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19 Outstanding Spots To Sip Tea in Chicago

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While Chicago counts one of the country’s strongest coffee scenes, thanks to the great work of local tea sellers—like Rare Tea Cellars, Spirit Tea, and Kilogram from Intelligentsia—the city’s tea culture is becoming evermore sophisticated, too. Beyond trendy drinks like matcha lattes, Chicago has experienced a swell is establishments serving properly-brewed teas, wherein the temperature of the water is taking into consideration, along with brew method, and ratio of leaves to water.

From oolongs to greens to blacks, below, 19 of Chicago’s of best places to sip tea.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Band of Bohemia

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4710 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-4710
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Tom Santelle came to Chicago’s Michelin-starred brewpub from Alinea and heads up a robust tea and coffee program. BOB also offers carbonated and cold-brew teas, and don't be afraid to ask Santelle questions, as he'll gladly oblige.

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2. Heritage Outpost

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1325 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

At all three Heritage spots, their staff is trained in proper brewing techniques, including the usage of the Chinese gaiwans, the lidded cup that needs no bag or filter to brew Kilogram Tea.

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3. FINOM Coffee

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4200 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(312) 620-5010
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Finom Coffee debuted in Old Irving Park in late December 2018, offering a Hungarian slate of eats alongside a bevy of specialty coffee and tea drinks. Here, management sources teas via Rare Tea Cellar, and owner Daniel Speer advises patrons to try the “Freak of Nature Oolong” (from Wuyi Mountains in China), which tastes like a floral milkshake, even without any added dairy. For those looking to capture that Instagram moment, try the vibrantly-hued “Hawaii Fog,” Finom’s take on a traditional London Fog, made from steamed almond milk with hibiscus, Hungarian Morello cherry simple syrup, garnished with tart cherry powder and turmeric. 

Hawaii Fog
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4. Backlot Coffee

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3982 N Avondale Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 657-3797
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Backlot Coffee, which counts two locations in Evanston and Old Irving Park, serves brews mostly made from Rare Tea Cellar teas. And for those keen on unique tea-based beverages, pop in to try the new litchi noir latte, made with a simple syrup crafted from Rare Tea Cellar’s Litchi Noir black tea, a double shot of espresso, steamed milk of your choice, and a sprinkle cocoa atop.  Or, for matcha fans, there’s always a seasonal creation on offer. Next up, a lavender matcha latte sweetened with a house-made lavender syrup. 

Matcha Latte
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5. Chiya Chai Cafe

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2770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 360-7541
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Chiya is the place for chai tea fans. This modest Nepalese café in Logan Square serves over 150 different combinations, with classic and creative flavors like masala and cardamom to “Salty Pink Himalayan” with almond butter. Then, order some momos (dumplings) alongside. 

Assorted chai drinks
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6. Gaslight Coffee Roasters

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2385 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Logan Square’s Gaslight Coffee Roasters works with local seller Spirit Tea to curate a rotating tea selection. During the summer all iced teas are cold-brewed.

Gaslight’s teas
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7. Intelligentsia Coffee Old Town Coffeebar

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1233 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 229-1400
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Local specialty coffee chainlet Intelligentsia offers tea drinks made from Kilogram Tea. Pick from English Breakfast, Chamomile and Jasmine Green teas, in addition to matcha drinks and turmeric tonics available at select locations. 

Kilogram Tea
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8. The Drake Hotel

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140 E Walton Pl
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 787-2200

This is classic Chicago, with an extensive selection of Palais des Thés teas that spans the globe. Grab a seat in Palm Court, where tea service ($49 per person) has been offered for nearly a century. Expect a three-tiered tray with tea sandwiches, breads, scones, and petit fours. Wednesday through Sunday patrons snag the added benefit of live harpist performances. 

The Drake has fancy tea service
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9. Petit Margeaux

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11 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 625-1324
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Years back chef Michael Mina had a restaurant in Los Angeles, and through his time spent there he befriended Craig Min, owner of Lamill coffee and tea. So, over at Petit Margeaux within Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Mina serves Lamill teas. Guests can choose from options like organic jasmine, Moroccan mint, and masala chai. 

Tea time at Petit Margeaux
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10. The Peninsula

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108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 337-2888
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Served in the heart of the hotel, The Lobby at The Peninsula offers afternoon tea daily from, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday ($75 per person, or $90 with a glass of Champagne). The house tea brand of choice is Le Palais des Thés, served alongside scones, tea sandwiches, and small desserts. 

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11. The Langham, Chicago

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330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-9988
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The Langham offers daily afternoon tea service in the Pavilion, with tea sandwiches and mini pastries served beside jam and clotted cream on Wedgwood China. Brews are not outsourced, instead the hotel commands its own proprietary brand. From time-to-time the property also offers specially-curated afternoon tea sessions, and right now the focus is on Alice in Wonderland, with bites themed after the famous book. 

The Langham has upscale afternoon tea service
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12. LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton

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85 E Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 357-1200
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Within its lobby lounge Bridges, trendy Mag Mile hotel LondonHouse serves a more modern take on classic high tea ($50 per person) daily from 1 to 4 p.m., with brews like earl gray, darjeeling, assam, and peppermint sourced from Sparrow Tea. Beverages come accompanied by bites like prosciutto and melon on ciabatta, and duck pastrami with poached peaches and scallion on rye, along with assorted pastries and condiments. 

Tea service at LondonHouse
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13. Metric Coffee Co.

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2021 W Fulton St suite k-101b
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 982-2196
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Though sleek little roaster Metric might be best known for its excellent coffee, the tea program here is also one of the city’s best. The team carefully sources its teas from Spirit Tea, offering a mix of whites, blacks, greens, and matcha. Unsurprisingly, their matcha has been the biggest seller lately, available both as a steamed latte and as a shaken iced drink. 

Spirit Tea
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14. Virgin Hotels Chicago

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203 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 940-4400
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The Commons Club within Virgin Hotel Chicago takes a more alcohol-fueled approach to high tea. Running Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m., Upside Down Tea Service ($35 for booze-free tea; the hard stuff begins at $45) includes warm, booze-spiked tea drinks (using Jenwey Tea) and Champagne, in addition to regular brewed tea options, plus sweet and savory tea bites. 

Commons Club has an array teas with or without alcohol
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15. The Allis

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113-125 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 521-8000
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Afternoon tea is often a more formal commitment, but Soho House’s The Allis turns it into a modern affair. Afternoon tea ($45 for the standard afternoon tea service; $54 for sparkling afternoon tea service, which includes a glass of prosecco or rosé brut) is offered daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., with brews scored from Rare Tea Cellar. Try “Mallorca Melon,” or “Black Canadian Ice Wine,” which Rare Tea describes as a “high mountain black tea blended with grapes and misted with ice wine.” 

Tea at The Allis
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16. Sawada Coffee

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112 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 754-0431
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This joint collaboration coffee shop between Brendan Sodikoff and Japanese barista Hiroshi Sawada of Streamer Coffee Company in Tokyo manifests as a spacious, industrial-designed coffee shop with a penchant for matcha. In addition to matcha cortados and Americanos, the cafes serves Streamer’s most famous drink in Tokyo, the military latte made from a double shot of espresso and matcha, blended with vanilla syrup and a sort of green brown camo design atop. 

17. Chicago Athletic Association

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 940-3552
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With its fireplace and living room feel, Drawing Room at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is one of the city’s coziest places to sip tea during colder months. Here, the team worked with Rare Tea Cellars to draft a menu of unique and seasonal teas, and right now guests can pick from options like emperor’s house chai, magnolia blossom oolong, and gingerbread dream roibos. Meanwhile, Cindy’s atop the hotel also sources its teas via Rare Tea Cellar, and those brews flavor drinks both boozy and alcohol-free. While the Lullaby cocktails calls for emperor’s chamomile in the form of a demerara syrup, Jillian incorporates tropical spiced clementine in the form of a drinking vinegar shrub. For those less interested in a buzz, there’s First Flush Shizuoka Matcha in the form of an almond milk latté. 

Tea cocktails at Cindy’s.
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel [Official Photo]

18. Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

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12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 448-9015
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Since Fairgrounds debuted its first location in 2017, the chainlet has offered a bevy of Rishi sparkling teas on tap, kombuchas, and unique tea elixirs. For example, the “Rainforest Remedy” calls for matcha, frozen pineapple, coconut water and coconut milk, while the sticky chai tea latte incorporates chai soaked in buckwheat honey.

Beverage options at Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea.
Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea [Official Photo]

19. Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

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2002 S Wentworth Ave #103
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 799-1118
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Fresh off its facelift, beloved Chinatown dumpling slinger QXY has upgraded its tea options, too. Focused on teas from various parts of Asia, come in for a number of oolong options like iron buddha and da hong pao, or pick from green teas like jasmine or biluochun

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1. Band of Bohemia

4710 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Inside Band of Bohemia
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Tom Santelle came to Chicago’s Michelin-starred brewpub from Alinea and heads up a robust tea and coffee program. BOB also offers carbonated and cold-brew teas, and don't be afraid to ask Santelle questions, as he'll gladly oblige.

4710 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Heritage Outpost

1325 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Heritage Outpost/Facebook

At all three Heritage spots, their staff is trained in proper brewing techniques, including the usage of the Chinese gaiwans, the lidded cup that needs no bag or filter to brew Kilogram Tea.

1325 W Wilson Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

3. FINOM Coffee

4200 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
Hawaii Fog
Finom Coffee [Official Photo]

Finom Coffee debuted in Old Irving Park in late December 2018, offering a Hungarian slate of eats alongside a bevy of specialty coffee and tea drinks. Here, management sources teas via Rare Tea Cellar, and owner Daniel Speer advises patrons to try the “Freak of Nature Oolong” (from Wuyi Mountains in China), which tastes like a floral milkshake, even without any added dairy. For those looking to capture that Instagram moment, try the vibrantly-hued “Hawaii Fog,” Finom’s take on a traditional London Fog, made from steamed almond milk with hibiscus, Hungarian Morello cherry simple syrup, garnished with tart cherry powder and turmeric. 

4200 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

4. Backlot Coffee

3982 N Avondale Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
Matcha Latte
Backlot Coffee [Official Photo]

Backlot Coffee, which counts two locations in Evanston and Old Irving Park, serves brews mostly made from Rare Tea Cellar teas. And for those keen on unique tea-based beverages, pop in to try the new litchi noir latte, made with a simple syrup crafted from Rare Tea Cellar’s Litchi Noir black tea, a double shot of espresso, steamed milk of your choice, and a sprinkle cocoa atop.  Or, for matcha fans, there’s always a seasonal creation on offer. Next up, a lavender matcha latte sweetened with a house-made lavender syrup. 

3982 N Avondale Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

5. Chiya Chai Cafe

2770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Assorted chai drinks
Chiya Chai [Official Photo]

Chiya is the place for chai tea fans. This modest Nepalese café in Logan Square serves over 150 different combinations, with classic and creative flavors like masala and cardamom to “Salty Pink Himalayan” with almond butter. Then, order some momos (dumplings) alongside. 

2770 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Gaslight Coffee Roasters

2385 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Gaslight’s teas
Gaslight Coffee Roasters/Facebook

Logan Square’s Gaslight Coffee Roasters works with local seller Spirit Tea to curate a rotating tea selection. During the summer all iced teas are cold-brewed.

2385 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Intelligentsia Coffee Old Town Coffeebar

1233 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610
Kilogram Tea
Intelligentsia [Official Photo]

Local specialty coffee chainlet Intelligentsia offers tea drinks made from Kilogram Tea. Pick from English Breakfast, Chamomile and Jasmine Green teas, in addition to matcha drinks and turmeric tonics available at select locations. 

1233 N Wells St
Chicago, IL 60610

8. The Drake Hotel

140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611
The Drake has fancy tea service
The Drake Hotel/Facebook

This is classic Chicago, with an extensive selection of Palais des Thés teas that spans the globe. Grab a seat in Palm Court, where tea service ($49 per person) has been offered for nearly a century. Expect a three-tiered tray with tea sandwiches, breads, scones, and petit fours. Wednesday through Sunday patrons snag the added benefit of live harpist performances. 

140 E Walton Pl
Chicago, IL 60611

9. Petit Margeaux

11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611
Tea time at Petit Margeaux
Petit Margeaux [Official Photo]

Years back chef Michael Mina had a restaurant in Los Angeles, and through his time spent there he befriended Craig Min, owner of Lamill coffee and tea. So, over at Petit Margeaux within Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Mina serves Lamill teas. Guests can choose from options like organic jasmine, Moroccan mint, and masala chai. 

11 E Walton St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. The Peninsula

108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
The Peninsula [Official Photo]

Served in the heart of the hotel, The Lobby at The Peninsula offers afternoon tea daily from, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday ($75 per person, or $90 with a glass of Champagne). The house tea brand of choice is Le Palais des Thés, served alongside scones, tea sandwiches, and small desserts. 

108 E Superior St
Chicago, IL 60611

11. The Langham, Chicago

330 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The Langham has upscale afternoon tea service
The Langham [Official Photo]

The Langham offers daily afternoon tea service in the Pavilion, with tea sandwiches and mini pastries served beside jam and clotted cream on Wedgwood China. Brews are not outsourced, instead the hotel commands its own proprietary brand. From time-to-time the property also offers specially-curated afternoon tea sessions, and right now the focus is on Alice in Wonderland, with bites themed after the famous book. 

330 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

12. LondonHouse Chicago, Curio Collection by Hilton

85 E Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601
Tea service at LondonHouse
Kailley Lindman

Within its lobby lounge Bridges, trendy Mag Mile hotel LondonHouse serves a more modern take on classic high tea ($50 per person) daily from 1 to 4 p.m., with brews like earl gray, darjeeling, assam, and peppermint sourced from Sparrow Tea. Beverages come accompanied by bites like prosciutto and melon on ciabatta, and duck pastrami with poached peaches and scallion on rye, along with assorted pastries and condiments. 

85 E Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

13. Metric Coffee Co.

2021 W Fulton St suite k-101b, Chicago, IL 60612
Spirit Tea
Metric Coffee [Official Photo]

Though sleek little roaster Metric might be best known for its excellent coffee, the tea program here is also one of the city’s best. The team carefully sources its teas from Spirit Tea, offering a mix of whites, blacks, greens, and matcha. Unsurprisingly, their matcha has been the biggest seller lately, available both as a steamed latte and as a shaken iced drink. 

2021 W Fulton St suite k-101b
Chicago, IL 60612

14. Virgin Hotels Chicago

203 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
Commons Club has an array teas with or without alcohol
Virgin Hotels Chicago [Official Photo]

The Commons Club within Virgin Hotel Chicago takes a more alcohol-fueled approach to high tea. Running Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m., Upside Down Tea Service ($35 for booze-free tea; the hard stuff begins at $45) includes warm, booze-spiked tea drinks (using Jenwey Tea) and Champagne, in addition to regular brewed tea options, plus sweet and savory tea bites. 

203 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

15. The Allis

113-125 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Tea at The Allis
The Allis [Official Photo]

Afternoon tea is often a more formal commitment, but Soho House’s The Allis turns it into a modern affair. Afternoon tea ($45 for the standard afternoon tea service; $54 for sparkling afternoon tea service, which includes a glass of prosecco or rosé brut) is offered daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., with brews scored from Rare Tea Cellar. Try “Mallorca Melon,” or “Black Canadian Ice Wine,” which Rare Tea describes as a “high mountain black tea blended with grapes and misted with ice wine.” 

113-125 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. Sawada Coffee

112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607

This joint collaboration coffee shop between Brendan Sodikoff and Japanese barista Hiroshi Sawada of Streamer Coffee Company in Tokyo manifests as a spacious, industrial-designed coffee shop with a penchant for matcha. In addition to matcha cortados and Americanos, the cafes serves Streamer’s most famous drink in Tokyo, the military latte made from a double shot of espresso and matcha, blended with vanilla syrup and a sort of green brown camo design atop. 

112 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

17. Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Tea cocktails at Cindy’s.
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel [Official Photo]

With its fireplace and living room feel, Drawing Room at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel is one of the city’s coziest places to sip tea during colder months. Here, the team worked with Rare Tea Cellars to draft a menu of unique and seasonal teas, and right now guests can pick from options like emperor’s house chai, magnolia blossom oolong, and gingerbread dream roibos. Meanwhile, Cindy’s atop the hotel also sources its teas via Rare Tea Cellar, and those brews flavor drinks both boozy and alcohol-free. While the Lullaby cocktails calls for emperor’s chamomile in the form of a demerara syrup, Jillian incorporates tropical spiced clementine in the form of a drinking vinegar shrub. For those less interested in a buzz, there’s First Flush Shizuoka Matcha in the form of an almond milk latté. 

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

18. Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
Beverage options at Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea.
Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea [Official Photo]

Since Fairgrounds debuted its first location in 2017, the chainlet has offered a bevy of Rishi sparkling teas on tap, kombuchas, and unique tea elixirs. For example, the “Rainforest Remedy” calls for matcha, frozen pineapple, coconut water and coconut milk, while the sticky chai tea latte incorporates chai soaked in buckwheat honey.

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

19. Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings

2002 S Wentworth Ave #103, Chicago, IL 60616

Fresh off its facelift, beloved Chinatown dumpling slinger QXY has upgraded its tea options, too. Focused on teas from various parts of Asia, come in for a number of oolong options like iron buddha and da hong pao, or pick from green teas like jasmine or biluochun

2002 S Wentworth Ave #103
Chicago, IL 60616

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