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Overflow Coffee Bar

Restaurants, Coffee shops Near South Side
5 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
Overflow Coffee Bar

Time Out says

Some creative capitalism is percolating in the South Loop: a coffee shop with a social conscience. Overflow takes advantage of a relatively new business model in Illinois that allows it to function as a "low-profit" company: Once the shop starts making a profit, 97 percent of that money will be invested back into the community. The couple (and only employees) behind the sparse but pleasant shop are going to need to sell a lot of Nutella mochas and avocado-hummus wraps to get to that point, so skip a Starbucks and chip in to the little guys instead.



Address: 1550 S State St
Cross street: between 15th and 16th Sts
Transport: El stop: Green, Orange, Red to Roosevelt. Bus: 1, 3, 4, 12, 24.
Price: Average main course: $7
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 7am–8pm; Sat 8am–5pm; Sun 10am–6pm
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.8 / 5

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The South Loop has more pizza places than it knows what to do with. Unfortunately, the one thing its really lacking in is coffee shops. Luckily Overflow is here and is one of the best in the cities! I love grabbing a cortado in the morning and just a large cup of coffee on the weekends. The only thing I wish was that they have longer hours!

Nutella Mocha need I say more!!! Their espresso & cappuccinos are so incredible, they do not even need the doctoring, but saying no to chocolate or Nutella is hard to do...They're very nice people & go above and beyond to not only use the highest quality, but aim to please/cater to your every whim & they use their profits to give back to the needy. So you can feel good about spending your money to this kindly local establishment that is a rare gem & gives back! Their baked goods are exceptional & they use high quality bakeries including my favorite scone from a cafe! Great crave worthy quiche & healthy, even vegetarian options for a fast quick lunch on the go! A wonderful establishment with lofty ceilings & big windows to while away the day while partaking of some fabulous coffee concoction & either a naughty, or healthy nosh!!! Did I mention they're incredibly reasonable, sometimes I pay & think they've forgotten to add something, it's that cheap!!! (Make's Starbucks look like highway robbery, with better coffee to boot!)

Great coffee supporting a great mission. Seriously, what more could you ask for?


The Overflow Speziato is a drink you will find no where else. It's rich and spicy with coconut milk, hazelnut and cayenne. Get it iced for a energy pick me up after a long lake shore run. The atmosphere is great for those in need of a coworking or study space. It's never too packed, quiet and features some cozy couches and chairs.

Overflow has great cortados, cappuccinos and quiche! Families, kids, students, professionals are all welcome here and the staff is friendly and laid back! I have been coming here for years and the owners are invested in the community and know their customers!