Dreamed into existence by Caffe Streets owner Darko Arandjelovic and former Intelligentsia roasting manager Xavier Alexander, Metric Coffee is undeniably cool. The modern, public-facing shop and back-room roasting facility are housed on a lesser-trafficked stretch of Fulton Street, making it the perfect destination for a lazy Saturday morning. Grab a cup and settle in with a copy of Source Code, the cafe's new-ish publication focusing on the ins-and-outs of the coffee industry—everything from sourcing to the nitty-gritty details of production.
Chicago might not garner as much attention for our coffee scene as certain cities on the West Coast, but make no mistake: You'll find few better places in the U.S. for getting your caffeine fix. From the well-loved roasts of Dark Matter Coffee to small neighborhood shops, Chicago's coffee scene runs the gamut, offering opportunities to guzzle fanciful flavored lattes, craft pour-overs, no-nonsense drip and much more. Whether you're looking for world-class roasteries, homey cafés or a community-centric spot to get to know your neighbors, you're bound to find a coffee shop perfectly tailored to your coffee preferences (and, in several cases, some of the best breakfast in Chicago served alongside your cup). Looking for things to do in Chicago this weekend? Get to know the best coffee shops in Chicago and let the sweet jolt of caffeine be your guide.
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