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5 places to cool off with a summer treat

LA GRANGE – With summer quickly coming to an end, that longing taste for a cool treat may be short lived.

With a limited number of warm, sunny days left in the forecast, here are five places from around the area you’ll want to be sure to visit before the season is over.

Tates Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop

The ice cream shop, which has been in town for more than 25 years in La Grange, is a family-owned business that offers homemade ice cream, sweets and treats.

Customers can choose from any of the 32 available ice cream flavors and a variety of cones, including sugar cones, cake cones, waffle cones, chocolate covered waffle cones and more.

The shop, at 25 S. Ashland Ave., is open from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit Tates’ online at

Highland Queen Drive-In

In La Grange Highlands, just off of 55th Street and Willow Springs Road, is Highland Queen Drive-In. The ice cream shop is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Highland Queen Drive-In offers customers many choices, including ice cream, shakes, sundaes and soft-serve cones, as well as burgers, fries and hot dogs for a retro experience.

Andy’s Frozen Custard

Countryside’s Andy’s Frozen Custard, located at 5745 S. La Grange Road, has a large menu for those with a sweet tooth to enjoy. The custard shop offers everything from scoops to malts and sundaes to banana splits. You can also take home pints or quarts.

The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

A full menu for curious customers is available online at

• Tropical Sno

Just along Archer Road in Willow Springs, sits Tropical Sno, a shop which specializes in tasty shaved ice treats. Customers can pick any flavor, such as pineapple, cotton candy, honeydew melon, blue raspberry, tutti frutti and many more, as well as flavor combinations.

Tropical Sno, 8695 Archer Road, also has special flavor concoctions and cream toppings.

The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. More information can be found online at

Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt

If “yum” is in the name, you can’t go wrong. Western Springs’ Yumz Gourmet Frozen Yogurt, 4700 Gilbert Ave., offers a wide variety of frozen yogurt combinations, including different yogurt flavors, fruit toppings, nut toppings and dry toppings.

Customers can venture to the shop anytime from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Nutrition facts for the shop’s tasty treats can be found online at

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