If you missed growing up in the ‘40s and ‘50s, you still have a chance to experience charming soda fountains in Illinois. The following old-fashioned soda fountains are very special because they provide a small, yet delightful, glimpse into the past. If you can, try to visit them all - they’re each unique and aren’t listed in any particular order.
Lagomarcino's, Moline, IL
Authentic and tradition are two words that describe Lagomarcino's. Although they specialize in fine homemade chocolates, they also feature an old-fashioned soda fountain that’s been recognized as the best in the world. Sit up at the fountain and watch your dessert being prepared. They serve all the traditional soda fountain favorites from ice cream sodas to hot fudge sundaes.
Dr Jazz Soda Fountain & Grille, Lebanon, IL
This soda fountain is a blast from the past! Dr Jazz Soda Fountain is a local favorite featuring an authentic, vintage soda fountain serving up traditional banana splits, sundaes, and ice cream sodas in generous portions. The friendly staff, delicious ice cream, and nostalgic decor make this soda fountain a great destination.
Flesor's Candy Kitchen, Tuscola, IL
Also known for their hand-dipped chocolates, Flesor’s Candy Kitchen is a dream come true. Their old-time soda fountain offers a wide variety of sweet treats including fountain drinks and phosphates, milkshakes, malts, ice cream sodas, floats, banana splits, hand-dipped cones, and more. Flesor’s Candy Kitchen dates back to the early 1900s, making this one of the oldest and most recognized soda fountains in Illinois.
Doc's Soda Fountain, Girard, IL
Step back into history at Doc’s Soda Fountain. Located on the iconic Route 66, this historic restaurant features an authentic soda fountain right down to the bar stools. Patrons love the old-fashioned burgers, root beer floats, shakes, and other menu items. You gotta stop here whenever you get the chance.
Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain, Chicago, IL
Spinning J is a quaint bakery and soda fountain serving scrumptious pastries, soda fountain classics, and sandwiches in a charming retro atmosphere. Everything from their breakfast sandwiches to their famous pies is delicious here. The owners are also very friendly and put a lot of effort into every dish they prepare.
Fizz Eatery and Soda Fountain, Chicago, IL
Experience fabulous ice cream creations in a cool retro environment at Fizz Eatery and Soda Fountain. They serve homemade soft drinks, old-fashioned soda fountain drinks, floats, shakes, malts, sundaes, and other delightful treats. Patrons also love the burgers and appetizers here.
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