Get Caffeinated: The Chicago Loop's Best Coffee Shops
Whether you’re running to work with a coffee in hand or just need an afternoon pick-me-up, these Loop coffee spots will ensure you stay caffeinated all day long.
Intelligentsia has become a Chicago coffee institution. That’s because the folks behind these hometown blends are as passionate about high-quality coffee as they come. The company’s founders, Doug Zell and Emily Mange, are credited with starting the Third Wave Coffee Movement, the effort to position coffee as a crafted art form rather than a money-making commodity.
While shops can be found throughout the city, the two Loop locations at 53 W. Jackson in the Monadnock Building and the Millennium Park Coffeebar at 53 E. Randolph, offer an industrial atmosphere that has a distinct neighborhood feel. On any given day, you can find an extremely knowledgeable barista sharing the taste, origin and even science behind any of the famous Intelligentsia blends. If you thought your experience couldn’t get any better, the latte art will blow you away.
Goddess and the Baker
Goddess and the Baker has quickly become a Chicago staple. With two Loop locations at 33 S. Wabash Avenue and 225 N. Lasalle Street, the shop offers a comfy atmosphere and impressive selection of coffee, tea and sweet treats. If cold-brew is your coffee of choice, we recommend the Nitro Cold Brew on tap. Don’t be surprised when the drink comes out looking like a Guinness in a tall frosted glass. Visitors have dubbed this beer-like brew the “smoothest coffee in the Loop.”
Looking to sweeten up your coffee break? Ditch the cream and add liquid chocolate. An entire section of the shop’s menu is dedicated to drinks made with “liquid chocolate straight up,” including the Liquid Chocolate BUZZED with two shots of expresso.
Pickwick Coffee Roasters
Located in the back of the Loop’s tiniest alleyway, Pickwick Coffee Roasters is a Loop hidden gem. Charming bistro seating, overhead string lights, and a glittering coffee sign decorate this tiny 19' wide by 19' deep alleyway perfect for any coffee-lover needing to escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding Loop streets. While the atmosphere may draw you in, Pickwick’s coffee will keep you coming back. We challenge you to find a fresher cup of coffee in the Loop. The shops roasts coffee daily at their West Town location and offers seasonal coffee unique to its region, meaning you’ll get to taste taste a variety of different blends throughout the year.
Bean and Leaf
True coffee lovers know that Bean and Leaf is the perfect spot for a midday pick-me-up. That’s because this quick-service coffee shop offers a variety of speciality blends including East-coast favorites Verve and Stumptown’s Nitro Cold Brew. While coffee may be the shop’s go-to, they also offers kombucha on tap and slices of Logan Square’s famous Bang Bang Pie. As if you needed another reason to visit, the coffee shop is in the same building as the famous Halal Guys at 172 N. Wabash Ave.