Groundswell is a great find in Ravenswood. A former Starbucks manager decided to open a micro-roaster of beans from around the world and we are very grateful for this.
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Buzz Killer Espresso
I’m delighted with my recent discovery of Buzz Killer Espresso. I have a really hard time hosting a writing group in Wicker Park because their good coffee shops are all overcrowded and their livingroomy settings make it cozy for a chat but a nightmare to type on a laptop for hours in comfort.
La Colombe believes that America Deserves Better Coffee, and so they’ve vowed to bring us quality stuff.
La Farine Bakery & Café
If you find yourself north of Logan Square you’ll notice Polish and Mexican influences vying for your attention while a discreet storefront practically goes unnoticed.
The Doughnut Vault
This might not qualify as a third place but Metropolis is one of my favorite coffees and that’s the $1 dollar cup of coffee they offer at the Doughnut Vault to accompany their generously-sized and delicious doughnuts.
Winter Garden at the Harold Washington Library
Since this is a blog about third places, it’s only fair we sometimes talk about libraries, bookstores, bars, and other hangouts that aren’t necessarily coffee houses, despite the blog’s name. Continue reading
Hero Coffee Bar
On my way to Printer’s Row LitFest I stopped at Hero because I’ve been meaning to pay them a visit. I had heard amazing things about their Lavender Latte, but, unfortunately, they had just ran out of their lavender syrup and were getting ready to make more. You see, they boil their Lavender to extract its essence in-house. Continue reading
Asado Coffee Roasters
I’m consistently looking for the perfect cup of coffee and Asado never fails to show up in the Best Coffee lists for Chicago, from Zagat to Thrillist to Eater and anyone else who writes these things up. Continue reading
Osmium Coffee Bar
Dark Matter coffee is served at Osmium in Lakeview, and if you haven’t tried it, you really must. Continue reading
Dollop – Loop location
Dollop is a bit of an institution in Chicago, if independent coffee shops can be institutions. It’s 11 years old and it has eight shops all over town, but my writing group has a special relationship with it because the first meetups used to be held at Dollop Buena Park some years ago. Continue reading
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