10 spots to drink coffee in Chicago

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Ch'ava

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The young owners of Ch’ava have taken an awkwardly shaped, whitewashed space and turned it into a coffee shop of serious distinction. It begins with the service, which is friendly and usually

  1. 4656 N Clark St, (at Leland Ave)
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de.li.cious café

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It’s a coffee shop with vegan tendencies, but de.li.cious doesn’t have that kumbaya vibe of spots such as Heartland Café. Instead, it appears to be just another coffee shop. The vegan breakfast

  1. 3827 N Lincoln Ave, (at Berenice Ave)
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The Coffee Studio

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Andersonville is nuts about this coffee shop, which offers a colorful variety of organic, sustainable menu items. The quiche selection, featuring a hearty wild mushroom pie, is definitely a draw, as

  1. 5628 N Clark St, (at Olive Ave)
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Beverly Bakery & Cafe

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You know you’re in a neighborhood favorite when a cop stopping in for his “usual” knows the name of the stroller-pushing mom who’s come to pick up her sister’s birthday cake. The couple

  1. 10528 S Western Ave, (between 105th and 106th Sts)
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Julius Meinl Café

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A café as lovely and sunny as this inspires lingering. But lingering requires cup upon cup of caffeine, and that could become hazardous. This European export has a solution for that, though: a full

  1. 4363 N Lincoln Ave, (at Montrose Ave)
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Istria Café

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The guys behind Hyde Park’s Istria are all about keeping things small-scale and local. But that may be hard for them to continue, as people are bound to respond to roasted-to-order coffee, fresh

  1. 1520 E 57th St, (at Lake Park Ave)
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The Wormhole

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To get Wicker Park excited about another coffee shop, you’d have to do something pretty crazy. Like, say, install a DeLorean in the front of the store. Okay, Wormhole, you win. So now that this

  1. 1462 N Milwaukee Ave, (between Evergreen Ave and Honore St)
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New Wave Coffee

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Commuters heading for the Logan Square El station make a beeline for the Metropolis coffee drinks at this spacious café. Those not tied down by the nine-to-five prefer to roll in just before noon

  1. 2557 N Milwaukee Ave, (at Kedzie Blvd)
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Kristoffer's Cafe & Bakery

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There’s plenty to nosh on at this Pilsen bakery: breakfast burritos, sandwiches and fair-trade coffee. But it’s outstanding tres leches that, um, takes the cake. Rick Bayless himself anointed the

  1. 1733 S Halsted St, (between 17th Pl and 18th St)
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