cream used to be. Sad. Yuck.
MsBach August 08, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I love Andy in Oak Lawn. My fave.
Jim Vertucci August 08, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Andy's is the best. Premises used to be good but now its subpar .
Marie August 13, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Sweetz Ice Cream is the BEST in town!!!! I absolutely love their orange blossom flavor and their smoothies are to die for!!!
Sara Waters August 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Technically, it's Frozen Yogurt, but TCBY
ridgeroadmike August 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Rats! I forgot to nominate them! I was going to but I just forgot. I've loved Gayety ever since it was on Commercial Avenue in South Chicago.
NANCY GRACE August 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Rich Orlowski August 16, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Ranch Frosties...reminds of the old Taste Freeze on 51street in the oldBack of the Yards the southside of Chicago.
Lisa Gries August 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Plush Horse is now in Tinley Park, not the same atmosphere, but yummy taste and choices.
Mom August 17, 2012 at 02:50 PM
OM GOSH I totally agree! Been around FOREVER!
Rachel g August 17, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Premos gets my vote:) i love the swirl with a chocolate dip
Pro Con August 17, 2012 at 05:51 PM
RAINBOW CONE!!!! on Western Ave. RAINBOW CONE!!!!
Candi August 17, 2012 at 09:06 PM
There is no beating Zarlingo's. Name a flavor and they have it. The Chocolate Italian ice is soooooo good. Of course, the gelato is great too.


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