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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.


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?


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.


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).


One Word, Two Syllables...

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


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

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