Creativecommons.org/ Robert Gourley
Whether it be juice bars, juiceries, juice apothecaries, or even seminars, Chicago is drinking in a greenerkind of beverage - or in some cases, a yellower, orange-er, and redder beverage, too.
Cold-pressed juicing is a technique that extracts the highest yield of juice and nutrients possible from each raw fruit or vegetable, and the modern take on the seemingly retro "juice bar" is sweeping through the city and even becoming a part of the city's prestigious dining and drinking scene. Here are some of our favourites...
Peeled Juice Bar
Location: 1572 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, & 940 Church St, Evanston IL
As they like to say at Peeled Juice Bar: "Peel away the status quo and move to the beat of a more vibrant life" - needless to say, this is not your average juice bar. Peeled Juice Bar is committed to bettering the Chicago community by raising awareness on the benefit of consuming their locally and organically sourced fresh juices, smoothies and nut milks. The team behind Peeled Juice Bar are skilled local artisans who live out their belief in the healing power of hand-craft cold pressed juices each day. While Peeled Juice Bar is an independent business located in Chicago and in Evanston, IL, it is part of a much larger global effort to make a healthier world by "starting with a little green".
Location: 1012 W Lake Street
Locally-sourcing fruits and vegetables for its popular cold-pressed juices, Harvest Juicery began in Chicago last year solely as a juice bottle delivery service. After establishing significant juicing success in their role as the "21st century milkmen that really does your body good," Harvest Juicery opened its brick and mortar - or fruit and veggie - storefront earlier this year in Chicago's West Loop. Hand delivered to your front door or over a counter, all Harvest Juicery juice is created with the goal of being a product that is not only detoxifying and great for your health but also "tastes darn good, too".
Owen & Alchemy
Location: 2355 N Milwaukee Avenue
Opening in late September in Logan Square, Owen & Alchemy is an entirely reinvented incarnation of the traditional juice bar concept, dipping a toe in both the culinary and wellness scene. This gourmet, chef-driven, cold-pressed luxury juice mecca offers a "beyond-organic" counter-service café, dedicated to bringing a high-end, holistic approach to the concept of modern "juiceries" with a dash of progressive cuisine. Why in Logan Square, you ask? Anne M. Owen, partnered with Chef Jared Van Camp and Element Collective, cited the "creative mindset that blossoms in this West Side neighbourhood" as making it a place where patrons would be willing to take risks along with Owen & Alchemy itself in opening such a uniquely concepted juice bar.