chiya chai

chai and nepali + indian fare in a fast-casual modern-cool shop

Chiya Chai does a lot more than chai, though they certainly take that part of the business seriously. The modern eatery gives Nepali and Indian fare a fast casual makeover while still delivering on the flavors authentic to the homeland. As for the chai, the owners come from a lineage of tea merchants and source a wide variety of teas and blends from traditional (like their classic masala chai or black cardamom chai) to rather experimental flavors that change throughout the year (like their summer special raspberry coconut chai or blueberry lavender).

The family-run restaurant and cafe cultivates a gathering atmosphere with the open seating. It somehow bridges the gap between a place where students can have a study session and families can grab a quick meal and young professionals can grab a drink. The food menu covers easy bowls for a solo lunch, study snacks, sharable small plates for happy hour and sit-down family dinners. It’s a place that is all in on the food and the chai, and lucky for us, it’s an always kind of place.

the details

AddressLogan Square: 2770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Riverwalk: 66 E Wacker Dr, Chicago

Logan Square: 11am – 10pm everyday
Riverwalk: 5pm – 9pm Sunday – Thursday, 5pm – 10pm Friday and Saturday

Price$$ – chai $3-5, small plates and snacks ~$7-10, dinner entrees $15-20
Aestheticmodern and industrial with Nepali and Indian flair

good to know

Go here for: chai to go, lunch or dinner for here 

Order this: espresso hazelnut chai, blueberry chai, momos

Amount of time to spend: great for a casual meal, a study session or to grab some chai to wander around Logan Square

When to come: depends on what you’re going for, early mid afternoon is great for working or hanging out, evenings are good for dinner and social gatherings; note that the River Walk location is only open in the evenings

Getting here: 

  • Logan Square: a short walk up Milwaukee from Logan Square station (blue)
  • River Walk: a short walk from Lake (red) or State/Lake (brown, green, orange, pink, purple), located on the River Walk


Other things to note: 

They also serve alcohol – house cocktails, beer and wine, and they sell bottled chai concentrate and tea packages online. 

Last visited: August 2019

Last updated: September 2020

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