You can go to Russian Tea Time for an experience, the Drake for aperitifs and white-gloved pomp and circumstance, any number of tea shops in Chicago for a decent cuppa but you will not find a more singular devotion to the leaf that is brewed than at Ravenswood’s Ch’ava. Year after year, owner Rich Park has quietly but unapologetically been brewing a selection of teas, mostly from Kilogram Tea (neé Intelligentsia) but also a handpicked selection from small farms, second to none. This isn’t to mention the coffee and artisanal soups and sandwiches—but we digress.
4656 North Clark, (773)942-6763, chavacafe.com
Best of Chicago 2013