Cafe Integral

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Cafe Integral
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Freehand Chicago

The coffee shop in the cool new Freehand Hotel is the second outpost of Cafe Integral. The first is in New York, and like the original, the Chicago spot specializes in Nicaraguan beans. The coffee menu is pretty simple, with drip, pour-over and espresso drinks, like an excellent latte. There's a tiny bar with uncomfortable stools, or a large table to spread out at, though your other option is to meander into the larger lobby and relax on the couches there. It's dark, but a more comfortable spot if you're eating quickly, and you should—there's a small but thoughtful food menu, with mostly breakfast items, salads and toast, including an avocado smash, toast piled with shaved radishes, sprouts and pickled shallots.

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Venue name: Cafe Integral
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Address: 19 E Ohio St
Chicago
60611
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6am-6pm, Sat–Sun 7am-6pm
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 29, 65, 125.
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I work in River North so going out for lunch can sometimes be really tricky trying to get in and out not to mention your freak feels like a break rather than an anxiety attack over lines, pushy people, and don't let me forget healthy options.  I really like going inside the Freehand because you walk in and immediately feel at ease.  Then you look to your left and there are the most beautiful people steaming milk for lattes or smiling at you waiting for you to come on over.  Their grain bowl is my favorite because it has a colorful array of pickled, sauteed, and raw veggies with protein packed quinoa to satisfy your hunger, and allow you to leave feeling good about your decision.  It's also a nice place to get some work done and people watch.  Highly recommend for anyone needing a little me time.