#AlwaysAndersonville: The Podcast – Show Notes from Episode 118 with Charles Williams of George’s Ice Cream & Sweets

This week, Laura and Joelle are joined by Charles Williams, General Manager of George’s Ice Cream and Sweets, a comfy neighborhood ice cream shop serving classic & unique flavors, sundaes, coffee and more. For that nostalgic feel of an old ice-cream parlor, spoons that change color, waffle cones, pints to-go, come visit George’s at 5306 N. Clark.


Charles and the Candy Cannon at Halloween on Catalpa, October 31, 2020.

“Let’s just do what we know we can handle today” – Charles Williams

Listen to Episode 118 with Charles Williams!

Top podcast highlights, and where to find them (by timestamp):

:50 – Charles talks about his background including his Chicago roots and Andersonville ties

2:25 – Tune in here for the history of George’s named after George Stotis who owned a vintage furniture and clothing shop in Andersonville, back in the day. George’s Ice Cream & Sweets is currently owned by his daughter and daughter-in-law.

4:20 – Charles reflects on what he’s enjoyed most about his tenure at George’s


Charles photographed for the Wes Andersonville feature in the 2019-20 Andersonville Neighborhood Guide.

“This is an actual neighborhood. You can feel it. There is a great sense of community here.”

5:55 – Charles talks about the George’s Ice Cream experience pre and post COVID including the super premium ice cream that is served, the hand-dipped chocolates and the party room that houses special events.

8:35 – We cover the COVID protocols and effects at George’s. “It’s been fairly dramatic, especially for an ice cream shop that tries to stay open all year.” Ice cream is really year round thing.

13:00 – The best way to support George’s during this time according to Charles: “Don’t eat anything else, just ice cream and shakes!” And stock up on pints – right now. Pastry and hand dipped chocolates aren’t currently available due to low demand. 

15:00 – George’s isn’t just serving ice cream right now, but as the weather turns, stop in for Hot Chocolates and coffees too!

15:25 – Charles shares the favorite flavors pre and post COVID – tune in here to find out out which flavors are neck-in-neck! “Our flavors that are strong, they are strooong!”

16:30 – We chat with Charles about Halloween recap and George’s Candy Delivery Contest

21:15 The winners have since been announced! Check them out here!

22:35  – George’s plans for Holiday features

25:38 – Tune in here for Rapid Fire Questions!

31:15 – The current George’s hours: Tuesday through Friday 2-9PM and Saturday and Sunday 12-9PM.


Charles and his family.

Andersonville has found a place in my heart.”

Follow George’s Ice Cream & Sweets on the following platforms:
Online: georgesicecreamandsweets.com
Facebook: facebook.com/georgesicecreamandsweets
Instagram: @georgesicecream