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16 Stellar All-Day Cafes in Chicago

It’s work and coffee in the morning and dinner and drinks in the evening

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Some days, there’s nothing better than finding a spot to hunker down for the whole day — a spot to drink coffee, get work done, do a little reading, and even hang out for dinner with a glass of wine or beer. The following Chicago cafes are perfect for exactly that, open for breakfast and lunch with exceptional coffee programs and a welcoming atmosphere to comfortably hang out for drinks and dinner when the sun sets.

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1. The Coffee Studio

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5628 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-7881
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This cozy Andersonville spot is an excellent place to spend the day. With a full menu of coffees and teas, plus beer, wine, cocktails, and light fare to round out the uppers and downers, This nook is ideal for catching up on some reading.

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2. Same Day Cafe

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2651 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 342-7040
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This brunch favorite is open all day long throughout the week. Same Day Cafe specializes in interesting takes on fountain soda drinks and a comforting lineup of sandwiches that makes it an easy place to whittle away an afternoon.

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3. Bourgeois Pig

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736 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 883-5282
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The Bourgeois Pig is a Lincoln Park stalwart, attracting DePaul students on a break. Its lived-in feel makes it an excellent afternoon spot to grab a drink with a friend or cozy into a table for the full day.

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4. Cafe Mustache

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2313 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 687-9063
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During the day, Cafe Mustache doles out coffee and sandwiches while freelancers fill the seats. But at night, this spot turns into a more lively watering hole with stools to belly up to the bar or a smattering of tables for a more intimate feel.

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5. Colectivo Coffee

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2261 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 799-8557
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Outposts of the Milwaukee coffee import Colectivo have their spaces designed specifically for all-day lounging. The cafe menu serves up a solid breakfast and lunch, with choices for a light dinner. Plus, their own house beers round out the vibe for an early happy hour. Locations are in Lincoln Park, Logan Square, and Andersonville with more on the way.

Colectivo Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

6. Lonesome Rose

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2101 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 770-3414
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At night, this spot from the same crew behind tiki wonderland Lost Lake becomes a taco haven for Logan Square-ites with margaritas and excellent cocktails abound. During the day, breakfast tacos, coffee, and plenty of windows make this place just right for settling in.

Lonesome Rose
Lonesome Rose
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7. Front Bar

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1700 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 649-6880
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Made to be the perfect spot for a before-the-show or after-the-show drink, this cafe at the Steppenwolf Theater offers up a heartier evening menu than most on this list and a fun cocktail menu. The food’s from Goddess & the Grocer and the coffee’s from Le Colombe.

Front Bar Facebook/Aaron Weinstein

8. 3rd Coast Cafe

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1260 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 649-0730
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A Gold Coast treasure, 3rd Coast Cafe is perfect for grabbing a hearty breakfast with a friend, then getting some work done. There are specials every day for grabbing a drink while still on the clock.

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9. Café Marie-Jeanne

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1001 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 904-7660
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On the weekends, grabbing a table at Cafe Marie-Jeanne is a feat. But during the week, this French cafe is a fun spot to hunker down. An always-rotating pastry display serves those looking for light fare, while a full menu is just right for the hungrier set. At night, an excellent wine list and killer cheese and charcuterie choices make this an easy place to stay.

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10. Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain

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1000 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(872) 829-2793
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Egg cremes and stratas pop out as stars at this Humboldt Park hotspot. But the vintage vibes that exude Spinning J make it a standout for all day hangs. And stay for the pie.

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11. Brothers and Sisters

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2119 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 661-1599
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An eclectic wine list and an ambitious all-day menu are the biggest draws for this new West Town hideout. A fun smattering of cheeses and charcuteries make it a fancy spot for lunch, but an early morning commuter special (a large coffee and pastry for $5 to go) and the refrigerated market section are bonuses to this mid-century modern cafe.

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12. Beatrix

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519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-1377
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There’s more than one reason that this Lettuce Entertain You restaurant has a few outposts. To name a few, an extremely accessible all-day menu makes a meal easy for everyone, an excellent coffee and pastry program makes it an easy quick stop, and the cozy design despite the expansive size means it’s easy to stay all day.

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13. Marshall's Landing

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222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-8050
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When waiting for an appointment downtown, it’s important to find a spot to hang out in proximity. Marshall’s Landing at Merchandise Mart is just right for this. Coffee starts at 7 a.m., and with the restaurant opening at 11 a.m., it’s just the right spot to escape a downtown job for an hour or two, or grab a drink after work. It’s run by DMK Restaurants.

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14. Slightly Toasted

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22 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 967-2830
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Looking for a reliable spot that helps you save cash on coffee in the West Loop? Slightly Toasted boasts unlimited coffee plans, making it a home away from home. The expansive food menu and half-off whiskey Wednesdays don’t hurt, either.

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15. Cà Phê Dá

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1/2, 1800 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 999-1800
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The little sister to HaiSous, Cà Phê Dá specializes in Vietnamese coffee and street food. During the day, grab a specialty coffee and bánh mì. At night, hang out with friends and watch cocktails and phở ga flow.

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16. Plein Air Cafe

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5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 966-7531
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This Hyde Park hang near the University of Chicago means there will be plenty of college students hanging out, as this bustling bright cafe and coffee shop does the trick for an all day work spot.

Plein Air Cafe Plein Air Cafe/Facebook

1. The Coffee Studio

5628 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
The Coffee Studio The Coffee Studio/Facebook

This cozy Andersonville spot is an excellent place to spend the day. With a full menu of coffees and teas, plus beer, wine, cocktails, and light fare to round out the uppers and downers, This nook is ideal for catching up on some reading.

5628 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

2. Same Day Cafe

2651 N Kedzie Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647
Same Day Cafe Facebook/@vincentdesantiago

This brunch favorite is open all day long throughout the week. Same Day Cafe specializes in interesting takes on fountain soda drinks and a comforting lineup of sandwiches that makes it an easy place to whittle away an afternoon.

2651 N Kedzie Blvd
Chicago, IL 60647

3. Bourgeois Pig

736 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Bourgeois Cafe Bourgeois Cafe/Facebook

The Bourgeois Pig is a Lincoln Park stalwart, attracting DePaul students on a break. Its lived-in feel makes it an excellent afternoon spot to grab a drink with a friend or cozy into a table for the full day.

736 W Fullerton Ave
Chicago, IL 60614

4. Cafe Mustache

2313 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Cafe Mustache Cafe Mustache/Facebook

During the day, Cafe Mustache doles out coffee and sandwiches while freelancers fill the seats. But at night, this spot turns into a more lively watering hole with stools to belly up to the bar or a smattering of tables for a more intimate feel.

2313 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

5. Colectivo Coffee

2261 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Colectivo Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Outposts of the Milwaukee coffee import Colectivo have their spaces designed specifically for all-day lounging. The cafe menu serves up a solid breakfast and lunch, with choices for a light dinner. Plus, their own house beers round out the vibe for an early happy hour. Locations are in Lincoln Park, Logan Square, and Andersonville with more on the way.

2261 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Lonesome Rose

2101 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Lonesome Rose
Lonesome Rose
Clayton Hauck

At night, this spot from the same crew behind tiki wonderland Lost Lake becomes a taco haven for Logan Square-ites with margaritas and excellent cocktails abound. During the day, breakfast tacos, coffee, and plenty of windows make this place just right for settling in.

2101 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Front Bar

1700 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
Front Bar Facebook/Aaron Weinstein

Made to be the perfect spot for a before-the-show or after-the-show drink, this cafe at the Steppenwolf Theater offers up a heartier evening menu than most on this list and a fun cocktail menu. The food’s from Goddess & the Grocer and the coffee’s from Le Colombe.

1700 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60614

8. 3rd Coast Cafe

1260 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60610
3rd Coast Cafe 3rd Coast Cafe/Facebook

A Gold Coast treasure, 3rd Coast Cafe is perfect for grabbing a hearty breakfast with a friend, then getting some work done. There are specials every day for grabbing a drink while still on the clock.

1260 N Dearborn St
Chicago, IL 60610

9. Café Marie-Jeanne

1001 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
chu.gary/Instagram

On the weekends, grabbing a table at Cafe Marie-Jeanne is a feat. But during the week, this French cafe is a fun spot to hunker down. An always-rotating pastry display serves those looking for light fare, while a full menu is just right for the hungrier set. At night, an excellent wine list and killer cheese and charcuterie choices make this an easy place to stay.

1001 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Spinning J Bakery and Soda Fountain

1000 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Spinning J Spinning J/Facebook

Egg cremes and stratas pop out as stars at this Humboldt Park hotspot. But the vintage vibes that exude Spinning J make it a standout for all day hangs. And stay for the pie.

1000 N California Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

11. Brothers and Sisters

2119 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Carolina Mariana Rodriguez [Official Photo]

An eclectic wine list and an ambitious all-day menu are the biggest draws for this new West Town hideout. A fun smattering of cheeses and charcuteries make it a fancy spot for lunch, but an early morning commuter special (a large coffee and pastry for $5 to go) and the refrigerated market section are bonuses to this mid-century modern cafe.

2119 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Beatrix

519 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

There’s more than one reason that this Lettuce Entertain You restaurant has a few outposts. To name a few, an extremely accessible all-day menu makes a meal easy for everyone, an excellent coffee and pastry program makes it an easy quick stop, and the cozy design despite the expansive size means it’s easy to stay all day.

519 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

13. Marshall's Landing

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

When waiting for an appointment downtown, it’s important to find a spot to hang out in proximity. Marshall’s Landing at Merchandise Mart is just right for this. Coffee starts at 7 a.m., and with the restaurant opening at 11 a.m., it’s just the right spot to escape a downtown job for an hour or two, or grab a drink after work. It’s run by DMK Restaurants.

222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Slightly Toasted

22 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Looking for a reliable spot that helps you save cash on coffee in the West Loop? Slightly Toasted boasts unlimited coffee plans, making it a home away from home. The expansive food menu and half-off whiskey Wednesdays don’t hurt, either.

22 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60661

15. Cà Phê Dá

1/2, 1800 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608
Cà Phê Dá/Facebook

The little sister to HaiSous, Cà Phê Dá specializes in Vietnamese coffee and street food. During the day, grab a specialty coffee and bánh mì. At night, hang out with friends and watch cocktails and phở ga flow.

1/2, 1800 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608

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16. Plein Air Cafe

5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Plein Air Cafe Plein Air Cafe/Facebook

This Hyde Park hang near the University of Chicago means there will be plenty of college students hanging out, as this bustling bright cafe and coffee shop does the trick for an all day work spot.

5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

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