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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


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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

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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 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


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.




5 New Lunch Spots in Chicago

Up Your Lunch Game with These 5 New Lunch Destinations

Work is stressful. Deadlines pile up, meetings run long, and breaks are few and far between. Lunch is a time to escape the chaos and regroup for a productive afternoon. But how relaxing can it really be to scarf a sandwich down while sifting through emails at your desk? We’ve all heard that getting away from the work headspace for a while can increase productivity dramatically, so why do we deny ourselves a fun lunch break? Chicago has amazing lunch spots to get you up and away from work for an hour, while also creating a fun culinary experience. Check out our choices for the best new lunch spots in Chicago:

Enolo Wine Cafe

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This pizza, panini, and cheese spot just started serving lunch. Our favorite is the “Enolo Lunch Board,” which pairs one main dish with a baby kale salad, cup of soup, cheese and crostini.

450 N. Clark St.; 312-477-7674

Imperial Lamian

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People in River North are going gaga over these hand-pulled noodles. They’ve got a lunch special that includes two pieces of dim sum, miso soup or salad and an entree.

6 W. Hubbard St.; 312-595-9440

White Oak Tavern and Inn


Talk about cozy. This Lincoln Park gem is a great place to chill out at lunch with smaller portioned items like soup and salad, or heftier portions of pasta for leftovers. Yum!

1200 W. Webster Ave.; 773-248-0200

Oyster Bah


On Fridays now, you can grab a table here and chow down on a po’ boy with giardiniera aïoli, a seared yellowfin tuna sandwich on pumpernickel with green goddess dressing and a smoked trout melt with caramelized onion and horseradish vinaigrette. And don’t forget those lobster rolls.

1962 N. Halsted St.; 773-248-3000



For a Peruvian vacation just steps from your office, check out this place. It has delicious, light, fresh meals like frisée and kale salad with pea shoots, wheat, chickpeas, mint, queso fresco, cucumber, onions, parsley and cilantro.

118 W. Grand Ave.; 312-222-9700






5 New Chicago Restaurants to Visit Now

What restaurants are new to the scene and trending among Chicagoans? Diners are loving these five hotspots, from a 1950s inspired American restaurant in the West Loop to an upscale Latin joint in River North.


Bookmark these top new Chicago restaurants:



BLVD • 817 W. Lake Street


Margeaux Brasserie

Margeaux Brasserie • 11 E. Walton Street



Somerset • 1112 N. State Street



Barrio  • 65 W. Kinzie Street




Proxi  • 565 W. Randolph Street


Which restaurant looks best to you?