7 Chicago cafes where the food is as enticing as the coffee

By Lauren Mandel

When subzero temperatures arrive, Chicagoans require two things: cozy surroundings and a solid cup of coffee. And what if you want a delicious snack or meal with your coffee? Luckily, we’ve found a few of the best local coffee shops that also have some pretty delicious food.

Caffè Umbria
Caffè Umbria is a West Coast import with a distinctly European vibe. When it comes to coffee, the newly opened Logan Square café offers everything from traditional Italian espresso to nitro cold brew, starting at $4.25 and they even have a MOD bar. Enjoy a pastry or sandwich from famed Chicago bakeries, Floriole and La Fournette, while watching the roasting process through an indoor glass window.
Neighborhood: Logan Square MAP

Cocoa + Co.
Is there a better combination than coffee and chocolate? At Cocoa + Co. in Old Town, you can enjoy a carefully sourced artisanal chocolate bar while sipping your La Colombe coffee. Looking for a heavier meal? Try a Gruyère, bacon, and chard quiche, made just for Cocoa + Co. by Chicago restaurant, NAHA, who just received their eighth consecutive Michelin star in 2017. Quiches and most savory dishes are less than $10.
Neighborhood: Old Town MAP

Elaine’s Coffee Call
This small but cozy coffee shop serves La Colombe coffee and is located inside Lincoln Park’s Hotel Lincoln. It’s also a Boka Group property, which means it’s basically required to have delicious food. Try a fresh pastry (always rotating), like a chocolate croissant or fruit scone. If you’re looking for something more savory, try an egg dish, like the egg white, spinach, and goat cheese crêpe for just $8.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP

Café Integral
Café Integral is also located inside a hotel, but this time it’s the Freehand Chicago. Whether you order a cappuccino for $3.75 or a matcha tea latte for $4.25, there’s something for everyone in this trendy coffee shop. The food menu is especially impressive, featuring a Cuban sandwich for $13 or an avocado toast variation with pickled shallots, radishes, and chile oil for $9.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

Have you ever tried a lavender latte? What about vanilla rose? If you’re looking for a unique spin on coffee, you’ll want to visit Fabcakes in River North. They have traditional coffee items, too, but this is your opportunity to try something different, with most lattes hovering around $5. Fabcakes also has an extensive sweet and savory menu with most items well under $10, including sandwiches, frittatas, and fresh pastries.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

Colectivo Coffee
The main attraction of Colectivo Coffee in Lincoln Park may be its outdoor patio, but it’s the flavorful coffee and delicious food that keep Chicagoans coming back all year round. After you order your espresso, coffee, nitro cold brew, or beautifully decorated latte, turn your focus to the food. There are a handful of breakfast burritos to choose from, including the chorizo burrito with eggs, black beans, and green chiles for about $7.
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park MAP

3 Greens Market
Brendan Sodikoff’s 3 Greens Market is a great place for a day of productivity, working while sipping a cup (or two) of your favorite coffee. If you find yourself dozing off, espresso shots are just a dollar, while lattes (including an almond turmeric chai latte) start at just $4. When you get hungry, grab a Doughnut Vault donut for $2.25, or choose something heartier, like a Small Cheval cheeseburger, for $9.95.
Neighborhood: River North MAP

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