Whether you’re in the mood for a frothy roasted cappuccino or a delightfully bitter drip coffee, Chicago is chock full with coffee houses that suit every palate. As one of the top ten coffee obsessed cities in America, Chicago is buzzing with established roasters and trendy up-and-coming hot spots to grab a cup o’ joe — the choice are truly endless! So to help you decide where to go next, here are some of our favorite places to get caffeinated in the city.
With its modern but comfortable vibe, This Wicker Park coffee shop is a great place to set up shop with your laptop on a rainy Chicago day. This coffee house is known for frequently mixing up their menu and showcasing a myriad coffee and tea varietals, so we recommend stopping by frequently to taste the latest roast on tap. You can also add a scrumptious breakfast bowl or local pastry to your order too!
A staple in the community, this trendy craft roasting coffee house has a seemingly never-ending supply of quality coffees. Metropolis is also known for its amazing social responsibility, ensuring sustainability and fair prices for the farmers they work with. They also offer a free tour and tasting led by their Head Roaster, so if you’re looking to dive into the world of java, this is a great place to start!
[Source: Sparrow Coffee]
Having perfected their method of artisan coffee roasting over decades of meticulous practice, Sparrow is the brainchild of Chris Chacko and is well-known for supplying some of Chicago’s best restaurants. This industrial West Loop cafe brews over 100 single origin coffees with state-of-the-art equipment, making it a definite must-visit.
[Source: Sawada Coffee]
Named after Japanese barista and latte art expert Hiroshi Sawada, this industrial style cafe is the perfect place to settle in for some people watching on Green Street. With a custom painted espresso machine, ping pong table, pinball machine and punching bag, this cafe has significant flair. Plus, with a curated menu for expertly crafted espresso and matcha-based drinks, this artful establishment is definitely a Chicago gem.
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