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Party Like You're Old-Fashioned

Party Like You're Old-Fashioned
The Star
September 26, 2002
Laura Godette

- The scoop on area ice cream parlors -

Just because summer has come to an end doesn't mean ice cream lovers can't still indulge in their favorite sweet treat.

From kosher ice cream to gourmet coffee, there's something for every sweet tooth at Sam and Jake's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor in Tinley Park.

"We're different from other ice cream shops," says Sheila Jakus, one of the shop's owners. "We have a 1930's look. Customers come in for an old-fashioned soda made at our refurbished 1937 soda fountain."

Customers can travel back through the decades as they enjoy their treats at the old-time counter, in a booth or outside on the patio overlooking the Oak Park Avenue train depot.

Specialty sundaes with local names like Bachelor's Grove, Oak Park Avenue Stroll or Rock Island Line, make the experience fun. Adding to the old-fashioned charm, the shop offers penny candy.

The shop opens early, "Commuters may stop in on their way to the train for coffee and a sweet roll." says Jakus.

A cool weather treat at Sam and Jake's will be the soups, chili and sandwiches served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., October to April.

The average tab for a family of four begins at about $8.
The parlor is at 17348 Oak Park Ave, Tinley Park, (708) 342-0211.

Photograph of the Bachelor's Grove Sundae