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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.

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Montrose Brown Line Spoken Cafe chicago breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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