In a summer devoid of frozen treats, overworked construction workers would only be able to cool off by either riding their jackhammers northward or by putting in even longer hours at the igloo factory. Avoid disaster in a delicious way with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of frozen treats at Cloud 9 in Lakeview.
Cloud 9, which has been featured on WGN News, Metromix, and ABC 7 News, cools torrid taste buds with newfangled frozen treats inspired by inventive Asian traditions. The sweet shop specializes in snow ice, a fluffy fusion of ice cream and shaved ice that's made with a combination of real fruit and a true absence of meddling preservatives. Taste-drive a low-calorie tongue tickler in one of many flavors, such as mango, strawberry, or green tea & vanilla ($3.79 for a snack size, $4.79 for a regular). With a flavorful base selected, bedeck the creation with a drizzle of puréed fruit or other tempting toppings ($.69 each).
A wealth of other frozen fun rests beyond the icy core of Cloud 9. The nutella-banana or mango-passion fruit smoothies ($3.85) can refresh a lazy afternoon, and the mango-lychee, green-tea, or red-bean bubble freezes ($3.85) cool hands off after fire fights or shopping sprees for the season's hottest and trendiest gaseous orbs. The original milk tea bubble tea ($3.15 for a 16 oz., $3.55 for a 20 oz.) is also a popular choice that comes with bubbles and tapioca. Coddle face crevices with the morsels housed inside Cloud 9's storefront, which is vibrantly lit by a combination of warm, natural light and hanging light fixtures that have seemingly robbed the rainbow of its most prized possessions.