In 1935, restaurant owner Gus Poulos created his first batch of
homemade ice cream that was far richer and more satisfying than
any other in that era, anywhere in Chicago. Word traveled fast
about the quality of Homer's Ice Cream. Its humble beginnings as a
two-table ice cream parlor did not last long. Soon people from all
around, up and down Chicago's North Shore came to Homer's. In
fact, Homers Wilmette Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlor, located at
1237 Green Bay road in Wilmette, IL is the original location.
Legend has it Al Capone, having a lakefront house in nearby
Glencoe, was a frequent visitor and most appreciative customer. Al
Capone spent many hours in the Wilmette location and always had an
unusual entourage. He was one of Gus' most pleasant customers.
Gus' two sons, Steve and Dean, who grew up in Wilmette,
continue to carry on their father's devotion to providing the
finest quality ice creams and toppings to their customers. They
still make ice creams the old-fashioned way: thick, heavy, and so
Today, many prominent dignitaries and entertainment stars
religiously request varieties of Homer's Ice Creams sent to hotel
suites, private homes, and assorted entourages when in Chicago.
Transplanted Chicagoans, as well as out of town visitors,
continue to request Homer's overnight wherever they are. Homer's
has been shipping overnight ice creams for years. Homer's would
love to ship pints to you.
Dean Poulos Homer's Ice Cream