5413 N 2nd Street
Loves Park, IL 61111
Text the word: DAIRYDEPOT To: 72727
Hours of OperationOpen 1:00 pm - 9:30 pm Daily
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Dairy Depot is a seasonal, soft-serve, walk-up window ice cream parlor located in Loves Park, Illinois. Open seven days a week during summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, Dairy Depot welcomes hundreds of daily customers, who enjoy vanilla, chocolate, twist, and a weekly special flavor of ice cream treats.
In addition to cones, sundaes, flurries, milkshakes, floats, smoothies, and slushies, Dairy Depot serves specialties like banana splits, brownie hot fudge sundaes, dirt sundaes, caramel cashew sundaes, grasshopper parfaits, peanut butter hot fudge sundaes, turtle sundaes, and ice cream nachos.
John and Diane Elliott purchased the business and building in 2000 from the estate of Norman Gerth, who founded the Dairy Depot in 1984. Since John's passing, long-time Dairy Depot employee Brittany Larsen has operated the seasonal business. “As lifelong residents in ‘The Parks,’ John and I worked hard to make a difference in the lives of our family, friends, and customers," said Diane Elliott. "Out of all of John’s accomplishments, owning the Dairy Depot was truly the most fulfilling and rewarding for him. For that reason, our family is dedicated to ensuring that his legacy lives on at Dairy Depot for future generations to come.”