The Best Coffee in Chicago

Chicago Coffee

Wondering who brews the top coffee in Chicago? Look no further! We compiled our list of top roasters that will give you that extra jolt of energy you are looking for to start your day!

Gaslight Coffee Roasters

Located at 2385 N Milwaukee Ave, Gaslight Coffee is a hip-shabby chic place that welcomes everyone. Most regulars sip espresso shots, snack on fresh pastries, and watch the hustle and bustle of Milwaukee Ave.  

Caffé Umbria

Try authentic Italian espresso that relies on a crafted blending of the finest Arabica coffee. Caffe Umbria, a Seattle import, is an escape from the usual coffee taste. Not only is the hot chocolate stellar, but that dazzling selection of coffee beverages has something for everyone. Located at 346 N Clark St in the River North neighborhood, its easy to stop in for a quick coffee, or settle in for the day. 

Osmium Coffee Bar

Osmium Coffee Bar is a quicky industrial space in Lakeview that quickly rose to the top of our list. Located at 1117 W Belmont, the menu and atmosphere will surprise you. The spicy Mayan mocha is a flavorful must-try item. Step through to the back patio and enjoy your java outdoors. On the weekends, DJs fill the space with music in the funky art filled indoor space. Stop in on the way to work, or enjoy your Friday Night at this Lakeview favorite. 

Big Shoulders Coffee 

Right off the Chicago Blue Line stop, Big Shoulders roasts its beans on-site and serves some of the most unique blends. If you are able to stay longer, they also do free coffee refills and offer amazing coffees that can be brewed using technologies you are likely to never have known existed. Check out their selection of daily roasted coffees; featuring single-origin coffees from micro producers, seasonal blends, and customer favorites.

The Wormhole Coffee

Get ready to go back to the 1980s with this Wicker Park coffee shop. We bet you’ll be nostalgic with posters of Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, and Beetlejuice; board games you haven’t seen in years; and a Back to the Future-inspired car. When it comes to the coffee, the shop features a new guest roaster every month. You travel back in time as soon as you step into 1462 N Milwaukee Ave.

Best Coffee Houses to Get Work Done

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

The Pacific Northwest native, Stumptown Coffee, is located in the Ace Hotel in Fulton Market. Stumptown stands out for being known as house-roasted direct-trade coffee. They buy directly from the people who are making coffee making it a partnership instead of a transaction. The space is very functional for people looking to post up with their laptop. Most of the seating is at a narrow counter with an outlet at every chair. And if you need more surface area, there’s a large table in the center of the room. 

Limitless Coffee & Tea

Looking for the perfect place to bring your laptop and focus. Known for the cleanest caffeine, Limitless Coffee & Tea in Fulton Market serves us everything from cold brew coffee to matcha green teas. These drinks will power productivity throughout your day. They are also serving up small breakfast plates that are available all day. The toasts are made fresh from fellow Fulton Market restaurant, Publican 

Heritage Bicycles

Need a quick tune up on your bicycle and also a great latte? Heritage Bicycles in Lakeview is part coffeehouse, part bike shop. Not only does Heritage Bicycles serve excellent coffee in a sunlit space, but they’ll also fix your bicycle or custom-make you a new one. Even if you don’t need their bicycle services, you can still come here and get some work done at the large communal table in the middle of the coffee shop, or at the counter by the window.

3 Greens Market

3 Greens Market has it all! It is an excellent coffee shop with comfy couches and tables, but it also has a great salad bar, hot bar, and Small Cheval Burgers available if you get hungry. These elements make 3 Greens one of our favorite spots to get things done. It’s also a good place to not get things done, because the coffee bar also sells cocktails, and there’s a putting green, too.

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