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Chicago’s Best Juices and Smoothie Bars

A tasty way to squeeze in more servings of fruit and vegetables

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The holiday season — any season, honestly — can wear on the body. It’s a time when travel disrupts sleep and exercise schedules, just as everyone’s gathering for big meals filled with heavy food and, for some, lots of alcohol. Luckily, there are plenty of places around Chicago that make it easier to get in those servings of fruit and vegetables, serving raw and vegan fare along with smoothies and juices meant to fuel workouts or provide a dose of vitamins and minerals. Below, peruse Eater Chicago’s lineup of the city’s best spots for produce in drinkable form.

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Deep Purpl Acai Bowls

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Deep Purpl has been growing fast since it was founded in 2020 and now boasts seven locations across the Chicago area from Evanston to Hyde Park. All of them offer the same core menu centered on acai, a deep purple fruit blended into smoothies or served in bowls with unlimited toppings such as almond butter, kiwi, and shredded coconut.

Loving Heart Vegan Cafe

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This tiny Uptown restaurant uses primarily organic ingredients in fresh-squeezed juices, fruit-infused lemonades and smoothies. The sunny, plant-filled space also serves up an eclectic food menu including a roasted portobello mushroom burger, curry and nachos, plus desserts such as chocolate chip cookies and gluten-free carrot cake for those feeling just a bit indulgent.

Level Up Nutrition

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Energy combos are the most popular order at Level Up Nutrition, providing a meal replacement smoothie along with either a protein-infused coffee or a sugar-free energy drink meant to provide a boost to the metabolism. Take the drinks to go or nab a spot on the couch and linger with an protein-packed doughnut or a mango bowl topped with shredded coconut and granola.

The Smoothie Joint

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The Wrigleyville spot has the CTA map painted on the wall and uses it as inspiration for the names of its smoothies and juices like the Green Line (coconut water, kale, grapes, apple, orange, banana and pineapple) and the Yellow Line (pineapple, apple, ginger and turmeric). The menu also lists the benefits ascribed to its ingredients so customers can choose based on whether they’re looking to improve their digestion or boost their immune system.

Pure Green

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The fast-growing New York-based juice bar franchise now has five Chicago locations. All of them offer bright, plant-filled spaces with hanging chairs perfect for relaxing with a protein-packed superfood smoothie or cold-pressed juice made with local and organic produce. Pure Green offers juice cleanses geared towards newbies and veterans plus a variety of steel-cut oatmeal bowls for diners looking to start the day off right. Order online here.

Fruit Paradise

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Head to Logan Square for a seasonally shifting selection of smoothies packed with fruit such as the Tropical Sunset (mango, pineapple, cherries and yogurt) along with fresh-squeeze orange juice spiced with ginger, cayenne pepper or turmeric. For something more filling, try some gluten-free empanadas, arepas or hearty vegan chili. Place an order online here.

Pegasus Protein Juice Bar

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The Lincoln Park spot makes its own protein powder which is mixed into shakes with fruit and either almond or oat milk or acai bowls with topping such as peanut butter, cacao nibs and chia seeds. For drinkers who don’t want the extra boost, Pegasus also offers smoothies and iced matcha lattes. A large dog-friendly patio is a big draw during warmer months. Order online through Toast.

Brü Chicago

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A cozy coffee house filled with pillow-strewn couches and plush armchairs, Brü serves Chicago-themed drinks like the Purple Line protein shake (strawberry, blueberry, peanut butter, organic almond milk, and whey protein). Linger and take advantage of the free WiFi while having gluten-free almond cookies, crepes, or chia pudding as a snack.

World Nutrition

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Take advantage of the free WiFi and get some work done while sipping a green smoothie made with fresh spinach and pineapple or an energy-boosting cucumber lemonade. The Wicker Park shop also offers pre-workout drinks, teas boosted with probiotics and fiber, and protein bowls featuring fresh fruit, chia, granola and coconut. For a more indulgent way to build muscle, try a protein doughnut or crepe.

Gangnam Market

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River West’s newish pan Asian grocery store and food court gives a zap to the senses, filled to the brim with fresh produce, zillions of bottled sauces, packaged snacks in brightly colored wrappers, and a selection of food stalls for a pre or post-shopping bite. A spinoff of Stings Ramen, Stringria Cafe presents plenty of drink options too, including smoothies in flavors like lychee, kiwi, and avocado.

Sol Chicago

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With colorful art and plenty of plants, Sol provides a bright and dog-friendly space to get some work done or just pop in for a drink after working out at the gym next door. The West Town spot, which opened in 2020, offers vitamin-packed smoothies, protein-infused coffee and doughnuts, and energizing teas made with aloe and electrolytes, all served in large portions.

Chicago Raw

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The Gold Coast restaurant offers a wide variety of raw vegan fare to go along with packages to provide food and drink for a full week of meals. Drink in the water of a freshly cracked coconut or try one of their juices or smoothies like Crimson Love (red cabbage, apple, ginger, lemon juice) and Cinnamon Crunch (banana, cinnamon, hemp seeds, granola, almond milk). A sampler platter offers a great option to try Chicago Raw’s food, providing a garden burger along with ravioli and mock meatballs. Order online through DoorDash.

JuiceRx

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For more than a decade, JuiceRx has been producing a wide selection of cold-pressed, small-batch juices, which are often packaged together in “cleanses.” They’re also known for superfood smoothies and açaí bowls. The Streeterville location has a full coffee menu using oat milk, Intelligentsia coffee, and tea from Kilogram. JuiceRx also has shops in Bucktown and Lakeview and ships bottled juices nationwide.

HI-VIBE Superfood Juicery

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Improve your vibe in River North with cold-pressed juices such as Adrenal Dream (orange, coconut water, magnesium, pink salt) and Kill Shot (camu camu, oil of oregano, echinacea, turmeric, ginger, green apple, lemon, honey). Beyond offering a variety of “cleanses,” superfood smoothies, and acai bowls, HI-VIBE also serves matcha lattes, bone broth, and granola bars made with brazil nuts, hemp, and pumpkin seeds. Place a pickup or delivery order online here or visit the second location in Lakeview.

Sundrip

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Grab raw, vegan fare to-go at Sundrip (previously called Uncooked) in Fulton Market, which also eschews refined sugar and agave in favor of sweetening with monk fruit. The drink selection features smoothies like That Fuel, a protein-packed blend of avocado, cauliflower, kale, and almond milk, plus cold-pressed juices, a CBD-spiked hibiscus cooler, and cold brew infused with lion’s mane mushrooms, which are said to improve brain function. The food side features sushi, salads, and doughnuts. There’s a second outpost in Hyde Park.

Jubilee Juice & Grill

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A West Loop staple for more than 20 years, the family-owned Jubilee Juice & Grill offers an extensive selection of fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies like the Citrus Nirvana (orange juice, frozen yogurt, strawberries, bananas) and Mango Madness (pineapple sherbet, mango, mango juice). The food menu aims to offer a healthy alternative to fast food with mushroom burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. Order online through DoorDash.

Gracias Maria

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Fans of popular Pilsen juice bar Belli’s had to say goodbye in late 2023 when its owner moved away from Chicago. But hope springs eternal as its replacement, Gracias Maria, retains its predecessor's focus on smoothies and cold-pressed juice and has carried over many of Belli’s menu items. These include hits like La Sirena smoothie — previously known as the Blue Mermaid — with spirulina, coconut water, banana, and almond butter.

Fruvé xPress Juicery

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With locations in both the South Loop and Hyde Park, Fruvé xPress Juicery offers acai bowls and wellness shots made with wheatgrass and alfalfa sprouts. The friendly staff will explain the benefits of cleanses and recommend individual selections from the fridge stocked with cold-pressed juices such as the Kiss, a blend of apple and mint meant to soothe the stomach. The place is also a popular destination for pre- or post-workout smoothies like the protein-packed Gym Rat made with blueberries, banana, goji berries, almond milk, and peanut or almond butter.

Core Juice Bar

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With locations in Gage Park and Brighton Park, Core Juice Bar aims to bring healthy fare to underserved communities in the city’s southwest side. The menu features protein-packed shakes designed for post-workouts refreshments plus cold-pressed juices filled with fruits and vegetables to stave off colds. Acai bowls featuring granola, banana, and coconut provide satisfying snacks. Order online here.

Soul Veg City

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Soul Veg City is the update to Chicago’s iconic Soul Vegetarian, a pillar in the meat-free community for decades. The new space offers more fast-casual service but retains the juice bar. They are wizards with coconut milk and mix it into many vegan items, including the mind-blowing pineapple supreme smoothie. It’s a stop with plenty of fascinating history along 75th Street.

A sign on a building that reads Soul Veg City. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Bani's Beets Cold-Pressed Juicery

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Auriel Banister founded Bani’s Beets over a decade ago, first popping up at farmers markets and festivals before establishing a permanent shop in Beverly. Cold-pressed juices are available individually or as part of subscription plans or “detox” packages. Order online here.

Deep Purpl Acai Bowls

Deep Purpl has been growing fast since it was founded in 2020 and now boasts seven locations across the Chicago area from Evanston to Hyde Park. All of them offer the same core menu centered on acai, a deep purple fruit blended into smoothies or served in bowls with unlimited toppings such as almond butter, kiwi, and shredded coconut.

Loving Heart Vegan Cafe

This tiny Uptown restaurant uses primarily organic ingredients in fresh-squeezed juices, fruit-infused lemonades and smoothies. The sunny, plant-filled space also serves up an eclectic food menu including a roasted portobello mushroom burger, curry and nachos, plus desserts such as chocolate chip cookies and gluten-free carrot cake for those feeling just a bit indulgent.

Level Up Nutrition

Energy combos are the most popular order at Level Up Nutrition, providing a meal replacement smoothie along with either a protein-infused coffee or a sugar-free energy drink meant to provide a boost to the metabolism. Take the drinks to go or nab a spot on the couch and linger with an protein-packed doughnut or a mango bowl topped with shredded coconut and granola.

The Smoothie Joint

The Wrigleyville spot has the CTA map painted on the wall and uses it as inspiration for the names of its smoothies and juices like the Green Line (coconut water, kale, grapes, apple, orange, banana and pineapple) and the Yellow Line (pineapple, apple, ginger and turmeric). The menu also lists the benefits ascribed to its ingredients so customers can choose based on whether they’re looking to improve their digestion or boost their immune system.

Pure Green

The fast-growing New York-based juice bar franchise now has five Chicago locations. All of them offer bright, plant-filled spaces with hanging chairs perfect for relaxing with a protein-packed superfood smoothie or cold-pressed juice made with local and organic produce. Pure Green offers juice cleanses geared towards newbies and veterans plus a variety of steel-cut oatmeal bowls for diners looking to start the day off right. Order online here.

Fruit Paradise

Head to Logan Square for a seasonally shifting selection of smoothies packed with fruit such as the Tropical Sunset (mango, pineapple, cherries and yogurt) along with fresh-squeeze orange juice spiced with ginger, cayenne pepper or turmeric. For something more filling, try some gluten-free empanadas, arepas or hearty vegan chili. Place an order online here.

Pegasus Protein Juice Bar

The Lincoln Park spot makes its own protein powder which is mixed into shakes with fruit and either almond or oat milk or acai bowls with topping such as peanut butter, cacao nibs and chia seeds. For drinkers who don’t want the extra boost, Pegasus also offers smoothies and iced matcha lattes. A large dog-friendly patio is a big draw during warmer months. Order online through Toast.

Brü Chicago

A cozy coffee house filled with pillow-strewn couches and plush armchairs, Brü serves Chicago-themed drinks like the Purple Line protein shake (strawberry, blueberry, peanut butter, organic almond milk, and whey protein). Linger and take advantage of the free WiFi while having gluten-free almond cookies, crepes, or chia pudding as a snack.

World Nutrition

Take advantage of the free WiFi and get some work done while sipping a green smoothie made with fresh spinach and pineapple or an energy-boosting cucumber lemonade. The Wicker Park shop also offers pre-workout drinks, teas boosted with probiotics and fiber, and protein bowls featuring fresh fruit, chia, granola and coconut. For a more indulgent way to build muscle, try a protein doughnut or crepe.

Gangnam Market

River West’s newish pan Asian grocery store and food court gives a zap to the senses, filled to the brim with fresh produce, zillions of bottled sauces, packaged snacks in brightly colored wrappers, and a selection of food stalls for a pre or post-shopping bite. A spinoff of Stings Ramen, Stringria Cafe presents plenty of drink options too, including smoothies in flavors like lychee, kiwi, and avocado.

Sol Chicago

With colorful art and plenty of plants, Sol provides a bright and dog-friendly space to get some work done or just pop in for a drink after working out at the gym next door. The West Town spot, which opened in 2020, offers vitamin-packed smoothies, protein-infused coffee and doughnuts, and energizing teas made with aloe and electrolytes, all served in large portions.

Chicago Raw

The Gold Coast restaurant offers a wide variety of raw vegan fare to go along with packages to provide food and drink for a full week of meals. Drink in the water of a freshly cracked coconut or try one of their juices or smoothies like Crimson Love (red cabbage, apple, ginger, lemon juice) and Cinnamon Crunch (banana, cinnamon, hemp seeds, granola, almond milk). A sampler platter offers a great option to try Chicago Raw’s food, providing a garden burger along with ravioli and mock meatballs. Order online through DoorDash.

JuiceRx

For more than a decade, JuiceRx has been producing a wide selection of cold-pressed, small-batch juices, which are often packaged together in “cleanses.” They’re also known for superfood smoothies and açaí bowls. The Streeterville location has a full coffee menu using oat milk, Intelligentsia coffee, and tea from Kilogram. JuiceRx also has shops in Bucktown and Lakeview and ships bottled juices nationwide.

HI-VIBE Superfood Juicery

Improve your vibe in River North with cold-pressed juices such as Adrenal Dream (orange, coconut water, magnesium, pink salt) and Kill Shot (camu camu, oil of oregano, echinacea, turmeric, ginger, green apple, lemon, honey). Beyond offering a variety of “cleanses,” superfood smoothies, and acai bowls, HI-VIBE also serves matcha lattes, bone broth, and granola bars made with brazil nuts, hemp, and pumpkin seeds. Place a pickup or delivery order online here or visit the second location in Lakeview.

Sundrip

Grab raw, vegan fare to-go at Sundrip (previously called Uncooked) in Fulton Market, which also eschews refined sugar and agave in favor of sweetening with monk fruit. The drink selection features smoothies like That Fuel, a protein-packed blend of avocado, cauliflower, kale, and almond milk, plus cold-pressed juices, a CBD-spiked hibiscus cooler, and cold brew infused with lion’s mane mushrooms, which are said to improve brain function. The food side features sushi, salads, and doughnuts. There’s a second outpost in Hyde Park.

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Jubilee Juice & Grill

A West Loop staple for more than 20 years, the family-owned Jubilee Juice & Grill offers an extensive selection of fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies like the Citrus Nirvana (orange juice, frozen yogurt, strawberries, bananas) and Mango Madness (pineapple sherbet, mango, mango juice). The food menu aims to offer a healthy alternative to fast food with mushroom burgers and grilled chicken sandwiches. Order online through DoorDash.

Gracias Maria

Fans of popular Pilsen juice bar Belli’s had to say goodbye in late 2023 when its owner moved away from Chicago. But hope springs eternal as its replacement, Gracias Maria, retains its predecessor's focus on smoothies and cold-pressed juice and has carried over many of Belli’s menu items. These include hits like La Sirena smoothie — previously known as the Blue Mermaid — with spirulina, coconut water, banana, and almond butter.

Fruvé xPress Juicery

With locations in both the South Loop and Hyde Park, Fruvé xPress Juicery offers acai bowls and wellness shots made with wheatgrass and alfalfa sprouts. The friendly staff will explain the benefits of cleanses and recommend individual selections from the fridge stocked with cold-pressed juices such as the Kiss, a blend of apple and mint meant to soothe the stomach. The place is also a popular destination for pre- or post-workout smoothies like the protein-packed Gym Rat made with blueberries, banana, goji berries, almond milk, and peanut or almond butter.

Core Juice Bar

With locations in Gage Park and Brighton Park, Core Juice Bar aims to bring healthy fare to underserved communities in the city’s southwest side. The menu features protein-packed shakes designed for post-workouts refreshments plus cold-pressed juices filled with fruits and vegetables to stave off colds. Acai bowls featuring granola, banana, and coconut provide satisfying snacks. Order online here.

Soul Veg City

Soul Veg City is the update to Chicago’s iconic Soul Vegetarian, a pillar in the meat-free community for decades. The new space offers more fast-casual service but retains the juice bar. They are wizards with coconut milk and mix it into many vegan items, including the mind-blowing pineapple supreme smoothie. It’s a stop with plenty of fascinating history along 75th Street.

A sign on a building that reads Soul Veg City. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Bani's Beets Cold-Pressed Juicery

Auriel Banister founded Bani’s Beets over a decade ago, first popping up at farmers markets and festivals before establishing a permanent shop in Beverly. Cold-pressed juices are available individually or as part of subscription plans or “detox” packages. Order online here.

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