where: 1223 w grand ave
weekend hours: sat 8:00am-7:00pm, sun 8:00am-6:00pm
nearest L stop: Grand-Blue or Chicago-Blue
the entry looks small, but once you order and walk down the hall, sip opens up to a great indoor space and a cute little patio. the patio is far enough back that the street noise is dulled, so it's great for a comfortable chat while you sip at your beverage of choice.
where: 2385 n milwaukee ave, chicago il 60647
weekend hours: sat 8:00am-8:00pm, sun 9:00am-7:00pm
nearest L stop: california-o'hare (blue line)
there are two-person tables, a larger shared table and counter space to sit and enjoy your coffee, read a book or browse the web in this triangle-shaped coffee shop on the edge of milwaukee and fullerton. the large windows might be the best feature of the place, especially on a sunny day, and the space is welcoming as all good local coffee shops should be.
where: 211 e ontario st, chicago, il 60611
when: sat & sun 8:00am-5:00pm
nearest L stop: grand-red (red line)
there are a few julius meinl locations in chicago. some are larger coffeehouses and some, like the one on ontario, are smaller cafes. the cafe felt fresh and welcoming, with a crisp color scheme of black, white and red accented by tiny tabletop bouquets and a striped bench. spend a minute asking the staff to explain the menu - the options read a bit differently than your usual starbucks (but taste great!). he says:
"it was like the miel latte - it was warm, welcoming - but not too sweet."
"it was like the cafe of a small, well to do eastern european country - modern but still comfortable."
"it was like a modern version of a cafe you would have found in the austro-hungarian empire"
"it was like the cafe off an upscale, eastern european hostel - i could imagine it with a crowd full of aspiring creatives."
"it was like a mid-century, eastern european salon - with a dash of proletarianism."
where: 1816 n clark st, chicago, il 60614
when: sat & sun 6:30am-5:00pm
nearest L stop: sedgwick (brown line)
elaine's coffee call is attached to the lobby of hotel lincoln, just across the street from lincoln park. the walls are covered with faux-peeling wallpaper, rotary phones line the back of the coffee counter, and eclectic but comfortable seating is readily available in the cafe and adjoining lobby. if you stop in around 3, you can enjoy a coffee and then join the line for the j.parker rooftop restaurant.
it's getting chilly here in chicago, and while it's not quite time for christmas decor, i thought i'd sneak a little cheer in with an eggnog latte. minus the steamed milk and espresso, because who has that equipment laying around? this makes enough for one if you're greedy, two if you're just looking for a little taste of warm deliciousness.
1 cup eggnog
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup double-concentrated coffee
nutmeg & cinnamon
combine eggnog and milk in a mason jar. close it up, and start shaking! shake for 60 seconds, then remove the lid. microwave 60 seconds. remove, close it up and repeat - but only heat 45 seconds this time, and watch that it doesn't bubble over! pour the coffee into a deep mug, then pour the eggnog mix in. sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon, and enjoy!