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Founders Jeff Wilcoxon and Chris Hill established Bobtail Ice Cream Company in 2004 after participating in the Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge, an annual business plan competition at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. Their success in the competition gave Jeff and Chris the opportunity to partner with local alumnus, John Rutledge, to bring Bobtail to life and open the first location on Chicago’s Broadway Avenue. Since 2004, the Bobtail team has opened five additional locations throughout Chicago, including the company’s first suburban location in Wilmette, IL.

Jeff and Chris were inspired to create Bobtail by Grandpa Wilcoxon – Jeff’s grandpa – who, beginning in 1950, sold ice cream from a tiny factory and door-to-door from a truck to his neighbors in Bexley, Ohio. He believed in ringing doorbells, knowing customers by name and staking his reputation on a quality product.

Now. Close your eyes and picture the ice cream parlor you loved as a kid. Combine Grandpa’s time-tested product and small-town ideals with fresh energy and an urban touch. That’s Bobtail Ice Cream Company.

We offer the best-tasting scoops, shakes, floats and sundaes you’ll find - all made to bring out the subtle flavor of each distinctive ingredient. And since we’re from the Windy City, we know the secrets to making ice cream a food to be savored year-round. We’ll keep you warm each winter with piping fresh Steamers,™  hot brownie sundaes and sweet Bobby Joes™  - all created with truly homemade ice cream from our own hometown factory.

Whether you’re enjoying Bobtail ice cream at our neighborhood shops, a local restaurant, community event, or in your own home, we think it will put a smile on your face.

Things we think you should know about Bobtail!
  • Bobtail is the only Chicago company that makes truly homemade, hard-pack ice cream.
  • We specialize in classic, seasonal and locally-inspired ice cream flavors and specialty products to be savored year-round (even during cold Chicago winters!).
  • Our ice cream is super-premium and we use only top-quality ingredients.
  • Bobtail ice cream has lower butterfat content and calories than most other super-premium ice creams which better captures the subtleties of each ingredient.
  • We sell our homemade ice cream through three channels – store locations, wholesale and catering / delivery.
  • Bobtail is committed to making best-quality ice cream, modern custom conveniences and traditional comfort.
  • We are dedicated to serving and supporting the community – especially kids and education.
  • Bobtail combines three generations of Wilcoxon family recipes and small-town ideals with fresh-energy and an urban touch!
Stop in and tell us what you think!


Do you like to have fun while you work? And make people smile (easy to do when you’re handing them a scoop of homemade ice cream)?

If so, then we’d like to hear from you!

Broadway location contact: Ryan at  ryanjouellette@gmail.com
Wilmette location contact: Elizabeth at  elizabethjeansmart@gmail.com

Please fill out this employment application and email or mail along with your resume to the appropriate manager/store location (Ryan/Broadway or Elizabeth/Wilmette).

Bobtail is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or marital status.