The Best Coffee Shops In Chicago

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.

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Intelligentsia Coffee

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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The Wormhole

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.

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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.

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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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Damn Fine Coffee Bar

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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Bourgeois Pig

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.

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Dropshot Coffee & Snack Bar

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!

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Metric Coffee

2021 W. Fulton St - Fulton Market

Metric Coffee’s patio makes it must stop for caffeine lovers in Chicago.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Bridgeport Coffee Co.

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.

Oromo Cafe

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.

Back of the Yards Coffeehouse & Roastery

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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Purple Llama

2140 W. Division St. - Wicker Park

A coffee shop with a record store in the back. Need we say more?

Cafe Jumping Bean

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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Sip of Hope Coffee Bar

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!

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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. 

Metropolis Coffee Company 

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. 

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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.

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Akhirah Praline Candy & Coffee House

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.