The sizzle of summer means ICE CREAM becomes an essential! While we can can enjoy ice cream throughout the year, it's this time of year we need the sweet stuff! Central Illinois has several staple ice cream joints that have been around for decades and new comers that are quickly filling with lines.

Without further ado, here are a few local favorites in and around Peoria, IL.   (in no particular order) 

1. Emo's Dairy Mart

3618 N Prospect Rd, Peoria

What you need to know:

  1.  Cash only
  2.  Tons of combinations of Wizards (similar to Dairy Queen's blizzards)
  3. Also offers various hot foods (coney dogs, fries, etc) 

See the Yelp reviews here


2. Emack & Bolio's

2 locations: 4534 N Prospect Rd, Peoria Heights AND 110 NE Water St, Peoria

What you need to know:

  1. Accepts cash, credit 
  2. Eclectic mix of flavors & cones
  3. Handmade chocolates & sodas!

Visit their website here


3. Sweet CeCe's

5901 N Prospect Rd, Peoria

What you need to know:

  1. Daily flavors
  2. Self serve w/ amazing topping bar

Follow them of Facebook here


4. The Spotted Cow

718 W Glen Ave, Peoria

What you need to know:

  1. Restaurant & ice cream parlor (famous for their Italian Beef sandwiches!) 
  2. Small business, built from the ground up from Peoria native.

View their menu here


5. Little Raven Creamery

1200 W Main St #21, Peoria

What you need to know:

  1. Located in Campus Town by Bradley University
  2. Features 'cake shakes' and other unique sweets
  3. Also serves sandwiches & gourmet grilled cheeses

View their menu here


6. Lou's Drive-In

4229  N Knoxville Ave, Peoria

What you need to know:

  1. Open seasonal
  2. Carhop with homemade root beer 


Surrounding towns

EUREKA: Uncle Bob's | 409 E Center St

WASHINGTON: Ice Cream Shack of Sunnyland | 2306 Washington Rd

BARTONVILLE: The Dream Hut | 600 W Garfield Ave

DUNLAP: Jane's Ice Box | 211 N 1st St

EAST PEORIA: M&M Twistee Treat | 1207 E Washington St

SPRING BAY: Bayside Snack Shack | 1606 Tremont

LACON: Ice Cream Emporium | 112 Marina

CHILLICOTHE: Little Land of Candy -n- More | 1021 N 2nd St

PEKIN: Double D's Soft Serve | 1434 N 8th St 


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Note: Photos courtesy from business webpages/social media or Yelp.