Ice cream for those who know the difference

Old-Fashioned ice cream

For over 90 years Petersen's Ice Cream Company has been producing and selling "Old Fashioned" ice cream. Since our beginnings in 1919, we have strived to make quality our #1 priority.

Our History

In 1919, Hans Petersen, a Danish immigrant arrived in Oak Park. Apprenticed and trained as a Confectioner in his native land, he opened an ice cream shop in that same year in downtown Oak Park. He applied his old world recipe of 18% butterfat ice cream, combined with the finest of flavorings, fruits, and nuts. His venture was instant success. That same recipe has endured for over 90 years. In 1925 he purchased a milk supply plant at 5825 West Lake Street, in Chicago and remodeled it into an ice cream production plant. In 1931, he moved his Ice Cream Shop to 1100 Chicago Avenue, which is in the Frank Lloyd Wright historical district of Oak Park, lllinois, where it has been in continuous operation since that time. In 1963, Mr. Petersen died and willed his company to five employees who had been with him for, not less than 30 years each, as his appreciation for their service. In 2007, the company was sold to its current owner, who made a complete renovation to the Oak Park Ice Cream Parlor in 2010. In 2012, Petersen's family grows in Arizona opening it's first location in the Valley.

Wholesale Distribution

"We distribute our products to the Metropolitan Chicago area, Wisconsin, Northwest Indiana, Arizona, Southern Nevada, and Southern California on a daily basis. Fine food service industries offering Petersen’s, include: Ice cream shops, Fine establishments, Banquet facilities, Hotels and more… Our entire product line is available in individual 3-gallon containers for the food service industry. Our products are delivered daily by “GRECO AND SONS”, a well established distribution company. There are no minimum order requirements
To make your order please contact us at
(708) 386 6131 For instant order please fill in our Chicago or Arizona credit application and send via email or fax it to us at (708) 386 6129, or contact us at (708) 386 6131

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