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This article focuses on the top selection of the best coffee shops in Chicago, and the suburbs. I decided to review +100 coffee shops in Chicago and share with you all my observations, here is the list of them.

I hope you will enjoy exploring those great coffee shops, and remember that it is my subjective opinion, your taste can be different than mine and you can find some coffee or places better or worst.

Most importantly enjoy the journey of exploring the world of Chicago Coffee Shops.

Let me know if you want me to review some coffee shops or get some recommendations!

Categories: 

Prices: 1.0 – 10.0
Espresso: 1.0 – 10.0
Cappuccino: 1.0 – 10.0
Blueberry Muffin*: 1.0 – 10.0, *or other food
Atmosphere: 1.0 – 10.0
Music: 1.0 – 10.0

Overall Rank: 1.0 – 10.0

*ranks can be from 1.0 to 10.0.

The Best Coffee Shops in Chicago Area

 

1. Café Crèmerie | 8.8, River North
Bourgeois Pig Cafè | 8.8, Lincoln Park
3. Cafe Deko8.6, Lake View
4. Happy Monday Coffee | 8.5, Loop
Central Cafe | 8.5, Highland Park
6. The Crepe Shop8.4, Lake View
7. Maison Marcel | 8.3, Lake View
Tala Coffee Roasters | 8.3, Highwood
Ground Up Coffee & Bites | 8.3, Greektown
Kasama8.3, Ukrainian Village
Canal Street Eatery and Market | 8.3, Loop
12. 3 Arts Club Café – Restoration Hardware | 8.2, Old Town
Angora Coffee | 8.2, Lincoln Park
Spinning J | 8.2, Humboldt Park
TYPICA CAFE | 8.2, Wicker Park
Kapéj Coffee8.2, Old Town
Cafe Cira | 8.2, Fulton Market
Ludlow Charlingtons | 8.2, Lincoln Park
3 Greens Coffee & Bakery | 8.2, Magnificent Mile

The Best Coffee Shops in Chicago Suburbs

 

1. Central Cafe | 8.5, Highland Park
2. Tala Coffee Roasters | 8.3, Highwood
3. Cafe El Meson8.1, Brighton Park
4. Cupitol Coffee | 8.0, Evanston
Afro Joes Coffee & Tea | 8.0, Auburn Gresham
6. That Little French Guy | 7.9, Highland Park
7. Evanston Pour | 7.9, Evanston
8. Off the Wall Café | 7.8, Park Ridge
Three Tarts Bakery & Cafe | 7.8, Northfield
Coffee Speaks | 7.8, Highland Park
Brew Lounge | 7.8, Des Plaines
Tredwell Coffee | 7.8 Wheaton, Aurora

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Café Crèmerie, River North

 

Address: 615 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Website: https://www.cafecremerie.com/

Top 1 on my list, Lisa (owner) did an amazing job in turning Café Crèmerie into a home-like coffee shop that will make you feel great. She is importing products (wine, and more) from France and Italy, and you must try the gelato!

Prices: 6.5
Espresso: 7.0 – $3.00
Cappuccino: 9.5 – $5.00
Chocolate Croissant: 9.5 – $4.00
Atmosphere: 10.0
Music: 10.0

Overall Rank: 8.8

Bourgeois Pig Cafè, Lincoln Park

 

Addresses: 738 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Website: http://bourgeoispigcafetogo.com/

That place has unique vibes that make you feel like living in colonial times, the entire shop is filled out with antiques and hundreds of old books (which they can buy from you). Little advice, make sure you check the second floor!

Prices: 9.0
Espresso: 7.0 – $3.25
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $3.25
Poppyseed Almond Muffin: 8.5 – $3.25
Atmosphere: 10.0
Music: 9.5

Overall Rank: 8.8

Cafe Deko, Lake View

 

Addresses: 800 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
Website: https://cafedeko.com/

Do you like Art Deko style? You have to visit Cafe Deko in Lake View, I can’t find anything like this in Chicago. Design make them stand out from the Windy City market and we can say the same about coffee!

Prices: 9.5
Espresso: 5.5 – $2.00
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $3.5
Danish: 9.0 – $3.50
Atmosphere: 9.5
Music: 9.0

Overall Rank: 8.6

Happy Monday Coffee, Loop

 

Addresses: http://www.happymondaycoffee.com/
Website:

Craig (owner) is doing a great job on the Chicago coffee market and Happy Monday Coffee will make you happy, visit the newly open (2022) loop location and try some of the best coffee in Chicago.

Prices: 8.0
Espresso: 7.5 – $3.00
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $4.0
Blueberry Muffin: 8.5 – $3.50
Atmosphere: 9.0
Music: 9.0

Overall Rank: 8.5

Central Cafe

 

Address: 664 Central Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035
Website: http://enjoycentralcafe.com/

The newly opened (2022) coffee shop in Highland Park, definitely puts high standards on the already competitive town. Great vibes, service, and food will make you come back!

Prices: 9.0
Espresso: 6.5 – $1.20
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $4.00
Gurnee Donut: 8.5 – $4.00
Atmosphere: 9.5
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 8.5

The Crepe Shop, Lake View

 

Address: 2934 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Menu: http://places.singleplatform.com/the-crepe-shop/

That place is something else, keep in mind that they have no wifi, which I personally like, this place was made to 100% focus and enjoy what you eat. And those crepes are just amazing!

Prices: 8.0
Espresso: 7.0 – $2.75
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $4.00
Wild Berry Cheesecake Crepe: 9.0 – $9.00
Atmosphere: 9.0
Music: 9.0

Overall Rank: 8.4

Maison Marcel, Lake View

 

Address: 3114 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
Website: https://maison-marcel.com/

Coffee shop/restaurant, where you can get breakfast, coffee, and a glass of wine. Reminds me of Europe. I visit this place often!

Prices: 8.0
Espresso: 8.0 – $2.00
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $4.50
Chocolate Croissant: 7.0 – $3.99
Atmosphere: 10.0
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 8.3

Tala Coffee Roasters

 

Address: 428 Green Bay Rd suite b, Highwood, IL 60040
Website: https://tala-cafe-pickup.square.site/

Close to Highland Park, the little town of Highwood definitely stands off in the coffee industry in Chicago, thanks to Tala Coffee Roasters. You can meet local cyclists here during the summer time and a lot of locals enjoying a great coffee and some of the bests muffins I had in Chicago!

Prices: 9.0
Espresso:  6.5 – $2.50
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $3.25
Muffin (Apple Crumble): 9.0 – $3.50
Atmosphere: 8.5
Music: 8.0

Overall Rank: 8.3

Ground Up Coffee & Bites, Greektown

 

Addresses: 900 W Van Buren St, Chicago, IL 60607
Website: https://groundupchicago.com/

Greektown area is famous for good food and Ground Up Coffee & Bites makes it famous for coffee! Love that place, where I can seat down with my iPad and edit some photos.

Prices: 9.5
Espresso: 6.0 – $2.00
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $3.50
Apple Afro Puff: 9.0 – $3.50
Atmosphere: 8.5
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 8.3

Kasama, Ukrainian Village

 

Address: 1001 N Winchester Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Website: https://www.kasamachicago.com/

Definitly not a typical coffee shop, Kasama is a Chicago (and world) famous bakery and Filipino restaurant, which hold one Michelin star. Besides the dinner experience, they offer breakfast and coffee (which is hard to get, one-hour waiting!), an amazing place to try out when you are in Chicago.

Prices: 6.5
Espresso: 7.0 – $2.50
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $4.50
Truffle Croissant: 9.0 – $14.00
Atmosphere: 9.5
Music: 9.0

Overall Rank: 8.3

Canal Street Market And Eatery, Loop

 

Address: 314 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606
Website: https://canalstreetchicago.com/

Opened in 2022, Canal Street Market And Eatery is a great connection of high-quality products market with a restaurant and bar. I got a chance to enjoy coffee and croissant in a fancy environment of a high-end restaurant. Highly recommended for any occasion!

Prices: 8.0
Espresso: 5.0 – $2.75
Cappuccino: 8.0 – $3.50
Almond Croisant: 9.5 – $4.00
Atmosphere: 10.0
Music: 9.5

Overall Rank: 8.3

3 Arts Club Café – Restoration Hardware, Old Town

 

Address: 1300 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
Website: https://rh.com/

A place that usually does not need an introduction, part of Restoration Hardware store, 3 Arts Club Café is the fanciest place on my list. This place gets packed very quickly, so I recommend making a reservation before visiting.

Prices: 4.0
Espresso: 7.0 – $4.00
Cappuccino: 9.5 – $5.50
Smoked Salmon: 8.5 – $28.00
Atmosphere: 10.0
Music: 10.0

Overall Rank: 8.2

Angora Coffee, Lincoln Park

 

Address: 521 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60614
Website: https://angoracoffee.us/

The best experience I got in Chicago for coffee tasting, was when I had a chance to be served by the owner himself! Passion and knowledge about coffee with the connection of the best products (Turkey) should make this place at the top of your bucket list!

Prices: 8.5
Espresso:  7.0 – $2.50
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $3.75
Croissant: 8.0 – $3.75
Atmosphere: 8.5
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 8.2

Spinning J, Humboldt Park

 

Addresses: 1000 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Website: http://www.spinningj.com/

Probably the best connection there is a bakery with a coffee shop and that is what Spinning J is, always fresh goodies with good coffee at the place that feels like time stopped in the 60s!

Prices: 7.5
Espresso: 7.0 – $3.00
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $4.00
Blueberry Scone: 8.5 – $4.00
Atmosphere: 9.0
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 8.2

TYPICA CAFE, Wicker Park

 

Addresses: 2034 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Website: https://www.typicacafechicago.com/

One of the best croissants I have ever had! A small boutique coffee shop in Wicker Park is the place I always come back to for its unique vibes of South America.

Prices: 8.0
Espresso: 4.0 – $2.75
Cappuccino: 9.5 – $3.85
Chocolate Croissant: 10.0 – $3.45
Atmosphere: 9.0
Music: 9.0

Overall Rank: 8.2

Kapéj Coffee, Old Town

 

Addresses: 1447 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60610
Website: http://www.kapejcoffee.com/

This place has a fireplace, do I need to add anything else? Very homie feeling great place to seat in comfortable armchairs and relax with your favorite book!

Prices: 9.0
Espresso: 7.0 – $2.50
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $4.25
Cranberry Orange Scone: 8.5 – $2.50
Atmosphere: 7.5
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 8.2

Cafe Cira, Fulton Market

 

Address: 200 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Website: http://www.cirachicago.com/

Very big space, part of the hotel and the restaurant, this place will make you feel good just by seating there. Food and coffee will make the experience even better, it is definitely my go-to place when I hang out with friends or someone is visiting Chicago!

Prices: 6.0
Espresso: 5.5 – $3.00
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $5.50
Double Chocolate Muffin: 9.0 – $4.00
Atmosphere: 10.0
Music: 9.5

Overall Rank: 8.2

Ludlow Charlingtons Coffee Shop, Lincoln Park

 

Address: 2425 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
Website: http://www.ludlowcharlingtons.com/

Probably one of the smallest coffee shops in Chicago, but definitely with a big heart for dogs! Great art on the walls with fancy dogs, and guess how they serve their food? You have to visit it!

Prices: 6.0
Espresso: 7.5 – $2.99
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $4.49
Almond Croissant: 8.5 – $4.79
Atmosphere: 9.0
Music: 9.5

Overall Rank: 8.2

Cupitol Coffee

 

Addresses: 455 E Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60611, 812 Grove St, Evanston, IL 60201
Website: https://cupitol.com/

Definitly a place that is taking over Chicago with already 3 locations they serve great food and coffee with amazing vibes that include music and design. One of those spaces that you just don’t want to leave!

Prices: 9.5
Espresso: 4.0 – $2.75
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $3.25
Pecan Maple Scone: 8.5 – $2.95
Atmosphere: 9
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 8.0

Off the Wall Café, Park Ridge

 

Address: 104 Main St, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Website: https://www.wehavegreatcoffee.com/

Do you want to play board games with your friends? Visit Off The Wall Café in Park Ridge. They are open until 11 pm during the week!

Prices: 8.0
Espresso: 4.0 – $2.50
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $3.64
Almond Croissant: 9.0 – $4.09
Atmosphere: 9.0
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 7.8

Three Tarts Bakery & Cafe, Northfield

 

Address: 301 N Happ Rd, Northfield, IL 60093
Website: https://www.threetartsbakery.com/

What a bakery! Worth visiting not just for coffee, they have some really awesome goodies here!

Prices: 9.5
Espresso: 3.5 – $1.75
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $3.50
Maple Apple Muffin: 8.5 – $3.50
Atmosphere: 8.5
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 7.8

Coffee Speaks, Highland Park

 

Addresses: 610 Central Ave #155, Highland Park, IL 60035
Website: https://coffeespeaksco.square.site/

I was surprised that this coffee shop is not packed! Great coffee, awesome interior design, got a lot of work done in a peaceful environment, highly recommended it!

Prices: 8.0
Espresso: 6.0 – $2.66
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $4.35
Muffin: 8.5 – $3.10
Atmosphere: 7.5
Music: 8.0

Overall Rank: 7.8

That Little French Guy, Highland Park

 

Addresses: 1791 St Johns Ave, Highland Park, IL 60035
Website: https://www.thatlittlefrenchguy.com/

Do you like baguettes? That Little French Guy is for you, visit Highland Park for a great breakfast and coffee, you won’t regret it.

Prices: 8.5
Espresso: 5.5 – $2.60
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $3.75
Apple Turnover: 7.5 – $3.60
Atmosphere: 9.0
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 7.9

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Brew Lounge, Des Plaines

 

Addresses: 1062 Lee St, Des Plaines, IL 60016
Website: https://www.brew-lounge.com/

Stop by for coffee and cookies!

Prices: 8.0
Espresso: 4.5 – $2.70
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $4.10
Caramel Apple Popcorn Cookie: 8.5 – $2.00
Atmosphere: 8.5
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 7.8

Mojo Coffee

 

Addresses: 200 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, 33 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602, 330 N. Wabash Lobby, Chicago, IL 60611, 2021 W Fulton St STE K-203, Chicago, IL 60612
Website: http://us.mojo.coffee/

Mojo was founded in New Zealand in 2003 as a boutique roastery café by Steve and Julie Gianoutsos, since 2017 you can find them in Chicago. And I am glad they came here, a coffee shop with excellent products and service.

Prices: 8.0
Espresso: 5.0 – $3.00
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $3.80
Banana Loaf: 9.0 – $3.50
Atmosphere: 8.0
Music: 9.0

Overall Rank: 8.0

Afro Joes Coffee & Tea

 

Addresses: 8344 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60620
Website: https://www.afrojoes.com/

Visiting the south side of Chicago, you must stop by in Afro Joes Coffee & Tea!

Prices: 9.0
Espresso: 4.5 – $3.00
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $3.50
Apple Afro Puff: 9.0 – $3.00
Atmosphere: 8.0
Music: 9.0

Overall Rank: 8.0

Tredwell Coffee, Wheaton, Aurora

 

Addresses: 1915 N Gary Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187, 14 W Downer Pl Suite 18, Aurora, IL 60506
Website: http://www.tredwellcoffee.com/

Little farther from Chicago, but definitely worth visiting, Treadwell Coffee offers not only great coffee but also breakfast, lunch, and hot chocolate!

Prices: 7.5
Espresso: 5.0 – $2.50
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $4.75
Coconut Cake: 8.5 – $3.50
Atmosphere: 9.0
Music: 8.0

Overall Rank: 7.8

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Evanston Pour

 

Addresses: 528 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60202
Website: https://www.evanstonpour.com/

I used to live in Evanston, and that coffee shop would be worth moving back to! Amazing design, coffee, and sweets will make you come back!

Prices: 6.5
Espresso: 4.0 – $3.25
Cappuccino: 9.5 – $4.00
Coconut Cookie Bar: 9.0 – $4.75
Atmosphere: 9.5
Music: 9.0

Overall Rank: 7.9

Cafe El Meson, Brighton Park

 

Address: 4631 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60632
Website: https://www.cafemeson.com/

A very unique place in the Chicago suburbs with a Christian bookstore and a little gift shop inside, check it out if you are in the area!

Prices: 9.5
Espresso: 6.0 – $2.00
Cappuccino: 8.5 – $3.95
Croissant with Nutella: 9.0 – $2.95
Atmosphere: 8.0
Music: 7.5

Overall Rank: 8.1

Venteux Chicago, Loop

 

Address: 224 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60601
Website: https://venteuxchicago.com/

Very fancy place in Downtown Chicago, looking for a great spot for your Instagram timeline, this is it! Enjoy the great ambiance and Chicago lifestyle, especially in summer when you can seat outside.

Prices: 4.5
Espresso: 7.0 – $4.00
Cappuccino: 9.5 – $6.00
Flourless Chocolate Cake: 9.5 – $9.00
Atmosphere: 10.0
Music: 9.0

Overall Rank: 8.2

3 Greens Coffee & Bakery, Magnificent Mile

 

Address: 900 Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

What an amazing place located in 900 North Michigan Shops at the first hall, you can also find additional seats on the second floor (find the chess board tables too!).

Cappucino was outstanding and I really enjoy the time with my Andrea, good music and ambiance make your time pleasant in this place! Next time I want to visit Aster Hall on the 5th and 6th floor.

Prices: 9.0
Espresso: 6.0 – $1.00
Cappuccino: 9.0 – $4.50
Blueberry Muffin: 8.0 – $3.95
Atmosphere: 8.5
Music: 8.5

Overall Rank: 8.2

Damian

Hi! My name is Damian, I live in Chicago since 2015, and I am a photographer, traveler, and coffee drinker.
You can learn more about interesting places in Chicago and around the world how to take good photos of them and find a decent cup of coffee on your way!

Honorable Mention Award from “MIFA” – Moscow International Foto Awards.

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