12 Places to Get Frozen Piña Coladas, Margaritas, & Drinks in Chicago

Though the fall season is getting closer all the time, there are still quite a few steamy summer days left, and we still need ways to cool off and wind down. Frozen, slushy drinks were invented in the 1950s when Dairy Queen franchise-owner Omar Knedlik put soda in his freezer after his soda machine broke down, inspiring him to build the first frozen drink machine with “used parts from an automobile air conditioner.” Thanks to Knedlik’s broken equipment, we all can find relief from the heat with the icy (and boozy) descendants of this accidental invention. We have compiled a list of 12 bars and restaurants in Chicago that offer delicious frozen margaritas, piña coladas, and drinks.

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Castaways

1603 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago IL 60611

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Head to the lakeshore, order a piña colada, strawberry daiquiri, or a mix of the two (the Bacardi Miami Vice) at Castaways. Sip on your piña colada and save this memory for December, when your radiator is being slow to heat up your apartment.

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The Moonlighter

3204 W Armitage Ave, Chicago IL 60647

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Cool off with a frozen drink on the patio of The Moonlighter. The drink menu at this bar features a fruity Frozen Piña Colada and a bold flavor combination of Frozen Coffee, which includes vodka, Caffe Borghetti, coconut, and almond milk.

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Shore Club

1603 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago IL 60610

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It’s generally a good sign when frozen drinks have their own dedicated section on a restaurant’s menu, as they do on Shore Club’s. Catch some late-summer breeze off the lake as you enjoy a Frosé All Day (a frozen combo of rosé, rosé vodka, and peach purée), a Spritzicle (aperol, fresh orange juice, sparkling wine) or maybe a Beach Body Margarita.

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Pub Royale

2049 W Division St, Chicago IL 60622

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Stop by this Ukrainian Village restaurant in Chicago for a refreshing frozen drink. The cocktail menu includes a Frozen Boozy Mango Lassi (to-go or not), which is a punch to the tastebuds with its combination of Santa Teresa Rum, mango, yoghurt, and paprika.

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Houndstooth Saloon

3369 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60657

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Head to Wrigleyville for some Southern food and a frozen cocktail. To go with your BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich or some Smoke Fried Wings, try a Frosé, a frozen strawberry lemonade, or a Bushwacker (Bushmills Irish whiskey and Kraken rum, plus some unknown quantities).

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Pink Taco

431 N Wells St, Chicago IL 60654

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If you’re searching for the best frozen margaritas in Chicago, we recommend traveling to Pink Taco. This bar has a dedicated margarita menu that includes flavors such as frozen strawberry, frozen lime, and frozen mango, and for a different kind of frozen beverage, diners can opt for a frozen pink sangria.

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Parson’s Chicken & Fish

2435 N Halsted St, Chicago IL 60614 | 2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago IL 60647

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There are a few frozen drink options on the menu of this chicken-and-fish joint in Chicago, but none have received the same accolades as The Original Negroni Slushy. Made with Letherbee Gin, Luxardo Bitter, sweet vermouth, and citrus, this frozen drink is the perfect way to wash down your fish sandwich.

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Sidetrack

3349 N Halsted St, Chicago IL 60657

While you’re singing along to show tunes or pop hits at this popular Boystown bar, sip on an Effen Black Cherry Buzz or a Frozé made with Stoli Razberi and Martini & Rossi Rosé.

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Federales

180 N Morgan St, Chicago IL 60607

If you’re searching for the best tacos and margaritas near you in Chicago, we recommend traveling to Federales to order a classic, mango, or strawberry margarita. In addition, the menu at this bar also includes a delicious frozen Tequila Rosé.

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Lost Lake

3154 W Diversey Ave, Chicago IL 60647

Currently serving cocktails-to-go and cocktail kits, the tiki bar has a new rotation of beverages each week, a selection that often includes a delicious frozen beverage. In addition to the changing drink menu, tropical drink fans can order a kit for a Daiquiri Frappé, which includes rum, frappé dry sugar mix, 12 limes, and a bag of crushed ice.


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The Dawson

730 W Grand Ave, Chicago IL 60654

In addition to a selection of other seasonal cocktails, this trendy River West restaurant offers a much-loved Frozen Mai Tai, which combines Bacardi Superior, Bacardi 8, orgeat, lime, and triple sec.

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Lonesome Rose

2101 N California Ave, Chicago IL 60647

Another establishment with a dedicated frozen drink section in its menu, this Logan Square Mexican-inspired restaurant offers the essential, legendary frozen margarita, as well as a Frozen Trinidad (rum, amargo, and pineapple) and a Frozen Java (horchata, cold brew, whiskey, and rum).

 

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