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Celebrating Dry January in Chicago

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on January 12   |   Updated on May 29
To the left is a mushroom sour on a brown table. On the right is a matcha lassi on a marble table

A mushroom sour and a matcha lassi. (Courtesy of Daisies and Venteux)

Chi’s nonalcoholic beverage scene is popping, especially this time of year.

Nonalcoholic fest NA Day is already sold out this weekend. “Dry January” searches are up. And Chicago’s nonalcoholic market is exploding with new products, Eater’s Ashok Selvam told the City Cast Chicago podcast.Sober-curious? Here are some spots to check out.

Daisies in Logan Square is serving mushroom sours, made with mushroom syrup, egg white, and lemon. It's sweet, savory and sour.

on the Mag Mile has matcha lassis, a matcha tea with pistachio and tangy greek yogurt. It is foamy goodness.

in Pilsen has a tropical drink made with lychee, guava, and lime.

Other spaces

Eli’s Tea Bar
in Andersonville is an LGBTQ-friendly sober bar selling tea lattes, bubble tea, and kombucha. It also hosts drag bingo and art nights.

Bendición Dry Bar
in Humboldt Park is a new sober community space and pop-up shop with programming like tarot readings, D&D tutorials, and blind taste testing.

in Bronzeville is a bottle pop-up shop that sells alcohol-removed wine and zero-proof whiskies, gins, vodkas, and more.

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