Like steam engines and cryogenically frozen sea monkeys, tea leaves come to life with just a little hot water. Harness the transformative power of hydration with today’s Groupon: for $26, you get a tea-tasting experience for two at LooseLeaf Lounge (a $53 value). The experience includes the following:
- Two admissions to a tea-tasting class (a $20 value each)
- Two jars of tea to take home (a $6.50 value each)
Classes are held at 6 p.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays; see the calendar for more information.
Inside the cozy bistro walls of LooseLeaf Lounge wafts the fragrant tones of its warming drinks, including many organic and fair-trade options. Pairs sit a tables coated in photographs or swirling, miasmatic paints for weekly tasting classes, sipping five selections from the shop’s brews and comparing them based on flavor, aroma, and induced sleepiness. Samples of freshly baked pastries cleanse guests’ palates between sips, helping them to determine their favorite picks for the eventual adoption of two jarfuls from the menu of oolong, fruit-infused black, and herbal teas.
The stage at the head of the shop plays host to open mic nights and acoustic ensembles, and the works of local artists often grace the cream-colored walls. Within the lounge, sippers can wire in with free WiFi, researching the most effective ways to spit-take tea into a friend’s face.
LooseLeaf Lounge’s earthy and artistic atmosphere complements its 50 varieties of artisan black, green, and herbal loose teas. The lounge began as a website to publicize local art, bands, and events, and now hosts new art shows every first Friday of the month, along with open-mic evenings, acoustic ensemble performances, and poetry cage matches. Sandwiches, pastries, and vegan items perch on colorful tables painted by local artists while guests sip Metropolis coffee and surf complimentary WiFi. Weather permitting, conversations of diners fill up the bistro patio and harmonize with an urban soundtrack of softly rumbling engines and the gentle purr of skyscrapers.
2915 N Broadway St.
Chicago, Illinois 60657