If you are traveling through the Midwest this summer…
Margie’s; Multiple locations in Chicago, Illinois
This Chicago institution has served young and old with homemade sundaes, shakes, and hand-dipped candies for more than 90 years. It all began in 1921 when Peter George Poulos opened an ice cream parlor on the North Side of Chicago. The shop quickly became a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. In 1933, his son, George Peter Poulos married his sweetheart, Margie Michaels, for whom the shop is named. More than 90 years later the shop is still open and being run by the fourth generation to learn the intricacies of the business. People come from all over the county for Margie’s homemade candies and her signature sundaes in a clamshell dish.
Ivanhoe’s: Upland, Indiana
This restaurant in Upland, Indiana is famous for its 100 different shakes and sundaes. In addition to their ice cream, they are known for their hamburgers, chicken salad, and tenderloin sandwiches. In the summer lunchtime and evenings often come with long lines of tourists, local, families, and faculty and students waiting for a table to enjoy their tasty treats.
Whitey’s Ice Cream: Multiple locations in Iowa and Illinois
Open in 1933 in Moline, Illinois, Whitey’s has been a family favorite for more than 90 years. In 1935, owner Chester “Whitey” Lindgren hired a fifteen-year-old boy by the name of Bob Tunberg who worked at the location on an off for several years. In 1953, Whitey offered to sell the business to Bob and his wife and they have owned and operated the business since that time. Over the years, they have expanded to ten locations throughout Illinois and Iowa, added a wholesale division, and now have online ordering options.
Moomer’s Homemade Ice Cream: Traverse City, Michigan
This popular tourist spot that is located just outside of downtown Traverse City offers a wide selection of ice cream treats and homemade premium ice cream. The kitchen produces over 160 different flavors, with 20 available each day in the store. Each of their menu items can be made to order, using the flavor of your choice. If you want a special item and it isn’t on the menu the day of your visit, they will make it for you and call you when it is ready. How is that for customer service?