The Tastee Freez at Armitage is just a few blocks West of Finch Gallery, and one of only six in Chicago. Sometime around the end of March, the Tastee Freez pries the plywood from its windows and starts serving it's cooly treats. These treats are synonymous with summer, even for the likes of John Mellencamp in “Jack and Diane”, and the band Chicago in "Take Me Back to Chicago."
One of the longest-lived franchisees in U.S. history, Tastee Freez has been operating fast food and soft serve ice cream joints since 1950, the bulk of which are located in the Midwest. Although most spots have the routine banana splits, ice cream sundaes, milk shakes and burgers and fries you’ve come to expect, each spot is personalized by the franchise owner, with the Tastee Freez on Armitage including neighborhood favorites like tamales, deep fried polish sausages and even veggie burgers.
If you want your Tastee Freez fix, get in there before it boards it’s windows back up again sometime in October-- or before it gets too cold to enjoy anything Freez-y!
--Thea Liberty Nichols