A "milkshake break" is the ideal time-out from a busy day sightseeing or shopping. Whether you're looking for a simple vanilla shake, a booze-laced version, or one that's topped with a mini sundae, Chicago has a frozen treat to fit every craving.
DMK Burger Bar (2954 N. Sheffield Ave.)
Though known for their burgers and creatively topped fries (like sweet potato fries with lemon Tabasco aioli), DMK makes a terrific, thick milkshake. They stick with classics like vanilla, chocolate, espresso, and peanut butter, and there's also a monthly flavor, like May's birthday cake shake.
Edzo's Burger Shop (2218 N. Lincoln Ave. and 1571 Sherman Ave., Evanston)
The burger joint has locations in Lincoln Park and Evanston and turns out creamy shakes alongside thin, griddled patties and extravagant cheese fries. The Nutella flavor has achieved cult status in Chicago, but there's also banana, hot fudge, Oreo, maple, coffee, vanilla, and other flavors as well.
Allium (120 E. Delaware Pl.)
For a fancier milkshake--though it's still just $5--Allium at the Four Seasons has a miso butterscotch milkshake that strikes an ideal balance between salty and sweet flavors. Get it split in two, or risk being too full to finish the housemade, Chicago-style hot dog Allium is best known for.
M Burger (161 E. Huron, 5 W. Ontario, 100 W. Randolph, and 835 N. Michigan)
M Burger's milkshake menu simply offers vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors, and while these are very good, ask for the secret, off-menu shakes. Past flavors have included espresso, butterscotch, and blueberry.
Lickity Split Frozen Custard & Sweets (6056
N. Broadway St.)
Edgewater's adorable ice cream parlor makes milkshakes by blending frozen custard with a choice of toppings. Start with vanilla or chocolate custard, and then add in hot fudge, butterscotch, or Oreos.
25 Degrees (736 N. Clark St.)
When milkshake and cocktail cravings collide, 25 Degrees is the place to go. The burger and boozy shake joint offers giant, decadent milkshakes like salty caramel, with Maker's Mark, butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, and Hawaiian red sea salt, and a Guinness shake, with Guinness, chocolate sauce, and vanilla ice cream. For an insider's look at their shakes, check out the clip from our friends at You & Me This Morning.
The Chicago Diner (3411 N. Halsted
St. and 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.)
The Diner, which has locations in Lakeview and Logan Square, offers vegan milkshakes that taste exactly like they're made with ice cream and milk (they're actually made with Temptation Vegan Ice Cream and sweetened with beet sugar). The chocolate peanut butter gets all the attention, but there are also flavors like vanilla chai, mocha, and lucky leprechaun mint.
Scooter's Frozen Custard (1658 W. Belmont Ave.)
And for those times when both a milkshake and sundae are required, head to Scooter's for the Boston Shake, which tops a milkshake with a scoop of custard, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Though the origin of this treat is unknown, it pops up occasionally around the Midwest and elsewhere.
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