Food & Drink

The best frozen treats in Chicago, from whiskey ice cream to spiked shakes

Chicagoans always need ways to cool down in Summer, but sometimes the lake's a little TOO cold and chlorine tastes terrible, so you're better off lowering your heat index internally with these tasty, occasionally boozy, frozen treats.Jameson Soft Serve at The Boiler Room2210 N California; 773.276.5625The Logan Square pizza joint has Jameson on tap (they'll even give you a shot with an ATM receipt, as they're cash only), but their best use for Irish Whiskey comes in the form of surprisingly potent soft serve.Spiked Shakes at 25 Degrees736 N Clark St; 312.923.9700The burger bar labels its regular soda options as virgin offerings to make way for their spiked sodas, shakes, and floats. Try the Salty Caramel with Maker's Mark, butterscotch, and Hawaiian red sea salt.The Mexican Firing Squad at Bub City435 N Clark St; 312.610.4200Mix-master Paul McGee conceived this frozen concoction held in a slushie machine behind the bar. This firing squad has the flavors of tequila, pomegranate, and angostura instead of, you know, lead.Raspados at The Jam House1854 W 18th St; 312.243.5745Get your hands (then your mouth) on hand-shaved ice mixed in with house-made, family recipe jams in flavors like Kahlua, pineapple-chile, guanabana, or mamey -- said to be an aphrodisiac, which is great, because the last oyster slushie you tried to make was GROSS.Ice Pops at Ice-CubedCheck Twitter for their locationThis experimental food truck can freeze nearly anything and make it taste (and look) good, whether it be pickled watermelon rind, Unagi crystals, or more conventionally creative flavors like this blood orange and guava pop.

Jameson Soft Serve at The Boiler Room
Spiked Shakes at 25 Degrees
mexican firing squad at Bub City
Raspados flavors at The Jam House
Ice Pops at Ice-Cubed