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Best cafes in Chicago

Café
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“Farm-to-table fixture with seasonally-changing menu. Has been one of my favorites since I moved to Chicago 12 years ago.”
253 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee, tea, muffins and cakes. A very cool spot for a quick bite, friends gathering on their backyard area or to work on your computer on their second floor.”
80 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Looking for a caffeine fix? This is your place! Lattes, Pastries, Sandwiches and some of the best cold brew in town! ”
60 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“Mario Batali's Italian specialty store and food hall. The cannoli are worth the trip alone. You can get tons of gifts and rare wines and delicious food. A bit touristy for sure, but stands up to the hype. ”
78 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Come here for coffee. Sit back and work with other hipsters while watching the world go by.”
81 locals recommend
Diner
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“Girl & the goat's more casual little sister restaurant. Diner-inspired, but with Really high-quality food. I might even like it better than Girl and Goat. And, it is much easier to get into.”
63 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Besides the regular menu, they have a variety of very delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes. This place keeps a good memory for me as a few years ago my boyfriend and I had our first breakfast date there. Just recently we also had a nice dinner at Bite Cafe. Check it out. It's a cool place. ”
93 locals recommend
Donut Shop
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“There’s nothing regular about these donuts. They really added a delicious wow factor here and I highly recommend making this stop. ”
85 locals recommend
Bar
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“Map-lined watering hole touting more than 200 global beers, plus travel books for browsing.”
84 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Intelligentsia is a home-grown chain that is cropping up all over the country. Each franchise is as unique as its location; i.e., no corporate cookie-cutter. Our little Intelligentsia has a northern Italian moderno vibe -- so be prepared for hard, tiny chairs. 6:30am-8pm / Monday-Friday 7am-8pm / Saturday-Sunday”
74 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Hip counter-serve cafe with funky furnishings & a menu of sandwiches, pastries & light bites.”
71 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“The Museum Campus was created to transform the vicinity of three of the city's most notable museums – the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History – along with Soldier Field stadium, into a scenic pedestrian-friendly area. The area is landscaped with greenery and flora as well as jogging paths and walkways. A picturesque promenade along Solidarity Drive, an isthmus, links Northerly Island to the mainland. 60 min public transit, 32 min drive from our home. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/grant-park/”
44 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Delicious brunch and lunch restaurant in Andersonville. I still dream about their vegetarian dagwood sandwich.”
57 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Pancakes & other big portions of American eats draw hungry folks to this breakfast-lunch cafe.”
35 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“This chill coffeehouse with java & sandwiches has colorful floors, exposed-brick walls & artwork.”
60 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Cool, rustic-hipster aesthetic - reclaimed wood, vintage lanterns, taxidermy. The space is quite, a nice spot for sipping a great cup of coffee.”
57 locals recommend