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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

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

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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.

Intelligentsia

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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

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

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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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How to Spend a Day on Damen Ave.

Bucktown is an increasingly popular neighborhood for Chicagoans to reside  — and to shop, dine and explore.

Located near ultra-hip surrounding areas like Wicker Park and Logan Square, Bucktown has its own established vibe with a variety of things to do and experience. The paramount street in Bucktown is Damen Avenue, where several shops and restaurants are centralized. Given the amount of attractions and businesses in the neighborhood, you could easily spend an entire day (and night) along Damen Avenue. Bookmark this list now for your next visit to Bucktown.

 

Here are 10+ things to do along Damen Avenue…

 

Stan’s Donuts

Start your morning with Stan’s. Whether you choose a standard glaze or specialty concoction, Stan’s donuts are beloved in Chicago — served best with La Colombe coffee. (Stan’s Donuts, 1560 N. Damen Avenue)

The Dailey Method

Work up a sweat at The Dailey Method, a barre studio located on Damen. The class focuses on building a strong, lean, sculpted body, and even works to improve and align posture. (The Dailey Method, 1714 N. Damen Avenue)

Pistil & Vine

Stop and smell the roses — literally. Pistil & Vine is a top Chicago florist, with a boutique storefront located on Damen. All arrangements are truly custom, sourcing flowers in a variety of colors and textures. (Pistil & Vine, 1924 N. Damen Avenue)

YellowKorner Gallery

Pop into an art gallery, YellowKorner, and browse a range of professional photography on display and for sale. The gallery focuses on architecture, nature, and fashion, with pieces starting around $100 into a few thousand dollars. (YellowKorner, 1721 N. Damen Avenue)

Diptyque

Diptyque is a luxury candle and fragrance brand, with a beautiful boutique located on Damen. Based in Paris, Diptyque is known for high quality and iconic scents, perfect for a housewarming gift or personal indulgence. (Diptyque, 1645 N. Damen Avenue)

Goddess & Grocer

Refuel at Goddess and Grocer, a local favorite for fresh and delicious eats, from breakfast to dessert. Stop in for salads, sandwiches, soups and more, available to grab-and-go or to enjoy on the 2nd story rooftop. (Goddess and Grocer, 1649 N. Damen Avenue)

606 Trail

Hit the 606 Trail, a new 2.7-mile-long elevated path dedicated for biking, running and strolling. Set above city streets, the 606 offers green space and links four diverse city neighborhoods, with access points to six different parks. (The 606, access at Damen & Churchill) 

Mindy’s

Indulge your sweet tooth at Hot Chocolate, a restaurant and dessert bar serving American fare, cocktails, sweets, ice cream and, of course: hot chocolate. (Hot Chocolate, 1747 N. Damen Avenue)

Zazazoo Salon

Pamper yourself with a manicure or pedicure at Zazazoo, a top-rated nail salon in Chicago. The interior is bright and modern, offering BYOB and an impressive array of polish colors. (Zazazoo Nail Salon, 1842 N. Damen Avenue)

“Love” Street Art

Snap a photo in front of the “Love” street mural, located at 1873 N. Damen. Created by artist Matthew Hoffman, the backdrop has been a popular location for Instagram pictures among Chicago bloggers (like Jennifer Lake, seen above), plus locals and visitors. (Love Wall, 1873 N. Damen Avenue)

1952 1/2 Liquorette

Step inside 1952 1/2 Liquorette and you’ll find Southern-inspired bourbon drinks and cocktails in chic digs. Sip craft creations like a Negroni, Old Fashioned or Southern whiskey sour. (1952 1/2 Liquorette, 1952 N. Damen Avenue)

Coast

Coast offers a contemporary and lively setting to enjoy fresh, quality sushi and Japanese dishes. Both sushi connoisseurs and novices alike will find the menu appealing — plus, the spot is BYOB. (Coast, 2045 N. Damen Avenue)

Want even more? For late night, head around the corner to Lottie’s Pub (since 1934) and local favorite Piece Pizza. Cheers!

 

 

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5 Hotspots for Happy Hour in the West Loop

Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood is an increasingly popular place to live, work — and play.

In the West Loop (and beyond), Chicago restaurants and bars are reviving happy hour specials, since its citywide ban was lifted in 2015. Thankfully for us, there are a variety of specials to enjoy, from beer and wine, to craft cocktails and small bites. Pick your poison.

 

Try these 5 spots for happy hour in the West Loop:

 

Honey’s

Newer to the scene, Honey’s offers a spectacular environment for happy hour, Monday through Friday (5-7:00p) featuring cocktails, wine, beer and apps at the Atrium Bar. (Honey’s, 1111 W. Lake Street)

Nellcôte

Visit Nellcôte for a wood-oven gourmet pizza and a Modelo pairing for only $10, every Monday through Friday. (Nellcôte, 833 W. Randolph Street)

RM Champagne

Perhaps the prettiest alleyway in Chicago, find the patio at RM Champagne for $1 oysters on Tuesdays. (RM Champagne Salon, 116 N. Green Street)

Cold Storage

Located inside the buzzworthy West Loop restaurant, Swift & Sons, Cold Storage offers $3 draft beer and fresh seafood specials every Monday through Friday, 3-6:00pm. (Cold Storage, 1000 W. Fulton Market)

The Betty

Head to The Betty for happy hour Tuesday through Saturday (4-6:30pm) for specials on beer, wine and bites — and stay for the ambiance and culinary menu. (The Betty, 839 W. Fulton Market)

Cheers!

 

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