The Chicago summer is one of the best times to fully savor the outdoors, from a stroll or roll along Lake Michigan, picnics in the park and al fresco dining to neighborhood festivals, rooftop lounges and outdoor farmers markets. But while you soak in the rays, be sure to counter the effects of summer's heat with this cool-down method... the adult snow cone!

Expat Chicago's boozy snow cones

Expat Chicago – This seasonal, West Loop pop-up patio is all about the summer essentials: outdoor dining (only), refreshing menu items and boozy sno-cones. Yes, snow cones... with booze. Choose from Rosé, Limoncello or Henny Sidecar. Drink up! 

Shaved ice cocktails from Cochon Volant

Cochon Volant – Located at the base of the Hyatt Centric Loop hotel, this new French bistro offers a Daily Shave cocktail — the sophisticated sister to the boozy snow cone. While enjoying a concoction of liquid goodness over shaved ice is a delight, watching the process is a treat as well. Using a Japanese ice shaving machine, the Daily Shave cocktail is manually prepared using a block of ice and some good ol' elbow grease. Garnished, of course, with an orange peel for added flair. 

CH Distillery cocktail snow cones

CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar – Fully embracing the summer season and the love of shaved ice, CH Distillery is serving up a Boozy Limoncello snow cone made with its locally, hand-made limoncello. And while you enjoy the coolness of ice soaked in this Italian liqueur, take advantage of the opportunity to do a distillery tour. 

Sportsman's Club iced cocktails with garnish

Sportsman's Club – This Humboldt Park neighborhood tavern brings creativity and fresh ideas to its cocktail program daily and is taking on the summer with its adult version of a childhood favorite. The Sporting Julep Cone is made with bourbon, Branca Menta, Letherbee Besk and mint, offering all the icy fun of a snow cone with the spirit-forward boldness that the Sportsman's Club is known for. 


California Clipper – Recognized for its extensive drinks menu and retro décor, the California Clipper in Humboldt Park features as part of its drinks repertoire a tiki-inspired shaved ice cocktail called the Pago Pago that's great for a summer evening. Pair it with some live music set against the red-lit ambiance of the bar and you'll be feeling cool in no time. 


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Cochon Volant
100 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 236-1234

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