If you do find a good teashop in Chicago, let me know, my sister lives there and I'm getting sick of keeping her in supply.
If you are tired of sending teas to her, you can send them to me!
There are three teashops in Chicago I like.
My Place for Tea
is a tiny place on Sheffield just north of Belmont. Enrico, the proprietor, certainly knows his teas, speaks English (always a plus) and is very nice. He has tastings on Saturdays. His Sencha Fukamushi and Chicago Breakfast (his own blend) are just great.
on State just south of Division has a vast collection of high quality teas and very knowledgeable and professional staff. They have several teas ready to make you a cup every day. I love their Assams and Darjeelings.
Todd & Holland
is a bit of a schlep as they are in Oak Park. Top notch teas, great selection, but somewhat expensive. Great teaware. Bill Todd is a great guy and a tea master. If he is in the store, she should try and have a chat with him, it's worth it. Ladies who work there are nice, but their tea knowledge is a little shallow. Queen Victoria's Original 1876 Blend from T&H is my favorite. I also tried their Yunnans and Keemuns and liked them.
I bought tea from all of these places and loved all I bought. But keep in mind that I am Indian Black and Japanese Green kinda girl. I don't know Chinese greens or oolongs from these places yet.