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Best Coffee in Chicago

Sharon loves her morning (and afternoon) coffee. In lieu of National Coffee day Sharon wanted to share her favorite places to get a cup of great coffee around the city… and if you know how much coffee means to Sharon, then you know these places are the best of the best!

1. Peet's Coffee

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Peet’s Coffee is a Berkeley-born chain featuring signature coffee, tea & blended drinks alongside baked goods. ‘An oldie but a goodie,’ Peet’s opened their doors in 1966 and for many years could only be enjoyed in Cali.

2. Philz Coffee

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Also native to Northern California, Philz is geared towards serious coffee drinkers. They boast “You won’t find any lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, or pre-brews”. Known for their strong flavor, each cup is brewed one at a time.

3. La Colombe

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La Colombe revolutionized coffee with their canned draft lattes- the first of its kind. However their specialty coffee is just as delicious and with spots all over the city, it’s a great option for a morning pick-me-up.

4. Colectivo

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Their extensive menu is as impressive as their actual store front. With a huge patio, you have plenty of space to work or meet friends for a quick coffee. We love the unique atmosphere- particularly for a coffee shop.

5. Intelligentsia

Photo by: Steve Hall
This high-end coffee bar chain serves daily roasted brews in an industrial-chic setting. Not to mention the staff is always beyond helpful, making each experience special. Marissa, a tea drinker, loves their Turmeric Tonic- so she gets the best of both worlds.

6. Star Lounge

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The atmosphere is enough to get you to want to frequent this hidden gem, but Black Matter coffee is also one-of-a kind. This funky art-lined café, with dark-orange walls & a long bar, serves delicious coffee as well as sandwiches & pastries.

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