Milkshakes are iconic to the Midwest, and Illinoisans love to indulge in frozen treats. In Illinois, you’ll find the best milkshakes at the family-owned, often inconspicuous joints scattered throughout the rural areas. Many of these milkshake places have been in business for decades, providing locals with the best desserts served by caring, friendly people who are dedicated to their customers.
Although known primarily for their thin and crispy-edged hamburgers, Krekel’s Custard offers handmade milkshakes that make you a customer for life. Their shakes are available in many flavors such as marshmallow, peanut butter, orange, root beer, and several others. Patrons appreciate the fast, friendly service year after year. Find locations in Decatur, Grandview, Mt. Zion, and Pawnee.
Ice Cream Shack is a no-frills ice cream joint and local favorite. Although you may have to wait in a long line, you can expect to be impressed with their delicious shakes, large portions, and friendly service. Keep in mind they only accept cash.
Hamburger Heaven is an old-fashioned walk-up hamburger joint with some of the best shakes in the area. Customer recommend the chocolate caramel cake shake and root beer shake, but you can’t go wrong with any of their shakes. This joint hasn’t changed for decades and the locals appreciate the old-school atmosphere.
Known for their 44 ice cream flavors, Lim’s Ice Cream Shoppe has been serving delicious treats since 1988. Patrons drive for miles to grab their favorite flavors and experience the friendly customer service. Their shakes, cones, ice cream cakes, and other treats are all worth trying.
Voted the number one dessert in Champaign, Jarling’s Custard Cup is a local favorite because of their delicious frozen treats. They make small batches using only the finest ingredients from local dairy farms. Their milkshakes also meet customer expectations as does their attentive service.
This family-owned custard stand has been a local hot spot since 1949. The Custard Stand is known for their awesome desserts including milkshakes, orange sherbet, banana splits, and much more. Their customers will wait in lines trailing down the block just to order their delicious frozen treats.