Juice ‘apothecary’, healthy cafe opens in Logan Square

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There’s no shortage of places to get a juice or smoothie in Chicago, but not all the city juice bars have an on-site herbalist.

Publisher Anne Owen and chef Jared Van Camp (of Nellcote fame) teamed up to open Owen & Alchemy, a new juice apothecary at 2355 N. Milwaukee Ave., which they hope will nourish you in both body and mind.

Their cold-pressed juices, bowls, salads, smoothies and teas are made with local produce from farms in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan that “go beyond” organic.

“Often independently owned farms are too small to afford the expensive process that comes with organic certification, but this does not diminish their commitment to the practices needed to safely grow and distribute produce,” Owen & Alchemy explains on its website.

“If we forge a partnership with a farm, it is because we have personally witnessed their dedication to achieving the highest standards in responsible and socially conscious farming, regardless of their size.”

Juices are organized by their main ingredient: Kale, fruit, citrus, nut and seed milks and savory tomato. The drink menu also includes fermented teas, shots, smoothies and shakes.

They do offer juice cleanses, which are designed by the Raby Institute for Integrative Nutrition at Northwestern University.

Add Chinese herbs focused on detoxing, immunity, energy, calm or digestion to whatever you order, and bonus: Everything the drinks and food are packaged in is recyclable or compostable. So you’ll feel even better.

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