Chicago Our Campus: Cafés Around the City
There are many cafés within a short distance of SAIC, but you'll also find some of the most charming coffee
and tea houses beyond the Loop. Many serve excellent food and can serve as a good late night option.
Argo Tea Café
16 W. Randolph St.
1 N. Dearborn St.
Various locations throughout Chicago. Argo features dozens of tea and inventive tea concoctions (tea lattes, bubble tea, tea sangria). Pastries, sandwiches, and snacks are also available, though they lean toward the pricey side. Loose leaf and tea accessories available as well. Ask about the student loyalty club.
Bourgeois Pig Café
738 W. Fullerton Pkwy.
Small but charming. Good food including panini and salads, and fine coffee, in the heart of Lincoln Park.
1640 S. Blue Island Ave.
Located in Pilsen with an outside back patio. Café is spacious and laptop friendly.
53 E. Randolph St.
53 W. Jackson Blvd.
3123 N. Broadway St.
Chicago's own, and increasingly revered coffee house. Fresh roasted beans are delivered to the cafés daily from their Fulton Market roasting works. Sandwiches, salads, and pastries are also available.
Kopi: A Traveler's Café
5317 N. Clark St.
Relaxed atmosphere and an international boutique in the back. Live music most Mondays.
2458 W. Montrose Ave.
Classic old-world atmosphere and Bavarian pastries and coffee served on cute little trays. Bakery in front, café in back—on the pricey side.
Metropolis Coffee Company
1039 W. Granville Ave.
Cozy Edgewater/Loyola café frequented by both young and old. Their motto: "Small batch, artisan roasting in the heart of Chicago."
New Wave Coffee
2557 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Located in Logan Square, serves sandwiches and offers free Wi-Fi.
Pick Me Up Café
3408 N. Clark St.
Cozy and open late (until 3:00 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours on weekends!), with good food and music. Free refills on organic coffee.
3800 N. Clark St.
1401 W. Devon Ave.
Voted Chicago's best coffeehouse 10 years in a row. The proprietors are enthusiastic supporters of indie music. Coffee is served in bowls and the menu focuses on organic and sustainable ingredients. Good vegetarian and vegan options available.