Chicago hustles hard.
It’s no surprise that there’s always a need to refuel with a cup of coffee. But which are the best? Don’t worry we’ve got you covered with a list of our go-to places.
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Hero Coffee Bar
439 S. Dearborn St. - Printer’s Row
22 E. Jackson Ave. - Loop
222 N. LaSalle Dr. - Loop
1100 W. Madison St. - West Loop
2950 N. Sheridan - Lakeview
There’s something heroic about how good the coffee is at Hero Coffee Bar. Plus, the tiny Loop location is tucked away just off of Jackson Ave., so its aesthetic is perfect for artsy Instagram shots.
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Dark Matter Coffee
601 W. Jackson Blvd - Greektown
2521 W. Chicago Ave. - Ukrainian Village
1117 W. Belmont Ave. - Lakeview
738 N. Western Ave. - Ukrainian Village
2015 W. Grand Ave. - West Town
1856 N. Western Ave. - Bucktown
With six locations all over Chicago, Dark Matter Coffee is one of our go-to spots to get our caffeine fix. Dark Matter Coffee is so good, you can get it all over. You can also get it at places like Half Acre Brewery and Dill Pickle Food Coop.
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Colectivo Coffee Co.
2530 N. Clark St. - Lincoln Park
2261 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square
1211 N. Damen Ave. - Wicker Park
5425 N. Clark St. - Andersonville
716 Church St. - Evanston
Not only is Colectivo Coffee Co. home to some of the most delicious coffee in the city, but all five of their Chicago locations also feature a wonderful outdoor patio.
Image via Facebook / Intelligentsia
1609 W. Division St. - Wicker Park
53 E. Randolph St. - Loop
53 W. Jackson Blvd. - Loop
1233 N. Wells St. - Old Town
3123 N. Broadway St. - Lakeview
2642 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square
A staple of the Chicago coffee scene since the 90s, Intelligentsia is a must stop for coffee addicts.
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1462 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Wicker Park
The Wormhole will take you back to the future—a model of Marty McFly’s DeLorean is literally in the shop. This ‘80s themed coffee shop has a menu full of delicious coffee options and is one of the coziest spots in Wicker Park.
Image via Facebook / Julius Meinl
3601 N. Southport Ave. - Lakeview
4115 N. Ravenswood Ave. - Ravenswood
The coffee at Julius Meinl is so good, it’ll have you thinking you’re actually enjoying a cup in Austria while you’re sipping away at the Lakeview or Ravenswood location.
Image via Facebook / The Coffee Studio
5628 N. Clark St. - Andersonville
The Coffee Studio is the perfect place to get your creative juices flowing while sipping on an espresso—or enjoying some of the shop’s homemade ice cream!
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3317 W. Armitage Ave. - Logan Square
Not just good coffee but damn fine coffee! That’s what you’ll find at Damn Fine Coffee Bar in Logan Square. You’ll also find a selection of vegan donuts from Do Rite Donuts and pastries from Floriole Bakery.
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738 W. Fullerton Ave. - Lincoln Park
Bourgeois Pig Cafe may just be the coziest spot in Chicago. This coffee shop has a menu full of delicious coffee and food options, plus the perfect vibe needed to get all of your work done.
Image via Instagram / Dropshot
312 W. Chestnut St. - River North
We didn’t know we needed a tennis-themed coffee shop until we fell for Dropshot Coffee & Snack Bar.
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Ipsento Coffee House
2035 N. Western Ave. - Bucktown
1813 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Bucktown (606 Bar)
Right off the Western Blue Line stop, Ipsento Coffee House is one of Chicago’s hidden gems. Priding themselves on using fresh ingredients, their menu features sandwiches inspired by some literary heroes—our favorites are the Jane Austen and F. Scott Fitzgerald. They even roast their own beans in the shop!
Image via Facebook / Metric Coffee
2021 W. Fulton St - Fulton Market
Metric Coffee’s patio makes it must stop for caffeine lovers in Chicago.
Image via Facebook / Cafe Descartes
1018 Lake St. - Oak Park
750 S. Halsted St. - West Side
680 N. Lake Shore Dr. - Streeterville
5500 St. Louis Ave. - Albany Park
5819 N. Washtenaw Ave. - Edgewater
Stepping into Cafe Descartes is like stepping into France. Their menu features authentic French drinks and cuisine—and even has a couple of boozy options. The deliciousness Cafe Descartes has to offer reaches all corners of Chicago.
2313 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square
Cafe Mustache has some of the best coffee around town—trust us. Not only that, but the soups and chili are seriously tasty. The space also turns into a bar in the evenings hosting live music, poetry and other performances. Plus, they’ve got over 200 records in stock just waiting to be bought. What more could you ask for?
Image via Facebook / Elaine's Coffee Call
1816 N. Clark St. - Old Town
Attached to Hotel Lincoln, Elaine’s Coffee Call has some tasty coffee and a pretty legit selection of coffee cakes, muffins and scones. Plus, the vintage vibes of this shop make it the perfect nook to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Image via Facebook / Sawada Coffee
112 N. Green St. - West Loop
What makes Sawada Coffee so special? Not only is everything on the menu delicious, it’s actually the first U.S.-based shop of world-renowned latte artist and barista Hiroshi Sawada.
Image via Facebook / Bridgeport Coffee
3101 S. Morgan St. - Bridgeport
Bridgeport Coffee Co. has a homey feel, even though it uses roasts from around the world. This corner shop is a South Side must for coffee lovers.
4703 N. Lincoln Ave. - Lincoln Square
Pair a delicious cup of coffee at Oromo Cafe with one of its many mouth-watering food options. The hip atmosphere is productive yet chill, so you can get work done or catch up with friends. The Hazelnut Horchata Latte steals the show for sure. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried it, trust us.
2059 W. 47th St. - Back of the Yards
Back of the Yards Coffeehouse & Roastery may be a new spot, but it’s quickly making a name for itself with all the delicious coffee options it has to offer. You can’t stop by without trying the Xocolatte or Horchata Cold Brew.
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2140 W. Division St. - Wicker Park
A coffee shop with a record store in the back. Need we say more?
1439 W. 18th St. - Pilsen
Cafe Jumping Bean is another Pilsen classic. A staple of the neighborhood for the last 21 years, the shop is always jumping with a ton of coffee enthusiasts. Known for their delicious focaccia pizzas and soups, the cafe also has a variety of hot and cold coffee options—like their iconic White Satin Mocha.
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3039 W. Fullerton Ave. - Logan Square
Coffee with a cause. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Sip of Hope Coffee Bar go to support suicide prevention and mental health education. We can definitely sip to that.
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Fairgrounds Coffee And Tea
1620 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Bucktown
1330 W. Fulton Market St. - Fulton Market
12 S. Michigan Ave. - The Loop
702 Lake St. - Oak Park
Fairgrounds has found the perfect intersection of quality coffee fans and busy urbanites by expanding its menu to teas and quick cafe-style food and an all-day breakfast menu. Combine this with locations in high foot-traffic areas like Michigan Avenue and Bucktown and you've got a recipe for success. It's a good thing too because Chicago's breakfast taco game needs all the help it can get!
Photo via Facebook/C.C. Ferns
2806 W. Augusta Blvd. - Humbolt Park
Unlike any other coffee shop on this list, C.C. Ferns is your one-stop destination for your morning caffeine fix as well as your afternoon cigar. In addition to coffee, pastries and tea, this off-the-beaten-path lounge has an impressive cigar menu and humidor.
1039 W. Granville Ave. - Edgewater
This father and son team's coffee has grown to be one of the most popular with locals. Find their brews carried by restaurants and bars around town but visit the café in Edgewater to see where it all started.
Photo via Facebook/South Shore Brew
7101 S. Yates Blvd. - South Shore
South Shore Brew is a bright and modern spot to grab a cup of coffee or a sandwich. With plenty of seating it’s a great place to spend some time with a friend or a good book.
1850 S. State St. - South Side
Akhirah’s Praline Candy & Coffee House is bringing a taste of New Orleans to the Windy City. This is the perfect place to get your caffeine fix with their fresh roasted coffee and a little sugar high on the side with their sweet praline candies.