LAKEVIEW — Things are about to get Real Good in Lakeview.
Two months after Real Good Juice Co. opened on the Southport Corridor, the company said it will also set up shop in the new Whole Foods in Lakeview come March 22.
"Whole Foods Market, the real innovator in locally sourced and organic product, has helped us tell our story in and around Chicago," said Jon Schiff, founder of Real Good Juice Co. "We believe in real food that's good for you."
The Chicago-based cold-pressed juice and smoothie company has juice bars in eight other Whole Foods, starting with the market in West Loop in February 2016.
Real Good Juice Co. replaced Banh Mi Baget on the Southport Corridor and opened in late January. [Provided/Real Good Juice Co.]
The first Real Good Juice opened in Old Town in 2014, after Schiff quit his job on Wall Street to pursue his dreams of a smoothie empire. The Southport location, 3548 N. Southport Ave., is the second Real Good Juice storefront. It replaced Banh Mi Ba Get, which closed in June.
Real Good Juice Co. offers nine flavors of cold-pressed juices, a line of smoothies and a handful of other tasty treats.
The 16-ounce juices cost $6-$11 and come packed with the power of three pounds of produce in each bottle. Cleverly named after pop culture figures like Whitney Juice-ton and Juice-tin Bieber, the beverages offer special benefits like boosting the immune system and relieving stress, the menu claims.
Real Good Juice gets its raw ingredients "from farmers we know and trust, buying local, because local ingredients are more nutrient-dense and better for you," Schiff said.
Smoothies are $8.95 and are made with similarly fresh ingredients. Customers can also create their own smoothies and add superfoods like bee pollen, flax seed oil and chia seeds.
The Southport location also gave Schiff a chance to expand his menu and try out new food products. Acai bowls and avocado toast are among the offerings.
Whole Foods will open at 3201 N. Ashland Ave. March 22, replacing the smaller store one block north. Whole Foods broke ground on what will be its second-largest location in Chicago in November 2015.
Target will replace the current Whole Foods in Lakeview and is expected to open in October.