When you own a Chicago Tastee Freez® you’re part a restaurant chain and one of its most recognized brands, and you’ll get the support that comes with it. Be part of a winning brand that keeps customers coming back for delicious meals. Learn more >
When you join the Chicago Tastee Freez® family, you’ll get world-class support before you even make your first sandwich and well beyond. Our franchise support system features: Training, Product development, Advertising, and much more! Learn more >
The CTF mix is proprietary. It was developed in 1959 and it’s available only through CTF. Our vanilla has real vanilla bean. The chocolate has real cocoa. It’s a dairy product, not oil base like so many competitors.
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Michael K. Scott
Director of Sales
Direct Phone: 847.668.5710
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You like what you see, but now want to get started. Be part of a winning brand that keeps customers coming back for delicious meals made just the way they want. We’ve made every effort to answer the most frequently asked questions. Learn more >
Chicago Tastee Freez has been a family run business since 1959 when Alvin D. Rose acquired the rights to the Tastee-Freez name for four Chicago area counties: Cook, Lake, DuPage and Kane. Chicago Tastee-Freez is still run by the Rose family and we proudly have franchisees that have been in their stores for five, ten and even over twenty years.
We are poised to change the times and will always provide a superior fast food experience to a price conscience and quality minded public. Chicago Tastee-Freez serves the original proprietary mix that can only be enjoyed in the Chicagoland area. Our ice cream is gluten free and 96% fat free. Best of all, it is the best tasting soft serve product without exception. Chicago Tastee-Freez is a unique taste, a destination, and a warm nostalgic place in Chicago.
In 1950, an American tradition was born. Two men, Leo Moranz, an inventor and Harry Axene, an entrepreneur came together to create what would later become one of America’s favorite establishments for high quality fast food and delicious soft-serve products.
The two men formed a partnership to market a revolutionary new soft-serve pump and freezer which far exceeded the technology of any existing equipment, allowing for quicker service and higher quality product. Within five years after the first freezer was sold, walk-up stands bearing the Tastee Freez name opened across the country to sell sundaes and cones to an eager public. Moranz and Axene allowed stands to use the Tastee Freez name in exchange for rent paid on the soft-serve pump needed to operate each freezer.
Since franchising first gained popularity in the early 1950’s, the food service industry has seen many chains come and go. Tastee Freez has weathered the storms of an unstable economy and strived to meet the ever changing needs of its franchisees and their customers. Today, Tastee Freez is one of the longest-lived franchise operations in the United States.
Tastee Freez, a favorite for soft-serve treats has increased its menu offerings over the years to include a wide range of options. Some traditional seasonal walk-up stands still exist in regions of the United States. However, the majority of Tastee Freez stores have evolved to become complete fast food operations. Typical locations offer a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items in addition to homemade gourmet ice cream and the famous soft-serve treats.