You can get your authentic chai fix in several Chicago neighborhoods thanks to Chiya Chai’s locations in Logan Square and the Loop, plus a seasonal location on the Chicago Riverwalk. Chai options are bountiful at this tea spot, with the opportunity to have a savory, traditional masala chai or something sweeter, like a caramel sea salt chai. The tea served here features spices like cardamom and turmeric directly sourced from Nepal and India. If you get hungry while drinking chai, order some appetizers and entrees—try pairing a cardamom chai with comforting vegetarian momo dumplings and flavorful Chiya chili potatoes.
Tea is more than just a secondary option at the best coffee shops in Chicago—it’s an incredibly versatile beverage that can be served hot, iced, decaf or caffeinated. The best tea in Chicago can serve as a hot antidote to a frigid winter afternoon or as a refreshing break from a humid summer day. Ranging from milky boba tea in Chinatown to loose-leaf herbal tea and chai in Logan Square, you’ll find all sorts of amazing varieties throughout the city. We’ve rounded up some of the best spots for tea in Chicago, including cafes, restaurants and tea houses.