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On a chilly day, a cozy Saturday at home sounds pretty amazing. That is, until it’s your fifth couch-potato day in a row. That’s where these eight inviting cafés come in. With their charming interiors, they’re almost as comfy as home. But hey, no one’s making you a next-level cappuccino at home. So order up a hot drink and prepare to people watch. 

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Heritage Bikes

Not a cyclist? No worries. This bike shop cum café will win you over with its light-filled interior and rustic outdoor fire pits. Don’t be surprised if you order a custom-made fixie with your latte.

2959 N. Lincoln Ave.; 773-245-3005 or

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Sawada Coffee

Maybe you’ve heard of acclaimed barista and latte art master Hiroshi Sawada, who teamed up with restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff to create this spot nestled inside Green Street Smoked Meats. If not, then get acquainted with his unique military latte, which combines green tea and vanilla for the caffeine of your dreams.

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

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Plein Air

It makes complete sense that this Hyde Park spot’s French name translates to "in the open air." With all the sunlight spilling in, you’ll feel warm and cozy while eating your croissant. And its gorgeous patio is a definite reason to return come summer.

5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.; 773-966-7531 or

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Lula Cafe

Lula has long been a popular destination for inventive farm-to-table fare, but don’t shy away if you’re only looking for coffee. A cup of their Metric drip and the rotating art collection are all you need to while away an afternoon. Of course, it’s inevitable that you’ll wind up sticking around for dinner.

2537 N. Kedzie Blvd..; 773-489-9554 or

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Caffe Streets

The clean, sculptural wood paneling and wall of greenery at this Wicker Park favorite practically demand being Instagrammed. Grab a stool, order a pour-over brew and watch as the likes rack up.

1750 W. Division St.; 773-278-2739 or



The original Ipsento is a beloved stop for seasonal craft coffee. But with its cocktail menu and gorgeous design (have you seen the rich wood coffee bar?), the new Milwaukee Avenue outpost might have the advantage.

1813 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 872-206-8697 or

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Elaine’s Coffee Call

Sink into the tufted leather sofa and take in the view of Lincoln Park—you’ll quickly forget that it’s already puffy-coat season. Oh, and the pumpkin butter latte will have you asking, “Pumpkin spice who?”

1816 N. Clark St.; 312-254-4665 or

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The Coffee Studio

Exposed brick? Check. Sleek wood paneling? Check. Massive windows for soaking up the sun’s dwindling rays? Check. The aptly named Coffee Studio meets all of your café-decor needs.

5628 N. Clark St.; 773-271-7881 or

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