In any city, there are LOTS of great places to grab a cup of coffee. But evaluating based on the most Instagrammable is a little different. If you’re looking for a no-filter Chicago coffee situation along with your caffeine fix, you’ve come to the right place. This post focuses on the kinda-bougie, definitely historic Gold Coast neighborhood. You might encounter older gentlemen in Ferraris or young women searching for Jimmy Choos like it’s their job, but you’ll also come across plenty of great (and pretty) spots for coffee.
3 Arts Club Cafe
Inside a Restoration Hardware seems like an unlikely place for a gorgeous cafe, but 3 Arts Club is just that. Whether you venture here for the cortado, the gorgeous fountain + chandelier situation, or the ability to shop for furniture while drinking (a lot of) wine, it’s a perfect spot to indulge a little.
One of Chicago’s landmark buildings, The Three Arts Club, could have met a much less fabulous fate. Much of the original architecture was preserved, and now shines in the presence of dramatic art installations and a light-filled garden cafe.
Pump Room might be known for its heavily-Instagrammed dining room, but you can also grab a seat in front of the fireplace at The Library Bar. The dimly lit space is perfect for the solo visitor or couple to enjoy some biscotti, Owen + Alchemy juice, and (of course) La Colombe coffee while flipping through the eclectic mix of coffee table books.
Around happy hour time, the café transforms into a chic lounge with curated celebrity playlists, seasonal cocktails, small plates, and beautiful people in equally beautiful clothes. Get in before 3 p.m. if you’re looking for a quiet coffee break, stay later if you’d like to follow your caffeine fix with a fantastic libation.
Bow Truss Coffee Roasters at Mariano Park
This humble little building is nestled in the middle of a bustling area lovingly referred to as Viagra Triangle. Google Maps might call it Mariano Park, but any local knows the real name.
Though it might not look like much, this place has some of my favorite coffee – and that’s saying a lot. During the warmer months, the little pavilion is filled with people (and cute dogs) enjoying the shade, the people watching, and the fountain.
Chicago has plenty of coffee shops to keep me caffeinated (and my Instagram feed full of latte art). Tell me your favorite spots in the comments!
Be on the look out for more posts on Chicago coffee! Up next: West Loop.