Given the warm temperatures Chicago has faced lately, staying cool has become paramount to surviving the season. From a Dippin' Dots-esque whiskey cocktail to frozen yogurt that goes beyond the usual suspects, here are five satisfying—and wholly cool—ways to beat the heat this summer.
With looks that evoke both mint juleps and Dippin' Dots, this frosty summertime stunner effortlessly balances spiked sophistication with playful nostalgia. Beverage Director Michael Fawthrop combines Japanese whisky with ginger, absinthe, and peach "snow" in a glass, finishing the creation with a mint leaf garnish and a color-changing straw. 101 E. Erie St., 20th Fl., 312-667-6793
Classic affogato gets a boozy twist at this cozy Bucktown hideaway, where they're pouring Sparrow Coffee draft cold brew and a shot of Fernet over vanilla ice cream made in-house. 1749 N. Damen Ave., 773-697-3315
Traditionally used in sauces or as a breakfast staple, tart, protein-rich Greek yogurt receives a refreshing, dessert-y makeover at this Mediterranean-inspired hotspot in River North. To complement the frozen yogurt—and keep your taste buds guessing—chef CJ Jacobson drizzles fruity California olive oil and sprinkles flaked sea salt on top. 74 W. Illinois St., 312-527-5586
Fresh, fruity, and oh-so-refreshing, nothing satisfies quite like a popsicle in the summer heat. The frozen flavors at this taco joint change based on the seasonality of ingredients, but often include raspberry, chia limon, mango, and blood orange. 325 W. Huron St., 312-488-4917
Hot Off The Press Bombo Gelato Sandwich at BomboBar
Chicago's ice cream sandwich market is nothing if not booming, and this ultra-indulgent number is a newcomer you won't want to miss. A hot-pressed, sliced bomboloni contains house-made vanilla gelato, is dipped in salted caramel, and encrusted in a colorful Fruity Pebble crunch. 832 W. Randolph St., 312-492-7775