We All Scream for Ice Cream, But Wheaton Spends More Than Most Towns

In advance of National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, Crain's Chicago Business reports how much suburbs spend on ice cream.

It would appear Wheaton residents love their ice cream significantly more than the average American.

In advance of National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, Crain’s Chicago Business has released data about how much money each suburbs spends on ice cream, via an interactive map that shows ice cream spending by ZIP code.

Wheaton exceeded the national average of 100 with an index of 167, beating out Glen Ellyn’s index at 157. Residents of Naperville’s 60564 zip code really love ice cream, with the highest index in DuPage County: 207. Hinsdale is next in line, with an index of 201.

To find your community on the map, select your county and municipality to see if its ZIP code falls above or below the national average (represented by an index of 100).

If an area has an index of 105, then people there spent 5 percent more that the national average (an index of 95 means the area spent 5 percent less).

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month—falling this year on Sunday, July 15—as National Ice Cream Day.

Check out Wheaton Patch's business directory for ice cream shops.


  • Northwest Indiana Times’ website offers a list of ice-cream-related apps ranked by Mobilwalla to get your appetite and creative juices flowing.
  • Elk Grove Patch reports on some .
  • St. Charles, MO Patch shares how to . 
  • Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, commissioned an independent survey of 1,000 U.S. respondents to get the scoop on how Americans plan to enjoy ice cream this summer.
  • To help celebrate National Ice Cream Day, Baskin-Robbins is holding a Twitter sweepstakes this Sunday to give ice cream lovers a chance to win $260 in Baskin-Robbins gift cards, enough to keep the ice cream scoops flowing for a year. For more information about the sweepstakes, visit BaskinRobbins.com or follow @BaskinRobbins on Twitter.

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JDA July 13, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I blame Tate's.
Charlotte Eriksen (Editor) July 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Agreed—that cake batter—man! The DQ blizzards are pretty great too though
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