Cold Comforts

Our favorite iced coffee in Chicago

Warm weather means two things: The return of your social life and a celebration of the city's robust iced coffee offerings. Grab a cup to perk up on summer days.

BellyQ in West Loop

It almost feels wrong drinking Bill Kim's Vietnamese iced coffee ($4). Strong-as-hell La Colombe Pure Black meets sweetened condensed milk.

② Big Shoulders in River West

If you're lucky enough to live near the Chicago Blue line stop, you've undoubtedly spotted hordes of thirsty commuters sipping the Iced White ($4): double-strength joe and whole milk with a smattering of citrus (cleverly packed in to-go bottles).

③ Intelligentsia in Logan Square

Do coffee milkshakes ($5.75) fall under the iced coffee category? No? Too bad. Take four shots of Black Cat Classic, add Jeni's sweet cream ice cream and BAM: You're wired and fatter than you were five minutes ago.

Dark Matter/Star Lounge Coffee Bar in Humboldt Park

Cocoa lovers can cool down courtesy of Dark Matter's Chocolate City (on tap at Star Lounge but also available in 22 oz. bottles), a bold, nuanced blend reminiscent of fruit and flowers ($3). Drink it straight or add a splash of cream for balance.

Caffe Streets in Wicker Park

This buzzed-about shop is home to one of the few cold-brew towers in the city: The contraption cranks out pitch-perfect cups of the purest drink imaginable ($4). The fact that they now roast their own beans (operating under the name Metric) takes the experience to the next level.

La Colombe in West Loop

Arguably one of the first cold-pressed bottled coffees to take the city by storm, La Colombe's Pure Black ($3) still has our hearts. Double-filtered, then steeped in stainless steel wine tanks for 16 hours, it tastes every bit as intense as it sounds.

Heritage General Store in Lakeview

Customers love this hipster coffee haunt, and for good reason: They brew a badass, chocolaty cold-pressed coffee ($4) and sell 64 oz. growlers for junkies.