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The Union Dairy

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126 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL 61032-4116
+1 815-232-7099
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Huge ice cream cones, how can you go wrong with that? Although it may be slightly expensive for Freeport, in comparison to other cities Union Dairy is quite inexpensive. The food is OK, but it is a secondary thought, the ice cream is king here. A single cone is two huge scoops. What to try two different flavors, no problem.... More 

Thank Brian E
Grefrath, Germany
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78 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Grew up visiting the Union Dairy and the quality has not waivered. My friend and I had banana wheel sundaes and they were super! It is a fantastic old-timey ice cream parlor. I remember when they used to make the ice cream in the back and you could watch them. Ice cream is still super even tho not in-store made... More 

Thank Gail K
Freeport, Illinois
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere alone is enough to make you smile when you walk in the door, but then comes the worst part of your visit. You have to choose a flavor! The choices are endless and then there's always the old stand by chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. You can choose to take a sample taste of the many other intriguing flavors.... More 

Thank Diane S
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

For the most part the experience is good when visiting Union Dairy but if you sit in the back room and get one of the younger servers you may wait quite a while for service.

Thank 609bethh
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I wanted to give my grandchildren a fun last day of vacation so after going to the park and playing mini-golf they wanted ice cream and the best place In town for ice cream is always Union Dairy. And we were not disappointed - everybody picked a favorite flavor and the very pleasant young man who waited on us had... More 

Thank 952gaylel
Champaign, Illinois
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70 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

In the shadow of Stewart Center, the city's tallest building, lies Union Dairy. It's been a Freeport mainstay for about one hundred years. And it's easy to see why. For the same reason that you are willing to pay more when you go to Red Lobster than Long John Silvers, you get what you pay for. And you get quality... More 

Thank anchorman_61826
Algonquin, Illinois
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I purchased the coffee, butter pecan, vanilla, and some chocolate mixture for a work event. The serving sizes were HUGE, the ice cream was delicious, and the staff were extremely helpful.

Thank Lor1616
Freeport, Illinois
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Had lunch today with my wife, sister and her two daughters from Iowa. Great food, great service, great ice cream! Clean place and courteous waiting staff. We eat here every time our relatives come to visit us. They always ask to eat here!!!

Thank bmcm1944
Freeport, Illinois
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

This ice cream parlor has been here since I was a little girl and I love coming to this place to get ice cream! its the best in town and the surrounding area

Thank Jenn F
Panama City Beach, Florida
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114 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

If you want good ice cream in an old fashioned ice cream shop, this is the place for you! Multiple flavors, many delightful options, large servings. Long standing tradition for visitors and locals alike! Yum!!!

Thank Aussy2014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 126 E Douglas St, Freeport, IL 61032-4116
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Freeport
  • Phone Number: +1 815-232-7099

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?