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Public House's chocolate cake shake is made with beer.
Public House's chocolate cake shake is made with beer.
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Where To Drink Boozy, Adult Milkshakes in Chicago, 2016

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Milkshakes were actually invented in Chicago in the early 1900s from an unlikely source. The drugstore giant Walgreens at one point had soda fountain counters at their stores, and much of the chain's popularity came from its chocolate malted milkshakes, something they invented in 1922.

But Chicagoans didn't rest on the laurels. They knew milkshakes could be improved by adding alcohol. These fountain creations aren't crass, as flavor profiles are carefully considered. Years ago boozy milkshakes were a novelty. Interested customers in the know had to ask their server, because the drinks didn't appear on menus. But things have changed. The boozy milkshake is no longer an afterthought, but a main attraction. Several of these following restaurants have menu sections entirely devoted to them.

Check out this updated list of where to find spiked milkshakes. Ice cream for the kid inside of you and a shot of alcohol for the adult that needs to relax. The list is presented alphabetically.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 25 Degrees Restaurant

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736 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 943-9700
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If there’s an expert in the alcoholic milkshake realm, it’s 25 Degrees. Don’t leave without trying the “salty caramel” with Maker’s Mark, butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, and Hawaiian red sea salt.

2. BRGRBELLY

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5739 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago
IL, 60634
(773) 283-7880
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The flavors rotate often, but this month they’ve got choices including a rum-based “poor Howard” with creme de menthe and a cherry vanilla “careless love.” You’ll also get a taste of their butter cookie. They even have a drink inspired by Devo, the New Wave band from the 1980s. Visit both locations.

3. Pick Me Up Café

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3408 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-6613
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The popular Wrigleyville hangout changes up their alcoholic milkshake of the month, but feel free to add alcohol to your favorite classic flavors like Oreo and strawberry.

4. Rudy's Bar & Grille

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69 E Madison St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 332-8111
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Rudy’s Bar & Grille calls themselves the home of the martini milkshake, so you’ll feel more like you’re an adult getting a fancy cocktail than like a kid getting an extra special treat. They use Homer’s ice cream to concoct flavors like double chocolate, pumpkin, and dreamsicle.
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5. Hamburger Mary's

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5400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 784-6969
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A staple in Andersonville, Hamburger Mary's has three alcoholic milkshakes on the menu at all times. Choose from an “orange dream,” the “german chocolate,” and a “sham-wow.”
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6. Tortoise Club

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350 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-1700
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Fittingly, the 1950s Chicago-inspired Tortoise Club has an adult milkshake on the menu. Currently it's "The Hummer", made with espresso liqueur, rum, and vanilla ice cream.

7. RJ Grunts

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2056 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 929-5363
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The original LEYE restaurant’s hand-dipped milkshakes become “big kid shakes” if you ask. Think "orange dreamsicle," chocolate with Bailey's, and any inventive combination you can create.
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8. DMK Burger Bar

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2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-8686
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They may not be on the menu, but DMK will add the alcohol of your choice to any milkshake. They always have vanilla, chocolate, espresso, or peanut butter shakes, and usually a rotating flavor as well.
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9. Griddle 24- An Urban Diner

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Griddle 24, the new River North diner, is taking its spiked milkshake selections seriously. There's 10 to pick from including the Cinnashake (Fireball, chocolate ice cream) and an Irish Car Bomb (Bailey's cream, Jameson, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream).

10. Allium Restaurant and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

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120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 799-4900
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Known for their delicious upscale take on the Chicago-style hot dog, Allium has two adult milkshake configurations. Add a taste of Frangelico to a Nutella milkshake or Fantasia to their butterscotch miso milkshake.

11. Public House

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400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 265-1240
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Public House's Vanilla Cake and Chocolate Cake Shakes sport quite a garnish with a slabs of cake. The chocolate version is made with Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, while the vanilla is powered by JP's Casper White Stout.

12. Frances' Deli

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2552 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-4580
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This long-time Lincoln Park deli is a perfect spot if you need a bit of a treat in the middle of the day. Their Maker's Mark spiked milkshake is a great pick me up.

13. Bub City (Rosemont)

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5441 Park Pl
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 261-0399
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For $10 each, Bub City can amp up any of their eight milkshakes. They recommend dark rum or bourbon in flavors including cookies n' cream (cream cheese frosting, Oreos rim), cold-brew coffee (caramel, chocolate-covered espresso beans rim) and salted caramel (caramel, pretzels and chocolate rim). Note, these shakes are only available at the suburban location, not in River North.

1. 25 Degrees Restaurant

736 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610
If there’s an expert in the alcoholic milkshake realm, it’s 25 Degrees. Don’t leave without trying the “salty caramel” with Maker’s Mark, butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, and Hawaiian red sea salt.
736 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610

2. BRGRBELLY

5739 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL, 60634
The flavors rotate often, but this month they’ve got choices including a rum-based “poor Howard” with creme de menthe and a cherry vanilla “careless love.” You’ll also get a taste of their butter cookie. They even have a drink inspired by Devo, the New Wave band from the 1980s. Visit both locations.
5739 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago
IL, 60634

3. Pick Me Up Café

3408 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
The popular Wrigleyville hangout changes up their alcoholic milkshake of the month, but feel free to add alcohol to your favorite classic flavors like Oreo and strawberry.
3408 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Rudy's Bar & Grille

69 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60603
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Rudy’s Bar & Grille calls themselves the home of the martini milkshake, so you’ll feel more like you’re an adult getting a fancy cocktail than like a kid getting an extra special treat. They use Homer’s ice cream to concoct flavors like double chocolate, pumpkin, and dreamsicle.
69 E Madison St
Chicago, IL 60603

5. Hamburger Mary's

5400 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
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A staple in Andersonville, Hamburger Mary's has three alcoholic milkshakes on the menu at all times. Choose from an “orange dream,” the “german chocolate,” and a “sham-wow.”
5400 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Tortoise Club

350 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Fittingly, the 1950s Chicago-inspired Tortoise Club has an adult milkshake on the menu. Currently it's "The Hummer", made with espresso liqueur, rum, and vanilla ice cream.
350 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. RJ Grunts

2056 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614
LEYE
The original LEYE restaurant’s hand-dipped milkshakes become “big kid shakes” if you ask. Think "orange dreamsicle," chocolate with Bailey's, and any inventive combination you can create.
2056 N Lincoln Park W
Chicago, IL 60614

8. DMK Burger Bar

2954 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Marc Much
They may not be on the menu, but DMK will add the alcohol of your choice to any milkshake. They always have vanilla, chocolate, espresso, or peanut butter shakes, and usually a rotating flavor as well.
2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

9. Griddle 24- An Urban Diner

Chicago, IL 60654
Griddle 24, the new River North diner, is taking its spiked milkshake selections seriously. There's 10 to pick from including the Cinnashake (Fireball, chocolate ice cream) and an Irish Car Bomb (Bailey's cream, Jameson, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream).

10. Allium Restaurant and Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago

120 E Delaware Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
Known for their delicious upscale take on the Chicago-style hot dog, Allium has two adult milkshake configurations. Add a taste of Frangelico to a Nutella milkshake or Fantasia to their butterscotch miso milkshake.
120 E Delaware Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

11. Public House

400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Public House's Vanilla Cake and Chocolate Cake Shakes sport quite a garnish with a slabs of cake. The chocolate version is made with Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, while the vanilla is powered by JP's Casper White Stout.
400 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Frances' Deli

2552 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
This long-time Lincoln Park deli is a perfect spot if you need a bit of a treat in the middle of the day. Their Maker's Mark spiked milkshake is a great pick me up.
2552 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

13. Bub City (Rosemont)

5441 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018
For $10 each, Bub City can amp up any of their eight milkshakes. They recommend dark rum or bourbon in flavors including cookies n' cream (cream cheese frosting, Oreos rim), cold-brew coffee (caramel, chocolate-covered espresso beans rim) and salted caramel (caramel, pretzels and chocolate rim). Note, these shakes are only available at the suburban location, not in River North.
5441 Park Pl
Rosemont, IL 60018

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