Chicago is home to several roasteries that painstakingly source beans to produce the perfect blend and to serious coffee shops that brew drips and espresso that put cheap diner swill to shame. Both roasters and baristas are finding space to showcase their drink-making skills at these 20 essential shops.
For this fall 2021 update, Metropolis Coffee, Standing Passengers, Blue Bottle Coffee, Mojo Coffee, South Shore Brew, and Afro Joe’s Coffee and Tea were added. This list was an especially difficult one to narrow down, thanks to Chicago’s top-notch baristas and strong, complex brews.
As of August 20, the city has mandated that everyone wear facial coverings while indoors. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More