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Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor

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7347 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130
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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Fort Collins, Colorado
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120 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars 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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131 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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71 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

We went here for a snack on a hot day. The service was fantastic and they make some of their own ice cream (but not all). They also have dairy free ice cream. The scoops are huge, so be prepared! Was a nice snack if you're in the area.

Thank Kelsey L
West Chicago, Illinois
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752 reviews
394 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 268 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

We came in to have ice cream instead of lunch - great idea, right? We'll the ice cream was a great idea but when I saw the pie, I just had to have a piece of apple pie with cinnamon ice cream (a child's portion!!). My companion had a cranberry pie with ice cream and we were 2 happy people!... More 

Thank sue o
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 via mobile

This shop has great hand scooped ice cream! The waffle cones are amazing and you can mix any ice cream flavors you want. The ice cream has a nice grit to it which I absolutely love. It's a cute little place, perfect to sit down and enjoy a cone or bowl any time!

Thank kellyreneekloth

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $10
Restaurant features
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 W. Madison St., Forest Park, IL 60130
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Forest Park
  • Phone Number: 708 366 7970

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?