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Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor

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7347 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1543
708 366 7970
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

For some reason people dig this place but it cannot seriously be for the ice cream. Just look at the photos other people have posted and you can see how much water is in the ice cream. It really is B grade quality. If you want Dean's ice cream just go to the grocery store and get a 1/2 gallon... More 

Thank WildRover16
Forest Park, Illinois
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

I recently had my mother's 90th birthday there. She had her 80th, and 85th there as well. Staff is great! A wonderful place with the best ice cream and creations.

Thank Nancy1256
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

The Brown Cow is a hidden gem! A hole in the wall with the best ice cream in the area! Whenever we eat on Madison street dinner is always followed by the Brown Cow. Homemade and delish!! Get the chocolate peanut butter for PB lovers❤️❤️

Thank Hana S
Fort Collins, Colorado
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125 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

Brown Cow is completely delicious and serves amazingly large portions of ice cream The "Brown Cow" is served in a milkpail and serves (at minimum) 2 people. It is in a neat building on Madison, and has the feel of a classic neighborhood ice cream shop. We received great service, too, and we were in a group of 9 people!... More 

Thank BethB02
Chicago, Illinois
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92 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

Been going here since it opened ten years ago. So glad the family, named Brown, have succeeded running their own business when many gelato and ice cream places nearby have shut down, including Ben and Jerry's. I don't even like chocolate peanut butter ice cream, but Brown Cow's made a convert of me. The ice cream birthday cakes are out... More 

Thank barbarapC4814MC
Melrose Park, Illinois
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2016

great ice cream...good choice of flavors...lots of options...nice treat as you stroll through downtown Forest Park.

Thank Nancy W
Bloomingdale, Illinois
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157 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

Located in the heart of Forest Park, this charming ice cream parlor offers a large variety of flavors and treats. We went with two very basic choices -- 2 scoops of mint chocolate chip in a dish, and a 2 scoop hot fudge sundae. The scoops of ice cream are very generous. And unlike some mint ice creams that have... More 

Thank Awilda0216
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72 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2016

This is a favorite of our family. This is a family owned business and it shows in the care they take in everything they do! They make some of their own ice cream flavors and the ones they don't are very tasty. The peanut butter chocolate and the strawberry are my favorites. They portions are giant and it's usually bustling... More 

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Forest Park, Illinois
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74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2015

This family owned parlor offers an array of excellent ice creams, and just outstanding coffee. As well as reeeally good cookies. I don't indulge a lot in sweets at my age, but this is the place to go when the craving hits. Housed in a century old building that used to be a theater. Loads of character to go with... More 

Thank Billdog1
Oak Park, Illinois
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43 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2015

Great ice cream creations, wonderful neighborhood feel. The chocolate cake is fabulous! It's so hard to decide what to get when I go there - everything is so good!

Thank Katherine1228

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7347 Madison St, Forest Park, IL 60130-1543
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Forest Park
  • Phone Number: 708 366 7970

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?