MostBest Chicago | Italian Ice

There are 290 places to get Italian ice in Chicago. Feeling overwhelmed? MostBest knows the Top 3.

There’s nothing like walking through Chicago on a hot summer day with a cup of melt-in-your-mouth Italian ice. Bonus: it’s healthier than ice cream so you don’t have to feel so guilty!


via Flickr user, kevin.roberts

via Flickr user kevin.roberts

Mario’s Italian Lemonade doesn’t just sound authentic; this place is the real deal. With real chunks of fruit, Mario’s ice is fresh and impeccably sweet—you can see why people have been coming back for over 25 years. The ices are an incredible mix of lemonade ice, and fresh fruit and juices.

When you get your ice, hang out around Mario’s—part of the experience is enjoying it with Chicagoans, students from the local college, and visitors alike.

We Love Their: Watermelon, Lime, Pomegranate

1068 W Taylor St
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via Flickr user Jennifer Lin

via Flickr user Jennifer Lin

Everything at Miko’s Italian Ice is made from real fruit, and is dairy-free and gluten-free (including their cookies!). Lawn chairs are set out in front of the shop so you can dig in as soon as you get your order. Homemade with no added sugar, this treat is one both your body and your taste buds will thank you for.

Miko’s Italian Ice is the source of many childhood memories for Chicago natives—so order a cup and make some memories of your own.

We Love Their: Banana Chocolate Chip, Passion Fruit, Mango

2236 N Sacramento Ave
(773) 645-9664



Annette makes her Italian ice flavors fresh every morning, which is why it’s always smooth and flavorful. This walk-up, cash-only spot offers fun and funky flavors like grapefruit, peanut butter, piña colada, blood orange, carrot cake, and Tennessee toffee. If you have a four-legged friend, let him tag along—Annette’s also serves Frosty Paws, frozen treats for your dog.

See why customers flock to Annette’s Italian Ice, and stop on over at her little stand.

We Love Their: Grapefruit, Carrot Cake, Frosty Paws

2009 N Bissell St
(773) 868-9000