Whether you toasted your way through the holidays with copious amounts of bubbly or sat back while sipping hot cocoa after a hearty meal, January has become a time for people to get their diets back on track. You don’t have to do an intense 21-day cleanse where you give up almost all solid foods for a mix of cayenne pepper and lemon juice that will have you hallucinating after a few days, but adding some fresh-squeezed or cold-pressed juice to your diet can assist you in your quest for more digestive balance.
Some people like to do a “dryuary” — a.k.a Dry January — where they give up drinking any kind of booze while hitting the gym four to five days a week in order to drop the pounds acquired between Thanksgiving and New Years. Whether you go to that extreme or just want to alter your diet, a variety of juice bars (and restaurants like Protein Bar, Lyfe Kitchen and Beatrix) have popped up in the city over the last few years. To be honest, incorporating fresh juice into your diet on a regular basis can help get more vitamins, minerals and nutrients into your diet and can offer a variety of health benefits. If you don’t have the time to press juice or make a daily smoothie at home, these places can get them ready for you.
Cindy’s Rooftop at Chicago Athletic Association hotel offers an extensive selection of juices and mocktails during lunch, brunch and dinner like The Reanimator (blueberry, lime, demerara syrup, ginger and activated charcoal) and the Rabbit vs Mule (carrot juice, lemon and ginger beer). 12 S. Michigan, Loop
Real Good Juice Co. in Old Town has cold-pressed juices and smoothies using organic, locally sourced ingredients that have fun names like the Juice Springsteen (celery, apple, kale, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, parsley, ginger and lemon) and the Punky Juice-ster (matcha, almonds, chia, chlorophyll and mint). 1647 N. Wells, Old Town
FruVé xPress Juicery is a West Loop spot with quick counter service offering a wide range of organic cold-pressed juice with each letting you know its health benefits. The Kick Start (cucumber, basil, lemon, apple and African bird pepper) can aid with sharpening memory and lowering stress and boosting digestion, while the Heart Beet (beet, pear, lemon and ginger) serves as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that can relieve joint pain and protect your heart. 1108 W. Madison, West Loop
Owen & Alchemy is a chef-driven juice apothecary that creates delicious juices filled with only the best-quality ingredients sourced from local farms. Favorites include the S2 (Arize blueberry kombucha, holy basil and dehydrated blueberry) and the 42 (a savory mix of heirloom tomato and Himalayan sea salt). 2355 N. Milwaukee, Logan Square
Green Corner opened after two local sisters, who are both certified yoga instructors, traveled to Turkey to partake in a weeklong detox/cleanse in 2008. Green Corner, one of the first juice bars in town, has a well-curated menu with juice like the Winter Cure (carrot, orange, apple and ginger) and the Sunrise (beet, carrots, apple, orange, celery and spinach). 1880 N. Damen, Bucktown