Tea time


Boasting “healthy signature drinks,” such as hibiscus tea sangria and bubble tea, Argo Tea—a Chicago chain started in 2003—set up shop last Wednesday in the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM). Located in the first-floor lobby, the Argo kiosk offers hospital visitors a selection of hot and iced teas, coffees, pastries, salads, and sandwiches. Business has been good, barista Heidi confirmed Tuesday as she mixed a pom tea (a pomegranate and red tea combo) with one hand and rang up a tea latte with the other.

So far, customer favorites include Earl Grey vanilla crème, chai, and smooteas, a blend of fresh fruit and iced tea. For more conservative customers—“Some people seem scared of tea,” noted barista Liana—Argo also offers Illy brand Italian coffee. Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and with more than 40 beverages to choose from, Argo may make tea converts of a few more Chicagoans.


Photo: A line forms at the new Argo kiosk.

March 29, 2006