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.
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 Atrium Café is located within the Little Traveler in the peaceful setting of an indoor atrium. Though, next necessarily a 3rd place due to its limited hours, it is a neat place to visit with a friend or a group during a visit to historic Geneva.