Best Coffee Shops in Chicago

Best Coffee Shops in Chicago

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There's something about the smell and taste of coffee and the warmth of a hot cup in our hands that is reassuring whenever nature decides to prank the city with another five inches of snow.

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    The coffees here are top notch, the pastries stellar and the atmosphere brings back memories of when coffeehouses in Chicago were true communities where people would gather and believe they could change the world with a thought.
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    Bad Wolf Coffee has gotten a reputation for incredibly well-crafted pastries, but the coffee is just as good. Owner Jonathan Ory serves beans from Durham’s Counter Culture that often have strong notes of fruit and chocolate.
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    Their pastries and sandwiches are also on point and a great way to spend the day doing absolutely nothing but caffeinating.
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    With reliable Wi-Fi and a menu of actual food, including veggie-friendly options Filter is a great place to get things done, just make sure you have cash. Don’t miss out on the sweet potato fries with horseradish sauce and the alley-scape ceiling mural.
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    My favorite drink to get is their excellent cortado or cafe au lait. Kristoffer’s is a lovely neighborhood spot but also well worth the trek for a cortado and slice of tres leches.
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    I always like when I order a cup of tea and I’m handed a whole pot. Especially when the teacup is ceramic and its pattern clashes with that of the plate accommodating my turkey pesto sandwich, always satisfying as a quick and filling lunch.
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    Jackalope’s décor is littered with nods to the mythic beast for which it’s named and beautiful concert posters from past shows at local venues like Metro, Hideout and others.
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    If by chance you don’t ride your own set of wheels over, come here often enough and you almost certainly will. The floor models possess absurd amounts of vintage charm, as do the baristas.
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    The coffee drinks are delicate and simple, and while the espresso is a little too acidic for my taste, I’m devoted to their coffee. Each roast has unique qualities with lingering notes that dance on your palate.
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    The staff is friendly and warm, the prices are reasonable for a small independent shop and there’s a great bench right outside where I love to sip an iced coffee and watch summer in the city go by.
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    They have a wide selections of paninis, my favorite is the roast beef full of thick cuts of meat with a side of blue cheese coleslaw that doesn’t skimp on the blue cheese. They serve Metropolis coffee, a favorite local bean of mine.
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    Some customers claim pour-overs here are transcendent but you can just as easily enjoy the flavor of Bridgeport Coffee’s blends in a French press or as an espresso.
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