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In the Rocks, Mario's Italian Lemonade, Green River Float, Jeppson's Malort, Bourbon Brand County Stout
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Wetting Your Whistle: The 15 Most Iconic Drinks in Chicago

The City of Broad Shoulders possesses a variety of ways to tip a couple back.

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In the Rocks, Mario's Italian Lemonade, Green River Float, Jeppson's Malort, Bourbon Brand County Stout
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A good meal always requires a tasty beverage as a complement, but Chicago isn't a city to stick to the shadows. Here's a list of iconic drinks that demand attention. From a pre-dinner drink to something sweet as a dessert, this list offers something for everyone. Even straight-edge kids.

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1. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

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1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 266-8999
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Cosmo: For years, Chicago's steakhouses have poured patrons stiff drinks before and after their meals. Gibson's martinis are a city staple.

2. Goose Island Brewery

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1800 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 915-0071
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Bourbon Brand County Stout: The granddaddy of all bourbon-aged beers, if you find this on tap past Christmas you're a chump if you don't order it. Any of the varietals apply.

3. Intelligentsia Coffee

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3123 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 348-8058
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Coffee: Intelligentsia dominates Chicago's coffee house culture, and if a restaurant uses its beans, you can rest assured they aren't messing around.

4. Irazu

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1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 252-5687
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Oatmeal Shake: The oatmeal shake at this Costa Rican gem could qualify for a meal in itself.

5. Mario's Italian Lemonade

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1068 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
(708) 652-8680

All flavors: Call it frozen lemonade or Italian ice — but venture to Taylor Street for a taste of genuine Chicago.

6. Matchbox

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770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 666-9292
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Sidecar: The city's tiniest bar makes one of the city's mightiest drinks. This brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice concoction will make you happy. And don't forget the powdered-sugar rim.

7. Nisei Lounge

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3439 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657-1613
(773) 525-0557
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Jeppson's Malort: Did you really think this list could escape Malort? Nothing escapes Malort, and the folks at Nisei lounge have surrendered to that fact, happily pouring the original (Jeppson's) and watching what happens.

8. Parts and Labor

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2700 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Green River Float: Green River is a classic Chicago soda, and the folks at Parts and Labor took that magical reminder of childhood in a dessert.

9. Portillo's Hot Dogs

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100 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 587-8910
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Chocolate Cake Shake: It's basic math. Take Portillo's famous chocolate cake and add it to a milkshake and the sum is deliciousness.

10. Sable Kitchen & Bar

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505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 755-9704
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War of the Roses: This drink hasn't been around for long, but has been widely praised. It's made of Pimm's, Chase elderflower, gin, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, bitters and mint.

11. Simon's Tavern

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5210 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 878-0894
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Glogg: The cookies that accompany Simon's holiday hot mulled wine make this an Andersonville tradition.

12. The Aviary

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955 West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

In the Rocks: A signature at The Aviary, this drink has gone through a couple different iterations, but the shell remains.

13. The Violet Hour

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1520 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 252-1500
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Juliet and Romeo: Just in time for Valentine's Day, enjoy this Shakespeare-inspired cocktail, The Violet Hour's most-popular drink.

14. Wrigley Field

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1060 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 404-2827
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Old Style Beer: It's a humid summer day in Chicago. The grass is green at Wrigley. You've got the day off and you've got an Old Style in your hand. And you're not paying attention to the game. It's a Chicago tradition.

15. XOCO

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1471 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Aztec Hot Chocolate: The menu at Rick Bayless' Xoco brags about its bean-to-chocolate drinks. But this one, with chile and all spice is worth remembering.

1. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse

1028 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Cosmo: For years, Chicago's steakhouses have poured patrons stiff drinks before and after their meals. Gibson's martinis are a city staple.

1028 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

2. Goose Island Brewery

1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Bourbon Brand County Stout: The granddaddy of all bourbon-aged beers, if you find this on tap past Christmas you're a chump if you don't order it. Any of the varietals apply.

1800 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

3. Intelligentsia Coffee

3123 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657

Coffee: Intelligentsia dominates Chicago's coffee house culture, and if a restaurant uses its beans, you can rest assured they aren't messing around.

3123 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Irazu

1865 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Oatmeal Shake: The oatmeal shake at this Costa Rican gem could qualify for a meal in itself.

1865 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Mario's Italian Lemonade

1068 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

All flavors: Call it frozen lemonade or Italian ice — but venture to Taylor Street for a taste of genuine Chicago.

1068 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

6. Matchbox

770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Sidecar: The city's tiniest bar makes one of the city's mightiest drinks. This brandy, Cointreau and lemon juice concoction will make you happy. And don't forget the powdered-sugar rim.

770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

7. Nisei Lounge

3439 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657-1613

Jeppson's Malort: Did you really think this list could escape Malort? Nothing escapes Malort, and the folks at Nisei lounge have surrendered to that fact, happily pouring the original (Jeppson's) and watching what happens.

3439 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657-1613

8. Parts and Labor

2700 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Green River Float: Green River is a classic Chicago soda, and the folks at Parts and Labor took that magical reminder of childhood in a dessert.

2700 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Portillo's Hot Dogs

100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654

Chocolate Cake Shake: It's basic math. Take Portillo's famous chocolate cake and add it to a milkshake and the sum is deliciousness.

100 W Ontario St
Chicago, IL 60654

10. Sable Kitchen & Bar

505 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

War of the Roses: This drink hasn't been around for long, but has been widely praised. It's made of Pimm's, Chase elderflower, gin, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, bitters and mint.

505 N State St
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Simon's Tavern

5210 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

Glogg: The cookies that accompany Simon's holiday hot mulled wine make this an Andersonville tradition.

5210 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

12. The Aviary

955 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

In the Rocks: A signature at The Aviary, this drink has gone through a couple different iterations, but the shell remains.

955 West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

13. The Violet Hour

1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Juliet and Romeo: Just in time for Valentine's Day, enjoy this Shakespeare-inspired cocktail, The Violet Hour's most-popular drink.

1520 N Damen Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

14. Wrigley Field

1060 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613

Old Style Beer: It's a humid summer day in Chicago. The grass is green at Wrigley. You've got the day off and you've got an Old Style in your hand. And you're not paying attention to the game. It's a Chicago tradition.

1060 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60613

15. XOCO

1471 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Aztec Hot Chocolate: The menu at Rick Bayless' Xoco brags about its bean-to-chocolate drinks. But this one, with chile and all spice is worth remembering.

1471 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

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