coffee to go or want to work a bit? these are the best coffee bars in chicago
How do you take your coffee? If I go to a coffee bar it doesn’t matter whether its summer or winter, I’ll always love a good iced latte. In Chicago I went to some really nice coffee spots that I’ll share with you in this blog. From coffee bars that are so small and cute that you’ll quickly drink your coffee by the window, to coffee bars where you can take out your laptop to work a bit. In the winter it can get really cold in Chicago and in the summer it can get quite hot. And most of the coffee bars use this to their advantage and make iced coffee varieties or just winter blends. Most of the coffee bars in Chicago are pretty hipster so make sure to order an artisanal donut with your coffee. YUM!
5 X BEST COFFEE BARS IN CHICAGO FOR A GOOD START of THE DAY
Metric Coffee: in the hip neighbourhood Fulton Market you can get the best coffee at Metric Coffee Chicago on Fulton Street. A bit of a rough neighbourhood that reminded me of the meatpacking district in New York from years ago. Now there’s lots of hip restaurants and coffee bars. This one is more of a hole-in-the-wall coffee hotspot, and the coffee from Metric Coffee mainly comes from Africa (at least when I was there), and for the real coffee lovers they organise workshops where you can learn how to make good coffee at home. Nice!
2021 West Fulton Street, Chicago // metriccoffee.com
Dollop Bake Shop: In the Ukrainian Village in Chicago you’ll find this nice coffee hotspot where you can also get delicious cakes and other treats. This neighbourhood is located between West Town and Wicker Park, and according to local Chefs it’s a real upcoming area. Dollop also has more locations in Chicago so make sure to check out the website.
1000 North Damen Ave, Chicago // dollopcoffee.com
Caffe Streets: also located in the Ukrainian Village, is Caffe Streets. Here you can get good coffee, but also delicious muffins, sandwiches, and fresh juices. A real hipster hotspot where you can take your laptop and work, just like all of the other students and freelancers there.
1750 West Division Street, Chicago // caffestreets.com
The Wormhole: In the trendy neighbourhood Wicker Park you’ll find The Wormhole; a coffee spot where you can spend all day just looking around. A cool mix of stuff and very good coffee. That’s all there really is to know!
1462 North Milwaukee Ave, Chicago // thewormhole.us
Gaslight Coffee Roasters: On the corner on the popular Logan Square in Wicker Park you’ll find probably the best coffee bar in Chicago. You can go to Gaslight Coffee Roasters early every day of the week for a perfect cup of joe. Expect lots of hipster and local families from the area, they’re there for one thing… The good coffee!
2385 North Milwaukee Ave, Chicago // gaslightcoffeeroasters.com
Chicago Travel Tips
- How to get there: Icelandair daily flies to Chicago from Amsterdam with one layover. Did you know that it’s free to do a layover in Reykjavik and Iceland to up to seven days? Two places to tick off the foodie bucketlist!
- These are YOURLBB’S favourite hotels in Chicago: Do you prefer to stay at a boutique hotel or a lifestyle hotel where you can completely relax in your room after a busy day in the city, or still have a drink at the hotelbar?
>> The Lincoln: hip and vintage interior (Old Town)
>> Longman & Eagle: 6 room above a Michelin star restaurant (Logan Square)
>> The Drake: so typically American that it’s charming (North Side)
>> Acme Hotel: modern lifestyle hotel with art (River North)
>> The James: nice lifestyle with light rooms (River North)
>> The Langham: luxurious hotel in building designed by Mies van der Rohe (River North)
>> Millenium Knickerbocker: classic hotel in the center (North Side)
>> Holiday Jones: officially a hostel, but with really cool vibes! (Wicker Park)
>> Cambria: trendy hotel with a really cool rooftop (North Side)