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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Ice Cream Parlor$$$$
Lakeview, Chicago
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    The experts at Time Out Chicago and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    • Serious Eats
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    Paige K.
    "Brown butter almond brittle was delicious!!!"(6 Tips)
    Autumn C.
    "House made buttery waffle cones and literally every flavor"(7 Tips)
    Dustin H.
    "Probably some of the best ice cream in Chicago!"(3 Tips)
    "... peak Riesling sorbet, goat cheese and cherry."(3 Tips)
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  • ice cream
  • brown butter almond brittle
  • waffle cones
  • brambleberry crisp
  • sorbet
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  • Scott B.heart icon on user image
    Scott ByerlySeptember 14, 2013
    You can't go wrong with any of the flavors here. Columbus' original comes to Chicago with their first location here on Southport Ave. Try the Salted Caramel. They made it before it was popular!
  • Arslaan A.
    Arslaan ArshedSeptember 25, 2014
    Definitely lives up to the hype!! I got the salty caramel, and man could you taste the flavors! The raspberry cheesecake is amazing also. Highly recommend it!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 2, 2015
    Looking to fulfill that sweet tooth of yours? Come to Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and try the brown butter almond brittle & darkest chocolate. They're bound to leave you wanting more! Read more
  • Diana M.heart icon on user image
    Diana MetzgerOctober 21, 2013
    Best ice cream in the world. Try some of the unique flavors and they always have such fresh ingredients and friendly staff! Lucky Chicago. We want a DC Jeni's!!!
  • Tiffany W.heart icon on user image
    Tiffany WongAugust 13, 2017
    actually incredible! great texture, flavor selection, ability to sample (now with small metal spoons!). and it always smells amazing inside because of the handmade waffle cones.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Stay true to the favorites with a scoop of coffee, pistachio sweetened with a hint of Ohio wildflower honey. ($4.50 for two scoops, $5.50 for three scoops; $1 for waffle cone) Read more
  • Nick B.heart icon on user image
    Nick BarellaJuly 12, 2019
    New Tyler the Creator “Snowflake” flavor is to die for. Also recommend pairing gooey butter cake with salted caramel in a butter crisp waffle cone.
  • Melissa N.
    Melissa NanquilMarch 10, 2017
    Always try as many flavors as you can to make the best combination! Waffle cones are always worth it.
  • hooeyspewer ..heart icon on user image
    hooeyspewer .May 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They sell insulated carriers so you can buy more of that Salted Caramel, Brown Butter Almond Brittle or any other yummy ice cream and transport it home 😊
  • Bobbi B.
    Bobbi B.June 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The Pineapple Upside Down Cake Buttermilk frozen yogurt is a do-not-miss flavor during the summer. (But honestly, everything here is great. EVERYTHING.)
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerAugust 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The goat cheese with red cherries ice cream is the best ice cream I've tasted in a long, long time.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 20, 2013
    The sweet corn and black raspberry ice cream at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is one of the 100 best things we ate this year.
  • Monika B.heart icon on user image
    Monika BunMarch 11, 2016
    Unique, but tasty flavors, like cornbread, ginger, & churro. If you want something tart & sweet, wildberry lavender is the way to go.
  • Eleni
    EleniSeptember 14, 2013
    Finally, the best of Columbus comes to Chicago. The flavors are creative and you'll crave them afterwards. Anything with lavender is to die for!
  • Ryan
    RyanAugust 17, 2014
    You really can't go wrong, though pricey. Askinosie chocolate, sweet potato with toasted marshmallow, peak Riesling sorbet, goat cheese and cherry.
  • Le J.heart icon on user image
    Le JordanFebruary 22, 2015
    Definitely the best ice cream I've ever tasted! They let us try every flavor before we picked!
  • Vheart icon on user image
    VJuly 4, 2018
    THE BEST! Blamberry crisp and red cherry with goat cheese are my favorites!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica MarheeMay 6, 2016
    Everything is so good!! Expensive but the quality makes it worth is. I got salty peanut butter with chocolate shavings.
  • Kevin D.heart icon on user image
    Kevin DulinAugust 8, 2014
    The salted caramel was a massive disappointment. Couldn't taste any Carmel. The brown butter almond brittle was Devine however! The Bangkok Peanut was also very good especially if you like curry.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 23, 2013
    Extra creamy and creatively flavored, Jeni's has a remarkably ability to make other ice cream seem one dimensional—like it's missing something.
  • Linda H.
    Linda HuaSeptember 7, 2019
    Jeni’s has all the flavours to please every sweet tooth! Frosé sorbet all day.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerFebruary 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    I know it sounds weird, but the goat cheese with cherries ice cream is wonderful.
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 1, 2018
    Order outside and then you can skip the line and just go get your ice cream inside. The berry lavender is divine.
  • Gabriel A.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel AcostaOctober 18, 2014
    Best ice cream in Chicago. Homemade whip cream and toppings really send their treats over the top. A 'do not miss'!
  • Autumn C.heart icon on user image
    Autumn ChoiJuly 24, 2018
    House made buttery waffle cones and literally every flavor - brambleberry crisp and wildberry lavender
  • Shannon J.heart icon on user image
    Shannon JeropkeNovember 15, 2021
    The goat cheese and cherry is surprising tasty and pairs well with the dark chocolate.
  • Julia K.
    Julia KSeptember 14, 2018
    Salted peanut butter is the BEST! Aka PB dream, according to my boyfriend
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin C.January 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Brown butter almond brittle. So good that it's worth leaving a tip on foursquare to recommend it.
  • Vallyheart icon on user image
    VallySeptember 17, 2016
    Lots of different unique types of Ice cream and its nice they let you sample them too
  • Kevin N.heart icon on user image
    Kevin NewmanOctober 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Salty Caramel with Smoked Almonds cookie sandwich is probably one of the best ice cream cookies I've ever had.
  • Fatima A.heart icon on user image
    Fatima AJuly 24, 2016
    A wide variety of flavors! You can try as many as u like. Love it
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    Order a scoop or take home pints of flavors such as salty caramel, wildberry-lavender and whiskey-pecan. Read more
  • Sean M.heart icon on user image
    Sean Maccarone-ReedOctober 18, 2014
    Pumpkin ice cream was the bob dot com. Get it as a sundae with fresh whipped cream and a waffle cone wedge. Best ice cream in Chicago.
  • Dustin H.heart icon on user image
    Dustin HaleyApril 5, 2016
    Probably some of the best ice cream in Chicago! Highly recommend!
  • Carolyn B.
    Carolyn BaumgartenSeptember 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Definitely lives up to the hype. Try to peach and biscuit ice cream-- delicious!
  • 9, 2015
    The toasted brioche with apricot jam is worth the $20/pint or whatever it costs.
  • Emily M.heart icon on user image
    Emily MillerDecember 27, 2014
    Lindsey is amazing and gives a great tour of the ice creams.
  • Garlanda F.
    Garlanda Freeze-PuzioOctober 5, 2013
    Dark chocolate is to die for! Small is all you need for yummy goodness!
  • Maggieheart icon on user image
    MaggieOctober 28, 2014
    Intelligentsia espresso coffee, do it!
  • Linette R.
    Linette RoseDecember 28, 2013
    Some serious flavor in these ice creams. Delicious!
  • Eric B.
    Eric BondSeptember 14, 2013
    Try the "Salty Caramel." Jeni's has been doing it right since before the flavor was popular!
  • iSapien 1.
    iSapien 1956672September 21, 2013
    If you don't like these flavours then please die. (ps: coffee is soooo good)
  • Hemangini S.heart icon on user image
    Hemangini ShahDecember 30, 2015
    I didn't enjoy any flavor. Nothing was awesome. Plus their cup size is weird. They need change their cup design especially for Sundays. Don't think will visit this place again.
  • T C.
    T CallahanSeptember 26, 2014
    Don't be afraid to try a little spice in your ice cream.
  • Tammyheart icon on user image
    TammyAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Brambleberry crisp and brown butter almond brittle are the neighborhood's faves!
  • Colin L.
    Colin LordSeptember 20, 2018
    Be sure to try the samples. There aren't any bad choices!
  • laura h.heart icon on user image
    laura honeycuttSeptember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The chocolate and salty caramel sauces together will make you "cream" yourself!!
  • Theo E.heart icon on user image
    Theo EstesAugust 7, 2014
    Great if you are looking for some interesting flavor combinations.
  • Jeff E.heart icon on user image
    Jeff EarlyMarch 17, 2016
    Best ice cream in the country. Creative blends.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyOctober 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    When you leave, your clothes and hair will smell like waffle cones, which is fine by me!
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