Take a nostalgic sip of your childhood-mall food court or relive the day you blackmailed your babysitter for soft serve with today's Groupon. For $2, you get a medium Blizzard, a $4.84 value with tax, or a large Julius original, a $4.95 value with tax, from one of three Chicago-area Dairy Queen / Orange Julius locations. Pick up your chilly, creamy treat in Lincoln Park at 2200 N. Lincoln, in Bucktown at 1649 N. Damen, or at the Thompson Center on 100 W. Randolph. Because you'll want to take the smell of vanilla and chocolate crunchies home, today's Groupon also entitles you to 15% off a cake.
Winter is the perfect time to enjoy freezing ice cream and smoothies, allowing you to avoid dairy-complicated heat sickness and disappointing meltdowns. Prove how tough you are to friends and passing traffic when you sip an Orange Julius nonstop on the street corner in subzero temps with the threat of brain freeze inching up your straw. During the summer, full-blast air conditioning makes indoor ice-cream eating bone-chilling, but eating a cool blizzard by the fire is a pleasant juxtaposition favored by literary theorists and chemists alike.
With the political prowess of the Clintons and the sex appeal of Brangelina, this power couple, dubbed Dairius by tabloids and fans, fearlessly leads and legally adopts the sweet hearts of Chicagoans. Drink a fruity, frothy, and fabulous Julius, or enhance the flavor of favorite candies, cookie dough, and more in a taste-grabbing frenzy of soft serve. Get to know your Blizzard's constituents, or drink from the fountain of youth with this delicious passport to sweet nostalgia and strategic flavor mergers.
- Lacking in the sticky floors and ice cream stand décor that characterize the DQs of yore, the Wicker Park location is sleekly designed with an outdoor deck that seems to have more in common with the neighborhood’s bars than its local ice-cream joints and an eco-friendly cooling and heating system. – Keidra Chaney, Centerstage Chicago
- After my initial shock and excitement about seeing an Orange Julius (which I hadn't had in 15 years) I was happy to see it hadn't changed. Still a surprisingly good drink. – Jonathan H., Yelp
- Something about Snickers crushed into some kind of frozen milk product just makes complete sense to me...knowing where I can conveniently get one on my way up and down town is a real frozen treat. – Zac B., Yelp
The panoply of Blizzard combinations at Dairy Queen is a delight, and mixing and matching is highly encouraged. However, many amateur attempts at producing original ice-cream flavors have resulted in outright horrifying concoctions. Please do not attempt to recreate the following list of permanently banned flavors at home:
- Mint Chocolate Chimp
- Egg Shell Nog
- Lobster-Exoskeleton Macadamia
- Blubber Swirl
- Gutter Pecan
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Dairy Queen/Orange Julius
From its humble beginnings in Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, Dairy Queen has grown from a delicious experiment in soft-serve ice cream to a household name with more than 5,900 restaurants around the world. The shop's signature frozen delights are built upon a frosty foundation of creamy chocolate or vanilla soft serve, which swirls idyllically into cones, cups, overturned top hats, sundaes, Peanut Buster parfaits, and the chain's iconic Blizzard treats, blended with crumbled candy and other mix-ins. Ice-cream cakes cleverly conceal a surprise filling of fudge and chocolate crunch between layers of vanilla and chocolate ice cream, providing sweet, sliceable sustenance for birthday parties and other special occasions.
Fruit rules the roost on the other side of the slushy emporium, where Orange Julius blends its signature frothy drinks crafted from fruit juice, ice, and a "magic” powdered sweetener that explains why they disappear from most customers’ cups minutes after the first delicious sip. Real fruit purée forms the basis for the shop's smoothies, which also come in diet-friendly light versions that boast 150 calories or fewer.