Between the scholarly crowd at U of C and the artists making boundary-pushing work in nearby studios, the South Side is home to a surplus of brainpower these days. Want to feel smarter by association? Take your laptop and soak up the creative vibes at two new caf?s in the area??. Plein Air Caf? & Eatery http://www.pleinaircafe.co/ in Hyde Park is next door to Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House http://www.flwright.org/visit/robiehouse and the famous Seminary Co-Op http://semcoop.com/ bookstore--meaning the bright, minimalist spot has intellectual cred right off the bat. Order the elegant continental breakfast ($8, above) and a cup of six-spice, house-made chai ($4). Then bury your nose in a book while you eavesdrop on conversations about the theories of everything. 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave. Currency Exchange Caf? http://www.cexcafe.com/ in Washington Park is a hip storefront gem presided over by Theaster Gates http://theastergates.com/home.html , the famous Chicago artist who has been lauded by everyone from Stephen Colbert http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/f3jjle/theaster-gates to The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/magazine/chicagos-opportunity-artist.html?pagewanted=all&_r . The menu is a mix of comfort and health foods--think biscuit sandwiches ($8) and veggie tacos ($3 each). There's also a library of books to browse and a long communal table where you'll feel inspired to exchange ideas. Smart! 305 E. Garfield Blvd.
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Between the scholarly crowd at U of C and the artists making boundary-pushing work in nearby studios, the South Side is home to a surplus of brainpower these days.

Want to feel smarter by association? Take your laptop and soak up the creative vibes at two new cafés in the area

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Plein Air Café & Eatery in Hyde Park is next door to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and the famous Seminary Co-Op bookstore--meaning the bright, minimalist spot has intellectual cred right off the bat. Order the elegant continental breakfast ($8, above) and a cup of six-spice, house-made chai ($4). Then bury your nose in a book while you eavesdrop on conversations about the theories of everything. 5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Currency Exchange Café in Washington Park is a hip storefront gem presided over by Theaster Gates, the famous Chicago artist who has been lauded by everyone from Stephen Colbert to The New York Times. The menu is a mix of comfort and health foods--think biscuit sandwiches ($8) and veggie tacos ($3 each). There’s also a library of books to browse and a long communal table where you'll feel inspired to exchange ideas. Smart! 305 E. Garfield Blvd.
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