La Michoacana is an ice cream chain that has locations across Chicagoland, including Aurora, Highland Park, Melrose Park and more. The one we visited in West Chicago is located at 285 West Roosevelt Road on the north side of Route 38 (Roosevelt Road) and just west of Route 59 in the same shopping strip that features a Laundry King laundromat. (It looks like there is another one located at 560 Main Street in West Chicago as well.) It doesn’t have a website, but it appears most locations are open daily until 9 or 10 p.m.
We stopped here on a lark after a trip to Centennial Beach in Naperville, and we needed to get home for another obligation, so I didn’t have a lot of time to peruse the menu. The employee who waited on us, a high school boy, was very friendly and patient while my daughter debated her choices.
We all decided on paletas — basically a Mexican popsicle, usually fruit-based. My daughter and husband had a strawberry cream, I had the blackberry cheesecake. All were priced under $2.
The store also offers a wide variety of ice creams, with real bits of fruit or nuts inside. (Reviewers on Yelp seem to be in love with the pine nut ice cream here.) It also offers Mexican street corn (elotes) and some other savory snacks.
The feel inside is like that of a very brightly colored Baskin Robbins, with the familiar glass-fronted display cases.
The store offers tables and chairs inside, and they’ll package your paletas in a clear plastic bag if you want to buy extra and take them home to your freezer. Next time you’re on Route 38, stop at La Michoacana for a fresh, unique and inexpensive treat!