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Chicago’s greatest artists dabble in many media. There’s painter Hebru Brantley, fashion designer Maria Pinto--and now there’s Hiroshi Sawada at Sawada Coffee. Listen: Sawada won a world championship in latte art. Not completely sold? Drop the Starbucks and read on. Here are five reasons to hit his new West Loop spot for a cortado, stat.

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Your Latte Hearts You (for Real)

Seriously, you need to see this latte art. Who doesn’t love hearts, botanical patterns and swirling curlicues delivered in layers of foam?

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You’ll Actually Want the Green Tea

We get it: Green tea is good for us. But oftentimes, it’s kind of gross. Not so at Sawada, where the Military Latte cuts the tea with espresso, cocoa powder and white chocolate.

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It Makes a Great Workspace

With Wi-Fi, a pinball machine and a Ping-Pong table, taking a conference call there is like working out of Facebook HQ (but with green coffee).

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One Word, Two Syllables...

…it’s “doughnuts.” The owners of Doughnut Vault back this spot, so you better believe Sawada slings superior glazed treats.

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Oh, and There’s Booze

That’s right: Sawada offers a nice selection of stiff, steamy drinks. (You’ll find them on the “boozy steamers” menu.) Just wait till you try a chai latte with Bénédictine.

112 N. Green St.; 312-754-0431 or sawadacoffee.com

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