How about a detox after your winter hibernation?

1. Left Coast

With Paul McCartney crooning “Let It Be” in the background, Left Coast is the perfect remedy for Chicago’s bleak, cold winters. The combination of strategically placed bright lightbulbs and natural sunlight streaming into the restaurant through the windows help create a casual, light, and vibrant atmosphere. Customers in a rush can order at the cashier and walk out with a healthy, eco-friendly, customized meal within ten minutes. Perfect for dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan diets is the Left Coast Açaí Bowl, which juxtaposes the velvety texture of the thick smoothie with the chewiness and crunch of granola and hemp seeds. Freshly blended and artfully constructed, the açaí bowl will definitely leave you more than full and satisfied. The Montecito Hash is another great option for gluten-free diets. The sweetness of the yams paired with kale, red bell peppers, spinach, and the restaurant’s hot sauce is a mouth-watering combination. To top it off, you can cut open the yolk of the poached eggs with your fork and watch it drizzle out.
Mon-Fri: 7am-9pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-9pm
Parking: Street | Wi-Fi: Free
Price Range: $10-20
Walk-in Only

2. JuiceRx

JuiceRx features a wide selection of juices, smoothies, açaí bowls as well as house-made nut milks, puddings, and snacks. Their two signature açaí bowls, Fruit Alchemist and Harlequin Monkey, stand out with their extremely silky texture of the smoothie base and novel combinations of ingredients on top. In the Fruit Alchemist bowl, coconut cream and honey wrap around the classic toppings of berries, bananas, and granola while pomegranate and cherries add flavors to the base smoothie. If you love chocolate, don’t miss out on the Harlequin Monkey, boasting raw chocolate hearts, cacao nibs and chocolate drizzle. Peanut butter – drizzled on top and blended into the smoothie – brings the fruit and chocolate together and makes this açaí bowl a healthy version of a chocolate dessert. Bring friends to JuiceRx so that you can try a wider range of their large menu and have some fun with the board games in-store!
Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-6pm
Parking: Street | Wi-Fi: Free
Price Range: $10-20 (Fruit Alchemist & Harlequin Monkey Açaí Bowls – $12)
Walk-in Only

3. Chicago Raw

Raw and vegan food is definitely growing fast in Chicago. This little store in Gold Coast offers all house-made, fresh, and raw food, available both as in-store dining and take-out. The açaí bowl is quite thin and fruity, and the housemade granola is chocolaty and slightly sweet. It is presented in layers in a transparent bowl, and it is so much fun to be able to see through the side when you mix everything up. The açaí bowl here offers the classics in terms of ingredients, but everything is super fresh and light. A huge advantage of the store: since it is not a just a juice bar, you can get a salad or a sandwich to go with the açaí bowl for a bigger meal!
Mon-Sun: 7am-9pm
Parking: Street | Wi-Fi: Free
Price Range: $10-20
Walk-in Only

4. Hi-Vibe Superfood Juicery

It is really easy to miss this small spot next to the Merchandise Mart subway station on the busy Kinzie Street. It has two açaí bowl offers – with or without the cacao. The açaí bowl here is thicker than the average, so rich in texture and flavor that it be sure to fill you up. The house-made oat bites is definitely a highlight; they fill you up perfectly while the smoothie takes away the dryness of the oats. They open at 6:30am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. Drop by and start your day with an açaí bowl!
Mon-Thu: 6:30am-7pm | Fri: 6:30am-6pm
Sat-Sun: 8am-4pm
Parking: Garage, Street | Wi-Fi: Free
Price Range: $10-20
Walk-in Only

5. FruVé xPress Juicery

FruVé xPress offers six açaí bowls, each of which is beautifully plated with a variety of toppings. After a heavy meal in the restaurant districts of West Loop, you can walk 10 minutes to FruVé and order a Berry Breezy açaí bowl to refresh your taste buds. The strawberry and banana slices on top complement the thin smoothie, and the granola and coconut flakes add crunchiness to the bowl. FruVé also adds a variety of nutrients and dietary supplements, such as maca, wheatgrass, and spirulina, to their products, so order a juice or a smoothie whenever you want a boost to your metabolism and immune system!
Mon-Fri: 7am-7pm
Sat-Sun: 9am-3pm
Parking: Street | Wi-Fi: Free
Price Range: $10-20 (Berry Breezy Açaí Bowl – $10) 
Walk-in Only

Contributors: Eng, Cheryl, Elenore, Seri, Sherry

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