Milkshakes are an indulge-worthy dessert any time of the year. Do you agree? Whether you’re a classic vanilla type, want all the fixings, or have some dietary restrictions, there’s a perfect milkshake for you in Chicago. Read on for our top picks for milkshakes in the city.


DMK Burger Bar

DMK milkshake

You won’t be disappointed by these handmade milkshakes that come in four classic flavors and generous servings. DMK Burger Bar also has seasonal flavors that are sorely missed once gone, including the s'mores. Make it boozy for just five extra bucks.

Chicago locations:

  • DMK Lakeview (2954 N. Sheffield Ave.)
  • DMK Soldier Field (open for Chicago Bears games)
  • DMK Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)


25 Degrees

25 Degrees milkshake

This popular brunch and club spot has killer ‘adult’ milkshakes. 25 Degree's flavor options include key lime, salty caramel, and bananas foster.

  • 736 N. Clark Street 


Griddle 24

Griddle 24 is open 24/7 for all your late night milkshake cravings, and is best known for their boozy concoctions (are you starting to notice a trend?). Their unique flavor creations include Kahlua cookies & cream, White Russian, and their cinnashake (Fireball, chocolate ice cream).

  • 334 W. Chicago Avenue 


The Chicago Diner

If you’re looking for the best vegan milkshake in the city, The Chicago Diner’s award-winning ones are a must-try. We don’t know how they do it, but the cookie dough peanut butter (above) or carrot cake shakes are truly delicious. Even non-vegans can appreciate how well these shakes come out!

Chicago locations:

  • Logan Square (2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
  • Lakeview (3411 N. Halsted St.)


Epic Burger

Starting your New Year’s resolutions early? Try a slightly “healthier” skinny milkshake at one of Epic Burger’s locations for 30% less calories. We couldn’t tell the difference! You can make any of their flavors skinny—but peanut butter is recommended.

Chicago locations:

  • River North (407 N. Clark St.)
  • Streeterville  (227 E. Ontario St.)
  • Lincoln Park (1000 W. North Ave.)
  • South Loop (517 S. State St.)
  • Gold Coast (40 E. Pearson St.)
  • West Loop (550 W. Adams St.)


Public House

Public House

Public House Chicago is famous for their decadent cake shakes—a milkshake topped with a giant slice of cake. Bring a friend to share with, unless you’re feeling ambitious. You can choose from classic chocolate or vanilla, and their new gingerbread cake shake is currently available for the holidays.

  • 400 N. State Street


Have you tried any of the best milkshakes in Chicago? Leave a comment with your all-time favorite, and explore more dessert destinations across the city.