Top Five Ice Cream Places in DeKalb/Sycamore, IllinoisCollege towns always have their top few ice cream parlors. However, the DeKalb/Sycamore, Illinois, area -- home to Northern Illinois University -- is in select company in that there are a slew of different options to choose from. From standard ice cream to frozen custard and frozen yogurt, you'll be sure to find something that hits the spot.
1. Princess Alex Ice Cream (Sycamore, IL)
Located just off of historic State Street in Sycamore, Princess Alex opened in 2015 and has become a hit with the locals. Their flavors change with the seasons and most of the choices are different even on a week-by-week basis. What makes this place even more unique is that their ice cream is sourced locally from nearby Belvidere, Illinois. In the summer, be sure to try the Mackinac Island Fudge, while the Peanut Butter Moose Tracks is an excellent choice for the fall.
2. Ollie's Frozen Custard (Sycamore, IL)
In all honesty, you could go 1A and 1B for these first two. Ollie's has been a Sycamore icon since 1985 and it is not uncommon to see long lines wrapping around the building on most summer nights. One thing that makes them famous are their wide array of sundaes, ranging from the Hot Cookie (hot fudge and chocolate chip cookie dough pieces) to the Black Bird (chocolate custard, banana, hot fudge and Oreo pieces). Additionally, Ollie's also makes their own version of a Blizzard (called an Arctic Blast) and makes their own custard pies in house.
3. Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt (DeKalb, IL)
Technically, Aspen Leaf Frozen Yogurt is part of a larger chain owned by the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. However, that doesn't discredit them too much on this list, as they've been a staple for the campus community for the last few years. In the summer, the Watermelon Sorbet is a great choice, while Cake Batter is definitely the route to go any other time of the year. Since they charge by ounce, customers also get the luxury of mixing different flavors (like peanut butter and chocolate) and add as many toppings as you like.
4. Sunshine Scoop (DeKalb, IL)
Another spot near the NIU campus, Sunshine Scoop features the most variety in flavors of all the places on this list. In you're into ice cream sandwiches, make sure to try their's which you can get with any of their eight varieties of cookies and any ice cream flavor.
5. Riccardi's Red Hots (Sycamore, IL)
A throwback, 1950s-style diner, Riccardi's Red Hots technically isn't an ice cream parlor in the truest sense, but their hand-mixed milkshakes and huge portions make this a good spot. They also get high marks for the atmosphere and the low prices.
Michael Benson is a life-long Illinois resident and an avid traveler throughout the Midwest.