From the hustle and bustle in the city of Chicago, we all need a little caffeine to keep us going. From an extra perk to get us through the day, to a latte to warm us up, to using a coffee shop as a get-a-way from our normal routine. These are the top Chicago coffee shops that are special to the city; where each one of these 10 coffee shops earned their name on this list due to their unique coffee flavors and noteworthy atmospheres.
Beaver’s Coffee + Doughnuts: Chicago French Market
131 North Clinton Street, Chicago, IL 60661
This coffee shop is conveniently located inside of the Oglive Transportation center’s Chicago French Market. Take a stroll around this cute indoor market, and then grab a delicious combo of coffee and doughnuts.
*Cuban Blend Iced Coffee + Good Morning Doughnut (Honey, Peanut Butter & Banana Slices)
1105 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
This quaint River West Coffee Shop is a perfect place to camp out for hours. Big Shoulders has fresh nutty coffee brewing, an interactive bar where you can chat with their friendly staff, a large studying table, and bars lined against the window. Their unlimited coffee refills for $2 will keep you caffeinated for hours.
*Unlimited refill house coffee
Buzz: Killer Espresso
1644 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
This hipster coffee bar serves up strong coffee in the heart of Wicker Park. Buzz allows you to escape into a space to focus, yet allow you to feel surrounded and connected to the people around you. Come here in the summer and enjoy a cup of coffee on their open window bar ledge.
Gold Coast Starbucks
1003 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611
This flagship Starbucks is located in the heart of Gold Coast. The Gold Coast Starbucks is a two-story, hip, and spacious venue. The “craft” coffee vibe is eloquently brought into this store through the brick-wall graffiti, complementary coffee and chocolate tastings, and ability to purchase wine and beer here. This trendy Starbucks brings you a new kind of “buzz.”
*Clover Press Blonde Roast
345 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
This Streeterville coffee shop is tucked in off a side street of Michigan Avenue. Dollop is a spacious, beautiful coffee shop with wonderful, sophisticated lattes. From Cinnamon-Honey to White-Chocolate Lavender, all of your latte dreams come true here.
Bow Truss Coffee Roasters
406 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654
This River North coffee shack is centrally located next to all of the Merchandise Mart transit stops. Bow Truss has intelligent baristas and elegant coffee beans. Come here to be a coffee snob and grab a quick cup of coffee, then leave. Yes, leave. No wifi and loud rumbling trains. Use this coffee shop when you are downtown and you want a high-quality cup of coffee on your way to work or when you are running around.
*Dark Roast Coffee
1152 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607
This Little Italy coffee house is tucked away on Taylor Street. Coffee Alley provides a perfect study outlet for UIC Students, Medical District students or anyone walking down this adorable neighborhood. Feel free to grab a coffee, sit on the ledge, and people-watch down Taylor Street, or gather a study group together to sit at the big, excluded table in the back. However, beware… if you try the White Chocolate Cookie Dough Latte, you will be back again and again.
*White Chocolate Cookie Dough Latte
955 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607
This West Loop coffee shop is the perfect combination of upscale, trendy, and authentic. La Colombe is a warming combination of quiet and crowded, along with a friendly and hipster vibe. However, there is no wifi- so come here to get work done without it.
*Baristas house pick coffee served breve
1139 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
This lofty, quiet coffee shop located in the meat-packing district is a great place to focus while listening to eclectic music. Their light roast coffee has a smooth, sweet, and nutty taste. This is a great coffee shop to come hungry and a quiet place to study without distractions.
*Check in to receive a free coffee
Vero Coffee & Gelato: Mariano’s
40 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661
This is a great undercover coffee lounge located in the downstairs of the West Loop Mariano’s grocery store. You can find incredible gelato, coffee, and free wifi, where you can relax at the high top bar, table or couches. This is a great place to multitask, incase you get hungry or need to do some grocery shopping!
*Espresso served over a scoop of gelato
I hope you enjoyed reading the Top 10 Chicago Coffee Shops and suggestions. Now, share this article and go experience a cup of joe from one of these noteworthy neighborhood coffee places.
Other places on my Coffee Bucket List: Elaine’s Coffee Call (Lincoln Park), The Wormhole Coffee (Wicker Park), HERO Coffee Bar (The Loop), and Star Lounge Coffee Bar (Humboldt Park).