hicago is a blessedly caffeinated city, not just thanks to the plethora of coffee behemoths planted on every corner—hello, Starbucks and Peet’s—but also thanks to the lovely local coffee shops that adorn our city storefronts.
In the spirit of promoting Chicago’s finest bean slingers, then, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite local shops, most with plenty of character, to find a great cup of joe.
Brew Brew Coffee
A group of siblings opened this cute, cultivated shop in Avondale in 2014, and Brew Brew opened its second location, this one in Pilsen, this fall. The cafe pours Metropolis coffee and offers a selection of local pastries.
This cozy new space—intimate with bookshelves and exposed brick walls— in Woodlawn goes beyond coffee beans, hosting performances and events from local artists and offering a curated selection of books and zines for sale. The coffee, from HalfWit roasters, is pretty good too.
Cafe Jumping Bean
Now in its 23rd year in Pilsen, this neighborhood classic roasts its own special blend of beans from Chicago’s Coffee and Tea Exchange. The vibrant cafe also serves sandwiches and adorns its walls with local art
A modern coffee bar in Wicker Park, Caffe Streets serves Metric coffee within some lustrous bamboo walls—a continuous, parallel grain looks super-sleek—and a recessed ceiling that resembles a cappuccino swirl.