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.