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If you had to walk through the best coffee shop in the neighborhood every time you left your apartment, how could you possibly resist stopping for an Americano?

Such is the conundrum being faced by the new residents of No. 1325--a historic Uptown mid-rise that was just rehabbed by FLATS Chicago. (The developer is transforming the North Side neighborhood bit by gritty bit.)

The building’s entire lobby has been taken over by Heritage Coffee Outpost, opened by the owners of Lakeview’s charming café meets bike store, Heritage Bicycles.

At long tables lining a bank of windows, you can settle in with your laptop and linger for hours over brownies, hot breakfast sandwiches on English muffins and steaming cups of Stumptown joe. (You can’t buy bikes here, but there’s a gorgeous one hanging on the wall--along with a huge, kitschy American flag.) On a recent morning, we ate a slice of onion-and-Gruyère quiche while listening to Etta James and watching the neighborhood come and go.

No time to lounge? Use Heritage Outpost’s handy walk-up window, which makes it easy to grab a drink without even entering the building. It’s a caffeine-starved dog owner’s dream.

Heritage Coffee Outpost, 1325 W. Wilson Ave.

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