It's a scorcher out there, Chicago. Temperatures are inching back up to the 90s Thursday, and the weekend ahead is looking pretty cloud-free and steamy.
This weather has us craving sweet summer treats, but it's hard to choose between ice cream and happy hour (especially during bikini season, when we probably shouldn't indulge in both).
Luckily, Chicago's ever-reliable food scene is one step ahead of us, as always. With booze-infused ice creams, vodka drizzled on snow cones, moonshine milkshakes and more, it's easy to have the best of both worlds during your summer in the city.
Take a tour of our roundup of some of the city's best summery (and oh-so-boozy!) concoctions. We've got everything you need to beat the heat. Did we miss one of your favorite adult treats? Tell us about it in the comments.
Spiked Shakes at 25 Degrees
At 25 Degrees, you can get your summer kicks the tasty way with The Salty Caramel (Maker's Mark, butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, hawaiian red sea salt), The Nola (Southern Comfort Whiskey, praline liquor, butter pecan ice cream, toasted pecans), Bananas Foster (Spiced Rum, banana butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, Myer's Rum floater), Night Owl (Godiva dark chocolate liqueur, Trader Vic's chocolate ice cream). <a href="http://www.25degreesrestaurant.com/25-Degrees-Chicago.aspx" target="_hplink">25 Degrees</a> 736 N. Clark St.
Cosmo-popsicles at Drumbar
Cosmo-popsicles were created by Benjamin Newby and are made with 42 Below Vodka, Lime Juice, Cranberry, Triple Sec/Cointreau. <a href="http://drumbar.com/" target="_hplink">Drumbar</a> 201 E. Delaware Pl.
Jameson Soft Serve at The Boiler Room
Soft serve ice cream made with Jameson whiskey, available in a beer float with Left Hand Milk Stout (the "Georgie"). <a href="http://boilerroomlogansquare.com/" target="_hplink">The Boiler Room</a> 2210 N. California Ave.
Moonshine Slushies at Dragon Ranch
Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ packs a powerful punch with the Bushwacker, a frozen mix of Original Moonshine, two kinds of rum, Kahlua, cream of coconut, chocolate vodka and chocolate syrup. <a href="http://www.dragonranch.com/" target="_hplink">Dragon Ranch Moonshine & BBQ</a> 441 N. Clark St.
Vodka Snow Cones at Crossing
With the popularity of flavored vodkas on the rise, it's a wonder no one thought of this combo sooner. In addition to syrup, Crossing drizzles cherry, lemon, clementine, raspberry or vanilla-flavored vodka on shaved ice. <a href="http://www.crossingtavern.com/" target="_hplink">Crossing</a> 2548 N. Southport Ave.
Butterscotch Bourbon Pecan Gelato at Black Dog Gelato
Independent gelateria Black Dog's Butterscotch Bourbon Pecan gelato will help you beat the heat. They also recently introduced the Whiskey Gelato Bar, a whiskey-spiked gelato dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in bacon. <a href="http://blackdogchicago.com/" target="_hplink">Black Dog Gelato</a> 859 N. Damen Ave. 1955 W. Belmont Ave.