9 Chicago Coffee Shops Creating A Buzz

Here's where to get your caffeine fix, in nearly every Chicago neighborhood

For a city constantly buzzing with energy, there’s no shortage of liquid pick-me-ups in every neighborhood to get you through the day. Here are our favorite Chicago coffee houses to grab your next caffeine fix.

 

WEST LOOP: Sawada Coffee

 

 

Dripping with indie cool and curated by the award-winning Japanese barista, Hiroshi Sawada, this highly Instagrammable West Loop coffee house is filled with street art, string lights, skateboard decks and vintage pinball machines. The coffee is just as impressive with the usual collection of cortados and cold brews. Sawada’s signature drink, the Military Latte, is what shines with an artisanal blend of matcha tea, vanilla, cocoa and espresso. 112 N. Green St, 312.754.0431

 

 

LOGAN SQUARE: Caffé Umbria

 

 

The Logan Square location of the Seattle-based company includes a coffee training lab, roastery and café tucked inside an airy space that utilizes shipping containers in an industrial design. Modern in style, Caffé Umbria keeps it traditional with Italian-style coffee, including smooth espresso served with a square of chocolate to give you a sweet buzz. 2545 W. Armitage Ave., 773.360.8643

 

 

BRIDGEPORT: Jackalope Coffee & Tea House

 

 

Elevate your next cup of coffee with a touch of funky soul! Bridgeport’s Jackalope is infamous throughout the city not only for their coffee, but also an impressive assortment of herbal teas and panini-style sandwiches that all have been named after unicorns and other mythical creatures. Lose yourself in colorful punk-inspired decor, quench your thirst with a excellent macchiato and tame your hunger with a massive turkey sandwich, lovingly referred to as “The Centaur.” 755 W. 32nd St, 312.888.3468

 

 

ALBANY PARK: Nighthawk Coffee Bar & Tavern

 

 

Located in the northwest part of Chicago in the picturesque neighborhood of Albany Park (near the Kimball Brown Line station), the best way to describe Nighthawk is that it’s a mild-mannered coffee shop by day and a debonair cocktail bar by night. Stop by for the decadently black cold brew of La Colombe, which they have on tap, and stick around for some of the best mezcal drinks the city has to offer. 4744 N. Kimball Ave, 872.888.8361

 

 

HYDE PARK: Plein Air Cafe

 

 

After spending the day exploring the Museum of Science and Industry and Frank Lloyd Wright's famed Robie House, stop by this chic southside coffeehouse located in the center of the University of Chicago’s campus. Heavily inspired by French minimalist concepts of embracing “the open air,” Plein Air Café is a stylish and serene place to savor a freshly brewed artisanal cup of espresso while you enjoy a good book. If you get hungry, the kitchen has a collection of simple yet satisfying hauté cuisine dishes such as a breathtaking mushroom & kale pie. 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave, 773.966.7531

 

 

ANDERSONVILLE: Colectivo Coffee

 

 

Milwaukee’s award-winning king of indie coffee recently expanded to Chicago with cafés throughout the city, but it’s the location in Andersonville that really wows us. Housed in a renovated building on Clark Street in one of the city’s most diverse and LGBTQ+-friendly neighborhoods, Colectivo is full of natural light, chic reclaimed furniture and gothic gargoyles. The coffee itself is just as impressive and has been hand-roasted in Milwaukee’s trendy Riverwalk district and then delivered fresh so that your macchiato shines. 5425 N. Clark St, 312.579.0233

 

 

WICKER PARK: The Wormhole Coffee

 

 

No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you—that is a DeLorean hanging out in the back of this retro-themed coffee shop in Wicker Park. Kitsch meets coffee artistry at The Wormhole, where you can find a rotating program offering different beans from around the world alongside a locally-produced house brand, Halfwit Coffee. Signature drinks are delicious too, including fan favorite Koopa-Troopa, a peanut butter mousse and dark chocolate latte. 1462 N. Milwaukee Ave, 773.661.2468

 

 

EDGEWATER: Metropolis

 

 

If you’ve enjoyed a smooth, strong cup of coffee in Chicago, chances are you’ve already tried Metropolis. The local company supplies beans to a variety of restaurants in the city and can be spotted on shelves at most markets. They keep it local at their flagship café in Edgewater, offering treats from Hoosier Mama Pie Company and Do-Rite Donuts, too. 1039 W. Granville Ave, 773.764.0400

 

 

LOGAN SQUARE: Sip of Hope

 

 

Give back with your cup of joe at Sip of Hope, a collaborative coffee shop in Logan Square that has a great message. Working with Chicago’s own Dark Matter Coffee, this café is an extension of a nonprofit called Hope For The Day. It’s the world’s first coffee shop that gives 100 percent of its proceeds to supporting proactive suicide prevention and mental health education. Standouts include Chocolate City, Dark Matter’s signature draft iced blend. 3039 W. Fullerton Ave, 773.661.6986

 

Selena Fragassi
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