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Iced Coffees, like this one from Intelligentsia, are a great way to cool off in the Chicago summer heat.
Iced Coffees, like this one from Intelligentsia, are a great way to cool off in the Chicago summer heat.
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16 Innovative Iced Coffees To Try in Chicago Now, Mapped

Make sure you keep calm, cool, and caffeinated

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Iced Coffees, like this one from Intelligentsia, are a great way to cool off in the Chicago summer heat.
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Like most restaurants and bars throughout Chicago, many coffee shops are constantly trying to find new ways to diversify their drinks—especially the iced coffees. "With specialty coffee on the uprise, larger companies are also starting to pay more attention to market quality iced beverages," says Jacqueline DesMarais, retail educator at Intelligentsia Coffee. "People have started paying a lot more attention to how iced coffee is brewed and those questions have helped further increase the popularity of iced coffee in Chicago."

Iced coffees aren't just more popular, they're also becoming more and more intricate and creative. Baristas — in a similar way as mixologists — are creating unique caffeinated cold beverages all the time and placing them on menus. "Coffee has very much followed similar trends to craft cocktails in that people are now seeking quality instead of just their daily fix," DesMarais says. Check out 16 creative specialty iced coffees on the map below that satisfy much more than just your daily fix in Chicago.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. bellyQ — Vietnamese Coffee & Rum Cream

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1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 563-1010
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Kickstart your boozy brunch by sipping on BellyQ's Vietnamese coffee & rum cream, made with cold brew coffee and condensed milk blended with their house-made rum cream.

2. Big Shoulders Coffee — The Painted Lady

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1105 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 888-3042
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One of Big Shoulders' well known drinks is The Painted Lady, a hybrid made with simple syrup, tart ginger lemonade, Colombian iced coffee and mint all shaken and served over ice.

3. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters — Cold Brew

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2934 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-1361
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Cool off on a hot summer day with some house-made Bow Truss cold brew iced coffee either from the bottle, on tap, or over ice.

4. Caffe Streets — Thai Iced Coffee

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1750 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 278-2739
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Take your tastebuds on a trip to Southeast Asia by trying this Thai iced coffee. It is made with a house-made cold brew, coconut milk, cayenne, and Vietnamese cinnamon.

5. Café Umbria — Espresso Shakerato

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346 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 877-5166
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For when you’re feeling a little more sophisticated about your morning brew, try Café Umbria’s Espresso Shakerato, an iced double espresso mixed with simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and poured into a martini glass with a sugar rim. The shaking process causes the espresso to become frothy, making it both a bold and sweet way to start off your day.

A vase-shaped glass holds dark coffee with a layer of foam on top. Photo by Kevin Osterhout

6. Dark Matter Coffee (Star Lounge Coffee Bar) — Chocolate City

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2521 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60612
(773) 384-7827
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This coffee isn't cold brewed, but extracted with heat. Satisfy your sweet tooth just by opening their Chocolate City cold brew and letting the sweet aromas envelop your sense of smell. When poured over ice, you are able to taste all of the nutty, fruity, and chocolatey flavors that this cold brew has to offer. You can even buy some by the growler to sip it at home whenever you want.

7. Heritage Bicycles — PB&J and Lavender Lattes

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2959 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 245-3005
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This popular bike & coffee shop combo has won its customers over with its unique atmosphere and eco-friendly manufacturing. Some of their signature drinks include their PB&J iced latte and the iced lavender latte.

8. Intelligentsia Coffee — Coffee Milkshake

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3123 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-8058
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At Intelligentsia, they work alongside the farmers growing their coffee beans into spectacular beverages, such as their coffee milkshake filled with four shots of their Black Cat Classic and Jeni’s sweet cream ice cream.

9. Ipsento Coffee House — Nitro Coffee

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2035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 904-8177
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Ipsento is one of many coffee shops that makes nitro coffee, which is infused with nitrogen to give it a foamy, beer-like feel. Theirs is served without ice at exactly 39 degrees.

10. Kanela Breakfast Club — Greek Frappe

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3231 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 248-1622
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While dining at one of their five Chicago locations, sip on a light, frothy Greek Frappe made with powdered Greek instant coffee, sugar and water that is shaken over milk and ice.

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11. Metropolis Coffee Company — Iced Coffee

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1039 W Granville Ave
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 764-0400
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When it comes to iced coffee preparation, this place is no joke. Their eight-hour process makes sure that the coffee is brewed one cup at a time through their finest offerings.

12. Peet's Coffee & Tea — Coconut Black Tie

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800 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 489-5097

As part of their summer menu, Peet’s created an entire coconut section of iced beverages, including the Coconut Black Tie, which is made with their Baridi Blend coffee that is steeped overnight and then mixed with coconut, sweetened condensed milk and cream.

13. Same Day Cafe — Iced Coffee & Horchata

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2651 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-7040
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Same Day Cafe puts a Mexican twist on their Ipsento iced coffee by adding their sweet, sweet, housemade horchata to it.

14. The Coffee Studio — Double Strength Cold Brew

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5628 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660
(773) 271-7881
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This Andersonville coffee spot solves the problem of weak, watery iced coffee with its double-strength cold brew. They sell it in concentrate form so that all you have to do is mix it with cold water or milk to have a perfect midday boost.

15. Wired Coffee House — Bourbon Cold Brew

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3508 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 281-4900
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If you’re looking for a stronger kick in your morning joe, Wired’s got you covered. The beans they use in their cold brew are aged in bourbon barrels in-house before being roasted and ground for your utmost satisfaction. Talk about a morning pick-me-up.

16. Xoco — Café De Olla

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449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 661-1434
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Wake up your taste buds with this spicy Mexican Café De Olla filled with piloncillo, Mexican cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, clove, star anise, black pepper and orange zest all over Intelligentsia’s El Diablo coffee.

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1. bellyQ — Vietnamese Coffee & Rum Cream

1400 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607

Kickstart your boozy brunch by sipping on BellyQ's Vietnamese coffee & rum cream, made with cold brew coffee and condensed milk blended with their house-made rum cream.

1400 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607

2. Big Shoulders Coffee — The Painted Lady

1105 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

One of Big Shoulders' well known drinks is The Painted Lady, a hybrid made with simple syrup, tart ginger lemonade, Colombian iced coffee and mint all shaken and served over ice.

1105 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

3. Bow Truss Coffee Roasters — Cold Brew

2934 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

Cool off on a hot summer day with some house-made Bow Truss cold brew iced coffee either from the bottle, on tap, or over ice.

2934 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Caffe Streets — Thai Iced Coffee

1750 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Take your tastebuds on a trip to Southeast Asia by trying this Thai iced coffee. It is made with a house-made cold brew, coconut milk, cayenne, and Vietnamese cinnamon.

1750 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

5. Café Umbria — Espresso Shakerato

346 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
A vase-shaped glass holds dark coffee with a layer of foam on top. Photo by Kevin Osterhout

For when you’re feeling a little more sophisticated about your morning brew, try Café Umbria’s Espresso Shakerato, an iced double espresso mixed with simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice and poured into a martini glass with a sugar rim. The shaking process causes the espresso to become frothy, making it both a bold and sweet way to start off your day.

346 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

6. Dark Matter Coffee (Star Lounge Coffee Bar) — Chocolate City

2521 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

This coffee isn't cold brewed, but extracted with heat. Satisfy your sweet tooth just by opening their Chocolate City cold brew and letting the sweet aromas envelop your sense of smell. When poured over ice, you are able to taste all of the nutty, fruity, and chocolatey flavors that this cold brew has to offer. You can even buy some by the growler to sip it at home whenever you want.

2521 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60612

7. Heritage Bicycles — PB&J and Lavender Lattes

2959 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657

This popular bike & coffee shop combo has won its customers over with its unique atmosphere and eco-friendly manufacturing. Some of their signature drinks include their PB&J iced latte and the iced lavender latte.

2959 N Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

8. Intelligentsia Coffee — Coffee Milkshake

3123 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

At Intelligentsia, they work alongside the farmers growing their coffee beans into spectacular beverages, such as their coffee milkshake filled with four shots of their Black Cat Classic and Jeni’s sweet cream ice cream.

3123 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

9. Ipsento Coffee House — Nitro Coffee

2035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Ipsento is one of many coffee shops that makes nitro coffee, which is infused with nitrogen to give it a foamy, beer-like feel. Theirs is served without ice at exactly 39 degrees.

2035 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Kanela Breakfast Club — Greek Frappe

3231 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657
Courtesy of Kanela Breakfast Club

While dining at one of their five Chicago locations, sip on a light, frothy Greek Frappe made with powdered Greek instant coffee, sugar and water that is shaken over milk and ice.

3231 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657

11. Metropolis Coffee Company — Iced Coffee

1039 W Granville Ave, Chicago, IL 60660

When it comes to iced coffee preparation, this place is no joke. Their eight-hour process makes sure that the coffee is brewed one cup at a time through their finest offerings.

1039 W Granville Ave
Chicago, IL 60660

12. Peet's Coffee & Tea — Coconut Black Tie

800 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

As part of their summer menu, Peet’s created an entire coconut section of iced beverages, including the Coconut Black Tie, which is made with their Baridi Blend coffee that is steeped overnight and then mixed with coconut, sweetened condensed milk and cream.

800 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

13. Same Day Cafe — Iced Coffee & Horchata

2651 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Same Day Cafe puts a Mexican twist on their Ipsento iced coffee by adding their sweet, sweet, housemade horchata to it.

2651 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

14. The Coffee Studio — Double Strength Cold Brew

5628 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

This Andersonville coffee spot solves the problem of weak, watery iced coffee with its double-strength cold brew. They sell it in concentrate form so that all you have to do is mix it with cold water or milk to have a perfect midday boost.

5628 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60660

15. Wired Coffee House — Bourbon Cold Brew

3508 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

If you’re looking for a stronger kick in your morning joe, Wired’s got you covered. The beans they use in their cold brew are aged in bourbon barrels in-house before being roasted and ground for your utmost satisfaction. Talk about a morning pick-me-up.

3508 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

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16. Xoco — Café De Olla

449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Wake up your taste buds with this spicy Mexican Café De Olla filled with piloncillo, Mexican cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, clove, star anise, black pepper and orange zest all over Intelligentsia’s El Diablo coffee.

449 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

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