Restaurants with Really Good Wi-Fi (Oh, and Really Good Food)
Here’s where to stay connected throughout the day
Maybe you work remotely every day. Maybe you’re out killing time between appointments. Whatever your work situation is, everyone needs to know where to find Wi-Fi--preferably paired with delicious eats. Here’s where you can stay connected, all the way from breakfast to after-work drinks.
For Early-Morning Coffee: Fabcakes
This cute, checker-floored café opens its doors at 7 a.m. on weekdays. Find a seat at one of its tables, score the Wi-Fi password from a staffer and get to the bottom of that email inbox. But first: Order up a specialty coffee drink. How could you not, when options include pepper-fig, vanilla-rose and lavender lattes?
714 N. Wells St.; 312-397-3300 or fabcakeschicago.com
For Breakfast: Café Integrale
Get the energy to meet your first daily deadline with breakfast at the Freehand Chicago’s café. The ground-level space offers Wi-Fi and long tables filled with fellow telecommuters typing away. (Psst: If there’s no seating left in the café, the adjacent lobby has cushy couch seating.) Eats include avocado toast, Greek-yogurt parfait and porridge made with Jasmine pears and cardamom-scented farro.
19 E. Ohio St.; 312-940-3699 or thefreehand.com
For a Power Lunch: Protein Bar
Take some time to grab lunch before your next conference call. Protein Bar, which has several locations, offers quick lunches that are--as you may have guessed--packed with protein. Log into the free Wi-Fi and review the staff Google doc over a quinoa-filled “bar-rito,” a gluten-free spinach and pesto bowl or the superfood vegan salad.
Find Protein Bar’s Chicago locations here
For a Sweet Snack: Alliance Patisserie
The airy, Parisian-style spot sets an elegant backdrop for Google hangout. After picking out a sweet snack--sorry, but you’re going to need a matcha-seasame macaron--set up shop in the atrium-style café. With marble tabletops and windows overlooking an ivy-filled courtyard, it’s a perfectly civilized place to appear on camera. (Just be sure to check your lips for pastry crumbs.)
615 N. State St.; 312-374-4144 or alliancepatisserie.com
For Happy Hour: Beatrix
As you get ready to check off your final to-dos, take your laptop and move to Beatrix. The River North location of the restaurant and coffeehouse has a bar equipped with outlets. Belly up, log back in and order a fresh juice cocktail to toast the end of another oh-so-productive day. (Confession: The promise of a Blueberry Tom Collins is enough to make us endure some of the toughest workdays.)
519 N. Clark St.; 312-284-1377 or beatrixchicago.com