JoJo's Milk Bar - Chicago
Inspired by the Momofuku restaurant group Milk Bar concept, a dessert-focused cocktail lounge in Manhattan, JoJo's features over-the-top pastries, ice cream treats and more.
The bilevel venue is a draw for brunch-goers as well as late-night revelers in the Hubbard Street corridor of River North. The first floor offers a vibrant bar scene and upstairs is typically reserved for private parties and events.
The atmosphere is colorful and playful, with oversized illustrations of Bill Murray, Queen Elizabeth and Notorious B.I.G. sporting milk mustaches. During the day, JoJo's is family friendly, and at night (guests must be 21 and over after 9pm), they're cranking hardcore hip-hop music.
The menu offers savory dishes as well with classics like baked macaroni and cheese, a honey fried chicken sandwich and a signature burger. But let's be real. Customers come for the desserts, which are Executive Chef Christine McCabe's specialty.
There are frozen milk bars in offbeat flavors (cherry chocolate, blueberry lavender, Snickerdoodle, Chai-town), a milk-and-cookies flight with infused milks, hot chocolate, and over-the-top shakes made with alcohol. There is also a full-service bar.
For those who'd rather grab and go, there's a walk-up window to order non-boozy shakes and cookies.