If “next-gen milk bars” aren’t a thing yet then JoJo’s Milk Bar is making them one. Like, today. The just-opened destination, serving elevated diner faves and whimsical milkshakes, is resurrecting the classic milk bar experience (popular in the ’40s) and making it adult-appropriate.
Yes, there are cocktails. Lots of them — all imagined by mixologist Ryan Schaeffer, who infuses a playful spirit into choices like the White Cuban, which features Mount Gay rum, Avion espresso, and cream. Food and desserts by renowned chef Christine McCabe include a majorly stuffed corned beef sandwich, soul-warming chicken noodle soup, gourmet cookies, and signature creations like baked hot chocolate.
But let’s not forget the main event: that beverage that does a body good. Milk takes many shapes and forms at JoJo’s, with the highlight being milkshakes like the chocolate and caramel filled Gold Digger, and The Wonder Years made with blue moon ice cream, cotton candy, sprinkles, and marshmallows. You can also order milk flights in a variety of sweet and fruity flavors.
Parents, take note: This is a fun way to get the kiddos to sneak in their daily calcium and have a blast at the same time. JoJo’s has a library of classic board games upstairs, as well as a classic Chicago coin bowling machine. The Lite-Brite wall is definitely a photo opp, and so is the graffiti art by Afrokilla.
Leaving with a smile on your face is a given. And with a milk mustache? Bonus points for you.
JoJo’s Milk Bar is located at 23 W. Hubbard St. Open Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-midnight, Thurs. & Fri., 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to close. More info at jojosmilkbar.com.
— Kelly Aiglon
photos: Marcin Cymmer