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Neighborhood sweetness

Lickity Split storefront. Credit: Jeremy Bressman

Lickity Split storefront. Credit: Jeremy Bressman

On nearly every summer evening—not just the 90 degree ones—the line at Lickity Split Frozen Custard & Sweets stretches to the door. And as I told Ken Anderson, who with Luke Klein owns Lickity Split, I nearly always meet someone I know there.

That’s just what they like to hear.

After opening two years ago (June 16, 2011), the corner “ice cream” shop has established itself as a neighborhood favorite. Anderson was a Loyola University student back in the 1980s, so he wanted to market to that crowd as well as neighborhood families. At the corner of Broadway and Glenlake, Lickity Split is its “own little destination,” Anderson said. He and Klein wanted to be off the beaten path, away from Andersonville so they weren’t operating on top of another shop. Being at the corner of “a quaint residential neighborhood and heavy business” was just the location to make it work.

And a long line in the summer is exactly what an ice cream parlor needs to make it work, Anderson said. It may be 90 degrees on a day in July, but January isn’t far behind.

Prices range from one (generous) scoop of frozen custard in a cup or cone for $2.40 to between $3.95 and $5.35 for popular concretes (frozen custard blended with a topping). Lickity Split serves vanilla, chocolate and a flavor of the week (which my kids often choose). In addition to frozen custard, the shop’s friendly and efficient staff sells retro candy, baked goods, gourmet chocolates and Metropolis coffee. Enjoy it all in a space that’s both cozy and roomy. If you visit Lickity Split (and you should), allow enough time for the line, and plenty of time to linger over this neighborhood sweetness around indoor tables, perched on a stool at a counter looking out onto Broadway or Glenlake, or even outside on one of the benches. Perhaps you, too, will meet someone you know there. It’s like Cheers—without the beer.


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