If you look carefully, Chicago is abundant with many hidden, one-of-a-kind coffee shops. One day I found a "Not for Tourists’ Guide to Chicago 2009" for 1 USD at a resale shop in Andersonville called the Brown Elephant (which is amazing!)
Keen on grabbing a nice cup of ice coffee in a comfortable place, my summer roommates and I consulted the book to see what options there are. To our dismay, the index and coffee shop guide was basically a list of Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. But when we looked more thoroughly, we found some great places that are worth a visit!
We spent the summer trying out several cafes. Here’s the first part of a four part list we compiled, it might come in handy once it gets cold and you want to find a new ambiance to study in: