3 Alternatives to Starbucks in the South Loop
February is in full swing in Chicago, and undoubtedly the lines at Starbucks on S. Michigan Avenue will be out the door. The lines will also be out the door at four starbucks locations within 1000 meters of CAA.
Luckily, you are not out of luck.
Here are some suggestions for easing your thirst for caffeine before that 8:00 AM sharp interview.
Meli Cafe and Juice Bar (formerly Custom House Tavern) is connected to the Hotel Blake at 500 S. Dearborn street. I personally chose a very simple breakfast here: potatoes, eggs, and toast – all for a reasonable price. But, the menu is extensive and service is everything you’d expect at a downtown semi-formal diner. Just remember to leave your napkin folded neatly on your lap. Serving breakfast and lunch until 3:00 PM, Meli Cafe is a great alternative to standing in line for 45 minutes at the Starbucks around the corner.
Cafecito is a Cuban-style sandwich shop with free wireless and plenty of table space. Come here to 26 E Congress Pkwy, Chicago, IL for an Americano, Cuban coffee, or an intricately spiced latte. As far as sandwiches go, the Cubano, Jardin, and Ropa Vieja are must-tries for first timers at Cafecito.
Cuidado: Cafecito is a popular South Loop destination and will be packed most days during lunch time – I suggest calling ahead.
The name says it all. Daily roasts include Pietã of Brazil and Ethiopia – Kurini, among an ever changing variety. Your baristas here are expert, and will sport the latest fashion trend and hip mustache. Intelligensia is a short trek from Congress Pkwy, located at 53 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL near the Art Institute. Their professionalism, high-quality coffee and relaxed vibe are well worth the walk.
Now you’ll ace that interview for sure.
3 Alternatives to Starbucks in the South Loop February is in full swing in Chicago, and undoubtedly the lines at Starbucks on S. Michigan Avenue will be out the door. …