Warm summer weekends are in short supply in Chicago, and residents know it’s smart to bask in glorious weather while it lasts. High temperatures pair beautifully with frozen drinks, which are usually best imbibed with friends in the open air. From swanky rooftops to casual patios, tons of Chicago bars and restaurants offer boozy snow cones, icy blended cocktails, and spiked milkshakes all summer long. Peruse the map below for Eater Chicago’s selection of the hottest spots to cool down and drink up.
As of June 11, Chicago restaurants have fully reopened and the city has lifted restrictions on capacity, masking, and social distancing. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More