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 or sign up for a tour, where you'll get an inside look at the Chicago-born business's fascinating operation.
Chicago doesn't get nearly enough credit for its coffee scene. The city is dotted with dedicated roasteries, quaint cafés and posh tasting bars—all of which specialize in keeping Chicagoans caffeinated. The best coffee shops in Chicago double as community spaces that bring together neighborhoods and offer some of the finest breakfast in Chicago to boot. They range from big-name roasters you'll find at the grocery store to small, family-owned operations. Whether you're craving a decked-out latte or a cup of coffee—hold the cream and the sugar—the best coffee shops in Chicago have you covered all year. Before you start looking for things to do in Chicago this weekend, fuel up at a local coffee shop first.
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