Chicago Café Guide - Best Cafes Near Me

Discover the vibrant coffee culture of Chicago with a curated selection of some of favourite coffee shops scattered across the city.

Elevate your caffeinated explorations with our Chicago Cafe Passport, designed to be your trusted companion on the quest for the city's best cafes. After sampling the delights of each café, take a moment to jot down your personal notes and ratings in the passport.
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A Cup of Joe

6806 W Archer Ave

A Cup of Joe is your ultimate destination, whether you're kicking off the day, taking a much-needed afternoon respite, or racing against a looming project deadline. 

Bad Owl Coffee Roasters

3315 S Morgan St

Boasting a Harry Potter-inspired but owl-focused atmosphere, this spot is truly magical! 

Big Shoulders Coffee

1105 W Chicago Ave

Their West Town location is the perfect stop before or after exploring the city, with a cozy neighborhood vibe and baristas who provide the best hospitality. 

Cafe Cremerie

615 N State St

CAFÉ CRÈMERIE, is a European-style café inspired by owner Lisa Gasparian’s European travels and love for all things food and culture. 

Cafe Press Chicago

800 S Clark St

This historically designed, micro-roasting coffeehouse and eatery incorporates the legacy of Printers Row. Indulge yourself by sipping on their custom blended locally roasted amazing coffees. 

Cafe Robey

1600 N Milwaukee Ave

Cafe Robey, proudly presents Chef Michael Elliott's seasonal comfort food against the lively backdrop of Wicker Park and Bucktown's bustling six-corner intersection. 

Caffè Streets

1750 W Division St

This hip and modern cafe is your go-to spot for quality coffee in a comfortable, street-themed setting. 

Coffee Lab & Roasters

2823 N Lincoln Ave

Coffee Lab and Roaster on Diversey and Lincoln is where you’ll get the best daily dose of caffeine. 

Dark Matter Coffee

738 N Western Ave

Dark Matter is the real deal – cool coffee and a friendly team. The Western shop has a cozy, energetic atmosphere, but the entire place looks artistic and absolutely stunning. 

Dollop Coffee Co.

225 W Washington St

Boasting multiple retail locations throughout the city of Chicago, IL, they serve everything they produce in-house.

Dulce De Leche Cafecito

4054 N Western Ave

Dulce De Leche Cafe, known for its inviting atmosphere and Latin-American fusion cuisine, welcomes guests to savor a diverse menu offering breakfast, lunch, brunch, or a comforting cup of coffee. 

Gaslight Coffee Roasters

2385 N Milwaukee Ave

This place boasts a modern, hip aesthetic with its telltale red bricks and a clean finish. 

HERO Coffee Bar

22 E Jackson Blvd

Enjoy the quirky decor and laid-back atmosphere at HERO. It's a delightful spot to start your day in Chicago.

Ipsento Coffee

1813 N Milwaukee Ave

This spot's got some serious charm. Nestled beside the 606 and Milwaukee, it's in the perfect location. 

Jackalope Coffee & Tea House

755 W 32nd St

This place is a bit hipster, but the atmosphere is absolutely amazing.

Ludlow Charlingtons Coffee Shop

2425 N Clark St

It has quickly become a top pick in the area, thanks to its exceptional drinks and espresso quality.


2021 W Fulton St Suite K-101b

This place checks all their boxes, roasting the beans in-house, right before your eyes.

Metropolis Coffee Company

1039 W Granville Ave

The cafe's vibrant ambiance keeps it bustling throughout the day and relaxing to get work done.


820 N Franklin St

NOMAD Chicago is a cool, female-founded spot that champions women-owned brands and traditional craftsmanship from around the globe. 

Passion House Coffee Roasters

1200 N Branch St Chicago

Absolutely stellar spot! Passion House’s coffee is a real treat, and the baristas are super friendly.

Pullman Club Coffee Shop

605 E 111th St

A warm sanctuary after a chilly stroll through Pullman, it offers not just coffee but a dose of neighborly charm and a unique historical perspective. 

Ridsman Coffee

4758 N Clark St

Ridman's Coffee is a small, black & woman-owned specialty coffee shop at the intersection of Uptown, Andersonville, and Ravenswood on Chicago's North Side.

Sawada Coffee

112 N Green St

The staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is super chill. Just amazing coffee, prepared the way it should be.

Standing Passengers

1458 W Chicago Ave

This place has it all: great food, a cool vibe, a DJ spinning tunes, a play zone, a patio, and top-notch service. 

The Stockyard Coffeehouse

558 W 37th St

Indulge in delectable breakfast sandwiches, bagel creations, and a delightful array of croissants and perfectly baked doughnuts at this charming cafe. 

The Wild Roaster

601 Lake Cook Rd

In 2017, Kaye Zubow Kharasch opened The Wild Roaster, a unique coffee shop serving Deerfield and the North Shore. 

The Wormhole Coffee

1462 N Milwaukee Ave

Step into a time warp at this super cool flashback coffee shop, reminiscent of the 80s!