Best Coffee Shops/Study Cafes in Chicago

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22 September 2017 | 7:26 pm

Best Coffee Shops/Study Cafes in Chicago

Well, it’s about that time of year again. Fall’s officially here and classes are in full swing. Time to look for that great after-class hangout or study spot. This week we have some of the top cafés to visit, relax or study in across the city.

        Dollop Coffee Co.
A local study café favorite, Dollop serves up a combination of originals and classics. They have several locations including spots in Evanston and Hyde Park. The original is in my old neighborhood of Uptown (4181 N Clarendon Ave, Chicago, IL 60613) and is one of the trendiest coffee shops around. Good music, good atmosphere. Lots of shared tables to work on and gather for group projects. Dollop also has yummy food like bagel sandwiches and tasty drinks like their Nutella mocha and honey cinnamon latte. Try any one of their 10 locations and see what I mean.

Wormhole Coffee
While you can study here, Wormhole (1462 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) is less of a study spot and more of a meet-up place. The walls are very busy with memorabilia of times past. The music can get loud, but there’s always something fun and exciting happening. A point of topic for conversation you can’t ignore is the DeLorean perched on the upper level. The 80’s are alive here in Wormhole and you can get the very delicious honey bear latte made with local honey or try the peanut butter Koopa-Troopa with peanut mousse and local chocolate. So come here to mingle and discuss relics of time passed.

Volumes Bookcafe
A great place to study and visit for educational talks, Volumes Bookcafe (1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) functions as both a bookstore and a café to sip coffee and eat yummy pastries. The café located in Wicker Park is home to many author talks and an array of other events such as trivia nights, book signings and story time for youngsters. Volumes even offers a program where you can sell back your books for credit towards books in the store. Here you can get a little of everything and it doesn’t hurt that you can always search for more books for a research paper right there in the store.

HERO Coffee Bar
With three major locations, HERO coffee bar spreads itself across town in the Loop, Roscoe Village and Bucktown. The Bucktown location (1912 N Western Ave Chicago, IL 60647) is fun with a Biggie quote, “It was all a dream” lit up across the wall. The space is on the smaller size, but with great sandwiches and coffee it’s a cool spot to stop in and visit. With locations all across town there’s one near you.

Cassava Café
Looking to mix up your study spaces? Cassava Café (1211 N LaSalle Dr., Chicago, IL 60610) features all of your coffeehouse classics along with bubble teas. Here you can study or play with friends if you want. They have a selection of board games you can borrow and enjoy. Classic bubble drinks like their Earl Grey milk tea and honey milk tea are available as well as their specialty coconut coffee. They also have some small bites for snacking, including a ham and cheese breakfast sandwich as well as a grilled cheese option. This is a great place to visit if you’re looking for something just a little bit different. Bonus, they’re open late!

Sip Coffee House
Sip (1223 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642) is a cozy coffee shop with plenty of room to study and lounge carelessly. They are located in the lovely West Loop neighborhood where there’s a cute little nook for all at Sip. Since opening in 1999, Sip has nearly doubled in size and is the ideal workspace for nice weather days. There’s nowhere better to relax or study with two outdoor courtyards. They have classic drinks along with signature drinks such as a mint meltaway mocha and caramel mocha. Sip keeps it fun, friendly and fresh. No wonder it’s one of Chicago’s longest-running independent coffee shops.

Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea
With locations all around the city, Intelligentsia in the Logan Square (2642 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) location near the Logan Square Blue Line is my favorite. This hip spot took the place of my most frequented coffee shops after the fall of Bowtruss Coffee Roasters (RIP). Intelligentsia is a very hip spot where you can go to study, but I find it more of a morning meet-up spot than anything. They offer bubbly water on tap and make a mean mocha where they actually melt chocolate ganache instead of using syrup, very thick, but very tasty. Intelligentsia also has great baked goods like their ham and cheese croissant or pistachio croissant.

Café Mustache
This is an awesome café because it has everything! It’s a coffee shop, café, bar and serves as a venue on late nights! Café Mustache (2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) serves pastries, coffee and lunch before 6 p.m., which makes it ideal to come before then if you’re trying to get any work done. If you’re trying to party or meet up with friends, the party starts at Café Moustache after 6 p.m. After 3 p.m. the kitchen is closed and after 6 p.m. Café Mustache becomes a 21+ venue. So stop in for a show, karaoke night and a beer or come by in the morning to study and get some work done. Either way Café Mustache will be there waiting for you.

Lovely Kitchen & Café
A very quaint and quiet spot, Lovely Kitchen & Café (1130 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) is the perfect location to enjoy a good book, a pastry and a cup of coffee. This adorable space serves up great food like their breakfast sandwiches, salads and incredible pastries. You can also rent out Lovely Kitchen & Café for a great venue for weddings and other events.

Ipsento 606
Another Bowtruss replacement I’ve come to love is Ipsento 606 (1813 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647). Right off of the 606 trail, this shop is very cool and has an amazing outdoor space for those lovely weather days. They have delicious donuts that sell quickly in the morning and are constantly rotating and updating their drink menu. Riddled with house-made syrups, Ipsento truly pushes quality over quantity. You can even grab a beer here after work to have a complete Ipsento experience.

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