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Skokie's Village Creamery Ice Cream Has Closed

It won Skokie Patch's Reader's Choice award for Best Ice Cream and Fro Yo In Skokie in 2012.

Village Creamery makes a Filipino specialty dessert called halo halo. Photo: Pam DeFiglio, Patch.com.
Village Creamery makes a Filipino specialty dessert called halo halo. Photo: Pam DeFiglio, Patch.com.

Village Creamery, a family-owned ice cream shop which hand-makes its ice creams, many in exotic flavors, has closed its Skokie location, an employee at the Niles location confirmed.

The Niles location, at 8000 Waukegan Road (at Oakton Street), remains open. 

The Skokie shop, at 4558 Oakton Street, at the corner of Kenton Avenue, won Skokie Patch's 2012 Readers's Choice award for Best Ice Cream and Fro Yo, when it garnered an impressive 79 percent of the vote.

Village Creamery, owned by the Valeroso family, has earned a local reputation for making creative flavors, such as some based on, and incorporating, Girl Scout cookies. They also have many flavors inspired by the Philippines, such as ube, mangosteen, buko pandan and lychee. 

Earlier: Village Creamery hand-makes exotic flavors

The shop also makes a Filipino specialty called halo halo, an dessert featuring shaved ice, purple yam and purple yam ice cream, beans, sugar palm, tapioca, evaporated milk and natade coco.

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jill feldman January 22, 2014 at 07:20 AM
How about a reason our neighborhood ice cream shop has closed rather then reminding us why it was so great? It's fine if you want to report it has closed, but I can't figure out the reason to report what they did that made them special.
Earl Weiss January 22, 2014 at 08:18 AM
Well, apparently what made them special was reader's choice award in 2012 and exotic flavors. Also of note. Tough to exist when Skokie gave a $1 Million subsidy to bring in new competition - Oberweiss. Local business contributes to Skokie taxes for years and gets squat from the Village. New business that never contributed anything gets $1 Million and will never be net positive to recoup that. This makes sense and is equitable because?
LisaJoinPatch January 22, 2014 at 08:57 AM
I too would like to know the reason it closed. Let's have some actual investigative reporting from Skokie Patch. A phone call to the owner, perhaps? I'm sad to see my neighborhood ice cream place disappear. We went there frequently until the excessive heat inside the store began to freak us out a bit. For some reason, the inside of the store was really really hot. Also, I never asked the Village about this, but there should have been a cross walk on the corner of Village Creamery (Kenton) to Oakton park. Crossing Oakton from the park to get ice cream with the kids always seemed like taking our lives in our hands as NO ONE stops on Oakton. Yes, there is a light a block away, but for practical reasons, no one really wants to go two blocks out of their way (one block from the park to the light, then one block from the light to Village Creamery) with little children in tow when there is a direct route across the street. Skokie should support its businesses by making it accessible. It claims to want a walkable Village. Look at Northbrook, for example. Crossing from the Village Green (a playground) to the ice cream and hot dog places is easy. Crossing from the playground in Skokie at Oakton and Kenton? Yikes! As an alternative, try the Chocolate Shoppe on Dempster. Their ice cream is fabulous and the service is friendly!
Michael Gershbein January 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM
I really liked their flavors and the fact that they were just a short walk from my house, but that place was looking rundown for a while. And yeah, while I'd also like a little deeper insight into many of the Patch articles, I'm not sure they're equipped for such investigative reporting. They're pretty much surviving by the skin of their teeth.
Xandra January 22, 2014 at 12:03 PM
I tried this place a few times, but didn't have the greatest of experiences.
Steve Mottel January 23, 2014 at 04:26 PM
Maybe they have seen enough crime thanks to the areas around there and they decided to close shop for their personal safety??? I remember walking to happy foods in the past. Granted they are now closed but I would not walk that stretch of Oakton with any peace of mind nowadays......Damn shame
Oliver P. McCracken January 23, 2014 at 09:18 PM
Mr. Mottel, I feel so sad for you. You seem to be scared to go just about anywhere. As the younger folks you seem to blame for so many of the village and the world's problems might say, "Grow a pair!"

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