Nothing is stopping us from drinking iced coffee year-round, but it's especially hard to pass up during the hot, sweaty summer season. Chicago's got fantastic coffee shops and brunch places putting out stellar versions, too, so put down the frozen cocktails and frosé and grab one of these great drinks to perk you up in the morning.
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The best iced coffee drinks in Chicago
You may not be able to roll right up to the counter and ask for a Shakerato at Big Shoulders Coffee, but no worries. Snag a bottle of Seasons Soda out of the fridge and ask for espresso on top of it. The soda is slightly sweet, cutting the acidity of the espresso and turning it into a super refreshing jolt to your morning.
Same Day Cafe, the charming reboot of Flipside Cafe, serves Ipsento coffee in a variety of ways, including mixed with house-made horchata, the traditional Mexican cinnamon-laced rice milk.
Oromo Cafe looks damn fancy when you first walk in. The lattes list is a bit overwhelming with a bunch of choices, but when you start really looking through it, you'll see that it's not too far from what you've had as far as coffee's concerned. But grab the pistachio-rose latte. It's floral and garnished with rose petals, which is adorable and nice on the nose. If you're looking for something that reminds you of spring, this is certainly your latte.
Remember Teddy Grahams? At Eastman Egg, there's an off-menu latte made with Sparrow espresso, house vanilla syrup and honey. You can get it hot or iced, and it tastes just like a Graham cracker.
The iced coffee at Gaslight Coffee Roasters is a Brazil blend called the Passeio. It's bitter but we'll still take it black. Whatever your preference may be, this one's sure to jolt you out of your slumber.
Heritage locations have traditional iced coffee, leaving it up to you pick all of your accoutrements. We like ours with a little cream and sugar—the coffee here is a bit on the bitter side, but a bit of cream and sugar brighten it right up.
Best coffee shops in Chicago
It wasn't until we compiled this list that we realized what a great coffee city Chicago is. There are numerous spots that appeal to coffee nerds and other places to just grab a cup on the way to work. Whether you want a spot in the Loop, a neighborhood joint in Logan Square or a Bridgeport spot that roasts its own beans, you won't go wrong at any of the best coffee shops in Chicago.