The 2017 season of coffee house exploration is underway, which means I take my writing group all over Chicago looking for new independent cafes to discover quirky specialty beverages and featured roasts while we also attempt to do some writing. Continue reading
I scheduled my writer’s meetup at this café, sight unseen, for the single reason that they had gluten-free goodies and vegan options for some of my regulars. None of us had ever set foot here, but as we filed out the door three hours later we agreed we all loved it.
I cannot claim I discovered this adorable little cafe. One of my friends suggested it because it had the enviable advantage of being located smack between the red and the brown lines and I loved it at first sight.
If you saw a piano, a fireplace, couches, some books, tables with reading lamps, and maybe a few board games, you might be in someone’s living room. But if that living room had black walls, local art, a skull, and amazing coffee beverages that rumble across your table every time the red line train passes by, you’d be at Emerald City Coffee House.
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.
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.