During the summer months, Chicagoans have lots of ways to cool off, whether it’s a favorite ice cream spot or one of the city’s famous Italian ice vendors. For adults, another way to enjoy a frosty treat is with a frozen drink. There are some great places around the city that specialize in fantastic frozen drinks in Chicago from a classic margarita to a more innovative concoction. Here are some of the best bars to help beat the heat:
Open since 2015, The Sixth specializes in creative cocktails. Located in Lincoln Square, The Sixth has a welcoming neighborhood bar feel with a softly lit bar that extends against one wall and plenty of lounge area seating. Known for their attention to detail and out-of-the-box ingredients, this festive bar has a variety of beverage options. During the warmer weather, customers flock here for their famed milkshakes that feature top-shelf alcohol mixed with ice cream and items such as Nutella, peanut butter or mint.
A sure sign of summer in Chicago is the opening of the Shore Club at North Avenue Beach. Upscale and hip, the Shore Club has a spacious open-air dining area as well as a cabana-lined patio. This chic spot is a great place to relax on a stellar Chicago summer day and enjoy an array of frozen favorites such as the Frozignon Blanc, Beach Body Paloma or the Cold Fashioned.
One of the best ways to enjoy a balmy night is at one of the city’s iconic rooftop like Noyane. Meaning “hidden roof” in Japanese, Noyane feels like an oasis above the hustle and bustle of the Magnificent Mile below. Modern and spacious, this modern bar has comfortable lounge seating and a garden-like vibe. Famous for their Spike Snowball creations, these shaved ice drinks are served in a Chinese to-go container. Popular flavors include Blackberry Vodka and Chocolate Pisco.