Top 10 Chicago Coffee Shops – Caffeinate Your Life

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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
(773) 392-1300

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)

Powdered sugar Beavers Donuts

Avi Schwab

Big Shoulders

1105 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 888-3042

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

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Joselito Tagarao

Buzz: Killer Espresso

1644 North Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 366-8377

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.


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Joselito Tagarao

Gold Coast Starbucks

1003 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 951-5436

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

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David Wright


345 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 929-4007

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.

*Cinnamon-Honey Latté

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Bow Truss Coffee Roasters

406 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 222-1306

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

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Edsel Little / N Broadway St location.

Coffee Alley

1152 West Taylor Street, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 526-3873

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

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La Colombe

955 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-0707

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

La Columbe espresso in Chicago

Boris Ott

Jupiter Outpost

1139 West Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-5768

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

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Vero Coffee & Gelato: Mariano’s

40 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 243-7657

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

Vero Coffee in Mariano's

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More chicago coffee shopsI 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).


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Maggy Boyd , a.k.a NutritiousFoodie, is a nutrition and foodie enthusiast and currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois, Chicago, studying to become a Registered Dietitian. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of California- Los Angeles and performed as a NCAA student-athlete on the Women’s Diving Team. Currently, Maggy is a full-time graduate student living in the Chicagoland area and passionately contributes her nutrition knowledge on her website. In her free time, she is always exploring Chicago- from finding the hippest coffee shop to the best Old Fashion in town.

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