Top 15: Cafés and coffee shops in Near North Side

by Carrie Bradon | Sep. 29, 2017, 2:43pm |

Whether it is a cold winter morning or a warm summer afternoon, there’s always a place for a good cup of coffee, and Lincoln Park has a great array of coffee shops that are eager to please. Cocoa + Co., located at 1651 N. Wells St, Chicago IL 60614, has more to offer than a witty name. A rich spread of chocolates, baked goods and espresso-based drinks are your’s for the taking at this hip coffee shop. Boasting great customer service and scrumptious treats, this cafe is a must-try. 

The Bagelers Coffeehouse

2461 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60614

This coffee shop is known for their savory bagel sandwiches which are artisanal to say the least. They also serve hot coffee, iced coffee, hot chocolate, and other specialty drinks to pair with their delicious sandwiches.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery

1220 W. Webster Ave, Chicago IL 60614

With coffee and specialty food items to delight, Floriole puts itself on the map with their tempting menu that features items such as Gateau Basque, an almond butter cake with cream and fruit, Balsamic Cherry Brownie, a rich treat, and lovely coffee drinks to get your day started on a sophisticated note.

Nada Tea & Coffee House 

1552 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago IL 60614

Nada is a favorite of tea and coffee lovers alike who want a quiet spot to sip their warm beverage. Espresso drinks are reasonably priced, as are the many teas that are available. Specialty tea drinks, such as the Matcha Viennese, are also available. 

Next Door Cafe

659 W. Diversey Pkwy, Chicago IL 60614

This coffee shop has more than just espresso to offer. For the businesswoman, the entrepreneur, the student, Next Door has conference rooms available for use, as well as shared workspaces, where you won’t be surprised to see college students studying or graphic design classes being held.

La Colombe Coffee 

858 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago IL 60614

Plenty of seating and tasty drinks are easy to find at this coffee spot. Tasty pastries and options for allergen-ridden customers, such as almond milk, make this a versatile and pleasant place for any person on any occasion.

Front Bar 

1700 N. Halsted St, Chicago IL 60614

This venue is a coffee shop merged with a full bar, making it a popular hangout spot from the time the shop opens at 8 a.m. to the time it shuts down at midnight. 

CityGrounds Coffee Bar

507 W. Dickens Ave, Chicago IL 60614

CityGrounds has a charming patio area and cozy interior, and despite being on the small side there always seems to be space for individuals wanting to camp out and enjoy their brew.


2530 N. Clark St, Chicago IL 60614

Customers will be delighted with the food options that include all-day breakfast items, specialty sandwiches and, of course, lots of coffee options. 

Werewolf Coffee Bar

1765 N. Elston Ave, Chicago IL 60642

Werewolf is where locals savor exquisite coffee drinks and finely crafted pastries. With prices under $5 for hot espresso drinks, this coffee shop offers a nice alternative to larger coffee franchises.

Elaine’s Coffee Call 

In the Hotel Lincoln at 1816 N. Clark St, Chicago IL 60614

Though there may be limited seating options, Elaine’s is a great spot to grab a piping hot latte, even at 6:30 in the morning, on the way to work. 

Heritage Bicycles

2959 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60657

Heritage is just what you’d expect from its name: a bike shop. But the surprise factor is its java bar, where customers can sip on a cold or hot brew while waiting for their bike to be repaired. 

Bourgeois Pig Cafe

738 W. Fullerton Ave, Chicago IL 60614

While they are known for their sandwiches, this café offers yummy seasonal lattes, like the gingerbread latte and pumpkin pie latte.

Eva’s Cafe

1447 N. Sedgwick, Chicago IL 60610

This aesthetically cozy coffee shop is sure to put you at ease. Specializing in espresso drinks and tasty sandwiches, this cafe is a lovely local spot. 

Blue Door Farm Stand

2010 N. Halsted St, Chicago IL 60614

This foodie breakfast, lunch and dinner spot is also ideal for a cappuccino, latte or chai. Serving great food in a casual setting, this is a great spot for eating and drinking.

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