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.
|Address||Logan Square: 2770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago|
Riverwalk: 66 E Wacker Dr, Chicago
Logan Square: 11am – 10pm everyday
|Price||$$ – chai $3-5, small plates and snacks ~$7-10, dinner entrees $15-20|
|Aesthetic||modern and industrial with Nepali and Indian flair|
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
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