9 Independent Chicago Coffee Shops That You NEED to Visit

[That I’ve visited over the last two years!]

Looking for new coffee shop to check out in Chicago? Here is a list of almost every shop I’ve visited in the last two years to help you out! [please note: most drinks pictured will be iced because I drink iced drinks 97% of the time 😂]


  1. Werewolf Coffee

1765 N. Elston Ave. | Elston Corridor

Of course, I had to start with my baby. Werewolf is a small, indie shop, that serves glittery lattes out of a refurbished Wonder Bread truck. We’re a multi-roaster and serve all local roasters including Hexe and Big Shoulder. I run Werewolf, so if you see me, make sure to say “hi!”

  1. Hexe Coffee Co.

2000 W. Diversey Pkwy | Roscoe Village

Hexe is a chill shop & local, indie roaster. It has a huge patio, awesome pastries (try the bourbon chocolate skull cake), and house cocktails.

Iced Dirty Chai
  1. Red June Cafe

2020 N. Leavitt St. | Bucktown

Red June is a quaint shop in the quiet, residential area of Bucktown. They have delish food & pastries & an amazing assortment of drinks!

Lavender Vanilla Dirty Chai
  1. Portage Grounds

5501 W. Irving Park Rd. | Portage Park

Portage Grounds is a chill neighborhood spot located right across the street from Portage Park. They also have a cute patio that’s perfect for coffee dates.

  1. Atmos Coffee

2415 W. North Ave. | Humboldt Park

Atmos is a Black & Latina-owned shop that makes amazing signature drinks & has a bright, welcoming space!

  1. Southport Grocery and Cafe

3552 N. Southport Ave | Southport Corridor

A quaint, woman-owned shop with a cafe & grocery store stocked with local foods & treats. They also offer catering!

  1. Chicago French Press

1021 S. Delano Ct. | South Loop

CFP is a fun, trendy Black woman-owned shop that creates it’s own unique flavored coffees that are hand-flavored & locally roasted!

  1. Coffee Lab and Roasters

2823 N. Lincoln Ave. | Lakeview

A small shop & roaster with delicious latte creations and slow drip cold brew!

  1. Cafe Tola

4 Locations in Chicago

Home of the #BESTEMPANADAS and an amazing Horchata Latte, Cafe Tola has the cutest, family-run shops full of colorful Mexican culture!

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