Root Beer Floats have been around since the end of the 19th century when Frank Wisner invented the first root beer float--called a “black cow.”
The inaugural float was simple. Just add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to a tall glass of root beer and enjoy.
That still works today but because nothing is quite as simple as it once was, we now have a variety of root beers from craft root beers to boozy floats from which to choose.
Here are a few choices from around the Windy City that we hope will float your boat.
Eleven Lincoln Park
Take a seat at Eleven’s in-house soda fountain staffed by their very own soda jerk. Then take your pick of Eleven’s classic Root Beer Float (made with their own barrel-aged root beer) or their Green River Ice Cream Float—both made with Homer’s vanilla ice cream and served in a frosty 25 oz. mug for $6.99. 2301 N. Clark St.
A&W Root Beer Floats
Free is hard to beat. Stop by your local A&W Restaurant today and free is what you'll get. The small floats will be available between 2 p.m. and store closing.
Mity Nice Bar & Grill
The Mity Nice Bar & Grill is offering their popular Root Beer Float creation that normally goes for between $6 and $9 for $2 off all day today in honor of National Root Beer Float Day. According to Mity Nice, their General Manager, Tom Simonelli scoured the country for "the best-of-the-best root beers with different profiles and unique ingredients." Two scoops of Homer’s vanilla ice cream are added to the special brew. Please note: The "Float Special" is valid for dine-in only. 835 N. Michigan Avenue
Newport Bar and Grill
Looking for something with a little kick. Celebrate National Root Beer Float Day at Newport Bar and Grill in Lakeview with the bar’s Root Beer Float cocktail for $8. The house favorite is made with Small Town Brewery’s “Not Your Father’s Root Beer” (10% ABV) and topped with a scoop of ice cream.
If you have a favorite root beer or place you think has the best root beer floats in and around Chicago (or elsewhere) let us know in the comments below.
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