The secret is out! Village Creamery is the best ice cream shop in Chicagoland!

| February 5, 2009 | 1 Comment

Village Creamery Ice Cream

Ice cream in the middle of a Chicago winter? Well, you’ll be surprised to find some tropical warmth in this place.

As you enter through their front door and look around, you may think this ice cream shop looks no different than any other, but with a closer look you’ll be surprised to see and know that this is the only place in Chicagoland that offers handmade ice cream inspired by desserts and tropical fruits from the Philippines.  Yes, think sun, sand, and beaches. Have you warmed enough?

With 40 mostly tropical delicious flavors to choose from, I couldn’t possibly figure out what to start with.  But I’m comforted to see that my personal favorite  is always here – the Halo Halo Fiesta (‘halo’ is Tagalog for ‘mixed’).  It is composed of sweet beans, jackfruit and coconut fruit strips mixed with the creamiest vanilla ice cream you have ever tasted. Always a mouthful of  fiesta!

My other favorite is their ube (purple yam) ice cream. Those delicious chunks of ube brought me back to my childhood memories.

Village Creamery’s exotic variety of tropical decadence will sure to pique your interest.  Here’s a quick list of ‘must try’ flavors:

  • Halo Halo Fiesta or Buko Pandan– A very traditional Filipino treat. Young coconut mixed with a flavorful and aromatic leaf called Pandan found in tropical countries.
  • Pomelo Sorbet – Grapefruit sorbet that is non-fat and non-dairy
  • Mangosteen – A tantalizingly sweet tart flavor that is extremely refreshing. See more info on this fruit.
  • Macapuno – Coconut Palm – similar taste to a regular coconut but with a twist.
  • Ube – Purple yam ice cream rich and utterly creamy
  • Ice Buko – Buko is a young coconut that is refreshing in taste.  Just like they make ‘em back in the Philippines!
  • Ginger, Avocado, or Green Tea – need I say more?

In addition to the homemade ice cream, bubble teas and shakes are part of the variety. Custom photo cakes, pies and hot snacks such as lumpia (egg rolls), pancit palabok (rice noodles) and empanadas are also offered.

Did I mention that they cater too? I can go on and on about this secret tropical gem. The next time you have a craving for something sweet,  or in need of  some really quick tropical get-a-way, why not head on to the Village Creamery. Don’t forget to mention this Chicagonista article  to take advantage of a special discount.

Owner and founder Lito Valeroso take great pride in using only the best of  quality in ingredients and you can bet to taste it in their products. After all, Village Creamery isn’t called the ‘Best Ice Cream Shop’ for nothing!

Niles Location
8000 Waukegan Road Niles, IL 60714
(corner of Waukegan and Oakton)
(847) 965-9805

Skokie Location
W. Oakton Street Skokie, IL 60076
(corner of Oakton and Kenton)
(847) 982-1720

Business Hours
Monday – Sunday 11am – 10pm

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  1. Kristen says:

    wow, these flavors sound amazing…I hope they will open another location in Chicago soon, too. 🙂 Thanks for the article.

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