The Lakeview community is in for a sweet treat just in time for summer. Brothers Matt Wilcoxon and Jeff Wilcoxon of the 4th generation family owned and operated Johnson’s Real Ice Cream are happy to officially dedicate the opening of the first location outside of Ohio in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood on Saturday, May 4 at Noon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The shop is located at 2951 N. Broadway.

The shop, previously a Bobtail Ice Cream location with ties to Johnson’s Real Ice Cream, was purchased by the brand in January of 2019 and has a refreshed store design, and reimagined menu. Bobtail fans will be happy to know Johnson’s will continue to serve many of the popular flavors from the previous menu. According to Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Wilcoxon, “We have carried over several Bobtail fan favorites including Cubby Crunch, Daley Addiction, and Cappuccino Yogurt.” He continues,”Bobtail had been using many of the Johnson family recipes since its opening in 2004, and many of those favorites are included in the menu.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be complete with visits from members of the Wilcoxon family as well as local dignitaries from the Lakeview East Chamber including Chamber Executive Director Maureen Martino and the Chamber’s Board of Directors President Marc Engle.

“We are excited to officially mark this occasion and invite members of the community to come out and join us at this very special occasion” states Matt Wilcoxon, president of Johnson’s Real Ice Cream. The day will start off with delicious specials that will continue throughout the weekend.

Family-owned and operated since 1950 the Johnson’s Real Ice Cream brand has become an established and iconic brand in central Ohio. With three locations in Bexley, Dublin, and New Albany the brand has expanded outside of Ohio and into the Chicago market with the opening of its newest location in the Lakeview East community. In addition to operating the ice cream shop, Johnson’s has an extensive wholesale division that provides ice cream to over 400 restaurants. Several grocery stores and specialty markets throughout the state of Ohio as well as Chicago carry Johnson’s Real Ice Cream. The company also operates a catering and special events division. For 45 years, Jim Wilcoxon, Jr. has actively run the company as the 3rd generation, and today, Matt Wilcoxon and Jeff Wilcoxon operate the family business as the 4th generation. Johnson’s Original Shop and Headquarters is at 2728 East Main Street, Bexley, Ohio 43209.

Ribbon Cutting and Weekend Specials Saturday, May 4 11 a.m. —Midnight, Shop hours ($2 off Johnson’s Ice Cream Pints all day) 11 a.m.—2 p.m., $1 single scoops on a cake cone, sugar cone, or in a cup 12 p.m., Ribbon Cutting ceremony with members of the Johnson’s family and Lakeview East Chamber Sunday, May 5 11 a.m.—11 p.m., Shop hours ($2 off Johnson’s Ice Cream Pints all day) The Lakeview location is open 7 days per week. Regular hours of operation are Sunday—Thursday 11 a.m.—11 p.m. and Friday—Saturday 11 a.m.—Midnight. For more information regarding Johnson’s Real Ice Cream Lakeview location, please visit

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