No longer exclusive to the suburbs or college towns, Dairy Queen/Orange Julius seems to have acquired a resurgence of popularity among the city’s hipster community, with DQ franchises popping up in Chicago’s trendier neighborhoods, including Lakeview and now Wicker Park.
Lacking in the sticky floors and ice cream stand décor that characterize the DQs of yore, the Wicker Park location is sleekly designed with an outdoor deck that seems to have more in common with the neighborhood’s bars than its local ice-cream joints and an eco-friendly cooling and heating system.
All the old DQ favorites – Blizzards, Peanut Buster Parfaits, and the like – are available, but for prices a lot steeper than you probably remember: Expect to pay nearly $5 for a premium treat.
Roll up to the walk-up window if you’re not one to linger, but expect a long wait in summer. The servers are efficient, if not particularly friendly, and the operating hours are a bit … flexible. If you’re looking for a late-night treat, you may be out of luck if you attempt to visit within a half hour of its midnight closing time.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Keidra Chaney