Filter Cafe

Restaurants, Coffee shops Wicker Park
4 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Martha Williams Filter

Sorry, Filter: Even though you got new digs and a new menu, you’ll always be a place that people don’t so much go to for your enormous, messy omelets and breakfast hashes as to camp out at for extended periods of time with coffee. And your space will never feel “designed” so much as “aggressively littered” with couches and tables that are, again, not so much vintage as very old. But neighborhood stalwarts are neighborhood stalwarts, which is how we suppose every seat on your dozens of faded couches is always taken. We just have one question: You’ve managed to pull an eclectic cross-section of Wicker Park out of the woodwork again—but where had they been without you?


Venue name: Filter Cafe
Address: 1373 N Milwaukee Ave
Cross street: between Division St and Beach Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–11pm; Sat 7:30am–11pm; Sun 8am–10pm
Transport: El stop: Blue to Division or Damen. Bus: 9, 56, 70.
Price: Average cup of coffee: $2
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Filter is a fun, laid-back coffee shop in Wicker Park. You'll find tons of comfortable seating with lots of mismatched couches, tables and chairs. It's fun to look around at the art and even all of the lamps—kind of like sitting in an antique store. The drinks are fantastic, too. 

Filter is probably one of the Chicago's best big coffee houses. It has just the right amount of chill and can get crowded without seeming cramped. And the coffee's good to boot. There's also food, but that's not the main draw. Mostly people are here working quietly, chatting amongst themselves about what happened in their French Film Studies class, you know, general coffee shop stuff. The best part is that it doesn't get excessively loud. You can really focus if necessary.