Coffee shops and Teahouse Reviews

Fairgrounds Coffee and Tea: Innovative Beverages, Modern Decor

Wicker Park

Beverage Quality: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Affordability rating: ★★★★

Overall rating: ★★★★★

This is probably my favorite coffee shops in the Wicker Park area.  The ambience is bright and modern, which is great for doing work.  The baristas are very friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable.  They aren’t too cool to help you like a lot of other places around here.  They also have beverages that are unique and you can’t find at other coffee shops.  Fairgrounds has a great balance of tea, juices, and coffee drinks, that combine eclectic ingredients together to create a mixture of gorgeous flavors.

Vosges Coconut Charcoal Elixir

When we came here we split a couple of drinks.  The barista also let us sample their elixirs/beverages on draft, which was really fun.  We got the Vosges Coconut Charcoal Elixir and it was marvelous.  There were chunks of real coconut in there with a complex chocolate flavor, coconut water, and charcoal.  It tasted unlike anything I’ve ever had before.  It was like a coconut hot chocolate but a healthier version of it.

Jungle Juice

We also ordered their Jungle Juice, which was an iced drink with a strong mango flavor (if you like mango, you’ll like this), cayenne, turmeric, and saffron.  The other favors were pretty subtle compared to the mango but they made the mango less sweet.

There are so many other beverages on the menu that I’d like to try!  I also would like to try their food.  I am looking forward to coming back here!

Xuan Tea

Bucktown

Tea Quality: ★★★★★

Ambience: ★★★★★

Affordability rating: ★★★★

Overall rating: ★★★★★

I am so happy to see a real teahouse open up in this part of Chicago.  We have a lot of great coffeeshops to choose from but no real teahouses.  The teahouse is structured in a way where you walk in, are greeted at the counter, and can sit at the tea bar or in the back with the interesting art for more privacy.  I love the aesthetic of this place.  It’s very modern and clean, with a lot of beech wood and white color.

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Chinese Green Tea

I am a big tea fan and tea drinker so I was very excited to finally try this place out.  They have a great selection of tea from China and Japan that are authentic and undiluted with sugar.  More specifically they have black tea, green tea, and white tea.  They use the real tea leaves and make sure that the tea is steeped to perfection.  They also have really cute mugs and teapots.

The service was great as well since they are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they have.  The owner was really friendly and talked to us about the tea.  I look forward to seeing this place unfold and emerge.

I cannot wait to come back here to hang out and try more tea!  This was perfect for a post-workout drink on a rainy day.