The Inside Scoop

Inside Scoop is a comprehensive site to get information on the latest and greatest ideas for ice cream. We’ll keep you informed of what’s going on at our retail shop, including our latest gourmet flavors and free events. We’ll also provide fun tips for bringing our award-winning ice cream into your everyday culinary experience.

Owner Katie Dolan-Dix sits down with Joe Collier of the MPEI Podcast to talk about starting a company, growing a company, and the best part of Capannari's (hint: it's not the free supply of ice cream). Take a listen here!...

Events ‘A Plenty!

The number one question I’m always asked as we wind down a season is "Do you go to Florida in your off season?" I WISH!! The day we close the shop in October, we shift gears and start to prepare for the next season. I’m the only one in Chicago who thinks the winter...

Time To Teach

I absolutely love getting out of the daily routine at Capannari's to teach. I just returned from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where I was invited to talk at a 2-day short course for new and "almost in the industry" ice cream shop owners. The class was a mix of...

Chicago’s Best Teams Up with Chicago’s Best

Capannari Ice Cream is proud to announce a new partnership with a local superstar. Caps is now an official sponsor of Kevin McDowell - a Team USA Triathlete who has set his sights on the 2020 Olympics. Kevin is an exceptional person first and foremost. The fact that...

We Asked. You Answered. We Acted.

Well, we asked for it. Thank you to everyone that took time out to answer our survey. We received 245 responses. Some reaffirming comments, some constructive suggestions and NO negative comments. On the positive side, one hundred percent of the 245 surveyed said they...

Spring has Sprung!

Mark your Calendars! We’ve just finished planning all the wonderful events we host every summer including: Coolest School Promotion (featuring 13 area schools) 8 Concerts-in-the-Park 3 Mooovie Nights 5 “I Pledge” dates in July All this in anticipation for yet another...

Buckle Up Baby!

Well, there’s no complaining here at Caps. We have pretty much dodged a bullet with this warmer weather – which has us REALLY thinking about Spring! 2017 marks our 16th season. I still cannot believe how time flies. We’ve been so lucky and blessed with all our...

Spread the Love!

I suppose we need to look at the bright side. January’s rain could have been snow. If the sun would ever surface from behind these relentless clouds, we would know that sunset slowly inches later and later into the evening. And this is a GOOD thing because it means we...

A Happy New Year …

Despite the winter closing of our retail shop every year at the end of October, the elves at Capannari were incredibly busy throughout this 2016 Holiday Season, from Small Business Saturday, to 12 Days of Christmas, to our Holiday Gift Card and Pints-To-Go programs....

12 Days of Christmas Starts Here!

Still wondering what to get Aunt Sue in California for the holidays? Or your brother and his family in Michigan? Did you know you can ship 6 pints of your hometown favorite nationwide?   Capannari Ice Cream, along with our expert shipping partner Foody Direct, will be...

‘Tis the Season!

Fall in Chicago is usually a time to take in the colors, put away the lawn furniture and dig out the heavy coats - not this year! Chicago happily embraced an incredible post-season in baseball. Thanks to our “Boys of Summer,” the 108-year draught is OVER. What a...

Fall is coming….

Fall Hours In Effect Starting Sept. 6th Shorter days, cooler temperatures, start of school, Labor Day - all this means that Fall is upon us. Capannari's will move to Fall Hours starting Tuesday, September 6. Mondays - Wednesdays, CLOSED Thursdays, 3:00 - 9:00 pm...

July is National Ice Cream Month!

That's right - the whole month is dedicated to ice cream! Thank you to Ronald Reagan for declaring July as the month to celebrate such a beloved dessert! Capannari Ice Cream will be celebrating with a Concert in the Park on July 10th. Bring a lawn chair and picnic...

Capannari’s 15 Year Anniversary

15 Years of Making Ice Cream and Memories ... Ohhhh, the Places You Will Go I was given this Dr. Suess book 15 years ago when we first opened our doors at Capannari Ice Cream. It was a gesture of confidence, letting me know this journey of starting our own business...

Free, Fun Events at Capannari Ice Cream

2016 – Bring On the Free, Fun Events! Our 2016 ice cream season is well underway and we’re out of the gate running! This year is a big year for us as we celebrate 15 years of making ice cream, memories, and friends. So we’ve packed our 2016 event schedule with our...