The Soda Fountain Springs Into the Future at Spinning J

Liz Grossman

A 1920s-era bar might be the centerpiece of Spinning J in Chicago, but take a closer look at the soda fountain and bakery and you’ll find lemon-lime sodas colored with chlorophyll, and phosphates fizzed with fresh fruit syrups. The brainchild of Dinah Grossman, Spinning J puts a modern, made-from-scratch spin on the alchemy of the soda fountain drink.

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