Where to have coffee in Chicago?
As some of you might know, I’m a huge coffee lover. In each city I visit, like Chicago for example, I make it a duty to discover new coffee shops. For me, going to a coffee shop is also a synonym for discovering a new area or neighbourhood.
The coffee culture in Chicago is pretty well developed. Just think about Intelligentsia Coffee which was created here, in the Windy City.
These recommendations are part of my Ultimate Chicago Travel Guide, If you need recommendations please head over to my other Chicago articles about what to do, what to eat, where to stay and where to shop.
Before coming to Chicago, I already knew I had to go to one of their locations, as it is one of my favourite roasters out there. Intelligentsia Coffee has been one of the pioneers of third wave coffee in North America, back when they started 22 years ago. If you’re an espresso lover, you’ll fall in love with their Black Cat Classic Espresso which has fruit and dark chocolate notes. Their pour over are also very good — I usually get one espresso and one pour over because I can’t decide.
La Colombe Coffee Roasters
La Colombe Coffee Roasters is a US coffee roaster that started in Philadelphia and now has locations in the largest cities of the states. They offer a wide range of products and they also carry their own line of canned coffees including the now famous Draft Latte. They have a total of 5 locations in Chicago in different neighbourhoods.
Fairgrounds Craft Coffee And Tea
Fairgrounds is a coffee shop that is currently only available in Chicago. They have two locations which are both very popular. They carry coffee on tap from different American roasters.
C.C. Ferns is a very cozy neighbourhood spot located near Wicker Park. They have a great selection of coffee beverages, spirits and cigars.
Café Integral is a NYC-based roaster that has a location inside Freehand Chicago. They have amazing coffee and a fairly large breakfast selection too.
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