Top 5 Favorite Coffee Shops in Chicago

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One of my favorite things to do is scope out new coffee shops in my beautiful city. Chicago is SO much more than the typical mag mile and giant silver bean (insert eye roll). Its a city filled with culture, beautiful architecture and so many beautiful people making beautiful coffee.

Since I have the pleasure of working from home, I love to try and find new and adorable coffee shops to spend my workdays in. I love the atmosphere, the smells, the city sounds, the people watching. The art of slowing down and sipping a latte from a real mug has been lost and I, for one, intend to bring it back!

In case you're visiting Chicago, or have lived in it all your life and just haven't really experienced it, I thought I would round up my top 5 favorite little spots so far!

In no particular order...

1. Gaslight Coffee Roasters {Logan Square}

This coffee shop is one of my favorites. Not only do they do coffee right, which is key, the atmosphere is brimming with activity. People are in and out all day. Ive read a lot of reviews saying this is a 'hipster only" joint (which, Id be fine with, lets be real), but its really not. This is a really diverse space and area. They have great wifi, very strong espresso, and almost always fresh flowers on the tables. Its lovely.

Another honorable mention is that their coffee beans are house roasted. On one of my visits, I saw a delivery guy dragging the burlap bags of beans through the door, and fell instantly in love with the place!

*wifi code is on the tip jar (smarties).
*Mornings are the best time to get a table. Ive always had trouble between noon and 3pm.
*Their chai latte is a surprisingly delightful drink if coffee is not your thing (there are those people, right?) 
2385 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

2. Asado Coffee {River North}

Asado coffee is a delightful little shop that you'd miss if you weren't looking for it. Its very small with very little seating, but because its so secluded Ive not had trouble getting a seat here. I like to sit at the window and work.

Their coffee is strong, but not bitter. They make a lovely latte but this is my favorite place for iced coffee. Iced coffee with a splash of almond milk! YES. Just yes.


*There is only couch seating or bar style seating at the window. There are outlets along the bar, so it lends itself nicely to getting some work done.

*The wifi code was literally on a tiny sticky note at the bar. Im sure they will tell you it though if you ask.
363 W Erie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Ive also been to this adorable Asado Coffee location on Pickwick Lane. This is not a place to sit and work as there is no seating inside. But seriously, its ambiance is top, and worth it for some to-go coffee while perusing the city! This location is on Jackson street...make sure you look down all the alleyways or you'll miss it!

3. Intelligentsia Coffee {Randolph}

Intelligentsia was my first experience having real coffee. I know....I know I sound like a snob when I say that. But truth be told, theres "factory coffee" and then theres REAL coffee. When I first sipped intelligentsia I was all whaaaaaaa?! I could taste every note in the coffee and even though I was having a latte, the coffee wasn't masked by the milk or the sweetener. In fact the milk is so creamy there...its one of my favorite things about their latte.

There are several locations around the city, but the Randolph on is a go-to when in the Loop. If you're visiting and intend to hit the fountain, bean, art institute, etc....stop in here first for the best pick-me-up! You'll thank me later.

Tip: this place is ALWAYS packed. Like, Ive rarely gotten a seat here. But being right along mag mile, this is a place I prefer to stop in to get coffee to go and explore.
53 E Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

4. Magnolia Bakery {The Loop}

This delightful shop is the epitome of whimsy! It has so much charm and is just beautiful to relax in. The decor includes varying shades of tiffany blue, marble-top tables, vintage chairs and other such delights. Its so appeasing to the eye I said to my husband, "this is what my dream home looks like". He was not feeling it. This particular trip was at christmas time and just look at how quaint! It was dreamy.

They make a strong cup of coffee and although Ive only had their drip coffee, I don't doubt their lattes are delightful as well.

And you can NOT go in here without trying out their bakery. It is some of the best of the best. On this particular trip I had their red velvet cake and it was heavenly.
108 N State St., Chicago, IL 

5. Dollop Coffee Co. {Near North Side}

I love this place. It is a STRONG if thats your jam, this is for you. The staff is very friendly and warm and the ambiance is SO sweet. Just look at it. If I were living on my own Id mimic my home in this style. Love the wallpaper and the pink couch? Yes, girl.

Ive had both the drip coffee and the latte and they're both delightful. I didn't photograph it, but behind this couch is a bar to sit at facing the window. Im more productive when seated at a table, so I sit there for work. But have brought out of town friends here and we lounged in these cozy chairs/ couch and it was delightful! This particular location is just blocks from Water Tower Place so is perfect when doing some sightseeing.
860 N Dewitt Pl, Chicago, IL
I hope you enjoyed this little coffee tour! Please let me know in the comments if you try them out, and also if you have favorites to share! xo
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