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10 Best Chicago Coffee Shops

Chicago is home to 77 distinct neighborhoods — and a countless array of coffee shops. Whether you’re looking for a bold cup of joe, or a place to set up shop with work or study, there are plenty of options in the Windy City. Bookmark these top 10 coffee shops in Chicago.

The Allis

the allis chicago

Nestled on the first floor of Soho House Chicago, The Allis is decked out with crystal chandeliers, plush furniture, and plenty of spots to enjoy a coffee, traditional tea, or brunch.  The Allis at Soho House, 113 N. Green.

3 Arts Cafe

3 Arts Club Cafe
3 Arts Club Cafe has overtaken the Instagram feed of Chicagoans this past year. Located within Restoration Hardware (RH) in the Gold Coast, stop in for coffee and marvel at the grand surroundings. 3 Arts Club Cafe, 1300 N. Dearborn.

Heritage Bicycles

heritage bicycles

The basic concept of Heritage Bikes is: bikes and coffee. Whether you visit to relax or to work, Heritage Bikes offers bike repairs, free WiFi and stellar coffee. Heritage Bicycles, 2959 N. Lincoln Ave.

Left Coast

left coast
Left Coast is a newcomer to the Lakeview neighborhood — and has already amassed a loyal following. Here you’ll find fresh juices, killer coffee and healthy eats in stylish digs. Left Coast, 2878 N. Lincoln.

La Colombe

la colombe
With 4 Chicago locations (and growing), La Colombe is a local favorite. You can find La Colombe coffee in the West Loop, Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, Andersonville, and soon: Gold Coast. La Colombe, 955 W. Randolph.

Intelligentsia

Intellegentsia broadway
The Intelligentsia coffeebar on Broadway was the first-ever location for the brand. For those serious about coffee, this is your spot. Intelligentsia serves top quality coffee, whether you’re in the mood for a latte or a pour-over brew. Intelligentsia, 3123 N. Broadway.

Pickwick Coffee

pickwick coffee chicago
Pickwick Coffee is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the Loop. The alley location has cool Chicago history dating back to 1857, when the location was originally purchased as ‘Pickwick Stables’ for family horses. Today, it’s home to some of Chicago’s best coffee. Pickwick Coffee, 22 E. Jackson.

Floriole

floriole
Floriole is a fixture to the Lincoln Park neighborhood. Beyond coffee, don’t miss the bakery’s outstanding array of desserts, baked goods, and casual lunch fare. Floriole, 1220 W. Webster.

Sawada Coffee

sawada

If you’re looking for hip and trendy, head to Sawada Coffee. Located in the West Loop, Sawada serves espresso and matcha-based drinks, including cortados, cappuccinos, and boozy coffees. (You’ll also find a wooden ping pong table, pinball machine, and punching bag.) Sawada Coffee, 112 N. Green St.

Julius Meinl

Julius Meinl

Julius Meinl is an Austrian-based coffee shop and cafe that’s captured the loyalty of many Chicagoans over the years. More than just coffee, pastries and breakfast items make Julius Meinl a popular stop along Southport. Julius Meinl, 3601 N. Southport.

 

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Best Grub in Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood

Best Grub in Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood

According to DNAinfo.com:

Jeni’s Opens Her Splendid Wicker Park Ice Cream World:

WICKER PARK — Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, the much-anticipatedartisanal ice cream from Jeni Britton Bauer — an Ohio-based chef known mostly by her first name — opens Tuesday and yes, there will be free scoops.

Set for 7-10 p.m. Tuesday at 1505 N. Milwaukee Ave., the festivities will include free ceramic mugs featuring the colors of the shop’s ice cream flavors, given away to the first 50 folks in line.

During a preview party on Monday, Umberto Castaneda, a DJ at theCrocodile, 1540 N. Milwaukee Ave., was holding two cones, one for him and the other for his girlfriend, Merideth Olson.

Castenada’s waffle cone was packed with Buckeye state, a blend of salted peanut butter and dark chocolate, while Olson had the black cat espresso, a collaboration between Jeni’s and Chicago-based Intelligensia, using ground espresso beans steeped in cream.

Olson, a clerk at Plenty, a specialty grocery at 2036 W. Division St., said that pints of Jeni’s are among Plenty’s best-sellers.

“It is so popular. I am super glad they are opening a shop here,” Olson said.

Most pints at Jeni’s are $12, and only one flavor is available now — Queen City Cayenne. Scoops of ice cream start at $5 for two flavors.

The cozy shop — with orange chairs and patterned gray tiles —  offers Jeni’s signature flavors, including brambleberry crisp, pistachio and honey.

Five limited-edition flavors (lemon buttermilk tart frozen yogurt; Bangkok peanut, etc.) and four ice cream sandwiches (oatmeal cream, salty caramel with smoked almonds) round out the menu.

Britton Bauer, an art school dropout, said she once thought if she made it to the five-year mark making artisan ice cream she would somehow “be professional.”

“Then it was a 10-year mark and now 20,” Britton Bauer said.

When asked if her children will one day take over the business, Britton Bauer said that is hard to say but whether they are inspired by making ice cream or not, she would want them to run their own businesses.

“Being an entrepreneur is like forming your own world. You get to make up your own rules, surround yourself with awesome people and be inspired every day,” she said.

Though she lives in Ohio, the 41-year-old entrepreneur said she spent her early years in Peoria, where her family was from before they moved to Ohio in the 1980s.

Britton Bauer said that she chose to open her second Chicago shop and 21st nationwide in Wicker Park because it is a neighborhood where you can spend the whole day, going to the park to brunch to shopping and eventually eating ice cream.

Britton Bauer is flying back to Columbus Wednesday after the new shop’s first full day. She plans to visit often.

“I’m just a 45-minute flight away,” Britton Bauer said.

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Chicago Brunch Spots by Neighborhood

Ahhh, yes. Brunch. Who doesn’t love a Chicago brunch? It’s the perfect way to rejuvenate especially over the weekend. If you are ever in need of a place to go to brunch in your neighborhood, you can try these brunch spots below!

  • Andersonville: Big Jones – 5347 N Clark St.
    • Hearty southern cooking.
  • Bucktown: Birchwood Kitchen – 2211 W. North Ave.
    • Great choices of breakfast sandwiches and waffles.
  • Edgewater: Uncommon Ground – 1401 W Devon Ave.
    • Known as one of the “greenest restaurants in America”
  • Gold Coast: Table Fifty-Two –  52 W Elm St.
    • From salty-sweet fried chicken to fluffy biscuits with spicy gravy, this is a must-visit!
  • Hyde Park: Original Pancake House – 1358 E 47th St,
    • The Dutch Baby is oven baked and served with whipped butter, lemon and powdered sugar. Delicious!
  • Irving Park: Bread & Wine – 3732 W Irving Park Rd.
    • This extensive wine list served in a chic bistro only gives you another reason to have a boozy brunch.
  • Lakeview: Bakin’ & Eggs – 3120 N Lincoln Ave.
    • This place is always packed because it’s known to be one of the best brunch spots in Chicago.
  • Lincoln Park: 2 Sparrows – 553 W Diversey Pkwy
    • Shrimp & grits. That’s all you need to know about this place.
  • Logan Square: Longman & Eagle – 2657 N Kedzie Ave.
    • Chef Jared Wentworth makes the best piña colada French toast
  • River North: Frontera Grill – 445 N Clark St.
    • Do you like your eggs spicy? This is the place to fulfill that craving.
  • Roscoe Village: Frasca – 3358 N Paulina St.
    • The breakfast pizza is to die for. Perfect crispy crust with egg, sausage, bacon, cheese and more!
  • Wicker Park: The Southern – 1840 W. North Ave.
    • Try the chicken and biscuits or eggs sardou with a side of Bloody Mary! There is even an outdoor patio for those hot summer days.

Have you been to any of these places? They are amazing! What’s your favorite Chicago brunch place?

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