12 Chicago “L” Stops and the Best Place to Grab Breakfast Near Each
Our ideal morning goes something like this: yoga, avocado toast and a sheet mask while we do some light journaling. This never happens. Most mornings, we’ve snoozed to the point that we have to rush out the door, which is why we’ve scouted the best quick breakfasts near 12 major “L” stops.
Montrose Brown Line: Spoken Cafe
(Bagel + lox + cream cheese) + cappuccino = the most delicious way to start your day.
1812 W. Montrose Ave.; 773-769-2000 or spokenchicago.com
Southport Brown Line: Southport Grocery & Cafe
Short on time? Don’t skimp on nutrition. Order a to-go bowl of oatmeal with fruit, yogurt and nuts.
3552 N. Southport Ave.; 773-665-0100 or southportgrocery.com
Armitage Brown Line: Glazed & Infused
Treat yourself to this s’mores doughnut with Nutella. Grab a dozen to bring to work and your coworkers will forget you walked in ten minutes late.
939 W. Armitage Ave.; 312-226-5556 or goglazed.com
Morgan Green Line: La Colombe
A croissant and latte will briefly transport you to Paris...before you squeeze yourself into the crowded train.
955 W. Randolph St.; 312-733-0707 or lacolombe.com
18th Street Pink Line: Nitecap Coffee Bar
Two words: savory pie. Get a freshly baked slice for your ride.
1738 W. 18th St.; 312-846-1149 or nitecapcoffee.com
Berwyn Red Line: Kitchen Sink
The aptly named Kitchen Sink wraps up breakfast burritos that can include everything from egg and bacon to feta and banana peppers.
1107 W. Berwyn Ave.; 773-944-0592 or kitchensinkcafe.com
Sheridan Red Line: Emerald City
A chocolate-chip muffin? More like chocolate chips with some muffin. Hey, we’re not complaining.
3938 N. Sheridan Rd.; 773-857-3041 or emeraldcitychicago.com
Clark/Division Red Line: Plum Market
Grab a pecan sticky bun from the Intelligentsia stand, then beeline to the grocery store’s salad bar for your to-go lunch. You are so good at this multitasking thing.
1233 N. Wells St.; 312-229-1400 or intelligentsiacoffee.com
Roosevelt Red Line: Bridgeport Coffee Roasters
Nothing inspires important thoughts like an apple or strawberry turnover and a chai latte.
150 W. Roosevelt Rd.; 312-588-1633 or bridgeportcoffee.net
Logan Square Blue Line: Reno Chicago
On this hectic morning, keep it simple with an egg and cheese and a cup of coffee—black.
2607 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-697-4234 or renochicago.com
Damen Blue Line: Stan’s Donuts
The trouble with stopping into Stan’s Donuts is that you might find yourself hemming and hawing over what to get. We’ll make it simple: Biscoff banana pocket.
1560 N. Damen Ave.; 773-360-7386 or stansdonutschicago.com
Chicago Blue Line: Big Shoulders
The only thing better than a cortado and an icebox cookie is the signature vanilla latte that comes with a toasted marshmallow on top.
1105 W. Chicago Ave.; 312-888-3042 or bigshoulderscoffee.com