Recently I've started to see an ongoing trend, I tend to spend quite a bit of time in coffee shops. I'm not necessarily the biggest coffee drinker in the world (I usually stick to green tea) but every now and again I enjoy a good cup of expresso. Mostly, it's because I do a lot of freelance work. I like to get out of the house every once in a while and mix up the scenery. Here are a few spots that I have been to in the recent months that I think are worth checking out!
If you’re into the hipster, grunge vibe Sawada (pronounced: sa-wah-dah) has your name written all over it. They're known for their 'military latte' which is a mix of a green tea latte and expresso. I went for the green tea latte, naturally. What's so cool about the space is that it's connected to Green Street Smoked Meats. The only downside is that the actually coffee shop area is extremely small, so it's hard to snag a spot near an outlet.
I absolutely love Heritage Bicycle because it’s not your typical coffee shop. It's bright and airy with the cutest bicycles lined up all around. Mainly it's a bicycle shop but they also make some pretty darn good coffee. The first time I went I didn't realize how far north it was, so make sure to plan accordingly.
3. The Allis
Sometimes I feel like I live at the Allis. It's a beautifully decorated cafe located on the main floor of the SoHo House Chicago. I tend to go there at least three times a month for weekly meetings. Typically I try to get there before or after the lunch rush, it tends to fill up and seating is somewhat limited.
I came across Brü on accident one day when out with a friend. It’s a cute little place tucked in Wicker Park. I wouldn't know how the coffee tastes since, you guessed it, I got green tea but I liked the more relaxed atmosphere and could see myself actually being productive there.
5. Starbucks - Oak & Rush
I know what you're thinking "I've already been Starbucks". But this Starbucks, in particular, is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood. If you've ever been over to that area, there's lots of nice restaurants and shops. So why not have a fancy Starbucks? If you head upstairs there is a second barista area that serves specialized brews in dark, gold embellished mugs AND they bring the drinks to your table. It's a pretty sweet set up.
If you have already read about my experience at 3 Arts Club Café then you’ll know I’m a big fan of this place. It's not your average cafe but it's definitely worth a visit!
Have a favorite coffee shop in Chicago? Let me know so I can go check it out!