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Four Hidden Coffee Bars in Chicago You Must Try

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In the bustling city of Chicago, it is common for locals and tourists alike to seek a quiet cozy space to recharge and reboot. Hidden coffee bars in Chicago are just the place to do that. With sprawling communal tables, comfortable seating, and a chance for a quick bite and hot cup of coffee, coffee bars are the city’s solution to jump-start your day or wind down from the day. Some of the best coffee bars can be harder to find if you don’t know where to look. So, we’ve scouted out some of our favorite hidden coffee bars in Chicago, so you’ll know where to look the next time you are in town.

Hero Coffee Roasters

22 E. Jackson Blvd.

Stashed away in a quiet alley between the loud streets of Wabash Avenue and State Street’s retail shoppers, Hero Coffee Roasters is one of our favorite hidden coffee bars in Chicago. The small space pays tribute to the building’s past in a big way with the original exposed brick wall and oak countertops. Coffee goers can choose from their house blends such as Roscoe Village Roast, The Loop, and Chicago Hometown Pride – all neighborhood favorites.

Sawada Coffee

112 N. Green St.

Tucked away inside Green Street Smoked Meats, Sawada Coffee is the first U.S. coffee shop of highly-accredited barista and latte art creator, Hiroshi Sawada. This “chill spot” for creative and classic coffee connoisseurs offers a cozy rustic-chic atmosphere with a ping-pong table – perfect for hanging out all day. Patrons can order from a carefully curated menu of cappuccinos, matcha-based drinks, boozy steamers and more. All of which can be paired with a selection of Doughnut Vault doughnuts.

C.C. Ferns

2806 W. Augusta Blvd.

A comfy neighborhood coffee house where funky meets cozy, C.C. Ferns is outfitted with vintage furniture, eccentric outdoor décor, and a wood-paneled wall – completing its cozy cabin vibe. This Humboldt Park coffee bar is the perfect winter retreat to warm your soul with their macchiatos, cappuccinos, lattes, and boozy steamers. 

Café Integral

19 E. Ohio St.

Get out your phone, because you’ll want to snap a few photos at this Instagram-worthy coffee bar. As one of the best hidden coffee bars in Chicago, Café Integral is an eclectic coffee bar offering a wide variety of caffeinated selections and tasty a breakfast menu. Showcasing several options of Nicaragua’s finest coffees, a local tea selection, and fresh juice – it’s hard to not find something that will satisfy that early morning or late afternoon fix.

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